The annual WBY Shootout hit the hardwood in Wisconsin this past weekend and we had a chance to take in some of the games and watch some of the talented prospects making noise this season.  Here are a few things we took note of this past weekend…

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(1)     2020 F Jacob Ognacevic of Sheboygan Lutheran was the most impressive prospect on the court this past weekend.  A 6-8 skilled and instinctive forward, Ognacevic delivered two 30 plus point efforts that he paired with double figure rebounds.  He was 19-19 from the free throw line in one game and his efficiency combined with his ability to finish at multiple levels and his instincts was impressive as he led his team to a 2-0 mark.  

(2)     A couple of unsigned seniors that played well this past weekend were G/F Chris Bready of Waukesha West and G Larry Canady of Racine Park.  Bready is a 6-5 powerful athletic wing with range and bounce that can score at multiple levels while also filling the box score.  Bready was so impressive that we immediately updated our recent Top 25 State Player Rankings in Wisconsin to include him on that board (CLICK HERE TO VIEW UPDATED TOP 25 CLASS OF 2019 PLAYER RANKINGS IN WISCONSIN).  Canady is a slashing type guard who is at his best at the mid-range area and attacking the rim off the bounce.  I like the defensive potential of both and both have their best basketball in front of them big picture wise.

(3)     2021 G/F Brayden Dailey was impressive for Mineral Point.  Probably more of a skilled stretch 4 type at the next level, Dailey found ways to showcase his perimeter stroke and ability to score at the rim and the mid-range level.  An undersized skilled 4 that projects out to the low to possible mid major D1 level right now, big picture wise he will need to continue to develop his speed, quickness, explosion, and strength to be able to have success in college but he has the ability to score the basketball at each level and he has some solid instincts.  He had a couple of solid efforts offensively this past weekend.  

(4)     2022 PG Armani Jones of Milwaukee Academy of Science was impressive when we saw him.  An ultra-quick guard with handles, explosion, skill, and instincts, Jones is a blur in the open court and he pairs that explosive quickness with skill, vision, and instincts to make for a solid up and coming young prospect.

(5)     2020 PG Javeon Tolliver of Milwaukee Lutheran was another impressive prospect that performed well this weekend.  He’s grown a bit since we last saw him and his intelligence on the court combined with his quickness, athleticism, and overall skill set makes for an interesting prospect to pay close attention to.  He can defend and he can score and he also has the ability to break down opposing guards to create all kinds of problems for opposing teams.

(6)     You can look at Ognacevic and Brookfield Central senior guard Cole Nau’s performances from this past weekend as 1A and 1B in terms of impressive.  Nau erupted for 27 points in a dominant win over Greendale Martin Luther.  Not only did he defend well, which is pretty much his calling card, but he rip the nets repeatedly from beyond the arc and he scored at the rim while making it look easy.  Hillsdale got an absolute steal in Nau if he plays like he did this past weekend.  

(7)     Cole Nau wasn’t the only thing that was impressive about Brookfield Central this past weekend as their entire performance was for the most part.  2019 G Gage Malensek is starting to embrace the playmaking part of his position more and the results are that Cole Nau, 2021 G Ben Nau, and 2021 F David Joplin are beginning to flourish as a result.  Central can point directly to their performance against La Crosse Central at the NY2LA Sports Classic as their breakout game this season and they’ve been exceptional, balanced, and unselfish since.  If they continue to play the way they are they are a legitimate Division 1 threat for the state championship.  

(8)     Really like the direction Onalaska is headed and while 2020 F Carson Arenz currently gets most of the attention it’s really the play of 2020 F Tyrell Stuttley, 2021 F/C Gavin McGrath, and 2021 G/F Victor Desmond that is critical to their success.  Stuttley is a tough matchup for opposing teams and McGrath has really taken some nice steps forward in terms of finishing around the basket, being active on the glass, and contesting shots.  As for Desmond he’s a raw slashing type wing who has some upside with continued hard work and development.  They’re a young team who will make a lot of noise this season and should go deep into March.  

(9)     2019 G Ace Evans of Greendale Martin Luther continues to be one of the more dominant individual performers in the senior class.  He can get to the rim whenever he wants and he has athleticism and bounce to finish as well.  His mid-range game is advanced and old school and he makes free throws which is important in that he has that get to the line ability consistently.  His range does extend beyond the arc but that is the area right now that will need to develop in terms of his release and being able to shoot it off the bounce or coming off screens quickly and efficiently to take his game to the next level as a player.  He’s tough and he can play.

(10)    2019 PF David Skogman of Waukesha West continues to put together some solid efforts on the court.  It’s really nice to see him playing and competing at a high level and he had some strong efforts for West this past weekend.  Skogman’s best basketball is in front of him and his ability to score at multiple levels, contest shots, run the floor, and rebound makes him an intriguing prospect in a 2019 landscape that lacks bigs.  Based on conversations with his father everything continues to checkout in a positive way for the young man and that was great to hear.  

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