MISHAWAKA — If you’re talking Marian High School boys basketball, it starts with Mr. Basketball contender Demetrius Jackson, but it certainly doesn’t end there.
There’s also sophomore Devin Cannady, “who I think will be the surprise player in the area,” according to coach Robb Berger. “At least right now, he might be a surprise, but I think after our first game, he won’t surprise anybody.”
While Jackson ended a much-documented recruitment when he committed to Notre Dame a couple months ago, fellow guard Cannady is already drawing looks from Purdue and Indiana State among others.
Jackson, the No. 21-rated senior in the country by ESPN, and Cannady, who saw major time off the bench as a freshman, are joined by senior Michael Whitfield as the three key cogs back from last season’s Marian club that went 22-4, won the program’s first sectional title in 43 years, then added its first-ever regional crown by taking the Class 3A event at Plymouth.
The Knights did graduate three starters from that team in All-Area second-teamer Robert Mischler, honorable mention choice Coley Schultheis and center Drew Hasler, “but if we work hard, I think we’ve got a chance to make another run at it,” Berger says.
Marian is ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press 3A state poll.
With its first two games postponed due to the football team’s postseason run to semistate, the opener is now Friday at home against New Prairie. On Saturday, the Knights host Fort Wayne Luers, featuring junior and Indiana University recruit James Blackmon Jr. That game is part of a girl/boy doubleheader and expected to start around 6:30 p.m.
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