The 2017 Detroit Free Press girls basketball Dream Team, as chosen by special writer Vito Chirco:
5-10, Sr., G
Fletcher helped the Patriots reach at least the state semifinals two years in a row, and led the school to its first girls basketball state championship last season. The Miss Basketball runner-up averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals this season. Signed with Georgia Tech.
Fletcher: “It means a lot, just seeing how my hard work has paid off over the last four years. It’s cool to see all the honors that I’m getting and that I’m being recognized for. And it’s nice to see that other people think highly of my play.”
Detroit Country Day
5-10, Sr., G
Minnesota signee led Yellowjackets to two state titles in three years, including in 2017. Finished third in Miss Basketball voting after averaging 24 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Coach Frank Orlando: “On a nightly basis, Destiny can read the situation, and do whatever the team needs. She has a complete game, and has been wonderful to coach. She can score, rebound and get her teammates involved.”
Jordan Walker (captain)
Muskegon Mona Shores
5-7, Sr., PG
Miss Basketball winner recorded over 1,500 points, 700 rebounds and 350 steals in her career and is the program’s all-time leader in points and assists. Western Michigan signee averaged 22.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 5.5 steals as senior.
Coach Brad Kurth: “Jordan is a complete player that dominates the game just as much on the defensive end as (on) the offensive side of the ball. … Jordan is a winner. In addition, Jordan is the poster child for what a student-athlete is to be, as she exhibits character off the court that is greater than her greatness on the court.”
5-9, Jr., SF
Averaged 15.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.8 steals and 2.6 blocks per game this season. She scored 14 points in the fourth quarter of Kalkaska’s district final victory against Kingsley and had 25 in the school’s one-point, regional final loss to Cadillac. Career stats include 958 points, 544 rebounds and 276 steals.
Coach Dave Dalton: “Makenzie is an incredible athlete with terrific skills. An extremely smart player and one of the best players in the state, she always came up big in the clutch. And she is just so strong, and can jump out of the gym. She has the total package.”
Traverse City Central
5-7, Jr., PG
Battle back from a pair of ACL injuries over the past two years to average 19.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Hold a 3.86 GPA, while taking honors and advanced-placement classes.
Coach Greg Farmer: “Margot is an amazing young lady and leader. She will do whatever is needed to help the team win. She is encouraging to her teammates, and believes anything can happen with hard work and determination.”
Detroit Edison coach
Guided the Pioneers to their first state title and a 21-5 record. Has an 81-35 record at Edison and an overall record of 177-50 in 16 years of coaching.
Brown: “After winning the school’s first state championship, my feeling was like ‘WOW!’ But it was not until the next morning when I realized that the hard work that went into this great accomplishment really, really paid off. The sacrifices that were made by my coaches, players and parents were beyond belief.”