NY2LASPORTS.COM - 414HOOPS.COM - FINAL 2010 PLAYER RANKINGS
Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Last weekend saw the crowning of four new WIAA state champions including Steve Mcwhorter and Racine St. Catherines who captured the Divsion 3 state championship. Today we close out the current senior class at 414HOOPS.COM with the final installment of our Top 25 2010 Wisconsin state player rankings. While there's no movement at the top with Blue and Gasser still holding strong at 1 and 2, there are a number of players who've moved up the ladder after strong senior campaigns. Here's a brief glimpse at some of the names who made the cut...
#1 - Vander Blue - 6-3 - G - Madison Memorial
Despite a subpar final showing for Blue, he still remains the measuring stick for the 2010 class in Wisconsin. Explosive and athletic, Blue is a versatile scoring talent who's best basketball lies ahead.
#2 - Josh Gasser - 6-3 - G - Port Washington
Skilled instinctive scoring talent who should fit in perfectly with Bo Ryan at Wisconsin. Can score the basketball off the bounce, has range that extends beyond the arc, and makes solid decisions running a team.
#3 - Steve McWhorter - 6-2 - PG - Racine St. Catherines
Yet another state championship for St. Cats after losing 9 seniors from last year's team and this young man is the reason why. Can take over a game scoring the basketball and distributing the rock, his performance this year through some injuries showed toughness and guts and he stepped it up when it mattered the most. One of the most difficult players in the state to defend off the bounce.
#4 - Chip Rank - 6-6 - PF - Cedarburg
We've raved about this young man for years now and in all likelihood we didn't even give him his just due. Bottom line is this young man can dominate the game with his toughness, motor, effort, and ability to score and rebound the basketball. While Arrowhead took home the Division 1 state championship, Rank almost took them out by himself with an explosive 31 point effort while holding Ben Mills to 6 points. At 6-8 Rank could've gone wherever he wanted. One of the toughest, most active, physical, and dominant players in the state, Rank can play at any level and help that team win. This young man is a high major talent who is a winner in the purest sense of the word. Headed to Northern Iowa which is an absolute steal for UNI.
#5 - Roy Marshall - 6-6 - SF - Milwaukee Pulaski
While really breaking out on the scene over the past year, Marshall proved first hand he can score the ball with the best of them. Explosive wing with big time elevation and the ability to put the ball in the basket. Has taken huge steps forward the past 12 months and with hard work his best years of basketball lie ahead and he still has a huge ceiling to reach if it all comes together.
#6 - Flavien Davis - 6-5 - SF - Wisconsin Lutheran
Wrapped up a stellar high school career with one state championship but fell this year to the eventual champions from Catholic Memorial despite a 31 point 15 rebound performance in the Sectional Semi-Finals. Proved first hand in a matchup against Arrowhead earlier this year that he can will a team to victory and may arguably be the most clutch performer in the 2010 class. With a tendency to make big shots and matchup with 3, 4, and 5's on any given night, Davis is a solid wing talent who should star in the Horizon League for Loyola-Chicago.
#7 - Kyle Kelm - 6-9 - F - Randolph
Projected a high major talent at one point, Kelm suffered through a tough past year with injuries and it was great to see him finally produce as expected during a stellar senior campaign and helped his team to an undefeated mark and the state championship in the process. Long, wiry, versatile with his best year's ahead, anything less than a stellar career at UW-Milwaukee will be a surprise. Best years of basketball lie ahead.
#8 - Ben Mills - 7-0 - C - Arrowhead
One thing you have to give credit to with this young man is that he really competes night in and night out. A long thin interior talent, Mills has solid instincts and was the catalyst for Arrowhead's state championship this season. Can score around the basket and has solid rebounding instincts as well. Size is his asset but to be an impact player at the next level he'll need to add strength, improve his explosion laterally and vertically, and continue to refine his skills. A stellar senior campaign.
#9 - Evan Anderson - 6-11 - C - Eau Claire North
Excellent size and a solid frame, Anderson showed flashes of fulfilling his promise every so often. Wrapped up a senior campaign averaging a little over 10 PPG and scored only a basket in his final game. Heads to Wisconsin next year where he'll need to make a drastic improvement both skill wise and athletically to make an impact.
#10 - Evan Richard - 6-3 - G - Cuba City
One of the most explosive scoring talents in the state, Richard & Co. suffered a huge upset in the state tournament but make no mistake this young man can fill it up and has some decent bounce as well. Part of a strong 2010 recruiting class at UW-Milwaukee if everything comes together, Richard should be an impact player in the Horizon League.
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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.