KALAMAZOO, MI – Michigan’s 2021 boys high school basketball season was an unforgettable campaign, but unfortunately some of the things that stand out the most are not the most pleasant memories.

The preseason uncertainty, delayed start, canceled games and team quarantines amid the COVID-19 pandemic made for a challenging few months, and overcoming that adversity to take the court should make every athlete proud.

There were some that not only showed up, but excelled under the tough circumstances, and those players were recognized for their efforts by being named to the Associated Press 2021 All-State teams.

Sixteen players from the Kalamazoo area made the cut, ranging from first team to honorable mention for Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Selections are made by a voting panel of sports writers from across the state.

Follow along to see the full rundown of Kalamazoo-area athletes that received first team, second team or honorable mention honors from the AP.

Otsego defeats Sturgis in boys basketball

– Sturgis’ Thomas Kurowski shoots a jump shot during warm-ups before a boys basketball game against Otsego on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 at Otsego High School. Patrick Nothaft | MLive.comPatrick Nothaft | MLive.com

Division 1: Thomas Kurowski, Sturgis

After garnering MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette Player of the Year honors, the 6-foot-4 guard earned first team all-state accolades by averaging 30 points, 5.1 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game during his senior season. The future University of Chicago Maroon scored at least 30 points in seven of his team’s 11 games, and set a Sturgis single-game record by scoring 44 points in a win over Dowagiac.

Gull Lake boys basketball takes the win over Kalamazoo Central 56-37

Gull Lake’s senior Caleb Taylor (1) shoots the ball during the boys basketball game between Gull Lake High School and Kalamazoo Central High School in Richland, Michigan on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (Rodney Coleman-Robinson | MLive.com) Rodney Coleman-Robinson | MLive.com

Division 1: Caleb Taylor, Richland Gull Lake

The 5-foot-9 point guard earned honorable mention all-state honors after leading Gull Lake to a 12-5 record against one of the state’s toughest schedules by averaging 20.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game. A three-year starter and two-time all-state pick, Taylor’s best games came against top competition, including a 28-point performance against Benton Harbor.

Kalamazoo Central triumph over Lakeshore 53-52

Kalamazoo Central’s junior Thomas Dillard (4) plays defense at the Kalamazoo Central vs. Lakeshore game in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, February 22, 2021. (Rodney Coleman-Robinson | MLive.com) Rodney Coleman-Robinson | MLive.com

Division 1: Thomas Dillard IV, Kalamazoo Central

The 6-foot-4 junior wing earned honorable mention all-state recognition after averaging a team-best 15 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the 10-3 Maroon Giants. His impact was apparent in K-Central’s 49-47 loss to Portage Northern in the district semifinals, as Dillard was one of three Maroon Giants to miss the game.

Mattawan vs. Portage Northern

Portage Northern senior Myles Johnson (5) attempts a shot at the free-throw line at the Mattawan vs. Portage Northern basketball game in Mattawan, Michigan on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Rodney Coleman-Robinson | MLive.com) Rodney Coleman-Robinson | MLive.com

Division 1: Myles Johnson, Portage Northern

The 6-foot-4 senior guard had a breakout senior season in his first extended varsity action after suffering a gruesome leg injury last year, and he was rewarded for his work with an honorable mention all-state nod. Johnson averaged 15.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game, all of which were team highs for Northern.

Division 1: Mekhi Bloodworth, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix

The 6-foot-5 senior wing earned honorable mention all-state accolades after averaging 17.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game, despite facing double and even triple teams on a nightly basis. Against rival Kalamazoo Central, Bloodworth tallied 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Paw Paw boys basketball snaps Otsego's 46-game conference winning streak

– Paw Paw’s Finlay Tate drives to the hoop during a boys basketball game against Otsego on Monday, Feb. 22 at Otsego High School. Patrick Nothaft | MLive.comPatrick Nothaft | MLive.com

Division 2: Finlay Tate, Paw Paw

The 5-foot-11 senior guard battled ankle injuries all season, but his toughness paid off with honorable mention all-state recognition. Tate averaged 16.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.3 assists per game, while shooting 78 percent from the foul line, including a pair of clutch performances at the stripe to seal wins over Otsego and Vicksburg.

Paw Paw at Three Rivers

Three Rivers senior Isaiah Moore (40) attempts a free-throw during the third quarter at Three Rivers High School in Three Rivers, Michigan on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

Division 2: Isaiah Moore, Three Rivers

The 6-foot-4 senior forward set a school record with 29 rebounds in a game last season, and his dominance on the boards and in the paint earned him an honorable mention all-state nod in 2021. Moore averaged 16.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game, while shooting 76.4 percent at the foul line and 51.2 percent from the field.

Marcellus' Gavin Etter

Marcellus’ Gavin Etter follows through on a shot at a practice during the 2019-20 boys basketball season.Patrick Nothaft | MLive.com

Division 3: Gavin Etter, Marcellus

The 6-foot-3 senior guard was voted the Southwest 10 MVP and received another big-time accolade in the form of first team all-state honors from the associated press. Etter averaged 23.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists and became Marcellus’ career scoring leader during the 2021 season. He’ll continue his education and basketball career at Division II Hiram College.

Schoolcraft vs GR Covenant Christian

Schoolcraft senior Bryce VanderWiere (42) attempts to block the layup of Grand Rapids Covenant Christian senior Chet Doezema (21) during the second quarter at Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

Division 3: Bryce VanderWiere, Schoolcraft

The 6-foot-7 senior forward capped his high school career with first team all-state honors after leading state semifinalist Schoolcraft in points (14.8) and rebounds (9.2) per game. VanderWiere shot 67 percent from the field and 55 percent from the foul line to help the Eagles compile a 19-2 record. He’ll continue his education and basketball career at the Coast Guard Academy.

Division 3: Kaden Johnson, Hartford

The 6-foot-8 junior was expected to provide a bigger post presence this season, but after starting guard Aaron Sinclair sustained a season-ending injury early on, Johnson took on point guard duties and still wound up collecting honorable mention all-state accolades. He averaged 15 points, 14 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game, including a triple-double against White Pigeon, in which he tallied 21 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks.

Kalamazoo Christian defeats Comstock for boys basketball district title

– Comstock’s Israel Patterson puts up a shot during a boys basketball district championship game against Kalamazoo Christian on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Comstock High School. Patrick Nothaft | MLive.comPatrick Nothaft | MLive.com

Division 3: Israel Patterson, Comstock

The 6-foot-3 junoir forward earned an honorable mention all-state nod after averaging 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, which helped Comstock finish 10-4 to mark its first winning season in more than a decade.

MHSAA basketball: Schoolcraft vs. Iron Mountain – April 8, 2021

Schoolcraft’s Tyler DeGroote (24) goes up for a layup during their MHSAA Division 3 state semifinal game against Iron Mountain at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, on Thursday, April 8, 2021. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.com

Division 3: Tyler DeGroote, Schoolcraft

The 6-foot-7 junior wing was an honorable mention all-state pick after averaging 14.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the 19-2 Eagles, and his production took of come playoff time, when he averaged more than 20 points per game, including a 33-point, 12-rebound effort in the district semifinals against Decatur and a 27-point, 18-board outing against Niles Brandywine in the district finals.

Division 3: Tyler Swanwick, Centreville

The 6-foot-3 junior guard didn’t play in a ton of fourth quarters due to lopsided wins, but he still averaged 18.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 3.0 assists and 1.3 blocks per game for the 12-3 Bulldogs, which added up to honorable mention all-state recognition.

Marcellus Howardsville Christian's Jason Jergens

Marcellus Howardsville Christian’s Jason Jergens drives to the hoop against Kalamazoo Homeschool’s Josh McDonald during a game on Monday, Feb. 22. (Courtesy Lenny Padilla)

Division 4: Jason Jergens, Marcellus Howardsville Christian

The 5-foot-11 senior guard earned first team all-state honors after averaging 24.5 points, 3.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game, while shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the free-throw line. Among Jergens’ best games during his senior year were 42-point performances against Marcellus and Lawrence.

Division 4: Collin Coburn, Martin

The 6-foot senior was primarily a guard, but played all five positions for Martin this season, and was rewarded for his versatility with an appearance on the honorable mention all-state list. Coburn averaged 17 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game and will play at Kalamazoo Valley Community College next season.

Division 4: Jackson Lawrence, Climax-Scotts

The 5-foot-9 junior guard earned honorable mention all-state recognition after averaging 15 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game for the 12-3 Panthers, who captured a share of the SCAA West Division championship for the first time since 2015-16.

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