Michigan All-State prep basketball player's arrest costs team chance at first state title

Ben Rohrbach
Khalil Gracey led Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Lahser High to the district title last season before the school merged with Andover this past fall. (Twitter)

A Michigan All-State prep basketball player cost his team a chance at its first Class A state title in school history following his arrest on felony home-invasion charges last week, according to multiple reports.

Khalil Gracey, 17, faces 15 years in prison for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in property from two houses along with two other Bloomfield Hills teens, the Detroit Free Press and other outlets reported.

As a result, Gracey missed the final three games of the newly formed school's run to the Class state final this month. Bloomfield Hills High's leader in assists and steals as well as the Black Hawks' second-leading scorer and rebounder, he earned Honorable Mention All-State honors from the Associated Press.

The two robberies occurred on Feb. 17 and March 7, according to the Free Press. Gracey and fellow Bloomfield Hills residents Michael Pickens and Carrington Simons are reportedly charged with stealing $3,000 worth of cash, shoes and Beats by Dre headphones from one area house on Feb. 17 in addition to swiping shoes and cash from a second nearby home three weeks later. The Black Hawks played games on both nights, and Gracey scored a combined 48 points in a pair of victories, including a district title game.

After scoring 36 points in an 83-76 playoff opening win over Oak Park on March 10 and adding 12 in a 53-52 victory against Clarkston that delivered Bloomfield Hills' first ever regional title three days later, Gracey missed the Black Hawks' 74-68 state quarterfinal win over Clarkston on March 18. While the school refused to provide a reason for Gracey's absence, he was arrested the following day.

After posting $25,000 bail, Gracey sat on the bench in street clothes over the weekend for the team's 85-75 victory against University of Detroit Jesuit High in the semifinals and 91-67 loss to Muskegon in the title game despite facing a pair of felony charges. The 6-foot-3 wing averaged 17.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 3.8 steals and 1.3 blocks over the first 24 games of the season, according to MaxPreps.