Obviously the big development of the past week for the state was the commitment of 2011 standout Elgin Cook. As first reported at NY2LASports.com Saturday night, the 6-6 G/F from Milwaukee Hamilton verbally committed to attend Iowa State after taking an unofficial visit there this past weekend. Cook is one of the top 2011 prospects in the state and one of the premiere athletes in the country for the 2011 class. (See article posted August 22, 2009).
The 2009 NY2LA Sports Breakfast of Champions league continues to load up with solid prospects from the state of Wisconsin. The league has already received commitments and registrations from a number of the premiere talents in the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 classes for the state of Wisconsin and is set to jump off September 19, 2009. All games will again be held inside the M.S.O.E. Kern Center with skill sessions and full length game play to take place each Saturday through October 31, 2009. In addition to exclusive articles and coverage of the weekly action on , the league will feature skill instruction from some of the top area coaches and should feature highly competitive action week in and week out.
6-5 2010 SF Flavien Davis of Wisconsin Lutheran continues to see his stock pick up after a strong month of July. The skilled long forward currently has offers on the table from Ball State, Bowling Green, North Dakota, and Loyola-Chicago. After turning in a monster junior campaign for Lutheran that included a WIAA Division 2 state championship, Davis rocked with the Wisconsin Scholars this past spring/summer and had a number of strong showings as well. An excellent rebounding forward with a dominate game inside 15 feet, Davis displayed an improved perimeter skill package this past spring summer, which included a number of solid perimeter shooting performances beyond the arc. In addition to the offers, Davis continues to generate interest from Xavier, Oregon State, Creighton, and Miami (Florida) amongst others.
6-0 2010 G Derek Schell of Catholic Memorial took an unofficial visit to Division II Hillsdale College in Michigan last week and collected an offer. Hillsdale is one of the premiere academic schools in the country and recently landed on the Forbes list as the #76 ranked college in America (See Forbes List of America's Best Colleges). Besides being an excellent student, Schell is solid perimeter shooting specialist with some nice instincts who plays hard on both ends of the floor. He competed this past spring/summer with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors Grassroots travel program. (Editors Note: Schell committed to Hillsdale Sunday August 23, 2009...See story at 414Hoops.com)
6-7 2010 SF Reid Koenen of The Prairie School took an unofficial visit to Eastern Illinois this past week. Koenen is one of the top available 2010 prospects in the state of Wisconsin and the sharpshooting wing talent is collecting interest from the likes of Eastern Kentucky, Bowling Green, etc. Koenen played with the Playground Elite Grassroots travel organization this past spring/summer.
Chalk up another offer for fast rising 6-2 2010 PG Steve McWhorter of Racine St. Catherines. After exploding on the scene during last fall's NY2LASports.com Breakfast of Champions League, McWhorter has been rising up the ranks and after turning in a solid spring/summer travel campaign with the Wisconsin Scholars, the floor leader from Racine has collected offers from Ball State, Indiana State, North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, and most recently UW-Green Bay. McWhorter is finally getting his just due and also has some interest from the likes of UW-Milwaukee, Northern Iowa, etc. in addition to his current collection of offers.
Add Missouri State to the mix of schools who continue to express interest in 6-4 G Troy Huff of Brookfield Academy. The skilled perimeter talent has offers on the table from Montana, North Dakota, and North Dakota State. Huff turned in a solid spring/summer showing with the Playground Elite Grassroots travel program.
6-2 2010 PG Jordan Mach of Antigo has visits scheduled with Minnesota-Crookston and University of Mary in North Dakota. The talented floor leader has solid instincts, makes good decisions with the ball, sees the floor well, and has the ability to put the ball in the basket with range that extends well beyond the arc. Mach competed this past spring/summer with the Wisconsin Blizzard Grassroots travel program.
6-6 2010 F Matthew Craggs of Kimberly is generating interest from Division II Bemidji State in Minnesota. The sharpshooting wing talent can fill it up from beyond the arc and has some decent size and instincts to be a solid fit at the Division II level. Craggs competed this past spring/summer with the DTA Devin Harris Superstars 17U program.
6-6 2010 F Micah Parlow of Fox Valley Lutheran has interest coming from Minnesota Duluth, Montana State-Billings, etc. The inside outside skilled forward competed this past spring/summer with the Wisconsin Blizzard Grassroots travel program.
6-3 2010 SG Brett Meinecke of Sussex Hamilton continues to see interest in his skills at the next level pick up. In addition to Division 1 schools North Dakota, South Dakota, and Air Force, the perimeter scoring talent has also received interest from Division II schools SW Minnesota State, UW-Parkside, Hillsdale, and Upper Iowa in recent weeks. Meinecke has nice size, good instincts, can put the ball on the ground and get to the rim, and has the ability to step away and stroke the perimeter jumper as well. He competed this past spring/summer with the Wisconsin Swing 17U Grassroots travel team coached by Tyler Selk.
5-10 2012 PG Nic Stokes of Milwaukee King took an unofficial visit to UW-Milwaukee earlier this month. The skilled floor general from the City Conference is one of the top guards on the board in the 2012 class and competed this past spring/summer with the Wisconsin Gym Rats and Wisconsin Playground Warriors on the Grassroots travel circuit.
Really looking forward to watching the development of 6-7 F Chris Kading of Depere and 6-7 F John Kopriva of Milwaukee Marquette in the coming months. Recall that Kopriva is regarded by us at NY2LASports.com as one of the top 2011 prospects in the state of Wisconsin (See article posted August 18, 2009). While Kopriva didn't compete heavily on the Grassroots travel circuit this past spring/summer, Kading has continued to open eyes over the past few months after an excellent spring/summer with the Wisconsin Blizzard Grassroots travel program. The long explosive athletic forward from Depere has offers on the table from North Dakota State and UW-Milwaukee. Kading is smooth around the basket, uses both hands well and really has a nice ceiling with continued hard work and development. Expect to hear a lot about Kading and Kopriva in the coming months.