MEQUON, Wis. – The third and final day of the 2016 WBY Shootout featured some top notch action among some of the best players and teams in the state of Wisconsin. In the main event on Thursday, two Division 2 powers, Kaukauna and Whitnall, squared off. While the game got out of hand early, 2018 point guard Jordan McCabe put on a show for those lucky enough to be in attendance.
Tyrese Haliburton – 2018 – PG – Oshkosh North
Haliburton is the type of player that makes you really appreciate the point guard position. He doesn’t have to show up in the stat box – although he does often – to be effective and be the most important player on the floor. Haliburton just has a way maximizing his team’s offensive efficiency and he makes it look so simple the way he goes about his business. Oshkosh North handled Milwaukee Riverside 94-84 in a game that wasn’t close till late. Haliburton took over down the stretch with a handful of drives to the rim to ensure Riverside would not mount a comeback. He finished with 19 points and a ton of assists on Thursday.
Kobe King – 2017 – G/F – La Crosse Central
In two games at the WBY Shootout, King totaled 60 points, including a game-high 29 points in a loss to Milwaukee Pius XI. The Wisconsin commit would have had an even bigger day, but La Crosse Central opted to run down the clock with about seven minutes to play. King was once again dominant on the block and slashing from mid-range, often splitting two defenders and finishing over or through contact. Trailing by as many as 10 in the first half, Central rode King in the final period to make it a tight game down the stretch.
Terrence Lewis – 2017 – SF – Milwaukee Riverside
Lewis made a run at the WBY Shootout scoring record, scoring 29 points in the first half and finishing with a game-high 43. The Iowa State commit just exploded offensively, knocking down a handful of triples, slashing to the basket, and displaying a sweet touch fading away from the basket. Playing from behind the entire game, Lewis demanded the ball and delivered. He was relentless for 36 minutes and nearly pulled Riverside out of a huge hole in the second half. Lewis also added eight rebounds in the loss.
Jordan McCabe – 2018 – PG – Kaukauna
The West Virginia commit was essentially giving out free appearances in a highlight film during Thursday’s win over Whitnall. Putting together a signature performance, McCabe went for 28 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists as Kaukauna blasted the Falcons. McCabe was unguardable, hitting off-balance triples, threading the needle for no-look assists, and putting together a ball handling exhibition that would impress the Harlem Globetrotters. There’s almost nothing a defense can do when McCabe has it going like he did Thursday night.
Tommy Borta – 2017 – F – Wausau West
Borta played the best I’ve seen of him during Thursday’s loss to Beaver Dam. A solid Division 3 prospect, Borta can do some things from the perimeter. The 6-foot-7 forward is a versatile, skilled prospect with a budding offensive skillset. He can step out and shoot the basketball accurately and put the ball on the deck. There’s nothing overly explosive about his game, but Borta can beat defenders with skill rather than flash. Borta scored a team-high 16 points in the defeat.
Xzavier Jones – 2019 – SF – Martin Luther
This kid has a chance and will be much better in a year or two with skill development. A 6-foot-5 sophomore who can slash and play on the block, Jones is a little limited offensively, but flashes a high upside. He had a few impressive plays in transition during Thursday’s win over Brookfield Academy. Jones has some intriguing length and athleticism. He has a decent mid-range game, but right now is better on the block where he can face up and attack. Defensively, Jones is comfortable defending the interior and is a good weak-side shot blocker. Jones chipped in with 18 points in the victory.
Garrett Nelson – 2017 – PG – Beaver Dam
Nelson hasn’t received much notoriety, but needs to. A solid, very well rounded point guard, Nelson impact the game in a variety of ways from the backcourt. The senior puts up big numbers, but also does little things such as passing up a good shot for a great one, getting his hands in the passing lanes, and making hustle plays that make a difference for his team. A prospect that prefers putting the ball on the deck and getting to the rim, Nelson has extremely impressive handles and appears to have the ball on a string. Nelson hit a tough shot under duress to send the game into overtime. He finished with a game-high 31 points in a win over Wausau West.
Andres Peralta-Werns – 2018 – G – Brookfield Central
Peralta-Werns isn’t one of the key names on this talented Brookfield Central team, but a lot of people know about him after Thursday’s performance. The junior guard just went off in a win over Mequon Homestead, dropping a game-high 27 points. Peralta-Werns really didn’t do anything special, but was just effective at taking opportunities when they presented themselves, reading the defense, and making smart basketball plays.
Victor Nwagbaraocha – 2017 – G – Pius XI
Nwagbaraocha hit the game winner to knock off previously undefeated La Crosse Central. The senior guard is a big sleeper in the state of Wisconsin. An explosive guard who can finish strong at the rim and block shots defensively, Nwagbaraocha had 15 points and nine rebounds on Thursday. Nwagbaraocha doesn’t do a lot offensively from beyond the arc, but can knock down open shots if given space. A player capable of huge scoring performances, Nwagbaraocha had some eye opening performances in July and has continued that during the 2016-17 season.
Xzavier Jones has early interest from Marquette, Wisconsin, UNLV, and Bradley.