As tandems or trios go there’s always one or two names that lead the charge and another one or two whose presence and performance is critical to the success of any team.  That applies heavily on the hardwood where these terms are utilized at every level when analyzing various teams and their potential.  At the grassroots level this can apply to teams with highly regarded prospects across the board or those with late bloomers.  Case in point is this past summer’s 16U Wisconsin Swing team whose trio of Division 1 perimeter prospects delivered high caliber performances with high level results.

The biggest name in the group is talented sharpshooting guard Mitch Listau of Waunakee High School (WI).  A strong and skilled 6-4 170 pound plus off guard, Listau can fill it up from beyond the arc, he has a solid mid-range game that continues to develop, and he can attack the rim and finish in traffic through contact.  Add to the mix a willingness to mix it up if needed and deliver quality intangibles and it’s easy to see why he’s already holding a few Division 1 offers.  After a stellar high school campaign that saw him guide his team to the state championship game, Listau continued his solid play with consistent quality efforts during the spring and summer while helping the Wisconsin Swing to the 16U championship of the NY2LA Basketball Association.  Currently holding offers from Elon, South Dakota State, and UW-Green Bay, Listau is also collecting interest from Northern Iowa, Drake, UW-Milwaukee, Ohio and IUPUI.  He continues to get better and he looks primed for another big year over the next 12-14 months.

Handling the ball for the most part alongside Listau is Mason Steffen, a quality 6-3 160 pound plus floor general at Waunakee High School (WI).  Steffen makes quality decisions with a high level of consistency and serves as a perfect extension of the coach on the hardwood.  He can hit the trey ball, knock down the mid-range pull up jumper, and he’s continuing to improve his dribble drive game.  Offensively Steffen has a smooth stroke but he’s far from a shoot first floor general as he has solid timing on his passes and he makes the game easy for his teammates in terms of putting them in easy scoring positions based on the decisions he makes with the ball and the touch and timing of his passes.  On both ends Steffen is a leader in terms of his activity and effort while bringing quality intangibles to the court.  A legitimate low to mid major Division 1 prospect at this stage, Steffen currently is getting interest from UW-Milwaukee and South Dakota.  After a stellar summer alongside Listau and company, Steffen like the others herein is on track for a strong high school campaign and he is a must watch floor general for Division 1 programs looking for a lead guard in the 2018 class.

Last but not least is the sleeper in this group and the way he’s currently trending 2018 G Nick Klug of Burlington High School (WI) should be known very well by the end of next summer.  A long 6-1 150 pound plus guard who can play either position on the perimeter, Klug is a clutch perimeter talent who knocks down big shots and makes big plays when it matters.  A solid athlete who can create his own shot, Klug handles the ball well and off the ball he moves well through screens to get himself open where he can drill the jumper from anywhere on the floor whether he’s open or contested.  Far from a finished product, Klug had a breakout campaign so to speak this past spring and summer as he opened a lot of eyes with consistently dominant performances.  Currently fielding interest from South Dakota, UW-Milwaukee, Elon, Denver, North Dakota State, Western Illinois, and Columbia amongst others, Klug is a very intriguing prospect who is still growing and developing.  

While Listau, Steffen, and Klug all look like sure fire high level impact players during the high school season, all three are legitimate Division 1 prospects in the 2018 class and this trio stands to make a lot of noise in the coming months and collect a lot of looks from schools in the process in the spring and summer as they play with the Wisconsin Swing program.