Freeman, Brawley named All-StatePublished 9:00am Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Niles’ Tate Brawley and Buchanan’s Doug Freeman have been named to the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan’s All-State team.
Brawley was a Class A first team selection, while Freeman was a Class B first team pick.
The Bucks’ Kevin Dey was an honorable mention selection, while Bridgman’s Matt Hendricks was a Class C honorable mention pick.
Brawley averaged 19.3 points per game and reached double figures in 19 of the 20 games he played this season.
Brawley missed several games after sustaining a broken nose against Kalamazoo Central.
“Tate being named first team all-state by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan is a huge honor for him,” Niles coach Todd Pawielski said. “He had an outstanding senior year despite missing two and a half games with a broken nose. Tate got in the gym with a couple of other players when school started and put in the time needed to be a great player and have a great senior season. He did not average 19 points per game on accident.
“We have been fortunate to have some outstanding shooters — Danny Rodts, Jordan and Austin Parks, Matthew Mclaughlin and Alec Brown to name a few — and Tate is the best shooter out of all of them, in my opinion. Tate has a huge upside as a basketball player. He is a talented kid who listens well and works his tail off to get better every practice. Had he pursued basketball more seriously in June, July and August. I believe he would have played basketball at the Division I level. He spends most of his summers playing baseball and has put himself in a position to get his college paid for in either sport.”
Freeman averaged 17.6 points per game for The Bucks. That average was closer to 25 points over the final 10 games of the season. He was deadly from 3-point range, hitting nearly 38 percent of his attempts.
“Obviously Doug’s biggest contributions came at the offensive end,” Buchanan coach Reid McBeth said. “However, Doug also was a huge contributor to our pressing style of play as he quietly led us in steals grabbing and average of 3.0 steals per game.”
“Kevin also was huge for us at the offensive end as he scored about 14.5 points per game,” McBeth said. “His versatility was a key to our success as he could play any of the four positions on the floor and he was asked to go so at various times during the year.