The annual Luke Holman Memorial Basketball Showcase has evolved into a high caliber high school platform for some of the best teams Wisconsin has to offer annually and the 2017-2018 season installment was much of the same as it featured some of the better prospects the Badger state has to offer.  This past weekend’s showcase featured a number of top performances and some breakout ones.  Here’s a look at a handful that stood out on Saturday in Brookfield…

TOP PERFORMERS
(Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order)

Larry Canady (Racine Park) – Canady might've had the most impressive performance of the day.  The 2019 prospect controlled the pace of the game for Racine Park while finishing with 24 points and 7 assists.   Every time I get the opportunity to watch Canady play he always seems to have the highest motor in the game and Saturday was no different as he played the whole game with max effort.  Canady's recruitment is starting to pick up as he is hearing from schools from the likes of Wright State, UC Irvine, Butler, UNLV, Milwaukee, North Dakota State, Iowa, and Santa Clara.

Nobal Days (Racine Park) – Arguably the top 2019 prospect in the state didn't have to score to have a major impact in the game. Finishing with just 3 points but 11 blocks, 6 assists, and 6 blocks Days was a major key in Racine Parks blow out win over the division 4 defending state champion Milwaukee Destiny.  The 6-9 forward has some of the best vision in the state and is always looking how he can get his teammates involved.  Days currently holds offers from Boston College, DePaul, Wisconsin, Illinois, Marquette, Kansas State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Tulane, UNLV, and Saint Louis.  Stanford, Princeton, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Butler are also showing strong interest in the promising 2019 prospect.

Delaware Hale (Sun Prairie) - One of the top sleepers in a loaded 2020 class had a breakout performance scoring in transition, put backs, and stepped outside to knock down a couple of jump shots.  The 6-6 forward finished with 15 points with many of them coming during the run that gave Sun Prairie control over the game.  Hale has tremendous upside and is a division 1 prospect.  His best basketball is still ahead of him and you can expect his recruitment to pick up a ton over the course of the spring and summer.

Jalen Johnson (Sun Prairie) - The top 2020 prospect in the state was on full display in the events main game.  Johnson led all scorers and rebounders with 25 points and 12 boards while leading his team to a 23 point win against division 1 power Brookfield Central.  Johnson currently holds offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Marquette, UNLV, Purdue, and West Virgina.  While schools like Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, UCLA and Duke are keeping close eyes on the 6-8 five star wing.

Cole Nau (Brookfield Central) - Nau has proved himself as one of the best pure point guards in Wisconsin for the class of 2019.  The 6-3 guard is a tremendous passer, ball handler, defender, and shooter.  Brookfield Centrals top 2 scorers were out and Nau stepped up on both sides of the ball leading his team in scoring with 17 points and taking on the role of defending five-star Jalen Johnson.  A legitimate division 1 prospect whose recruitment should grow in the near future has been hearing from Princeton, Holy Cross, Utah Valley, and Green-Bay.

JaKobe Thompson (Racine Case) – It took until the second half for Thompson to find his groove in an intense game against Germantown.  Once he got comfortable with the different defenses they were throwing at him he was able to find his way to the basket while also making opportunities for his teammates.  Thompson finished with 15 points, 10 of them coming in the last ten minutes of the game.  The hard-nosed guard can score as good as any 2021 prospect in the state and has proved that this season while leading all freshmen in Wisconsin in scoring with an average of 20 ppg.  Look for Thompson to continue to improve skill wise and physically as he will grow into a for sure division 1 prospect.

STOCK BOOSTERS
(Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order)

Patrick Baldwin Jr (Sussex Hamilton) - One of the top 2021 prospects not only in the state but the Nation is leading his team in scoring with an average of 15 points a game.  Baldwin’s outside shot is very smooth and he can create his own space at will.  Baldwin led his team in scoring with 14 points in their 73-59 loss to Franklin.  In what seemed to be an off night for the five star he was still able to score in a variety of different ways knocking down a pair of three pointers, driving and finishing at the rim, and getting to the free throw line.  In a couple of years, I have hard time seeing anyone being able to guard him at the Varsity Level.  The 6-8 forward earned his first offer from UNLV this winter while Blue Bloods have already been expressing interest.

Patrick Cartier (Brookfield East) - The leading scorer (19.8 points ppg) for the states lone undefeated team left in Division 1 was on full display.  After getting in early foul trouble the 6-7 Division 2 Hillsdale commit took control of the game in a come-back win over Oshkosh West.  Cartier finished with 18 points, 14 coming in the second half where he was able to get what he wanted at the rim using his great post moves, he also was able to stretch the floor knocking down a couple of jump shots.  Look for Cartier to continue to lead his team as they have state championship goals.  Hillsdale got a steal in Cartier.

Jalawn Farrell (Racine Park) - A potential sleeper in the loaded 2020 Wisconsin class Farrell had a very impressive performance in Racine Parks win.  A junkyard bull dog type mentality Farrell was able to cause havoc on the defensive end finishing with 4 steals but multiple forced turn overs that led to easy transitional buckets.  The 6-3 guard finished with 15 points.  Still a very raw prospect his best basketball is ahead of him as he continues to work hard he will continue to grow in different aspects of the game. 

David Joplin (Brookfield Central) - Joplin the third ranked prospect in a loaded 2021 Wisconsin class had a very impressive performance.  Joplin displayed great post moves and knocked down a couple of jump shots.  Finishing with 10 points and 8 rebounds while being guarded by five-star Jalen Johnson for the majority of the game was very impressive.  The 6-6 freshmen forward already earned his first offer earlier this winter from UNLV.  You can expect that list to grow a ton over the next 12-18 months.

Marlon Ruffin (Sun Prairie) - One of the state's top unsigned seniors who is averaging 17 points a game didn’t have to score many points for the deep and talented Sun Prairie team to make a big impact in the game.  Finishing with just 6 points Ruffin did everything defensively causing multiple turn overs that would turn in to transitional buckets for either him or his teammates.  East Tennessee State, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Fresno State, Green-Bay, Milwaukee, and more are expressing late interest while Wisconsin has been talking to him about a potential preferred walk on spot. 

Luke Taylor (Germantown) - Taylor was an alpha dog for Germantown in their win over Racine Case.  Finishing with 26 points Taylor was able to score from all three levels.  Being the tallest player in the game the 6-5 forward was able to get his way at the rim displaying a strong finishing ability.  While his shooting range goes beyond the arc he also knocked down some mid-range jumpers.  Taylor leads his team in points, rebounds, and assists per game with an average of 14.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3 assists.  Division 2 schools should be all over him this spring and summer.