All-U.P. Boys Basketball: Dream Team selections Jandron of Negaunee, Pap of Marquette highlight Superiorland honorees
MARQUETTE – Tyler Jandron of Negaunee and Mark Pap of Marquette turned in banner prep boys basketball seasons in 2012-13.
Wednesday in Marquette, the two Superiorland stars were saluted for their efforts by being named to the All-Upper Peninsula “Dream Team” by members of the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association at a meeting at Northern Michigan University.
Jandron, a 6-foot-1 junior point guard and a two-time Mid-Peninsula Conference Player of the Year, averaged 18.1 points per game.
He made 50 percent of his overall shots from the field – including 56 percent on two-point attempts – and 74 percent from the free throw line.
A state Class C First Team pick who was named to the UPSSA Class ABC First Team in 2011-12, Jandron committed less than two fouls a game and only 2.2 turnovers per contest despite being his team’s primary ballhandler.
“He’s in an attack mode from the opening tip … and a true competitor,” Negaunee head coach Mike O’Donnell said. “Many people tried taking a physical approach to shutting him down, but he just kept getting back up and coming at people.
“Many times, I felt his value to our team was just as great defensively as it was offensively.”
Pap, the Great Northern Conference’s Player of the Year, averaged 13.3 points in the regular season while hauling in 181 rebounds (9.5) – both team highs.
The 6-6 senior forward – a Class ABC Second Team pick in 2011-12 – sank 61 percent of his two-point field goal attempts and 65 percent from the charity stripe
“He’s the leader of our team, both on and off the court,” Marquette head coach Brad Nelson said. “His presence on the floor changed the dynamic for both our offense and defense.”
Jandron and Pap were among 10 players from Superiorland who earned All-U.P. laurels.
Named to the Class ABC First Team were A.J. Grazulis of Marquette and Tanner Uren of Negaunee.
A 6-7 senior center, Grazulis scored 12.1 points per game during the regular season, sinking 68 percent of his two-point shots in the process.
He also grabbed 126 boards (46 offensive) for a 7.0 norm.
“A.J. caused a lot of problems because of his height and he’s physical,” Nelson said. “Defensively, he made a lot of players think twice before trying to penetrate the lane or even trying a floater.”
Negaunee’s Uren complemented Jandron by averaging 12.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 steals each contest. He made 54 percent of his field goal tries and 74 percent of his free throw shots.
“Tanner’s a flat-out winner,” O’Donnell said. “He won’t ‘wow’ you with his scoring, but he’ll score in bunches when our team needs him.
“He’s a team leader and his basketball savvy/IQ is very high. His character is also second to none.”
Gaining spots on the Class ABC Second Team, in alphabetical order, were Andy Nyquist of Marquette; Jacob Ostermeyer of L’Anse; and Derek Reetz of Gwinn.
A 6-2 junior point guard, Nyquist scored 7.95 points a game for the Redmen while recording 84 assists, 55 rebounds and 41 steals.
Ostermeyer, a 6-1 junior, averaged 10.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Purple Hornets.
A 6-4 senior for the Modeltowners, Reetz tossed in 242 points (11.0), snared 117 rebounds (5.3), came up with 2.7 steals a game and led his team with 2.5 assists per contest.
“Derek had the versatility to play any position on the floor,” Gwinn head coach Darren Sinnaeve said, “but he was at his best slashing to the basket. He was our only senior starter and led by example.”
In Class D, Superior Central’s Matt Verbrigghe and Munising’s Gage Webster made the All-U.P. First Team.
A Class D Second Team selection in 2011-12, Verbrigghe scored 17 points per game in the 24 SC contests. The 6-4 senior forward/center also averaged 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
“He was willing to give up numbers to help the team,” Cougars’ head coach Herb Jenkins said. “He would pull a big defender away from the basket, opening things for his teammates.”
Webster, a 6-0 senior, averaged 17 points and five rebounds for the Mustangs. He hit 38 percent of his shots from 3-point range and 71 percent of his free throws.
“His stats may not be as gaudy as others’ will be, but our style of play isn’t conducive to one player putting up big numbers,” said Waterman, the 2011-12 U.P. Class D Coach of the Year.
“He’s no doubt a First Team performer, though.”
Making the Class D Second Team from the area was Trevor Maki, a 6-0 junior from SC who made the 2011-12 Class D Second Team.
He scored at a 14.5 clip while posting norms of five rebounds and five assists a game. He also canned 75 percent of his free throws.
“Trevor could play all five positions,” Jenkins said. “I could put him in the post because of his size, but he could also shoot the 3-pointer.
“We didn’t have a true point guard, but because of his basketball IQ, he called out plays to set up our offense and defense.”
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