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Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Senior standout Zak Showalter delivered a standout performance and while Germantown looks like a team of destiny so far, a little school called Destiny came up big last week. We look at that and more as we wrap week 4 of the high school season in Wisconsin with today’s news and notes…
WEEK 4 HEADLINES
(1) SHOWALTER EXPLODES
Saturday night featured the undefeated Germantown Warhawks against North Carolina bound Jean-Pierre Tokoto and Menomonee Falls but it was 2012 G Zak Showalter of Germantown who stole the show as he exploded for 30 points on a variety of jumpers, dunks, mid range shots, etc. In arguably one of his most impressive performances to date, Showalter was virtually unstoppable at times and left the gym buzzing after helping lead his team to a convincing 37 point win.
(2) DESTINY DROPS VINCENT
Once referred to as the V-House and a place where few, if any, wanted to play due to the absolute dominance of the Vincent boys basketball team for years, Milwaukee Vincent played host to an upstart Destiny squad last week in what most would figure to be a win for the host Vincent squad. However, Destiny never got that memo and the school with an enrollment of less than 300 behind 25 points from sophomore Jerelle Deberry and 17 from senior Curtis Lockhart defeated previously unbeaten Vincent 69-65 to their record to 4-2 on the season.
(3) BOTZ ON THE RISE
A stellar 2013 class has left a few rocks to still be unturned and junior forward Turner Botz has quietly gone about putting together a stellar junior campaign. Averaging close to 21 PPG Botz has powered Little Chute to an undefeated mark while posted double double efforts virtually every game. A high energy tough forward who can play inside and outside, Botz continues to generate Division 1 interest and looks primed to see his recruiting stock continue to take off in the coming months.
(4) GERMANTOWN EXPRESS
Add three more victories to the total for Germantown after absolutely dismantling all three opponents last week with a margin of victory that averaged 43 points to run their record to 7-0 on the season. They are rolling right now an all levels with even their role players delivering big performances on a nightly basis.
(5) CHAMPS ARE ROLLING
Madison Memorial stayed unbeaten this past week with a victory at Janesville Craig and one over Sun Prairie. Sitting at 6-0 the Spartans are getting a balanced attack nightly from the likes of Lomomba, Morris, Weah, Ortiz, etc. They are experienced and rolling right now with an eye on trying to capture another state title.
RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 1
An average margin of victory over 35 points in 7 victories, a roster that runs deep with talent and skill, experience, and a chip on their shoulder after being on the short end of some questionable calls in their final game last year, Germantown has one focus and one goal and if they play the level they’re playing the remainder of the year they won’t be beat.
(2) MADISON MEMORIAL
They have quietly jumped out to a 6-0 mark and have a lot of experience due to a large number of key returnees. Coach Collins always has Memorial in the mix and this year is no different.
Off to a 3-0 mark with the majority of their games in front of them, Onalaska figures as the team to beat for the Division II state title and junior guard Matt Thomas is one of the top prospects in the state regardless of class.
(4) MILWAUKEE HAMILTON
One of maybe three teams who provide a viable challenge to Germantown due to their standout sophomore trio, the experience of coach Diener, and the ability to run a couple interior guys at them. While we know how good Tre, Looney, and Burrell can be at their best, the key for them is if Belcher and role players like Zagorac can provide enough interior balance on the glass and in the paint down the stretch.
(5) MILWAUKEE RIVERSIDE
Another of the teams who pose a viable challenge to Germantown, Riverside is in the middle of a long break and don’t hit the court until December 29, 2011 when they tackle a tough East Troy squad. While the Triggs brothers make for a stellar backcourt, the keys for them while be consistent play and activity from Currie and they have to get some interior production consistently in the big games that lie ahead.
OTHERS TO WATCH: DOMINICAN, BROOKFIELD CENTRAL, DEPERE, RACINE PARK, HOMESTEAD, RICE LAKE, EAST TROY, LACROSSE AQUINAS, WHITNALL, LITTLE CHUTE
PLAYER OF YEAR WATCH
ZAK SHOWALTER – 2012 – G – GERMANTOWN
Averaging close to 18 PPG Showalter delivered a statement performance on Saturday in front of a packed gym. He exploded for 30 points against Menomonee Falls and displayed his skill, instincts, toughness, aggressiveness, and athleticism, in the process. A catalyst for the undefeated Warhawks, the Wisconsin bound Showalter is a key component to their state title aspirations and a major reason for their 7-0 start.
GAME OF THE WEEK
MILWAUKEE KING @ BROOKFIELD CENTRAL
After struggling against Germantown in their opening game Central has ripped off five consecutive wins including an impressive one on the road last week against a tough West Allis Central squad. On Tuesday they host an unbeaten Milwaukee King squad who is lead by seniors Arroyo Edwards and Dominique Borom as well as junior lead guard Austin Malone-Mitchell. This should be a solid contrast of styles and perhaps a statement game for both teams in terms of what lies ahead remainder of the season.
2012 HOLIDAY HOOPFEST - JANUARY 7-8, 2012 - BOYS 3RD-8TH GRADE TEAMS
The annual middle school hoops gala returns with a 3 game guarantee as teams from Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, etc. descend on the state of Wisconsin for two days of exciting hoops action. The tournament format is pool play and single elimination championship play with 1st and 2nd place teams receiving customized individual medals and customized individual t-shirts. The tournament serves as a qualifier for the 2012 Generation Next Invitational Championships for all age groups and 6th-8th grade All-Tournament performers receive invitations to the annual Generation Next All-Star Camp. For more on the 2012 Holiday Hoopfest CLICK HERE.
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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.