MEQUON, Wis. – Day two of the WBY Shootout featured some of the state’s top teams and programs who competed at a high level in some intriguing non-conference matchups. Part of a talented 2018 class, James Butler of The Prairie School was worth the price of admission alone. Meanwhile in the main event, Wisconsin commit Kobe King hit the 30-point mark in a win over Kaukauna…
J.C. Butler – 2018 – G – The Prairie School
Butler put on a show in Prairie School’s win over Kettle Moraine Lutheran. The explosive junior guard had his very own dunking clinic in the first half, finding gaps in the defense and rising past defenders en route to 16 first half points. Butler got practically any look he wanted offensively and shot the ball very well from the perimeter. When he’s active defensively and on the glass and impacting the game in a variety of ways, Butler is a handful. A very coachable, high-IQ prospect, Butler has upside in ways beyond a high-rising, high volume scorer. He plays passing lanes very well and when he wants to attack the boards, can be a very sound rebounder. He finished with 26 points on 8-for-11 shooting and eight rebounds in Wednesday’s victory.
Will Chevalier – 2017 – F – Kimberly
If the hand is down, the man is down. Chevalier displayed his smooth stroke early and often in Kimberly’s win over Marquette. The Green Bay commit helped put the game away early in the second half with a couple of consecutive triples. A versatile, 6-foot-8 forward, Chevalier can see over the top of the defense with ease and has no problem shooting over the top of defenders in tight space. Chevalier excels in the catch-and-shoot game, but can do some things off the bounce and post up on occasion. If the Phoenix develop the rest of his game, Chevalier can be a dangerous weapon in their system.
John Diener – 2018 – SG – Cedarburg
Diener had a game-high 25 points in a loss to Wausau West. The DePaul commit hit some big shots down the stretch, including the game-tying basket with under a minute to play. Despite facing tough man-to-man defense, Diener was able to create space for his jumper and displayed some smooth moves off the bounce, including a terrific step-back jumper. Diener can invert himself in the offense and play down in the post when he’s got a mismatch. Not known for his athletic ability, Diener did have some blow-by dribble drives to the rim on Wednesday.
Tyrese Haliburton – 2018 – PG – Oshkosh North
Haliburton is going to a very coveted guard when all is said and done. Already racking up the mid-major offers, Haliburton is a ‘Plan A’ target for a lot of quality programs heading into the spring. One of the best pure point guards in his class, Haliburton just has a unique feel for the game and handle on his team. He can score the basketball, but doesn’t have to in order to be successful. He knows where all four of his teammates are on the floor at all times and seems to react instantly to whatever the defense throws at him. Even if Haliburton is just setting up his teammates for 36 minutes, he can be extremely effective. A lanky, 6-foot-4 point guard, Haliburton is an excellent 3-point shooter and even displayed a new mid-range, pull-up game in Wednesday’s win over Arrowhead. Haliburton took over the second half, helping Oshkosh North pull away from a quality opponent.
Kobe King – 2017 – G/F – La Crosse Central
The high school season provides us with an opportunity to see a different side of King. The top interior presence on his team, King plays on the block for most of the game and went off for 31 points in a win over Kaukauna. The Wisconsin commit could not be handled on the block and often finished around or through a double team. A player who can invert himself in the offense at the next level, King is a true three-level scorer that can exploit any mismatch. King possesses outstanding post footwork and was able to work his way past defenders who took away his go-to moves.
Jordan McCabe – 2018 – PG – Kaukauna
Everyone knows about McCabe’s scoring and ball handling ability, but the rest of his game doesn’t get enough attention. For 5-foot-10, McCabe is an outstanding rebounder and isn’t afraid to battle inside. In fact, he grabbed 10 boards in a loss to La Crosse Central. A terrific command of the offense, there is no pass off limits for McCabe. He had 10 assists, many of which were just setting up teammates for 3-point opportunities, looking off the defense and firing passes to the wing. The West Virginia commit had a huge second half, en route to 29 points, giving him a triple double. McCabe struggled from the field in stretches, but hit some very tough shots against arguably the favorite in Division 2.
Gacoby Jones – 2018 – PG – Dominican
A player that creates well for himself and others, Jones had a nice showing in a loss to Ripon. A speedy, elusive floor general, Jones can blow by his man with ease, even when the defense knows it’s coming. Jones needs to improve his perimeter and mid-range game more and not be so reliant on points at the rim or trying to dish in traffic, but he’s a fearless, relentless guard with some promise. The main offensive catalyst for Dominican, Jones scored 14 points in Wednesday’s loss.
Bailey Kale – 2017 – PG – La Crosse Central
Minnesota-Duluth has a good one in Kale. He’s so tough to defend because his of 3-point shooting ability and quickness off the bounce. Defenders usually have to give up something when they match up with the senior guard. The lefty can spot-up from downtown, shoot off the bounce, and score fading away from the basket. An underrated transition point guard, Kale usually makes the right play, whether it’s dropping it off to a teammate or finishing at the rack. Using excellent body control, Kale can score at the rim better than people think and shields the ball nicely from defenders who try and block his shot. Kale pitched in with 21 points in Central’s win over Kaukauna.
Gabe Madsen – 2020 – G – Bloomer
There’s a lot to like about this freshman. A skilled, smooth 6-foot-4 guard, Madsen is one of the state’s top 2020 prospects. Wise beyond his years on the floor, Madsen has an array of tools with the basketball in his possession. Madsen can create his own shot off the bounce and has a sweet pull-up game. If he’s left open on the perimeter, Madsen can be deadly and drilled a couple triples off dribble penetration. Always alert, Madsen can pick defenses apart when he gets into the paint and is comfortable dropping the ball off with either hand. Just 14 years old, Madsen should be a promising two-guard in the 6-foot-6 range. He finished with 23 points in Wednesday’s victory.
Eddie Muench – 2017 – G/F – Ripon
Perhaps the most underrated player in the state of Wisconsin, Muench is having a huge senior season and continued that in Ripon’s win over Dominican. The 6-foot-4 sharpshooter is a savvy scorer who can torch defenses from all three levels. Muench can catch and shoot on the perimeter, snap off shots coming off screens, and was impressive finishing at the rim with both hands. Muench appears to be a late bloomer and possibly a prospect that’s still growing at this point in his career. Division 2 programs should be knocking on the door to get Muench, who scored a game-high 23 points in the win.
Jalen Sample – 2017 – G/F – Onalaska
Sample is an intriguing player with a good blend of length and athleticism. Although he’s listed at 6-foot-4, Sample has an effective back-to-the-basket game. He displayed good footwork showed the ability to get around defenders on the block. On the perimeter, Sample can take people off the dribble and moves very well without the ball. A smooth, versatile player, Sample works for easy scores and is a fluid finisher around the rim. Also someone who sparks his team with hustle plays, Sample turned defense into offense by collecting steals, altering shots, and getting on the glass. He finished with 16 points in a win over Wisconsin Lutheran.
Mo Sykes – 2018 – G – Wausau West
Sykes gave his team a big lift in their win over Cedarburg. A scrappy, athletic guard, Sykes changed the game on both ends of the floor with hustle plays. He played very stout perimeter defense and cut off straight-line drives, while hassling the ball handler. Around the rim, Sykes can explode for easy finishes and isn’t afraid to crash the glass for put back opportunities. Sykes needs more skill work to play in traffic and attack off the bounce, but there’s quite a bit of upside for the 5-foot-10 junior, who finished with a team-high 20 points in the win.
Shane Wissink – 2017 – G – Oshkosh North
If Oshkosh North makes a deep run in the state tournament, Wissink will have a big part in that. He’s not one of the household names on the Oshkosh North squad, but his impact is certainly felt. In a game that North struggled early, Wissink helped the Spartans get out of a funk in Tuesday’s win over Arrowhead. An underrated athlete, Wissink has a nice blend of speed and athleticism off the bounce. Wissink can get to the rim in a hurry and finish over defenders with a soft touch around the rim. He finished with 19 points and MVP honors in the victory.
J.C. Butler has an offer from Green Bay. He listed interest from Memphis, USC, Wisconsin, Marquette, LSU, Drake, and Milwaukee.
Tyrese Haliburton has offers from Ohio, Milwaukee, Northern Iowa, Drake, Green Bay, Toledo, IUPUI, and Northern Illinois. He listed interest from Nebraska, Iowa State, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Princeton, William & Mary and other showing interest.