Always one of the top days in high school hoops, the 2017 Midwest Players Classic returns on Saturday from La Crosse. Featuring some of the top players and teams from the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, the La Crosse Center will be home to another fantastic day of basketball…
Rushford-Peterson (MN) vs. La Crosse Logan – 11:35 AM
One of the most underrated teams in the state, La Crosse Logan (5-3) has a few sleeper prospects to keep tabs on.
2018 point guard C.J. Siegel is generating Division 1 interest this season. An undersized, but very explosive guard, Siegel is posting 15.1 points per game. One of the top freshman in the state, Terrence Thompson chips in with 8.2 ppg.
Rushford-Peterson (5-3) is led by Luke Rasmussen (10.3 ppg) and Noah Carlson (9.2 ppg). They come in having won five straight games.
Onalaska vs. Minnehaha Academy (MN) – 1:10 PM
Get your popcorn ready, because one of the nation’s top players will be in action during this one.
2020 shooting guard Jalen Suggs (27.0 ppg) is an elite talent in his class. The diaper dandy already holds a handful of power-five offers. Another freshman, guard Terry Lockett (13.0 ppg), will also be on the radar of Division 1 programs in the coming years for Minnehaha Academy (6-4).
A consistent winner in the state of Wisconsin, Onalaska (10-1) is off to another great start this season. Currently atop the Mississippi Valley Conference, Onalaska features a solid trio of Tyler Hughes (15.1 ppg), Noah Fredrickson (13.3 ppg), and Jalen Zubich (12.8 ppg).
Wisconsin Rapids Assumption vs. La Crosse Aquinas – 2:55 PM
Sitting at 3-5 overall, Aquinas looks for a big win to jumpstart their season. Aquinas is getting 15.6 ppg from Eddie Harwick.
Off to an 8-1 start, Assumption comes in riding a seven-game winning streak. Joe Grundhoffer (17.1 ppg) has Assumption sitting atop the Marawood South Conference.
Wauwatosa West vs. Caledonia (MN) – 4:40 PM
Two future teammates will square off in this Minnesota-Wisconsin battle. South Dakota State signee Alou Dillon leads Tosa West against 2018 SDSU commit Owen King. Dillon (19.0 ppg) has Tosa West at 7-3 overall this season. The senior forward is also contributing 8.6 rebounds and nearly three assists per game.
Caledonia (7-1) is getting 16.0 points and 5.5 assists per game from King. His younger brother, Noah King, is averaging a team-high 20.1 points and 6.7 boards per contest.
Milwaukee Riverside vs. Woodbury (MN) – 6:25 PM
Riverside (6-3) continues to play a loaded non-conference schedule and will get another good test on Saturday.
Iowa State commit Terrence Lewis is having a monster season. The senior wing is putting up 30.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. 2018 guard Carlos Curtis flirts with a triple-double nightly, posting 18.2 points, 8.1 assists, and 5.8 rebounds per outing.
Woodbury (7-3) comes into Saturday tied for first in the Suburban East Conference. Michael Jones leads the way with 23.0 points per game.
Waunakee vs. La Crosse Central – 8:15 PM
The main event features two teams who reached the Division 2 state semifinals a year ago. Waunakee (10-0) made the finals before losing to Kaukauna, while La Crosse Central (8-1) was a semifinalist and already avenged that loss to the Ghosts in the WBY Shootout in December.
One of the most well-coached squads in Wisconsin, Waunakee comes in unbeaten, winning eight of 10 games by double figures. One of the best two-way players in the state, 2018 guard Mitch Listau is averaging 22.1 points per game.
Wisconsin commit Kobe King (25.6 ppg) has La Crosse Central in good shape to get back to Madison. The senior wing has much more help this season and is getting good production from Minnesota-Duluth commit Bailey Kale (17.2 ppg) and a mixture of underclassmen.
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