I know Foster pretty well so I will defend him a bit here. Everyone that’s pointing to the head to head matchup but doesn’t it seem a bit ridiculous to point to one game and use that as your rationale. Here’s the things Loyer has in his favor in my opinion.
In 3+ seasons of basketball
3x district champion
3x OAA red league champion
2x regional champion
1x state champion
2000+ career points
3x all state
Compare that to Dejulius and I don’t think he has any of those accomplishments? In fact, I’m not sure he’s won a district or a PSL championship (may be wrong about this).
Loyer really is an unbelievable high school player. His scoring efficiency is unmatched at this level with his ability to score at all 3 levels and make free throws (119 straight made between sophomore and junior year) makes him offensively as good as anyone. And it’s not like it’s only against bad competition because he still put up 30 against EEV and had 60+ in two games in the state finals. Not that EYBL matters in any of this but he led a very good EBYL team in scoring and again was incredibly efficient in doing so (98% free throw shooting).
If Loyer was coming to Michigan I think the narrative here would be much different. I also don’t think high school success means Loyer will be the better college player. There’s certainly questions related to Loyer’s size, strength and athleticism as it translates to college but I can promise you he won’t be out competed or out worked. Defensively is the one area where I think he may struggle but he’s so smart and such a knack for scoring that I think he’ll be able to score at the next level. I think worst case scenario is he is Spike Albrecht pre-injury.
All that said I think we have 3 really good Mr. Basketball candidates.