NY2LASPORTS.COM - 2015 BADGER STATE BIGS
Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Interior prospects are always at a premium each and every year and the 2015 class in Wisconsin is shaping up as yet another stellar group with low post talent like highly regarded Diamond Stone leading the way. Here’s a look at some of the young Badger state bigs to pay close attention to in the coming years…
(Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order)
HENRY ELLENSON – 6-8 – C – RICE LAKE (WI)
A solid big man in terms of height and length, Ellenson has a strong 230 pound frame and continues to improve with each passing month. He has nice instincts, an improving ability to score on the blocks, solid rebounding instincts, etc. Already holding offers from the likes of Georgetown, Iowa State, Minnesota, Baylor, Marquette, etc. Ellenson is one of the most coveted 2015 prospects on the board already.
MATT HELDT – 2015 – 6-8 - F/C – NEENAH (WI)
A skilled long interior prospect with instincts and potential, Heldt can score inside and outside while collecting rebounds, bringing nice activity to the paint defensively, and making solid passes. Has a strong travel season campaign and really looks to be coming into his own. Already being courted by mid and high major programs, Heldt looks the part of a young high major interior talent who’s just scratching the surface of his potential right now. Really like his upside and potential.
JAYLEN KEY – 2015 – 6-6 – F – HOMESTEAD (WI)
A combo forward at this point who should evolve into a dominant power forward with continued growth and development, Key has improved tremendously over the past year and looks the part of a late blooming high major talent. Equipped with excellent length, solid size, nice instincts, and an excellent pedigree as the son of former Marquette star Damon Key, Key is one to pay close attention to as he continues to improve with each passing year and has the upside and potential to be very good when it’s all said and done.
DARION KING – 2015 – 6-6 - PF – RACINE CASE (WI)
A strong and physical interior talent, King has shown an ability to score around the basket with consistency and be a solid contributor on the glass. The talented Racine native continues to evolve on the offensive end of the floor and with continued hard work and development he should develop into a solid prospect for schools to take a look at in the coming years.
CODY SCHWARTZ – 2015 – 6-7 - PF – WEST DE PERE (WI)
Schwartz first hit the radar at the 2012 Generation Next All-Star Camp where he opened eyes with a strong performance but he delivered a breakout campaign this spring and summer where he helped guide his travel team to a number of excellent tournament finishes. Schwartz can score around the basket, he attacks the glass, etc. but his ability to step away and knock down perimeter shots with range beyond the arc gives him a nice inside outside offensive package that poses problems for opposing teams. Schwartz already holds offers from Creighton and UW-Green Bay with interest also coming from a host of mid and high major programs right now. A talented prospect to keep tabs on in 2015.
DIAMOND STONE – 2015 – 6-10 - C – DOMINICAN (WI)
Last but certainly not least is the crown jewel of the 2015 class in Wisconsin right now. Regarded by many as a top 5 prospect nationally and perhaps the top interior prospect in the country for the 2015 class, Stone continues to impress with his skill set and instincts on the offensive end. Equipped with a nice skill set foundation in the post that includes an ability to use both hands effectively, Stone already is showing flashes of dominant low post scoring ability for a young big. When you mix in size, instincts, feel, athleticism, power, decent timing with his shot blocking, and an evolving ability to knock down the mid-range jumper at about 12-15 feet right now, Stone has all the clay to mold into the high major impact prospect many regard him to be. He holds a number of high major offers already but truth be told given his size, upside, and potential, Stone should be able to attend any school in the country when it’s all said and done, it’s as simple as that.
Note: Antonio Curro is the National Recruiting Editor for NY2LASPORTS.COM, GENERATIONNEXBASKETBALL.COM and 414HOOPS.COM. He is also a national consultant for ESPNU and the HOOPSCOOP.