Now that the Michigan high school hoops season is finally underway after months of uncertainty, it’s time to take a look at the contenders for the 2021 Miss Basketball award.
The honor is given annually to the state’s top senior girls basketball high school player by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan in conjunction with the Detroit Free Press. A player has taken home the award since 1981.
While MLive has no affiliation with the award, our sports reporters across the state are keeping tabs on players who are in the conversation for the award during the season.
The players who are early contenders for the award are listed below in our initial watchlist. Will provide an update on their progress as the season moves forward each week.
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School: East Grand Rapids
About Brown: The reigning Grand Rapids Player of the Year has been as good as advertised to start the 2021 season. Brown scored 25 points in a win over Greenville and finished with 23 points in a victory over Hudsonville last week.
She is also ranked No. 50 by ESPN for the class of 2021 and will face another Miss Basketball hopeful in Kalamazoo Central star Morasha Wiggins this Saturday.
School: Kent City
Commitment: Illinois State
About Bowers: Bowers is the heart of Kent City’s stacked team and has already left her mark as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Now, the veteran point guard is trying to not only compete for the Miss Basketball award, but she’s also trying to lead the Eagles to a Division 3 state title.
So far, Bowers has been unstoppable and has led Kent City to a 4-0 record. She scored a school-record 46 points in the opener against Lakeview and is averaging 24.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 4.3 assists per game.
School: Detroit Renaissance
Commitment: Northern Kentucky
About Davis: Davis is as complete of a guard as you’ll find in the state. As a junior, she was named MISS PSL and earned Division 1 first team all-state recognition.
In three games so far this season, Davis is averaging 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 2 assists per game as has the Phoenix off to a 2-1 start.
About Ediger: The veteran low post star returns for her senior season after averaging 22 points and 11.6 rebounds last season and earned first team all-state honors. Ediger is ranked as the No. 39 player in the country for 2021 and has helped Hamilton to a 2-1 start this year.
School: Detroit Edison
Commitment: Michigan State
About Hagemann: An Edison player has the won the award the past two years and Hagemann could be next in line. She signed with Michigan State in November and is poised to have a strong senior season on arguably the state’s best team once again.
Hagemann is ranked No. 23 in the nation by ESPN and has Edison off to a 3-0 start with wins by an average of 23 points per outing.
School: East Kentwood
About Hallman: Hallman is a skilled forward who averaged nearly a double-double last season and is one of the state’s fiercest defenders having averaged 5.5 blocks a year ago.
She is a 4-star recruit and is committed to Xavier and already has the Falcons up and running with a 3-0 record this year.
School: Wayne Memorial
About Micheaux: One of the most physical players in the state, Micheaux is a double-double waiting to happen. Micheaux turned heads last season after averaging 26.4 points and over 14 rebounds a game as a junior and has already continued that production as a senior.
Micheaux scored a career-high 41 points in a 90-66 win over Dearborn on Wednesday after averaging 22.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in Wayne Memorial’s first three wins of the season.
School: Adrian Lenawee Christian
About Salenbien: Salenbien is already one of the state’s most decorated players and could add even more hardware by the end of the season. Salenbien has won the Division 4 Associated Press Player of the Year award each of her first three seasons and is off to a fast start this year.
The veteran forward had a 19-point fourth quarter to finish with 29 in LCS’s season opener on Monday, Feb. 8 against Blissfield and has the team sitting at 3-0. Salenbien ranks 44th in the country, according to ESPN.
About Stemmer: The Lehigh commit was named Ann Arbor Player of the Year after a monster junior season where she averaged 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists, while shooting 49-percent from the field, 41-percent from the 3-point line last year.
Stemmer has hit the ground running this season as she’s averaging 28.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3 steals per game to help the Hornets start the year at 3-0.
School: Kalamazoo Central
Commitment: North Carolina
About Wiggins: Wiggins has been determined to show she’s still one of the state’s best players after her junior season ended with a torn ACL. Despite the injury, Wiggins is ranked as the No. 18 player in the country, according to ESPN, and has started the 2021 off with a bang.
In Central’s opener last Thursday, Wiggins recorded 26 points, six rebounds, six assists, five steals and three blocks in a 61-30 win over a solid Gull Lake team.
Wiggins will go toe-to-toe with fellow Miss Basketball candidate in EGR’s Jillian Brown on Saturday.
ON THE BUBBLE
Emma Anderson, Menominee
Molly Anderson, Cadillac
Elise Besonen, Ewen-Trout Creek
Julia Bishop, Farmington Hills Mercy
Abrie Cabana, Grass Lake
Precious Fields, Detroit Cass Tech
Olivia Lowe, Leland
Hallie Marshall, St. Ignace
Sarah Marvin, Byron
Hadley Miller, Three Rivers
Brooklyn Robak, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes
Arieonna Ware, Battle Creek Central
PAST MISS BASKETBALL WINNERS
1981: Julie Polakowski, Leland
1982: Sue Tucker, Okemos
1983: Michele Kruty, Manistee
1984: Emily Wagner, Livonia Ladywood
1985: Franthea Price, River Rouge
1986: Daedra Charles, Detroit de Porres
1987: Dena Head: Plymouth Salem
1988: Jennifer Shasky, Birmingham Marian
1989: Peggy Evans, Detroit Country Day
1990: Markita Aldridge, Detroit King
1991: Lisa Negri, Flint Powers
1992: Erinn Reed, Saginaw
1993: Sally Sedlar, Manistee
1994: Kim Knuth, St. Joseph
1995: Maxann Reese, Bishop Borgess
1996: Deanna Nolan, Flint Northern
1997: Aiysha Smith, Bishop Borgess
1998: Kristen Koetsier, Grandville
1999: Vicki Krapohl, Mount Pleasant
2000: Tabitha Pool, Ann Arbor Huron
2001: Liz Shimek, Maple City Glen Lake
2002: Danielle Kamm, Saginaw Nouvel
2003: Krista Clement, St. Ignace La Salle
2004: Tiffanie Shives, Lansing Christian
2005: Allyssa DeHaan, Grandville
2006: Brenna Bankston, Frankfort
2007: No award given
2008: Kellie Watson, Ionia
2009: Jenny Ryan, Saginaw Nouvel
2010: Klarissa Bell, East Lansing
2011: Jasmine Hines, Central Lake
2012: Madison Ristovski, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett
2013: Tori Jankoska, Freeland
2014: Lexi Gussert, Forest Park
2015: Tania Davis, Goodrich
2016: Kysre Gondrezick, Benton Harbor
2017: Jordan Walker, Mona Shores
2018: Jaida Hampton, East Lansing
2019: Rickea Jackson, Detroit Edison
2020: Gabrielle Elliot, Detroit Edison