All-U.P. Boys Basketball: Negaunee’s Jandron back on Dream Team
MARQUETTE – Tyler Jandron of Negaunee High School has one more honor to add to his brilliant boys basketball career resume.
For the second straight season, the 6-foot-2 senior point guard has been named to the Upper Peninsula “Dream Team.”
Jandron is one of nine Superiorland players to land peninsula honors in voting conducted Wednesday by members of the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association on the campus of Northern Michigan University.
A two-time all-state Class C selection and three-time Mid-Peninsula Conference Player of the Year, Jandron poured in 446 points in 26 games this season for a 17.2 average.
He also hauled in 3.7 rebounds, made 3.0 steals and collected 4.2 assists per game. The 2012-13 U.P. Class ABC player of the Year shot 42 percent from two-point range and 86 percent from the free throw line.
“Tyler is the true definition of ‘competitor,'” NHS head coach Mike O’Donnell said. “He plays to win and does all the ‘dirty’ work that goes into being a consistent winner.
“He plays extremely hard on both ends of the floor.”
Making the Class ABC First Team from Superiorland were Alex Briones of Ishpeming, Eric Lori of Negaunee and Andrew Nyquist of Marquette.
A 6-2 senior guard-forward, Briones notched 353 points in 21 games for a 16.8 average. He snared 6.2 rebounds per outing, canned 41.3 percent of his 3-point attempts and sank 74.2 percent of his charity stripe tosses.
“He’s a tough kid who wants to win,” IHS head coach Jeff Olson said of the M-PC First Team pick. “He was great to put outside against zone defenses because of his shooting ability, but could also take the ball inside because of his size.
“Alex could play a finesse game as well as a physical game.”
Lori, a 5-9 senior guard, tossed in 391 points in 24 contests for a 16.3 norm en route to making the M-PC First Team.
His ability to drive to the basket helped him make 59 percent of his 2-point shots. Lori also sank 80 percent of his free throws.
“He may be one of the most under-the-radar players in the Upper Peninsula,” O’Donnell said. “His slashing ability (to the basket) has been something he has really improved and he’s a great finisher in the paint despite his lack of height.”
A Great Northern Conference First Team selection, Nyquist is a 6-2 senior point guard known for his strong ability to run the MSHS offense.
He averaged 10.8 points, 3.7 assists, 2.4 steals and 3.9 rebounds a game this season. Nyquist also made 48 percent of his two-point shot attempts and 39 percent from beyond the arc.
“I believe he’s the best true point guard in the U.P. who directed the flow of a game,” Marquette head coach Brad Nelson said. “He knew the game situation and what to do, where our people needed to be.
“We expanded our play book due to the experience he had at point guard.”
Landing spots on the All-U.P. Class ABC Second Team were Larry Burnette III of Marquette, Owen DeVooght and Justin Nyquist of Gwinn, and Jimmy Veker of L’Anse.
Burnette III averaged 13.3 points, 3,8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals. The 6-2 senior forward and GNC First Team selection made 61 percent of his two-point shots and 64 percent of his attempts from the line.
“Larry was our most versatile player,” Nelson said. “He caused matchup problems for the teams we played.
“His biggest strength was getting to the basket, but he also had great defensive presence.”
DeVooght, limited to 16 games due to a late-season injury, averaged 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds this season to go along with 43 steals and 44 assists.
The 5-11 senior guard – an M-PC First Team selection – canned 67.5 of his free throws.
“Owen’s a very strong, aggressive player who’s a leader on and off the court,” Modeltowners’ head coach Darren Sinnaeve said. “He attacked the basket and was also very good defensively.”
Gwinn’s Nyquist, a 6-4 senior forward, notched 239 points in 15 games after an early injury for a 15.9 norm. The M-PC First Team player also grabbed 8.5 rebounds a game.
“He’s one of those rare kids who can play inside or outside,” Sinnaeve said. “He’s very athletic and our best rebounder.”
Veker is a 6-3 senior who scored 17 points a game for L’Anse and finished his high school career with 1,158 points. He hauled in 8.0 rebounds a game and blocked 42 shots for coach Mike Ostermeyer’s Purple Hornets.
In Class D, Munising’s Ben Stasewich earned an All-U.P. First Team berth. The 6-6 junior center averaged 14 points and 14 rebounds a game for head coach Dan Waterman’s Mustangs.
Stasewich, who played some of his best games against top-notch opponents, was a Central U.P. League First Team pick.