The state of Wisconsin and the Midwest for that matter has continued to see talented prospects emerge at the 11th hour in their final year plus of high school development and the 2018 class is no exception.  The Badger state is doing much of the same with this year’s senior class and here’s a look at five 2018 below the radar prospects that continue to open eyes with the strong play this season…

Quincy Anderson – 2018 – SG – Oshkosh North HS (WI)
A strong physical guard with size, instincts, range, and fill the box score ability, Anderson is a legitimate Division 1 caliber shooting guard whose best basketball lies ahead.  He can slide to the lead guard position on occasion but he’s at his best scoring the basketball and he can do that from every level with consistency.  His range extends beyond the arc, he can score at the mid-level, and he has the ability to finish off the bounce or around the rim through traffic.  Have watched him pour trey balls in at a high level during spring and summer play and he’s doing that already for Oshkosh North again this year with a number of 30 plus point efforts.  One of the hardest working players and equipped with high character, Anderson will be a late steal for the right school as he checks a number of boxes and he’s just starting to understand how good he can be.

Jordan Dinsmore – 2018 – PG – Milwaukee Washington HS (WI)
A quick skilled guard with handles and an ability to score at multiple levels, Dinsmore has been one of the catalysts to Washington rebounding from a tough opening game loss to Brown Deer.  He can handle the ball, break down opposing guards, dribble penetrate to create, finish at multiple levels, and he works hard on his game.  The key to Dinsmore’s production is the overall efficiency and balance between when to shoot and when to pass and he’s taken a solid step forward this season and that’s helped the Purgolders along the way.  He’s worked hard to develop as a player and his skill set, instincts, and overall ability to contribute and make an impact on both sides of the floor has been impressive in spurts this season.  Another below the radar quality sleeper emerging late, Dinsmore is a talented guard that low major Division 1 programs and high caliber Division 2 schools should be taking a look at if they have that need as he’s delivering at a high level this season.

Jay Gentry – 2018 – PG – Brown Deer (WI)
You always have to applaud a player that can change their entire game around over the course of a few years and Gentry has done that in highly impressive fashion.  Always a high character talent, Gentry hit the high school level as more of a forward type with an advanced physical frame.  However, he never took that growth spurt into 6-5 to 6-8 status and rather than complain he just worked hard and made himself into a guard.  That guard now is one of the most dominant players on the court in the state of Wisconsin with a number of high caliber fill the box score performances on his resume early this season.  Gentry handles the ball, he can create, he hits the perimeter shot, he scores from each level, and he’s an overall tough floor leader who helps teams get wins.  Brown Deer has another chance to capture a state championship this season and Jay is a big reason why.  Low major Division 1 schools need to be looking at Gentry hard right now if they have a need at the floor general position because pound for pound whether its scoring, defending, or leading this young man is as tough as there is still on the board and he’s earned it through hard work, dedication, and persistence.  His success is greatly deserved.

Gacoby Jones – 2018 – PG – Dominican (WI)
An explosively athletic guard with handles, quickness, big time bounce, and the ability to create positive chaos on both ends of the court.  Jones was really solid throughout the spring and summer and he impressed in an elite fashion in flashes primarily due to his explosive athleticism.  He’s far from a finished product but he’s easily one of the top athletes in the 2018 class locally and regionally and to be frank he might be the best pure athlete in terms of explosion in the state of Wisconsin for the current senior class.  His perimeter stroke does need to improve in terms of form, consistency, and range but he checks all the other boxes and his athleticism makes for a highly intriguing guard long term who can impact both sides of the floor.  He has high major quickness an explosion and in my opinion he’s a Division 1 caliber guard with a high ceiling that schools are currently sleeping on significantly.  He would flourish in an open court up tempo system.

Quincy Minor – 2018 – PG – Wisconsin Lutheran (WI)
One thing that was noticeable about this young guard the last time we saw him was the physical development in terms of strength and explosion and that improvement has allowed him to deliver some solid efforts for the Vikings so far this season.  He handles the ball well, he can hit the perimeter jumper, he can create, and he has solid potential defensively as well.  He really seems to just be taking that next step as a player with his aggressiveness, confidence, and overall floor production.  Minor’s best years are in front of him and he’s been a talented model of consistency in terms of his production game in and game out for Wisconsin Lutheran this year.