Another week on the hardwood in Wisconsin saw some of the usual suspects deliver big performances once again while the elite teams continued to rise to the top in the state.  The biggest story though was in Brookfield where a talented junior guard took his game to an elite level and opened a lot of eyes in the process.  Here’s a look at that and more from this past week in today’s news and notes from across the Badger state…

TEAM RANKINGS
(1)     Oshkosh North

North continues to roll along in the same eerily similar way that they did last year.  Will be interesting to see if the outcome is different this March.

(2)     Sun Prairie
This team still hasn’t hit its stride and it’s arguably the most talented group in terms of prospects at the Division 1 level in the state.  They can hit you in a lot of different ways and they create matchup problems for opposing teams due to size, length, and athleticism.  
 
(3)     Milwaukee Washington
They dropped a game late last month in Illinois but beyond that they have been rolling through the in-state teams game after game.  2021 F Michael Foster and his ability to impact the game across the board is critical to their attack.  

(4)     Pewaukee
At some point you can’t ignore excellence and Coach Basile and company have brought that to the table week after week this season.  Senior Grant Basile has been sensational all season long but so has senior guard Jack Gohlke.  They are experienced, well coached, talented, etc. and they are a serious threat to win the Division 2 state championship this season.  

(5)     Kaukauna
When you have arguably the top floor leader in the state who loves the big stage you have a great chance to do big things when it matters and that’s exactly the case with Kaukauna.  West Virginia bound PG Jordan McCabe is special when it matters and he has the ability to elevate his team to its highest level in the biggest situations.  They like Washington, Pewaukee, etc. are a serious threat to capture the coveted Division 2 state championship again this season.

Others of Note – La Crosse Central, Racine Park, Dominican, Brookfield East, Kimberly, Kaukauna, Pewaukee, Cedarburg, Madison Memorial, Brown Deer, Racine Park, Bay Port, Waunakee, Brookfield Central, Martin Luther, Xavier, Waupun, Monona Grove, Destiny, Franklin, etc.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TYLER HERRO – 2018 – SG – WHITNALL

It’s not even a conversation at this point as to who is playing at the highest level in the state right now as Tyler Herro is ripping nets regularly game after game.  Last week he dropped a 42 point effort against a tough Brown Deer squad only to follow that up with a 48 point effort later in the week.  He’s the best player on the court right now in the state consistently game after game.  

FIVE SENIOR STANDOUTS
(Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order – Not an Exclusive List)
Drew Blair – 2018 – G – Stevens Point
With Hauser injured and then moving on from Stevens Point the heavy lifting fell onto the shoulders of this talented marksmen and he’s responded with an exceptional senior campaign where he’s averaging over 31 points a contest.  He’s been consistently exceptional and dominant all season long in impressive fashion.

Patrick Cartier – 2018 – F – Brookfield East
The best player on one of the surprise teams in the state, Cartier has been a model of dominant consistency this season for East.  Committed to Hillsdale, Cartier is averaging close to 21 points a contest for a team that currently sits at 16-1 and is among the top 10 teams in the state regardless of class.  

Keshawn Justice – 2018 – G/F – Madison East
The Santa Clara bound senior has been the catalyst for East all season and he’s wrapping up his senior career in solid fashion while scoring at a near 19 points a game clip.  A talented wing who can score inside and outside, Justice has been filling the box score consistently this season and he’s been attacking the glass to the tune of almost 9 rebounds a contest.  

Marlon Ruffin – 2018 – G – Sun Prairie
A tough physical and athletic guard, Ruffin is a big part of the Sun Prairie attack that many believe could capture the Division 1 state championship.  He has an attack first mentality and is constantly aggressive making him a very difficult cover for opposing teams.  Currently averaging 18 points a contest, Ruffin brings a lot of versatility, floor production, and intangibles to the table game in and game out.  

Keontae White – 2018 – G – Milwaukee Hamilton
An athletic and skilled senior talent, White has consistently delivered big performances for Hamilton this season.  Currently averaging over 24 points a contest, White is a tough cover for any opposing guard and his athleticism, skill, and toughness are keys to his attack.

JUNIOR TO KNOW
Marcus Domask – 2019 – SG – Waupun

One of the most consistent and dominant prospects in the state for the past 2 plus seasons, Domask is a model of professionalism and consistency every time he takes the floor.  He can score at every level and he does so in efficient and high level fashion.  He’s scoring close to 24 points a contest and his team is 17-1…pretty much standard for Domask at every level he’s ever played.  A legitimate mid major Division 1 prospect with instincts, feel, skill, and character, Domask has been exceptional again this season.

SOPHOMORE SLEEPER
Trey Zastrow – 2020 – PG – Manitowoc Lutheran

One of the better kept secrets in the state, Zastrow can fill it up, create, and do all the little things that help teams win.  He is advanced in terms of his court awareness and overall understanding of the game.  He’s shooting close to 50 percent from the field and close to 52 percent from beyond the arc which is exceptional.  Zastrow is evolving as a lead guard and you can expect his best basketball to come in the years ahead.  Really like all the things he brings to the table and this season he’s been exceptional to the tune of over 20 points a game, over 3 rebounds a game, and almost 3 assists per contest.  

FABULOUS FRESHMAN
Patrick Baldwin Jr. – 2021 – G/F – Sussex Hamilton

Currently ranked as the #3 Class of 2021 prospect in the country by NY2LASPORTS.COM, Baldwin is a long lean highly skilled high character talent who drips with high major impact potential.  He has an excellent perimeter stroke, he’s developing his scoring package off the bounce, and he’s not even close to scratching the surface of his potential.  Already holding an offer from UNLV, Baldwin is averaging close to 15 points a contest so far this season.