The 2017 GNBA championships wrapped up on Sunday at Homestead High School in Mequon with Ray Allen Select (eighth), Playground Elite (seventh), Made Men (sixth) and Wisconsin Blizzard (fifth) capturing titles in their respective divisions. 

TOP PERFORMERS
Johnathan Heinen —2021 — G/F — Wisconsin Shooters 

A skilled wing player, Heinen is a long 6’4 player who can handle the ball, shoot from the outside and is a good all-around playmaker. He also showed the ability to muck it up in the paint, blocking shots and getting on the boards. Heinen finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Wisconsin Shooters on Sunday against All In Athletics.

Kon Knueppel — 2024 — F — Wisconsin Blizzard
Knueppel is a strong inside-outside forward who does a little bit of everything, He can handle the ball, is good in transition, taking a defensive rebound and starting the break, and does a terrific job of getting to the free throw line. On Sunday, he helped lead the Wisconsin Blizzard to the fifth-grade championship as he poured in a game-high 24 points.

Randy McClendon — 2024 — F — Team Get Shook
McClendon is a terrific scorer who puts up buckets in the lane as he outworks his opponents. His play helped Team Get Shook advance all the way to Sunday’s championship game and he led his squad with 22 points as they hung tough with the Wisconsin Blizzard.

Aaron McQueen — 2021 — F — All In Athletics
An athletic looking kid, McQueen is an active big man at both ends of the court and also shows the ability to create his own offense a little, especially facing up at the high post. Has a smooth looking shot out to 15 feet and can handle the ball a little. 

Derek Partee — 2022 — F — Mac Irvin Fire
Partee lived on the boards and on the free throw line in Sunday’s seventh-grade championship game against Playground Elite. Partee plays with a big motor and set the tone with his willingness to do the dirty work for Mac Irvin Fire. He finished with 16 rebounds and eight points as Mac Irvin hung tough against Playground Elite after falling behind big early. 

CJ O’Hara — 2023 — SF — Net Gain Sports
Kid had a day, helping Net Gain Sports rally from an early deficit. He was on the boards, attacked the bucket off the bounce and was tough for Made Men to contain on the baseline. In one sequence, he was fouled on a baseline rim attack, and after a teammate rebounded his miss, he picked up a three-point play as he hauled in an offensive rebound and scored. O’Hara is a long, slender athlete that competes hard at both ends of the floor. He scored eight of Net Gain Sports’ first 10 points and helped the team rally from an early 8-3 deficit to Made Men in the championship. He finished with 13, but left a lot of points at the free throw line on Sunday.

Jackson Paveltzke — 2022 — G — Playground Elite
Paveltzke put together a big championship game on Sunday against Mac Irvin Fire as he knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and scored 12 of his game-high 16 points in the second half. Paveltzke is a smooth ball handler and good perimeter shooter and stays calm under pressure.

Tanner Resch — 2021 — SG — Ray Allen Select
One of the top shooters in the GNBA eighth-grade division, Resch showed off his shooting ability and range in the championship game on Sunday. He knocked down five 3-pointers, including one late from the volleyball line. When Quad City Elite came out to challenge him on the line, Resch put the ball on the floor and got to the bucket, making plays for himself and teammates. Resch led all scorers with 17 points in the finale.

Mantas Zilys — 2023 —SG — Made Men
Zilys is a smooth left handed shooting guard with a pure outside shooting stroke. He knocked down a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining to ice the championship game of the sixth-grade bracket. Zilys finished with a game-high 16 points, went 4 for 4 from the free throw line, knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and showed a slick runner in the lane.

STOCK BOOSTERS
Xavier Amos — 2022 — G — Made Men

Long slender wing player, Amos is terrific off the bounce and at attacking the bucket where he twists and contorts his body to make tough chances look easy. He is also a strong rebounder and was all over the boards in an early morning game against the Wisconsin Scholars. Finished with a game-high 12 points in a win.

Rich Barron — 2023 — SG — Made Men
A strong guard, Barron made a pair of clutch free throws with 31 seconds remaining to snap a 47-47 tie in the championship game of the sixth-grade bracket against Net Gain Sports. Barron finished with nine points, knocking down a 3-pointer in the first half. 

Davis Loury — 2023 — PF/C — Made Men
Helped lead his team capture the sixth-grade championship on Sunday. He and Net Gain’s JJ Ware had quite the big man battle in the finale and Loury was all over the boards, especially late in the contest, coming up with several key rebounds in the final stages. He scored all eight of his points in the second half and finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.

Joe Knutson — 2021 — C — Iowa Barnstormers Black
A strong, physical post player, Knutson doesn’t score a lot, but is an outstanding rebounder and defensive presence in the paint, blocking shots and challenging opposing players around the basket. Knutson came up with a big play late in a contest on Sunday in a contest against the Wisconsin Blizzard as he picked up a key offensive rebound with 28 seconds remaining with his team down three and stuck home a bucket while being fouled. 

Sam Ludwig — 2021 — SG — Wisconsin Shooters 
Came off the bench to put together a terrific game for the Wisconsin Shooters Sunday morning in the eighth-grade bracket against All In Athletics. He finished with. 11 points to lead the shooters and added four rebounds.

Joshua Oraegbu — 2023 — G/F — Made Men
Didn’t put a lot of points on the board, but Oraegbu was huge on the boards, coming up with a key offensive rebound in the final stages of Sunday’s championship game against Net Gain Sports. He finished with eight rebounds and knocked down a big 3-pointer in the second half.

Cameron Palesse — 2021 — F — Ray Allen Select
Palesse is a well-rounded and versatile forward with terrific size and athleticism. He made several big plays at the offensive end and was all over the boards for RAS in the championship game of the eighth-grade bracket. He led both teams in rebounds and showed the ability to start the break off a defensive rebound.

Tareq Rihawi — 2022 — F/C — Wisconsin Scholars 
He’s not a big scorer, but Rihawl has terrific size and good athleticism for a big man and provides a presence in the paint at both ends of the floor. He runs the floor well, stays out of foul trouble and does a good job defensively of protecting the basket.

JJ Ware — 2023 — PF/C — Net Gain Sports
Ware continues to impress with his defensive presence. He helped Net Gain Sports advance all the way to Sunday’s sixth-grade championship game against Made Men and after a slow start, Ware came alive in the second half, picking up two three-point play opportunities in the second half and went on to score eight points and haul in 10 rebounds. 

Brennan White — 2022 — G — Made Men
White is a scrappy, hard-nosed guard that really gets after it at both ends, White put together a strong all-around game for Made Men in an early morning contest against the Wisconsin Scholars on Sunday, pouring in 12 points in a runaway win.