The junior class in the Badger state continues to emerge with each passing week and while highly coveted forward Kevon Looney leads the charge, a host of other talented prospects like Riley Lachance of Brookfield Central have elevated their play and are delivering excellent junior campaigns. Here’s a look at seven talented 2014 prospects making their mark this year…
(Note – This is not an exclusive list and these are listed in alphabetical order)
LAMONTE BEARDEN – 2014 – PG – GERMANTOWN H.S.
The long lean skilled instinctive lead guard has elevated his play with each passing week for the undefeated top-ranked Warhawks. Long regarded as strong and talented junior prospect, Bearden is starting to fulfill those expectations with consistent high level performances. Currently averaging 13.8 PPG for a team sitting at 11-0 on the season, Bearden has served as the catalyst for the potent Germantown attack with his dribble drive penetration, his creativity, his playmaking, an ability to score off of the bounce, solid mid-range jumper, and a stroke that extends beyond the arc. He’s brought better effort, activity, and consistency to the court and it’s resulted in some excellent performances during the early stages of the season.
DAVID BURRELL – 2014 – F – MILWAUKEE HAMILTON
A tough active forward with instincts and athleticism, Burrell has shown that Hamilton is anything but a one man show as Burrell has delivered excellent performances all season long. Currently averaging 18.4 PPG for Hamilton who sits at 11-0 on the season, Burrell has shown his trademark ability to block shots, collect boards, run the floor, and finish both around the basket in half court sets and in transition. Mix in some perimeter shooting and solid effort and defense on both ends and the talented junior is delivering his best season to date and is a huge part of a powerful Hamilton squad this season.
JERRELLE DEBERRY – 2014 – SG – DESTINY
Putting the ball in the basket is this talented junior’s calling card and Deberry has done it an awful lot so far this season with a number of 30+ efforts already on his way to a 28.2 PPG average for Destiny who sits at 6-5. Deberry can fill it up in bunches and he’s shown an ability to put the ball in the basket from anywhere on the court with consistency and dominant results. Deberry can hit the trey, finish in traffic off the bounce, score in transition etc. and he’s elevated his activity on the glass to boot. The talented junior has really stepped up his play so far this season.
BRADY ELLINGSON – 2014 – SG – SUSSEX HAMILTON
Always regarded as one of the top pure shooters in the class, Ellingson is blistering the nets with consistency at a 23.4 PPG pace while helping his squad to a 10-0 mark to start the season. The talented guard is raining trey balls and knocking down mid-range looks while producing with efficiency, dominance, and consistency this season. Equipped with a high basketball IQ, solid decision-making ability, and a skill package that allows him to catch and shoot off screens and also score off the bounce with improved results, Ellingson is delivering every time he takes the court in strong fashion this season.
RILEY LACHANCE – 2014 – G – BROOKFIELD CENTRAL
The talented combo guard is putting together an excellent junior campaign as Lachance has been the catalyst for a Central squad that sits at 8-1 on the season, their only loss coming at the hands of undefeated Germantown in the final seconds. Scoring at a 20.1 PPG rate while mixing in assists and rebounds, Lachance is doing it all for Central and showcasing a strong perimeter skill package that includes solid decision making, nice vision, quality playmaking, an excellent mid-range stroke, and an ability to take over the game at times from beyond the arc. The tougher the game the better Lachance seems to play and he generally delivers at a high level when the stage is set for him to do so.
CAM WARD – 2014 – G – MARSHALL
The late blooming junior is building off a solid summer campaign and is off to a strong start for Marshall this season averaging 22 PPG for a squad that sits at 9-1 on the season. Ward has a 40+ point effort and his delivering with a high level of consistency each time he takes the court. He has nice size, good length, vision, decent handles, and range that extends beyond the arc with consistency and he’s using all those assets to put together a strong junior campaign. Look for his recruiting stock to elevate substantially over the next 8-10 months as he continues to improve each time out.
REED TIMMER – 2014 – PG – NEW BERLIN EISENHOWER
The talented and tough lead guard dropped another 30+ point effort on Wednesday and he has NBE off to a solid 10-3 mark on the season thanks to his 27.8 PPG average. Timmer has handles, vision, an excellent mid-range pull-up, the ability to score in traffic off the bounce, and range beyond the arc. At his best the talented junior can take over the game with his decision-making, efficiency, and ability to deliver on both ends of the court and Timmer has delivered a number of high quality performances already this season. Recently added a couple more Division 1 offers, Timmer stands to see even more come his way over the next 8-10 months if he can continued to put together strong performances on the hardwood.
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