Forrest Hills Central Girls basketball coach Christina Prins has called Therin Hallock a freak athlete more than once in the past four years.
However, Hallock continues to amaze his coach until the last weeks of his high school days.
“He picked up the football this year,” Prince said of Hallock, who joins the Rangers soccer team that reached the state semifinals last year. “She hasn’t played since middle school. She had her first tournament and had three of her team’s four goals. She’s just a freak athlete. So look out for her this spring.
Hallock, a Michigan State University commitee who was a Miss Basketball finalist, has earned another award. Senior has been voted Michigan Associated Press Division 1 Player of the Year by an Associated Press All-State Panel.
Hallock enjoyed a big senior season for the Rangers. He averaged 26 points, 11.4 rebounds, 6.5 steals, 4.8 blocks, and shot 54.3% off the floor. Hallock ended the year with 546 points, including a 5-foot 9 guard in a 50-of-74-45 victory against Greenville on February 22. It was one point shy of the Grand Rapids area’s record of 51 which Grand River Prep’s Maria McCully scored in 2014.
“You couldn’t take your eyes off the floor,” said the prince. “He definitely stepped in when needed. He is a special player. I feel very fortunate to have got to know him on and off the court. I’m very, very proud of that.”
Michigan State is next door to Hallock, and she will keep her green-and-white family tradition thriving. Her father, Ty Hallock, played football for the Spartans, as does his brother Tate. Brother Tanner is a former MSU football walk-on.
Hallock ended his career with a school-record 1,589 points. But Prince said the Spartans would get more than a formidable player. The Prince said that Hallock was also a brilliant leader.
“She played on an AAU team that had six Division I players,” said Prince. “Coming into high school, she had to learn to be a leader. She had to teach her teammates how to get to the gym and she had to learn patience. She had to understand that they couldn’t hold onto something that her AAU teammates would hold.” Or they can make the shots they can. I honestly think it made him a better player.”
Hallock will be joined by friend Abhay Kimball at MSU. Kimball, who starred in West Catholic, was runner-up in the Miss Basketball voting to Ruby Whitehorn of Detroit Edison.
Rangers finished the season 10–12 on aggregate. The FHC District Finals finished 69–53 to Rockford, reaching the state semifinals before losing to eventual champion West Bloomfield. This is the second year in a row that Hallock has been voted first-team All-State, averaging 23 points last season.
“He is an incredible player and an incredible person,” said Prince. “He is very well qualified. He led by example, he led his work. That doesn’t mean there was no time for despair, but he learned from it, and it will help him next year.”
Hallock was included in the first team by Maisie Brown of East Grand Rapids; Kennedy Blair, Dearborn Divine Child; Dionce Thompson, East Kentwood; Brooke Daniels, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North; Jayne Tyler, Holt; Jessie Tubergen, Hudsonville; Gabby Reynolds, West Ottawa; Sarah Rambus, Flushing; and Madison Skorpsky, Clarkston.
Coach of the Year is Kyle Theessen of Midland Dow.
The Division 1 girls’ basketball all-state team was selected by a panel of eight sports writers.