DETROIT (AP) -- No player has made more of an impact on the Class C state tournament the past three seasons than Michael Talley III.
The senior led Melvindale Academy for Business and Technology to the quarterfinals as a sophomore and to the state championship as a junior, subsequently vacated because of an ineligible player. Talley has his team back in the quarterfinals this season.
Talley, a 5-10 guard, is once again the Associated Press Player of the Year as chosen by a panel of 11 sports writers from across the state.
Joining Talley on the first team are 6-3 junior Dwaun Anderson of Suttons Bay, 6-foot senior Gerrit Mortensen of St. Ignace, 6-6 senior Cameron Metz of Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian, 6-foot senior Travis Schuba of Kalkaska, 6-3 senior Kyle Aho of Gwinn, 6-5 junior Dominez Burnett of Flint Hamady, 5-9 junior George Goodman of Saginaw Buena Vista, 6-7 senior Creed Stapleton of Ithaca and 6-foot junior Kody Chandler of Schoolcraft.
The coach of the year is Bob Anderson of Ithaca.
Talley averages 31 points, three rebounds, eight assists and five steals. He had 29 points to lead ABT to a 75-59 victory over Madison Heights Bishop Foley in a regional final.
His father and coach, Mike Talley Jr., said his son has always had the talent to play at a high level, but his experience as a four-year starter has separated him from the pack.
"He was pretty talented as a freshman," coach Talley said. "Now he understands what it takes to win a state championship. Playing with The Family (an AAU team based in Detroit) during the summer helped him tremendously. Being in the program since the sixth grade has really helped."
Another factor that has helped Talley this season is the play of his backcourt mate Marcel Smith, a junior. Smith played with Talley with The Family and has helped take some of the scoring load off Talley.