I’ll be honest, it’s still a little bit hard for me to discuss Michigan State Spartans basketball right now, but there is some good news to report on following MSU’s early exit from the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Class of 2018 commit Foster Loyer was named as the 2018 Hal Schram Michigan Mr. Basketball winner.
Loyer, who is a four-star recruit from Clarkston High School, ranks 14th out of all 2018 point guards in the nation. He is also the No. 3-ranked player in the state of Michigan, behind only fellow Michigan State commit Marcus Bingham and Michigan commit Brandon Johns.
It was actually Johns who Loyer beat out for the Mr. Basketball trophy, though it was by landslide fashion. According to the Detroit Free Press, Loyer received twice as many first-place votes than any other finalist, and finished with a total of 3,691 points.
Johns (East Lansing High School) and David DeJulius (East English Village Prep) finished in second and third place respectively, with Loyer finishing nearly 900 points ahead of Johns. DeJulius is another Michigan commit.
Ridiculously, Loyer averaged 27 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals per game, and led the Wolves to a 24-1 record. The team plays Flint Carman-Ainsworth in a Class A quarterfinal matchup tonight.
Throughout his career, Loyer has helped lead Clarkston to a 93-6 record during his tenure. He plays for head coach Dan Fife, whose son Dane is an assistant coach for the Spartans. Loyer has scored more than 2,200 points in his career, while dishing out 575 assists. He was the driving force behind Clarkston’s first ever state title win in 2017.
Fife, Loyer and the rest of the Wolves will look to repeat in 2018, as they are two games away from playing in the state final.
Loyer had an injury scare at the end of the regular season. He had to miss the regular season finale, and was expected to miss all of the playoffs, with a knee injury. However, the injury was not as serious as originally thought and miraculously Loyer hasn’t missed a beat.
Congratulations to Foster! He’ll be backing up Cassius Winston next season, but can likely expect to see a lot of minutes. Go Green!