OSHKOSH – In a battle of top five teams in Division 1, No. 1 Oshkosh North hosted No. 4 Kimberly on Tuesday, looking to clinch the Fox Valley Association outright. Despite trailing by five late, the Spartans rallied for a 58-57 victory in a game that came down to the last possession.
Will Chevalier – 2017 – F – Kimberly
Chevalier got off to a fantastic start, scoring the first 11 points for Kimberly. The Green Bay commit was dominant early, moving all over the floor against North’s zone and finding mismatch opportunities. You can’t give Chevalier an inch of space on the perimeter. The 6-foot-7 senior has a sweet, short stroke and isn’t fazed by a hand in his face. Chevalier knocked down some difficult shots with defenders trying to crowd him. Continuing to expand his game, Chevalier looks more comfortable on the block. He worked hard away from the ball and showed some toughness around the rim. Chevalier finished with a game-high 18 points in the loss.
Philip Flory – 2017 – SG – Oshkosh North
Still looking for a home next season, Flory had a huge second half and sparked the comeback. Flory made winning plays both offensively and defensively that jumpstarted North. The unsigned senior knocked down some triples and had some tough finishes around the rim. Continuing to improve after a couple substantial injuries earlier in his career, Flory, who was once committed to Marquette, looks to be a Division 1 caliber prospect. He’s generating some late interest from the likes of Northern Iowa, Wichita State, and Green Bay. He may stay on the market through the spring and play on the travel circuit.
Tyrese Haliburton – 2018 – PG – Oshkosh North
Haliburton had an excellent game distributing the basketball. The junior point guard dropped some ridiculous no-look baskets that led to easy layups for his team. Haliburton does a great job of drawing defenders and baiting the defense into thinking he’s going to take a shot. His hesitation with the basketball can be deadly at times and his teammates love streaking to the rim, knowing Haliburton will find them. A terrific 3-point shooter, Haliburton didn’t have his best scoring performance, but had a huge steal and slam that tied the game late. One of the best true floor generals in the Midwest, Haliburton is in complete control of his team. Racking up the mid-major offers, Haliburton will be playing for high major scholarships this spring/summer.
Shane Wissink – 2017 – G – Oshkosh North
Picking up Division 2 attention, Wissink came up big late for North in the win. Wissink was quiet for much of the way, but his impact was being felt, just not in the box score. Wissink was a game changer defensively, playing hard-nosed defense all the way up the floor. He really wore down Kimberly’s guards in the second half, picking up 90 feet and barely giving them room to breathe. Down by two, Wissink had the game-winner off a beautiful spin move and drew a foul. With the game tied, Wissink calmly buried the go-ahead free throw with 8.6 seconds left. Wissink has been the x-factor for North all season and continues to be a big reason why North is undefeated.