The 2019-2020 season highlighted all of the basketball talent that Michigan has to offer. There were a lot of seniors that shined in their final campaign. Some of these players had “breakout seasons”. This could mean a few different things.…
The 2019-2020 season highlighted all of the basketball talent that Michigan has to offer. There were a lot of seniors that shined in their final campaign. Some of these players had “breakout seasons”. This could mean a few different things. Maybe they improved a ton before or during the season, their name had been looked over in the past, or their role increased during the season. We will look at some Finalists and name our 2019-2020 Breakout Player Of The Year for the junior class.
Check out our Break Out Player Of The Year and Finalists for the sophomore and junior classes:
Sophomores: Breakout Player Of The Year
Juniors: Breakout Player Of The Year
Lucas Lyyski Lucas Lyyski 6'7" | C Spring Lake | 2020 State MI (SF, Spring Lake)
Please don’t forget about Lyyski. He had a solid summer grassroots season and carried that through to the high school season as well. His size and ball skills made him a matchup nightmare.
Mike Robinson Mike Robinson 6'6" | PF Ann Arbor Huron | 2020 State MI (SF, Ann Arbor Huron)
Robinson is a bouncy and versatile forward. He went from “potential” to college basketball player.
Bobby Samples (PG, Howell)
Samples was a steady floor leader that could score and dish.
Ray’Vaughn Anderson (G, Grand Rapids Union)
Anderson returned to Grand Rapids, and will return to a spot among ranked prospects.
Raynard Williams Raynard Williams 6'4" | SF DEPSA | 2020 State MI (SF, Detroit Edison)
Williams was lights out this season. The athletic wing was a top finisher in transition.
Lorenzo Wright Lorenzo Wright 5'10" | PG Belleville | 2020 State MI (PG, Belleville)
Wright took his game to another level, solidifying his spot in the top 50-60 senior prospects.
BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Matt Nicholson Matt Nicholson 7'0" | C Clarkston | 2020 State #221 Nation MI (C, Clarkston)
Wait. How can a top 5 ranked prospect in the state be a Breakout Player Of The Year? A key piece to ranking a prospect is looking at their potential. Well, Nicholson has always had a ton of potential. This season was different. He not only reached that potential, but he went beyond. Nicholson broke away from what he could be, and became what he is. He has become one of the best players in Michigan and maybe even a top post prospect in the midwest. He was a double-double machine, regularly reaching the mark in points and rebounds. Nicholson showed an improved threat to block shots this season as well. Nicholson had his Clarkston squad ready to compete for a state championship.