Pershing High’s Caprice Dennis has been chosen the Associated Press Class A Player of the Year, an honor that soothed some of her disappointment after being passed over for the state’s prestigious Miss Basketball award.
“It’s an honor being player of the year because the writers are on the sidelines and actually watch the games, so they know what you do,’’ Dennis said.
The 5-9 senior guard averaged 26 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the Doughgirls after entering the season ranked the No. 1 player in the state.
She made 11-of-13 three-pointers and scored 56 points in one game this season and also led the Doughgirls to the Detroit Public School League and Class A regional championship games, where they met with defeat both times against King.
In voting by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, Madison Ristovski of Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett ran away with Miss Basketball award with 1,333 points, while Branndais Agee of the PSL’s Cass Tech was second (850), Inkster’s Kelsey Mitchell third (808) and Dennis fourth (793).
“I was disappointed not being Miss Basketball because that was one of my goals I set in high school,” Dennis said. “I feel as though I worked for it. But they had their opinion and that’s not the way it came out. It just means I’ve got to keep working and pursue bigger and better goals.”
Pershing coach Shawn Hill, who along with his wife is Dennis’ custodial guardian, said the highly-recruited guard has been battle-tested since the ninth grade” and “steps up to a challenge.”
Dennis is being recruited by major colleges, including Michigan State, Michigan, Texas and Kansas.
“It should be soon,” Dennis said of her timetable for making a decision. “I’m trying to narrow down the list so I can get to that one school.”