GLENDALE, Wis. – A highly anticipated non-conference battle between Milwaukee Riverside and Nicolet lived up to the hype. In a back and forth affair, the Tigers edged the Knights on the road 65-59 thanks to the steady play of their star Carlos Curtis…

Jack Brahm – 2018 – F – Nicolet
This is a really good Division 3 prospect. Brahm doesn’t have ideal size at 6-foot-4, but he’s comfortable at either forward spot. Brahm really got things going early with his 3-point shooting. He finds the soft spots in the defense and is comfortable as a catch-and-shoot big. That set up everything else. In the second half, Brahm viciously attacked the rim. He wasn’t afraid of contact and tried to go right through people. Brahm has little wasted movement of dribbles once he catches on the arc and goes to the rim. I didn’t see much ability to play on the block against a small Riverside team, but Brahm looks like he could make a killing at the Division 3 level in the pick n’ pop game or as a stretch forward.
Carlos Curtis – 2018 – G – Milwaukee Riverside
We’ve got to start talking about Curtis more seriously as a Mr. Basketball candidate. Once again, Curtis flirted with a triple-double and finished with a game-high 24 points. Curtis was fantastic scoring the basketball in the first half as Nicolet was threatening to break the game open. Curtis kept things close with timely 3-point shots and knocked down some tough, contested looks from outside the paint. The Knights then came at Curtis with size. The East Tennessee State commit took the game over with his passing ability. Curtis got into the paint and delivered some beautiful assists in the waning moments that put the game away. 

Montrell Jacobs – 2018 – G – Riverside
Jacobs’ play really sparked Riverside in the second half. He’s only about 6-foot-1, but Jacobs’ ability to play above the rim was a real problem for Nicolet. He had some big time blocks at the rim on Tuesday and took a number of points off the board with his defensive ability. On the other end, Jacobs put home a few dunks, including a beautiful alley-oop in the second half that swung the momentum in Riverside’s favor. Jacobs is a threat from 3-point range as well and has shot the ball at a high level in the two times I’ve seen him. One of those x-factor players, Jacobs may not be the straw that stirs the drink, but it’s hard for Riverside to win without him. He finished with 12 points in Tuesday’s win. 

Jamari Sibley – 2020 – F – Nicolet
This is a prospect that high major schools need to be closely watching. You can see a rapid development approaching as Sibley has greatly expanded his perimeter skillset as well as added an inch or two in the off-season. Sibley is still pretty raw, but he’s already comfortable scoring from two levels. He’s drastically improved his outside shot and displayed a deep range. Sibley is a talented forward who can shoot over the top from mid-range, slash to the basket, and even knock down the turn-around jumper. Defensively and on the glass, Sibley showcased some freaky athleticism. He had a beautiful chase down block in transition and some eye-opening offensive boards where he put his head on the rim. Sibley finished with 21 points in the loss. He has offers from Milwaukee and Green Bay, and said UNLV, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Xavier, and Iowa are currently expressing interest.