Michigan State 18 PG Foster Loyer Wins Mr. Baketball
Clarkston 2018 point guard and Michigan State signee Foster Loyer became the second Clarkston player to be named the Hal Schram Michigan Mr. Basketball on Monday, joining Michigan State assistant Dane Fife as the only Clarkston players to win the prestigious award.
With his teammates on hand for the award presentation, Loyer humbly thanked those around him for helping him along the way.
“I want to thank the BCAM members for voting me for such a prestigious honor like the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award,” Loyer said in a prepared statement. “I would like to take a moment to thank my parents, my dad, for everything he done as a part of my life, being there for countless hours in the gym, spending each Sunday to put in work even after the scheduled practice. I would like to thank my teammates, those who are here with me today as well as the teammates that I have had over the past few years and have graduated. Without my teammates, I would not be where I’m at today and I can’t thank them enough. Throughout this award, there have been many prestigious athletes that have been recognized, a lot of which attended the school that I have chosen for these next four years, and that is Michigan State. I am very excited to be at Michigan State these next four years. But while I’m still at Clarkston, we have a very big game tomorrow and hopefully two more this week as we look to accomplish our goal of a second state championship. These past four years, my teammates and I have had a 94-6 record and I can’t say enough for what they’ve done for myself and this community as well. Lastly I’d like to specially thank coach Fife and the rest of the coaching staff, coach Fife has been there for me on and off the court these past four years and I wouldn’t be where I’m at without him.”
Loyer, who helped deliver Clarkston’s first-ever state championship a year ago as the Wolves defeated Grand Rapids Christian, led by current Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman, 75-69 and has now delivered Clarkston’s second Mr. Basketball Award.
Loyer said that he feels honored to join Fife as the only Clarkston players to ever win the award and also said that he’s been happy to be a part of the legacy that Clarkston’s legendary head coach Dan Fife, Dane’s father, has built in his time on the sidelines for the Wolves.
“It’s really special, I think we’re the only, two,” he said. “It’s special to be just someone that’s labeled with the Fife family that’s meant so much to Clarkston the last few years. Coach Fife has done everything for that community and he’s really laid the foundation for a really successful athletic program, not just basketball. So just to be a part of that conversation is a great feeling.”
Dane Fife won the award back in 1998 and would go on to play in college at Indiana, where Fife would help lead the Hoosiers to the 2002 National Championship game before they fell to Maryland.
Loyer is currently No. 12 in MHSAA history in career points, with 2,222 points entering Tuesday’s quarterfinal game against Flint Carman-Ainsworth. No. 11 is none other than Fife, who finished his high school career with 2,285 points.
While Loyer still has games to be played at the high school level, the 6-foot star point guard said that he has appreciated the experience of playing for Dan Fife and Clarkston and wants to leave his mark with a second state championship later this week.
“Coach Fife has had such a great impact on that Clarkston community and through my four years of not only basketball, but going to school there, being with my classmates every day and my teammates each and every day,” he said. “I hope to eventually leave that same impact on the community and I hope to be that influence, not only on the basketball court but off it as well. I think that winning a state championship and hopefully a second as well and now with Mr. Basketball, I think that’s something that no one can take from me. I’m looking forward to that.”
If Clarkston advances past Carman-Ainsworth on Tuesday, Loyer will return to what will soon be his home court for the MHSAA boys basketball semifinals on Friday afternoon. In the semifinals and finals a year ago, Loyer felt right at home, scoring 71 points, 10 assists and committed just two turnovers over the two games.
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