Some of the top players in last year’s North Shore Conference have moved on yet after being a 2nd team all-conference player his sophomore and junior seasons, one talented prospect nobody is talking about as a potential 1st team All-Conference player is Declan Ciurlik.  Ciurlik is entering his senior season under the radar playing for a well-coached Homestead H.S. team that made a deep run in last year’s playoffs.

Although Alex Huibregste of Grafton is rumored as the favorite to win player of the year in the conference, I wouldn’t be shocked to see his fellow senior Declan Ciurlik not too far behind in votes.  A few juniors, Kobe Johnson (Nicolet), James Graham III (Nicolet), Jayden Jackson (Whitefish Bay), and Drew Biber (Cedarburg) will also have something to say about that, but I’m moving all my chips to the middle of the table on this one and saying Ciurlik will be a dominant and consistent force for Homestead throughout the season.

At 6’3” and a very solid body for a guard when college coaches and others see him play the common theme is he doesn’t seem like a player, but when the game begins he jumps off the page.  A very versatile player that does it all for his team offensively, defensively, rebounding and boasting a 4.0 GPA he carries that to the court with his knowledge of the game.  Ciurlik has a very quick release on his highly efficient jump shot but he’s also not afraid to attack the rim so he can score from everyone level.

When asked, Ciurlik stated he has worked hard on his lateral quickness in the offseason, and wanted to improve on his mid-range jump shot.  I asked Ciurlik his goals for the upcoming season and he replied, “I believe we have a chance to compete for the conference title.” In the past Ciurlik always was the teammate that did his part to win, this year he stated, “I want to lead my team and become more aggressive in doing so.”

Ciurlik’s goals just may be possible in conference as Homestead will project 4 senior starters and a great system under Coach Sean Crider.

Holding an ACT score of 31, Ciurlik is looking to make his college decision mid to late December and holds an offer from NAIA Menlo (California) with D3 UW-Stevens Point showing very strong interest late along with Lawrence University.  Ciurlik has also heard from D2 Minnesota-Crookston, along with D3’s Loras College and Macalester College.  Slowed by an injury suffered in June that cost him looks in June and July, Ciurlik is back to full health and primed for a big senior year.  I’m sure more will enter the conversation once the season begins as Declan stands to be one of the more dominant players in the North Shore Conference and the state of Wisconsin this upcoming season.