Near the end of Saturday’s boys basketball practice, Muskegon coach Keith Guy told Deshaun Thrower that he needed to see him in his office. He also told Thrower’s father, Lloyd, that he should call his wife, Nina, and tell her that she should be there, too. To make it better, after Thrower’s mother arrived, Guy told team manager Jared Pittman to call his father, Gregory, a circuit court judge in Muskegon County.
“What did you do now?’’ his mother asked.
“I don’t know what I did,’’ Thrower said.
“It better not be about a girl,’’ his mother said.
It was not about a girl.
It was about a trophy.
The Hal Schram Mr. Basketball trophy. Thrower is the 34th recipient of the Hall Schram Mr. Basketball award, given annually to the state’s top senior by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, in conjunction with the Free Press. The award is named for the former Free Press sports writer who covered high school athletics for more than 40 years. Thrower, a 6-foot-1 guard who has signed with Stony Brook, is the first player from Muskegon to receive the award, voted on by BCAM members.