Pershing’s Felder, King’s Hayes win PSL basketball awards
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — The domination of Pershing’s boys and King’s girls basketball squads also produced the best players in the league this season, according to the Detroit Public School League’s coaches. Pershing’s Khalil Felder and King’s Antania Hayes were voted the best boys and girls basketball players, respectively, in the league. They were winners of the Mr. PSL and Miss PSL basketball Awards for the 2012-13 season.
Felder, a 5-9 senior guard, was one of the key floor leaders for Pershing and helped the Doughboys maintain a 20-0 record and a number one (Class A) state ranking. He also helped Pershing win both the Detroit PSL and the PSL/CHSL Operation Friendship Championships. Averaging 20 points per game, Felder will attend Oakland University next season.
“Khalil (Felder) is one of the best players in the state,” said Pershing head coach Wydell Henry. “He’s one of the best because he has played a tougher schedule with the teams we faced. He’s come through in the clutch for us on several occasions throughout the season.”
“It (the Mr. PSL basketball award) is a great individual award,” Felder said. “But I want to win a (MHSSA) state championship with my teammates. I’ll take the award and thank the coaches who voted for me.
“It (the award) will only make me work harder to get a state championship. It’s a challenge each day to keep working hard in practice. It’s a good to keep rolling along to win these games now. My goal is to help my team to get to the (Michigan State) Breslin Center to the Class A State Finals to win it all.”
Hayes, a 6-0 senior guard/forward, is part of a juggernaut of talent led by head coach William Whitfield. She’s one of three seniors on a squad loaded with talent. Her 16 points and 10 rebounds a game helped King repeat as PSL Champions and take the PSL/CHSL Operation Friendship from Birmingham Marion. Bound for DePaul University in Chicago next year, Hayes has received nothing but high accolades from her coach.
“She deserves the PSL Miss Basketball Award because I feel she’s one of the best players in the state,” Whitfield said. “She plays the ball well. She also rebounds and shoots it well, too.”
“I feel good about it because it’s big honor to be named Miss PSL Basketball,” Hayes said. “Yes, I’m glad I won the award, but what I want most is a state championship.
“I’ll be attending DePaul next year and I want to end my senior year with a state championship with my teammates.”