The high school season is in full swing across the country and Wisconsin is no exception as a host of talented prospects continue to perform early in the 2016-2017 campaign. Stellar efforts from the likes of Koreem Ozier, Grant Basile, etc. are the rule of the thumb so far and things are just getting warmed up. Here’s a look at that and more in this week’s news and notes from across the state…
(1) STEVENS POINT 4-0
Still undefeated with another victor under their belt earlier this week, the two time defending state champions continue to roll without the key piece in junior Joey Hauser. The big reason why is the stellar play of junior guard Drew Blair who’s averaging 20 points a game right now.
(2) KAUKAUNA 1-0
The Division 2 defending state champions jumped out the box last week with an impressive win and junior lead guard Jordan McCabe was the catalyst with a stellar opening game. Similar to Stevens Point they’ll be towards the top unless someone is able to beat them. Shorthanded right now they’ll be at their best come season’s end.
(3) OSHKOSH NORTH 3-0
A talented group of four guide this ship and the way different things are shaking out on and off the court across the state this team may actually end up being the biggest threat to Stevens Point come season’s end. Tyrese Haliburton, Philip Flory, Shane Wissink, and emerging junior Quincy Anderson are all averaging over double figures for an undefeated team that appears to be coming together early in impressive fashion.
(4) RACINE PARK 1-0
A talented young group stepped out with a victory led by sophomore guard Larry Canady who is a talented young prospect that can really play. It seems that most of the rumored off the court items are slowly coming to rest which bodes well for the future of the team this season. They are young, talented, and only getting better.
(5) LA CROSSE CENTRAL 3-0
Undefeated behind the strong play of Kobe King and Bailey Kale, Central is a potential sleeper this year as the 1-2 punch of Kale and King is as good as it gets when they’re at their best.
BRENNEN BANKS – 2017 – G – EVANSVILLE
Currently averaging over 31 points a contest for 3-1 Evansville, Banks is blistering the nets from everywhere on the court. He is scoring in bunches with a skill set that allows him to do so at each level. One of the standout stories of the early season in Wisconsin.
GRANT BASILE – 2017 – F – PEWAUKEE
A 6-8 forward with a solid frame and plus length, Basile’s best basketball lies ahead and he’s already performing at the level we expected when we last saw him deliver an impressive performance in October at our Futures Camp. Currently averaging close to 20 points a game, Basile can score at each level and his instincts and feel continues to elevate making for a very interesting prospect over the next 12-18 months.
QUINN CAFFERTY – 2019 – PF – RACINE ST. CATHERINES
A talented blue collar interior prospect who brings toughness, skill, instinct, and intangibles to the court, Cafferty is having a stellar sophomore campaign averaging close to 29 points a contest. He can rip the nets at the mid-range level, he attacks off the bounce, he collects rebounds, and he finishes around the basket. He’s a leader in terms of his effort and floor production and he does what it takes to help his team win.
ISAAC LINDSEY – 2020 – SG – MINNERAL POINT
One of our favorites in the 2020 class, Lindsey is a sharpshooting talent who reminds us in ways of current Iowa State standout Matt Thomas and Vanderbilt standout Riley LaChance. He has size at 6-2 and a textbook stroke that he uses to blister the nets and score at will when he’s locked in. Already has a 35 point game to his early career resume and he’s averaging over 25 points a contest this season. This young man can play.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Coach Basile has his squad playing solid basketball and they are on a three game winning streak led by junior forward Grant Basile who is playing excellent basketball. Four players are averaging in double figures and they seem to be improving as each game moves on. A solid sleeper to keep track of as the season moves along.
GAME OF THE WEEK
KENOSHA ST. JOSEPH AT MILWAUKEE WASHINGTON (SATURDAY)
Former City Conference standout Jose Winston brings his St. Joseph team to Milwaukee Saturday and they have a talented duo in senior guard DeAndre Johns and junior big man Sergio Nanu, both of which can play and deliver quality results across the board. Saturday will be a big test for Coach Winston and company as they lock up with the Purgolders led by sophomore Deontay Long and Johntae Martin as well as junior guard Jordan Dinsmore. As all these early games do, this one will be a great test for both teams to see where they’re at but a victory by Kenosha St. Joseph would send a big message across the state that they are for real this season. This could be a really solid game to check out this weekend.
2020 G Jalen Johnson of Sun Prairie had surgery early this week and it’s appears that the injury wasn’t as serious as initially thought. We expect to see him back on the court this season and that’s great news for one of the top freshman in the country. Get well soon young fella!