The high school season continues to trek forward into the winter and a number of talented prospects and teams are delivering in the process throughout the state of Wisconsin.  Here’s a look at that and more in this week’s news and notes from across the Badger state…

TEAM RANKINGS

(1) Stevens Point

In the same fashion as the Germantown run earlier this decade Stevens Point continues to dominate and they look like the team to beat.  A 1-2 punch of Marquette bound Joey Hauser and sharpshooting guard Drew Blair make for an experienced and difficult duo to matchup against.  To be the man you have to beat the man and that’s the concept here.  Stevens Point is the best until someone beats them.

(2) Sun Prairie

In December it won’t look like it due to injuries but by late January and early February you’ll remember that we said they’re coming.  Super sophomore Jalen Johnson is out until January and that takes a critical top 10 national piece away from them.  That being said they have Marlon Ruffin and a talented sleeper by the name of Delaware Hale to hold it down until Johnson returns.  Once everything lines up and they get some continuity as a team they will be a very difficult matchup come seasons end.  Too much talent for them to not make a run at Madison this year.

(3) Oshkosh North

A talented senior backcourt of Tyrese Haliburton and Quincy Anderson power this attack.  After a disappointing end to last season, North returns a critical 1-2 punch and added experience to the fold.  Look for Haliburton and Anderson to power their attack all season long and given the way basketball plays in the state, an experienced senior laden backcourt is always a tough matchup come February and March.

(4) Milwaukee Washington

An early season loss to Brown Deer keeps Washington from being number 2 on this board but based on individual talent alone they should challenge for the state championship by season’s end.  A focused Deontay Long combines with senior guard Jordan Dinsmore to form a solid duo but fabulous freshman Michael Foster is the key to this season as his versatility and ability to impact the floor on both ends pairs with Dinsmore and Long to form a talented trio that’s very tough to match up against.  If Foster is active on the floor and utilized properly with Dinsmore and Long staying focused and delivering consistent results the Purgolders will win the City Conference and they have the talent to do the same in the state championship.  They control their own destiny.

(5) Kaukauna

When you have the best floor leader in the state guiding your attack then you have a chance to win game in and game out and that’s the story here as Kaukauna will go as far as West Virginia bound PG Jordan McCabe takes them.  He has the ability to take over games and make people better and come March he’s one talented player that you don’t bet against in a big game.

Others of Note – Brookfield Central, Destiny, Brown Deer, Waukesha West, Waunakee, Racine Park, Sussex Hamilton, LaCrosse Central, Pewaukee, Wauwatosa West, LaCrosse Central, Waupun, Mineral Point, Cedarburg

TEAM TO WATCH

Waukesha West

One of the best kept secrets in the state so far, West will be a team no one wants to play come season’s end if they stay healthy.  Powered by a 6-10 junior named David Skogman, West is well coached, they compete, they play hard, and they should quietly continue to deliver strong performances week in and week out.  Don’t be surprised if they pull some big upsets come season’s end.

FIVE STANDOUT PERFORMERS

(Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order)

Grant Basile – 2018 – PF – Pewaukee

The Wright State bound big man is averaging 25 points a contest for an undefeated Pewaukee (4-0) team and he’s heading into this week fresh off a 40 plus 20 rebound plus explosion against Milwaukee Vincent.  He’s play assertively, with confidence, and with activity and the results speak for themselves.  

Carlos Curtis – 2018 – G/F – Milwaukee Riverside

Another one who has jumped out of the box early, Curtis erupted with a 40 plus point triple double and he followed that up with a quality double double effort in a loss to Whitnall on Saturday.  Curtis continues to fill the box score and he’s started off his senior campaign with some big numbers as a result.

Jay Gentry – 2018 – G – Brown Deer

Hard work pays off and no one epitomizes that more than this talented and tough senior guard.  He’s made himself a player and he’s forced people to take notice of him by just dominating the court early on this season.  Averaging 36 points a contest Gentry has already guided the Falcons to victories over Milwaukee Washington and Milwaukee Vincent this season.  He plays hard and if you don’t bring that same effort against him he has no problem dominating you for four quarters.  He’s been exceptional across the board and his leadership has been excellent as well.  A great start for one of the best prospects left on the board in Wisconsin.

Deontay Long – 2019 – SF – Milwaukee Washington

A gifted wing with advanced skill and feel, Long is out of the box quickly averaging 27 points a contest so far.  He can score from every level, he sees the floor, he’s in good shape and has solid bounce, and he appears focused early on this season.  Expect a big season from Long based on early returns.

Tyler Herro – 2018 – SG – Whitnall

The Kentucky bound sharpshooter is out of the box quickly and loudly with an electric 40 plus effort in a victory over Destiny and another highlight performance with a game winner against Milwaukee Riverside last Saturday.  Averaging 28 points a contest so far despite Box and 1’s, Triangle and 2’s, and whatever other gadget defense they’ve thrown at him, Herro has brought instant electricity to the hardwood this season and continues to put his foot forward as the best 2018 prospect in the class.

SLEEPER WATCH

David Skogman – 2019 – F/C – Waukesha West

Standing at 6-10 and just quietly developing the past 12-18 months, Skogman is starting to build off a strong end of summer effort with more of the same this season.  He can score from multiple levels, he has range that extends beyond the arc, and he can finish with both hands.  He sees the floor, he can pass, and he’s got solid instincts defensively.  Averaging close to 14 points a contest for undefeated Waukesha West, Skogman is a legitimate Division 1 prospect who’s just starting his ascent on the hardwood.