The Wisconsin High School season starts to head down the home stretch as the month of February is on the horizon and junior lead guard Lamonte Bearden and Germantown High School continue to set the bar after another week of action. We look at that and more in today’s news and notes…
NY2LAHOOPS.TV - LUKE FISCHER SHINES VS. DOMINICAN
NY2LAHOOPS.TV - DUANE WILSON JR. SHINES VS. GERMANTOWN
NY2LAHOOPS.TV - LAMONTE BEARDEN EXCELS VS. DOMINICAN
(1) GERMANTOWN ROLLS ON
The stage was set on Saturday as Germantown headed to the hostile environment of Crowley gymnasium where a packed house of Dominican fans stood ready and an explosive opening quarter saw the Warhawks behind much to the delight of a frenzied audience. Facing some adversity for the first time the talent and depth of Germantown stepped up led by junior guard Lamonte Bearden and Indiana bound big man Luke Fischer and the Warhawks seized control in the second quarter to grab a 10 point lead and then put the game out of reach in the third quarter with a three point shooting barrage to collect their 44th consecutive victory. Now ranked as the #20 team in the country according to this morning’s ESPN 25 Power Rankings, the Warhawks look primed and ready to defend their state title.
(2) FISCHER MAKES STATEMENT
Big men are always a hot commodity but at the high school level the elite ones are generally few and far between and rarely do intrastate matchups pit them together. On Saturday Indiana bound senior Luke Fischer of Germantown and highly regarded sophomore Diamond Stone of Dominican took to the court in an excellent matchup featuring the present and the future dominant post prospects in the state of Wisconsin. Fischer delivered a big time statement with his energy, activity, athleticism, and skill and the end result was a powerful 25 point 13 rebound 4 block 4 assist effort filled with a handful of explosive dunks as well that made a huge statement for him on a big stage.
(3) BURRELL HAVING STELLAR SEASON
While top 10 nationally regarded Kevon Looney collects most of the attention, junior forward David Burrell has quietly gone about dropping a stellar junior campaign. Averaging close to 17 points a game and over 10 rebounds per contest, Burrell has filled the box score with dunks, rebounds, blocks, etc. while showcasing his activity and athleticism and serving as a huge force for a Hamilton squad with their eyes set on trying to capture the City Conference championship and a trip to Madison this year to challenge for the state title.
(4) BEARDEN STATUS IS ELEVATING
Having shown flashes of his potential as a freshman and sophomore talented lead guard Lamonte Bearden transferred to Germantown in the summer from the opening tip of the season the silky smooth lead guard has served as the catalyst of the Warhawks attack with his ball handling, playmaking, dribble penetration, and ability to make things happen. Averaging close to 13 points a game and a handful of assists per contest, Bearden has been scintillating at times this season and showcased his variety of skills in impressive fashion elevating his status in the process and making him a must watch prospect for schools looking for a lead guard in the 2014 class.
(5) WHITE DELIVERING AT THE V-HOUSE
The resurrection of Milwaukee Vincent as a basketball powerhouse this season isn’t the only thing head coach Marcus Hines has been able to accomplish, the re-emergence of junior forward Marcus White is also standing front and center with his accomplishments as White has been absolutely sensational at times this season. Currently averaging over 15 points a game and close to 10 rebounds, White has been a dominant and consistent force for Vincent this season while his ability to score the basketball and serve as a dominant force in the Vincent attack this year.
(1) GERMANTOWN (16-0)
Currently ranked as the #20 team in the country, Germantown won two more games this past week to run their winning streak to 44 consecutive games over the past two seasons. They are rolling on all cylinders and are primed to defend their state championship.
(2) MILWAUKEE VINCENT (15-2)
Vincent continues to develop as a team and their balance and frontline of Marquette bound senior Deonte Burton, senior Ronald Singleton, and junior Marcus White continues to spearhead their attack that has them atop the City Conference standings with a trip to Madison on their radar.
(3) MILWAUKEE HAMILTON (15-1)
Rebounded from a loss to Milwaukee Washington with a dominant win at Milwaukee Bay View and the 1-2 punch of Kevon Looney and David Burrell is equal to any in the state. They have experience on the sidelines, their guards continue to develop, and the ability Looney and Burrell have to put up huge numbers and control the paint make them a force down the stretch.
(4) DE PERE (13-2)
The Redbirds continue to roll along and the talented backcourt duo of Adam Beyer and Brevin Pritzl lead the charge of a team that right now looks like it will be a very tough out during the state tournament.
(5) MADISON MEMORIAL (15-1)
Equipped with a balanced attack that can have a variety of individuals step up as the scoring leader on any given night, Memorial has a victory over Sun Prairie under its belt and after grabbing a number of close victories they are starting to assert themselves in dominant fashion on occasion and led by Jester Weah they look primed for another return trip to Madison in March.
OTHERS TO WATCH: Milwaukee King, Stevens Point, Brookfield Central, Sussex Hamilton, Neenah, Sun Prairie, Seymour, Onalaska, Dominican, Little Chute, LaCrosse Aquinas, Lodi, West De Pere, Wisconsin Dells, Pulaski
GAMES OF THE WEEK
MILWAUKEE WASHINGTON @ MILWAUKEE VINCENT – FEBRUARY 1, 2013
The Purgolders currently sit in second place in the City Conference and should things remain that way come Friday they head to Milwaukee Vincent for a City Conference showdown at the V-House. The Purgolders are powered by senior wing Jamaar McKay who is having an and excellent season and Vincent will counter with their powerful frontline of Burton, Singleton, and White. A must watch game for any fan looking for some good hoops action this week.
SUN PRAIRIE @ MADISON MEMORIAL – FEBRUARY 1, 2013
Sun Prairie jumped out of the box in huge fashion to start the season but a heartbreaking loss to their nemesis Madison Memorial in December sidetracked them and they really haven’t been the same sense while Memorial has rolled on. Friday Sun Prairie and the duo of sophomore Nick Noskowiak and Nebraska bound wing Nick Fuller will look for revenge as they head to Memorial in a huge must-see matchup.
SWISH N' DISH SPRING WARM-UP - #SND2K13
The annual travel school exposure bonanza returns April 5-7, 2013 to the greater Milwaukee area. Annual regarded as one of the premiere tournaments in the country each year for 9u-17u travel programs, the Swish 'N Dish will once again feature a 3 game guarantee with 1st and 2nd place teams receiving customized individual trophies/medals and t-shirts. Last year's tournament was coverage by recruiting services across the country including, but not limited to, the likes of NY2LASPORTS.COM, SCOUT.COM, ESPNU.COM, RIVALS.COM, 247SPORTS.COM, ETC. and the 2013 installment promises much of the same with teams already committed from coast to coast once again. The tournament alumni are a who's who of current NBA stars and collegiate standouts with alumni that includes the likes of Evan Turner (Philadelphia 76ers), Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Bradley Beal (Wisconsin Wizards); Marquis Teague (Chicago Bulls); Wayne Blackshear (Louisville), JP Tokoto (North Carolina), Trent Lockett (Marquette), Jamil Wilson (Marquette), Brandon Dawson (Michigan State), Glenn Robinson Jr. (Michigan), Mitch McGary (Michigan), Johnny O'Bryant III (LSU), Perry Ellis (Kansas), Paul Jesperson (Virginia), Myke Henry (Illinois), Travis Trice (Michigan State), Adreian Payne (Michigan State), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Sam Thompson (Ohio State), etc. The tournament alumni also includes many of the top high school prospects in the country annually. The tournament will be covered online at NY2LASPORTS.COM as well as our middle school affiliate at GENERATIONNEXTBASKETBALL.COM and our Wisconsin affiliate at 414HOOPS.COM. It will also have video highlights and recaps at NY2LAHOOPS.TV. For more information including registration forms CLICK HERE
NY2LA SPORTS SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA - #NY2LAEXTRAVAGANZA2K13
The annual travel school exposure tournament returns April 19-21, 2013 to Minneapolis, Minnesota and is once again eligible for certification by the NCAA. The tournament was certified for Division 1 College Coaches to attend this past year and the tournament saw over 150 schools in attendance during its first year as teams from across the country took part in the 1st year event. The 2013 installment is once again eligible for certification and will offer up 15u-17u divisions with 1st and 2nd place teams receiving customized individual trophies/medals and t-shirts. Programs from California, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin are already confirmed to attend what is shaping up to be another spectacular event. The tournament will be covered online at NY2LASPORTS.COM as well as our middle school affiliate at GENERATIONNEXTBASKETBALL.COM and our Wisconsin affiliate at 414HOOPS.COM. It will also have video highlights and recaps at NY2LAHOOPS.TV. For more information on the 2013 NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza including registration forms CLICK HERE
NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - #NY2LAINVITE2K13
The annual hoops gala returns to the courts once again May 17-19, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 9u-17u boys teams. The tournament is annually one of the premiere tournaments in the country to close the spring travel season and the 2013 campaign promises much of the same as a host of strong programs are already confirmed to be in attendance. The tournament will once again offer up a 3 game guarantee with 1st and 2nd place teams receiving customized individual trophies/medals and t-shirts along with solid exposure from a number of recruiting services who annually attend this event. The tournament will be covered online at NY2LASPORTS.COM it will also have video highlights and recaps at NY2LAHOOPS.TV. For more information on the 2013 NY2LA Sports Invitational including registrations forms CLICK HERE
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Note: Antonio Curro is the National Recruiting Editor for NY2LASPORTS.COM and the Editor for GENERATIONNEXTBASKETBALL.COM and 414HOOPS.COM. He is also a member of the NBPA Top 100 Selection Committed as well as a consultant for ESPNU and the HOOPSCOOP.