PHENOMNATIONHOOPS.COM - 2010 BOC - WEEK 1 WEST REPORT
Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The opening weekend of the 2010 Breakfast of Champions fall basketball league saw a number of young prospects make their mark with strong performances but sharpshooting perimeter talent Riley Lachance of Brookfield Central (WI) set the bar with the top performance ever by a true freshman. Today we complete our recap of the first week with a look at some of the top performers from the Western Conference…
THUNDER (1 – 0)
MITCHELL FARR – 2011 – G – RACINE CASE
One of the top available 2011 prospects left on the board in the state of Wisconsin, Farr showed flashes of his Division 1 ability in a decent floor performance during the first week. Scored 16 points on 7 of 15 shooting, added 3 assists, collected 3 rebounds, blocked 2 shots, and grabbed 2 steals to help push his team to victory. Was a bit out of sync at times with his stroke but overall he laid a solid foundation to build on this fall.
BRADY ELLINGSON – 2014 – G/SF – SUSSEX HAMILTON
Another of the prized 2014 prospects in the state of Wisconsin, Ellingson is skilled, instinctive, and has the ability to score in bunches. That was evident during the first week as the sharpshooting wing dropped 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting including a 3 of 3 performance from beyond the arc. Add to the mix 2 assists, 1 rebound, and 1 block and you have a decent effort this past weekend. Would like to see him take his activity on both ends up a notch to contribute more of a floor game and take his production to another level in the coming weeks.
CHRIS GOLDEN – 2012 – G – WISCONSIN LUTHERAN
Exploded out of the gate early with a strong first half and finished with 19 points on 9 of 12 shooting in an efficient scoring performance for one of the top sleepers in the 2012 class. Added 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and even blocked a shot to contribute across the board and help fuel the victory in week 1. Consistency and activity on both ends will be key for him to take his game to another level in the coming weeks.
RAVONN POSEY – 2013 – C – MILWAUKEE RIVERSIDE
One of the top interior prospects on the rise in the Badger state, Posey showed solid instincts and dominant interior potential as he finished with 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds during the opening week. His ability to improve his finishing skills, be active on both ends, and maintain consistency in terms of his production are important this fall for him to take another positive step forward.
ABE TANEL – 2013 – G/F – HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
Everyone loves the intangible hustle guy that makes the most out of few opportunities. Tanel did just that this past weekend as he showed excellent activity while slashing his way to an 18 point 7 rebound performance on 9 of 15 shooting from the field. Strong week 1 effort that was fueled primarily by his effort on both ends of the court which was superb throughout the day.
JAZZ (1 – 0)
TONY BENFORD JR. – 2011 – G/F – HOMESTEAD
A solid and productive day were the staples of Benford’s performance this past weekend as he showed solid instincts and a fundamental skill package on his way to 7 points and 5 rebounds on 3 of 5 shooting from the field. Can knock down the perimeter shot, has nice court awareness, and contributed in some intangible ways as well to help his team to victory.
ARROYO EDWARDS – 2012 – G – MILWAUKEE KING
Gave a solid opening weekend effort with 18 points on 9 of 13 shooting while adding 3 rebounds and 3 steals as well. Was efficient in terms of his ability to finish and score the basketball but struggled a bit with his decision making and turnovers. Would like to see him contribute more in terms of distributing the basketball, being active on both ends, and valuing possession of the basketball to improve both his efficiency as well as his overall production in the coming weeks.
IMAN JOHNSON – 2011 – F – DOMINICAN
Showed flashes of his athleticism and floor game ability with a solid opening week floor performance as he finished with 10 points on 5 of 10 shooting, grabbed 7 rebounds, blocked 2 shots, and collected 2 steals. Would like to see him take his game to the next level this fall and being more active on both ends of the court would lead to even better production in the coming weeks. Solid debut this past weekend.
JAMAAR MCKAY – 2013 – SF – MILWAUKEE WASHINGTON
Turned in a decent effort this past weekend as he finished with 12 points, collected 11 rebounds, and kicked out 2 assists. Shot selection struggled a bit as he finished 6 of 21 from the field. Can really take his game to another level with improved efficient and activity on the defensive end in the coming weeks. Made some nice things happen while shaking off a bit of the rust this past weekend.
T.J. SCHLUNDT – 2014 – SF – OCONOMOWOC
A bit of a surprise performer but a solid performer nonetheless this past weekend. Opened some eyes with a productive 7 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists while going 3 of 5 from the field. Showed instinct, skill, and range in a solid opening week performance. Now the key will be for him to follow it up in the coming weeks and work to take his game to another level this fall.
LAKERS (0 – 1)
NICK ALLEN – 2013 – PG – MONTESSORI
Was easily one of the top performers on the weekend and his team losing was really the only downside to an otherwise exceptional floor effort. Scored 18 points on 8 of 17 shooting but struggled from long distance going 2 of 7 there. Dished out 8 assists, grabbed 8 rebounds, and collected 3 steals as well in a superb overall effort that was one of the best of the weekend. If he can maintain his floor effort and efficiency while improving his perimeter stroke and decision making in the coming weeks, Allen is going to turn in some monster performances. Excellent overall effort for the young lead guard.
RILEY LACHANCE – 2014 – SG – BROOKFIELD CENTRAL
When you talk about making a statement on the basketball court, look no further than this sharpshooting freshman who turned in easily the top effort by a true freshman in the three year history of the BOC fall basketball league. Showed instinct, skill, and a lethal perimeter stroke on his way to 28 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Knocked down 11 of his 23 shots including a 6 of 13 performance from beyond the arc. Bottom line is if he’s left open it’s going to be a very long day for the opposing team. Great overall effort during his first week.
JIM MAROSE – 2011 – F/C – WISCONSIN LUTHERAN
When you speak about activity, intangibles, hustle, and floor production this interior talent comes to mind in the first week. Gave a strong opening performance due largely in part to his effort on both ends of the court. Scored 6 points but led the league this past weekend with 12 rebounds and 4 blocks while serving as an interior force on both ends and doing anything he could to help the team. Really liked his hustle and instincts and look forward to him continuing to build on a strong opening week the remainder of the fall.
DIAMONTAE MCKINLEY – 2012 – PG – WAUWATOSA EAST
Struggled a bit from the field but has really come along over the past year in terms of his assertiveness and overall production. Scored 13 points, dished out 5 assists, grabbed 2 rebounds, and collected 2 steals in one of the top BOC performances in his young career. Knocked down 3 of 7 shots from beyond the arc while showing nice range but did struggle at times from the field as he finished 5 of 17 overall. Like his aggressiveness, but needs to continue to improve his efficiency and overall floor activity on both ends to take his game to another level this fall.
CONNOR WEAS – 2012 – SG – WHITEFISH BAY
For the past couple of years this young perimeter talent went through the motions so to speak and never really was active on a consistent level during the BOC fall league. So it was very refreshing to see his performance this past weekend as he finished with 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting and grabbed 3 rebounds. It was a solid foundation to build on in the coming weeks but more importantly he looked for his shots and showed improved confidence and activity than past years. Want to see him be even more active and assertive on both ends in the coming weeks to take his production to a higher level.
MAVERICKS (0 – 1)
KIWANE CROWDER – 2011 – G – MILWAUKEE HAMILTON
Had a decent opening week as he found a way to contribute in a few areas with 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Finished 3 of 7 from the field including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. Overall a productive weekend for the combo guard from the City Conference. Would like to see him take his activity on both ends of the court up as his production would follow suit. Solid instincts, nice range, etc. are all a part of his game and that was evident in flashes this past weekend.
LUKE FISCHER – 2013 – F/C – GERMANTOWN
One of the talented up and coming bigs in the the Midwest, Fischer continues to open eyes every time he takes the court. A solid opening week effort was the call of the day for him on Saturday as the skilled instinctive interior talent finished with 13 points on 6 of 11 shooting, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. He showed an ability to finish around the basket and solid range as well as he knocked down a trey ball with solid form. Is really just scratching the surface as Fischer looks the part of a definite mid to high major prospect in the coming years. Was very impressed with his effort during the first week and look for him to take his production up another level as he becomes more active on both ends of the floor in the coming weeks.
EMILIO LOPEZ – 2012 – G/F – WISCONSIN LUTHERAN
Activity and hustle were his assets this past weekend and both served him well as he came up a solid opening weekend performance. Scored 6 points but his 10 rebounds were more impressive and he added a couple of assists as well. Played hard on both ends, made some nice things happen, and laid the foundation for what I hope will be a strong showing for him this fall.
CALEB MORTAG – 2014 – SF – BROOKFIELD CENTRAL
Was solid at times in his BOC debut as the talented wing made some positive things happen with his floor production this past weekend. Only scored 4 points and struggled a bit with a 2 of 6 effort from the field including missing the mark on a couple of easy looks but he grabbed 8 rebounds, blocked 2 shots, collected 1 steal, and even dished out an assist. For him it’s all about having fun and being active and assertive on both ends of the court. As he does all of that his production should continue to grow and his game and status will as well. Solid instincts and potential are there and that came through in flashes at times with a decent effort the first week.
DEVIN STEELE – 2011 – PG – MILWAUKEE KING
Quick and energetic floor leader who always brings things to the table due to his activity and hustle game in and game out. This past weekend he did some nice things and laid the groundwork for what hopefully will be a great fall and an even better senior year. Finished with 10 points on 5 of 14 shooting but kicked out 6 assists, grabbed 4 rebounds, and collected 1 steal. Would like to see him be more efficient in terms of his performance, improve his decision making and shot selection, and take his activity on both ends up another level for increased production. Served as a solid catalyst at times as well while making some nice passes. Expecting a big fall from him and a decent opening week was a good start in that direction.
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.