The Wisconsin boys state high school tournament tips off this week and we continue our look at the upcoming tournament with our Division 3 preview…

Note – All items listed in alphabetical order

SEE ALSO
WIAA STATE TOURNAMENT – DIVISION 1 PREVIEW
WIAA STATE TOURNAMENT – DIVISION 2 PREVIEW

FAVORITES
PRESCOTT

The Middle Border conference powerhouse hits the tournament with a balanced attack led by junior Parker Nielson averaging over 20 points a contest.  Big man junior Jacob Doffing provides the strength in the middle and senior guard Brian Tayson can fill it up as well if needed.  A solid supporting cast is there as well and they have the ability to score from all levels with balance making them a tough matchup for most teams.  

WHY PRESCOTT WILL WIN
They’ll execute with efficiency and some of the more athletic deeper teams won’t respect them later in the tournament allowing them to stay in the game where their execution and efficiency will make the plays that matter.  They won’t beat themselves, you’ll have to beat them.

WHY PRESCOTT WON’T WIN
The teams with more depth and athleticism will play to their ability and be able to neutralize one or two of the key scorers in the Prescott attack.  

SOUTHERN DOOR
The Packerland conference champions stumbled to close the season but I’m one of those that thing a loss sometimes can galvanize a team to run the table so to speak.  This team is legit and cannot be taken lightly.  Primarily a three headed monster offensively, senior guard Kyle Daoust is the alpha at over 20 points a game.  Junior wing Ryan Claflin is another big part of the attack and senior forward Derik LeCaptain does the dirty work while giving them a third offensive weapon that has to be accounted for.  

WHY SOUTHERN DOOR WILL WIN
They’ll do what they always do and that’s execute and play as a team and they’ll embrace the moment no matter the opponent.  For them to run the table they’ll need huge efforts consistently from their big three and they’ll need a fourth to step up and play the best basketball of their career.

WHY SOUTHERN DOOR WON’T WIN
They will get sped up and out of their comfort zone and a couple of the more talented teams will simply be too much to overcome.  

WAUPUN
They have the best player in the Division 3 ranks in senior Marcus Domask and they’ve already captured a state championship early in his career.  Waupun is well coached and Domask is an extension of that coach and he’s exceptional and efficient.  Domask fills the box score and he makes the game easy for his teammates.  Senior Quintin Winterfeldt will need to come up big in the post season and fellow senior Trevor VandeZande will need to do the same.  

WHY WAUPUN WILL WIN
Domask will turn in electric performances and the other two key seniors will do much of the same.  Someone will step up unexpectedly in a late tournament matchup creating the depth and balance needed to push Waupun over the top.  

WHY WAUPUN WON’T WIN
Someone will find a way to neutralize Domask in part and the supporting cast won’t step up.  They’re not a very deep team they just have a really good alpha in Domask and the team that can find a way to slow him a bit while still shutting down the supporting cast will beat them.

GREENDALE MARTIN LUTHER
Another heavily senior laden team led by Trequan Carrington, Xzavier Jones, and Ace Evans.  They head into the tournament as the top overall seed and they quickness and athleticism of that trio is a big reason why.  Carrington is an ultra-quick guard who can score and create while Jones and Evans have the ability fill the box score and create athletic matchup problems for opposing teams.  They have an experienced coaching staff and when they’re playing to their best they are easily the favorite to capture the state title.

WHY MARTIN LUTHER WILL WIN
Xzavier Jones will fill the box score while Evans and Carrington will be dominant in their lanes.  Junior wing Joey Immekus will hit shots consistently creating open lanes for the slashing guards and wings to get to the basket.  They’ll play together and they’ll compete on every possession on both sides of the ball.

WHY MARTIN LUTHER WON’T WIN
Individualism will surface and guys won’t move the ball consistently making them easier to defend.  They’ll make bad decisions with the basketball in terms of passing or shot selection and they won’t lock in defensively.  If they don’t win it it’s because they’ll beat themselves.  

FIVE IMPACT PLAYERS TO PLAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO
ALEX ANTETOKOUNMPO – 2020 – F – DOMINICAN

A plus length forward with the ability to score from multiple levels, Alex has had some strong performances this season and his ability to fill the box score when he’s at his best could really open things up for Dominican and allow some of the supporting cast members to step up big.  Alex has to be accounted for and if he’s playing with energy every game Dominican is a potential problem in any game.  

MARCUS DOMASK – 2019 – SF – WAUPUN
He along with Hunter are the two guys that have that take over ability with consistency and when that switch gets flipped Domask is a problem and the game flows really easy.  He can drop 30 or 40 on any given night and his ability to do that could carry Waupun all the way to the state championship.

TYRESE HUNTER – 2021 – PG – RACINE ST. CATHERINES
Ultra-quick and athletic with handles, Hunter can get to the rim and he can rip the nets from beyond the arc.  Hunter is a matchup problem in the open court and in half court sets and his ability to create positive chaos on both ends makes St. Catherines a legitimate championship contender.  

JAMES KELLEY – 2019 – SF – ST. JOHNS NW MILITARY ACADEMY
Really like this young man and his ability to fill the box score and create problems for opposing teams.  SJNWMA was 21-1 this season and Kelley was the alpha all season long.  He’s skilled and talented and he has the ability to carry a team as well when he gets it going.

XZAVIER JONES – 2019 – G/F – GREENDALE MARTIN LUTHER
The “X” factor no pun intended, Jones could be the reason why Martin Luther wins the state championship because he’s arguably the most versatile and athletic player in the Division and his ability to play to those strengths, defend, and score is a tough cover for teams focusing on Carrington or Evans.  

SLEEPERS
BROOKFIELD ACADEMY

Another solid well coached team that had five players average in double figures, they could pull off a big upset if one or two of the favorites take them lightly.  Their balance is a problem and they can hit you with inside and outside scoring that can create problems on any given night.

DOMINICAN
They have one of the best players in the Division and an experienced state championship head coach.  If Antetokounmpo gets going and the role players step up Dominican is a team no one will want to play.  

RACINE ST. CATHERINES
This team is deep, tough, and they play together.  Sophomore Tyrese Hunter is a legitimate mid to high major Division 1 prospect potentially and while he may be the straw that stirs the drink, they have five other players in Elijah Lambert, Quinn Cafferty, Kamari McGee, Jermaine Tomlin, and Azarien Stephens that have to be accounted for.  Needless to say they’re deep and balanced and they’re a legitimate threat.  

ST. JOHNS NW MILITARY ACADEMY
This is a very talented team with Kelley being a big part of the attack but junior guard Brandin Podziemski actually scored more points a game this season and he has to be respected and accounted for.  Add in junior guard Gerald Gittens and you have a very strong trio that is bolstered by a solid supporting cast.  Personally I feel the sectional that has Martin Luther, Racine St. Catherines, and this team in it will be the one that has the state champion come out of it and SJNWMA has as good a chance as any.  

STRATFORD
Their 22-0 for a reason and that’s because they play together, play hard, and compete on both ends of the court.  Junior big man Ben Barten is the alpha but a solid group of role players can have a different name pop up every game with a solid performance.  One of those teams that no one will really talk a lot about but if taken lightly or not respected they can make a deep run and pull off a shocker or two.  You will have to beat them, they won’t beat themselves.  

XAVIER
Senior Nick Otto powers an attack that features four guys averaging in double figures.  Not necessarily one of the favorites, they play together and have the balance and depth to pull off a big upset or two if taken lightly.

PROJECTIONS
Final Four – Prescott, Racine St. Catherines, Southern Door, Waupun

Championship – Racine St. Catherines over Waupun