NY2LASPORTS.COM - WIAA STATE DIVSION 3 & 4 PREVIEW - 5 TEAMS TO WATCH
Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
A state tournament isn't a tournament without taking a look at the smaller schools and UW-Milwaukee bound Evan Richard and Cuba City have their sights set on a the D3 state title. Here's a look at 5 teams looking to make their mark in this year's WIAA Division 3 and Division 4 state tournaments the next few weeks...
(NOTE - LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY DIVISION)
Cuba City (21-1 Regular Season)
The favorite to capture the D3 state chip, Cuba City features UW-Milwaukee bound Sr. G Evan Richard (23.3 PPG), one of the most explosive scoring talents in the state. Richard can hit the mid range, knocks down the trey ball, and has a knack for getting to the rack off the dribble. Mix in the expertise of Head Coach Jerry Petitgoue, Sr. PG Derek Tranel (8.7 PPG) and So. SF Cory Vaassen (9.7 PPG) and you have the recipe for the favorite to capture the Division 3 state championship.
Dominican (16-6 Regular Season)
A team thought to be in rebuilding mode at the start of the year which no one wants to play come tournament time. They are battle tested and led by Fr. PG Duane Wilson Jr. (11.3 PPG) who has a knack for taking over games when it matters the most. Athletic Jr. F Iman Johnson (9.6 PPG) is a versatile explosive athlete who has the ability to dominate the paint and Sr. SF Mikael Luter (8.9 PPG) has knocked down some big shots this season. A dangerous yet inexperienced group, Dominican can score inside and outside and experienced Head Coach Paul Wollersheim can lead this young group to Madison if everything gels in the coming weeks.
Racine St. Catherines (18-4 Regular Season)
Indiana State bound Sr. PG Steve McWhorter (14.6 PPG) is the catalyst for the perennial Division 3 power and his ability to create and put the ball in the basket both off the dribble and from beyond the arc with consistency is a must of St. Cats expects a return trip to Madison. Jr. F Marcus Boehm (8.3 PPG) and So. F Jordan Fouse (9.4 PPG) bring some nice balance to the always well-coached St. Cats. They have depth, albeit young, and arguably the top player in the Division 3 level with McWhorter so a return trip to Madison could loom on the horizon.
Randolph (22-0 Regular Season)
You can't argue with an undefeated season and quite frankly anything less than a state championship could be considered a disappointment here. The favorite to capture the Division 4 state title, UW-Milwaukee bound Sr. F Kyle Kelm (20.2) PPG is a versatile skilled forward that poses major matchup problems for opposing teams. It doesn't stop there as Kelm has a solid supporting cast in the likes of Sr. F Ben Syvertson (8.8 PPG), Jr. G/F T.J. Huizenga (8.5 PPG), and Sr. G Zach Reuter (6.6 PPG). Provided Randolph plays with the same dominace and balance they have all season, you can expect them to hoist the D4 trophy in Madison when it's all said and done.
Green Lake (20-2 Regular Season)
One of the more interesting teams in the tournament as a whole but easily one of the most dangerous in the Division 4 tournament. Sr. F Brad Brooks (17.2 PPG) leads the attack here and promising So. F Matt Van Scyoc (13.8 PPG) is one of the best in the state. While Randolph is the front runner to capture the D4 title, Green Lake is one of the dark horses to surprise some people as well. A possible state title game between Randolph and Green Lake would be fun to watch as it could very well be a passing of the torch from Kelm to Van Scyoc as the next big thing at the Division 4 level. Regardless, Green Lake is a very dangerous team and one who could make a lot of noise in the coming weeks.
Note: Antonio Curro is the National Recruiting Editor for NY2LASPORTS.COM, GENERATIONNEXBASKETBALL.COM and 414HOOPS.COM. He is also a national consultant for ESPNU and the HOOPSCOOP.