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End of camp notes from 25th annual WBY Camp at Viterbo

06/13/2018, 12:00pm CDT
By Mark Miller

The 25th annual Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Exposure Camp concluded Tuesday at Viterbo University in La Crosse.

Following are some end-of-the-camp news and notes.

A total of 140 players at the WBY Camp were divided into 14 different teams.

Following are the Most Valuable Players for each of the teams at camp:

Luke Umnus, 5-11, PG, Sr., Elkhorn
Good things happen when Umnus has the ball in his hands ... He can get to the basket almost at will and finishes at a very high rate ... He can also make perimeter shots ... However, he is at his best when setting up scoring chances for his teammates ... Relentless competitor with a deep love for the game ... First-team all-league performer in Southern Lakes Conference as a junior ... Competes with Ray Allen Select -- Donaldson on the club circuit.

Will Soderberg, 6-3, G, Sr., St. Croix Central
Son of former Milwaukee Marquette and Merrill coach Kurt Soderberg and nephew of current Virginia assistant Brad Soderberg ... Highly competitive backcourt prospect who defends, rebounds and can score ... Enters senior season as a three-year varsity performer with two years at St. Croix Central and one year at Merrill ... Hard-working player who moves well and appears poised for a breakout senior season for coach Zach Turpin.

Jasin Sinani, 6-1, G, Soph., Oak Creek
One of the better young players at the WBY Camp ... Solid in all facets of the game ... Played for the varsity squad at Oak Creek as a freshman and averaged 3.6 ppg ... Solid student who figures to blossom into one of the better players in the Southeast Conference over the next couple of seasons ... Competes with the Wisconsin Swing -- Siebert 15U squad on the club circuit.

Sam Kick, 6-0, PG, Soph., Onalaska
Skilled young lead guard who can penetrate and deliver pinpoint passes to his open teammates ... Shot the ball well and ran the show like a veteran for his team at the WBY Camp ... Played big varsity minutes at Onalaska as a freshman and earned honorable mention all-league honors in the Mississippi Valley Conference ... Shot 56 percent from three-point range as a freshman for the Hilltoppers ... Competes with the Wisconsin Playmakers program on the club circuit.

Cade Ellingson, 6-2, G, Sr., Madison Memorial
Physically and mentally strong combination guard who does just about everything well ... Can shoot, rebound, defend and pass ... Does an excellent job of keeping his head up and finding open teammates in transition ... A second-team all-league performer in the Big Eight Conference as a junior for coach Steve Collins at Madison Memorial ... Competes with the Wisconsin Academy -- Ellingson squad on the club circuit.

J.T. Toepfer, 6-0, G, Sr., Lake Mills
A steady performer for a very strong program at Lake Mills the past couple of seasons ... Strong perimeter shooter who earned first-team all-Capitol North Conference laurels as a junior for coach Steve Hicklin and the L-Cats ... Also possesses an accurate mid-range jump shot ... Plays with the Wisconsin Academy -- Ellingson club program.

Joe Bauer, 6-1, PG, Sr., Mauston
Good size and shiftiness of a point guard ... Gets into the heart of a defense with his ability to penetrate ... Can score and find open teammates ... An improved perimeter shooter ... Earned first-team all-league honors in the South Central Conference as a junior for coach Gil Saylor and the Golden Eagles ... Competes with the Wisconsin Swing -- Bredesen club on the travel circuit.

Sam Hepp, 6-7, F, Sr., Monona Grove
One of the better class of 2019 prospects in the state ... Outstanding length and versatility ... Can guard on the perimeter and in the post ... Tough to contain off the dribble because of his size, ball handling and aggressiveness ... Second-team all-league performer in the Badger South Conference as a junior ... Competes with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors on the club circuit.

Justin Kuehl, 6-2, WG, Sr., Hustisford
Athletic wing guard prospect who has excelled for Hustisford in each of the past three seasons ... Two-time Player of the Year in the Trailways Conference ... Very difficult to stop when he gets a head of steam up and uses his right hand to get to the basketba ... Working on improving his perimeter jump shot and ability to finish going left ... Competes with the Wisconsin Swing -- Bredesen 17U squad on club circuit.

Hayden Doyle, 6-0, PG, Soph., Brookfield East
Talented and consistent backcourt player who saw considerable action for the varsity team and coach Joe Rux at Brookfield East as a freshman ... Good basketball build with solid length, skill and basketball instincts ... Averaged 4.2 points for a Brookfield East program that finished as runner-up in the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament ... Ranked No. 15 among class of 2021 prospects in Wisconsin by ... Competes with the Phenom University 15U club program.

Tanner Resch, 5-10, G, Soph., Sussex Hamilton
Knock-down shooter from three-point range ... One of those guys who surprises onlookers when his shot from outside the arc does not drop ... Good feel for the game and a tough competitor who plays defense and moves the ball on offense ... Instrumental in Sussex Hamilton's run to the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament last season ... Averaged 6.0 points per game for coach Andy Cerroni and the Chargers ... Competes with the Phenom University 15U squad on the club circuit.

Henry Noone, 6-1, WG, Sr., Lourdes Academy
Streaky but effective three-point shooter who can knock down three or four in a row when he gets it going ... Has improved his ability to create scoring opportunities for himself and teammates off the dribble ... Three-year varsity performer at Lourdes Academy who earned second-team all-league honors in the Trailways North Conference as a sophomore and junior ... Competes with the Randolph Boys Club club program. 

Zion Turner, 5-10, PG, Sr., D.C. Everest
Physically and mentally tough point guard who loves to compete on both ends of the court ... First-team all-league performer in the Wisconsin Valley Conference as a junior ... Solid student who can penetrate and create for his teammates about as well as any lead guard in the class of 2019 in the state ... Averaged 24.9 ppg as a junior at D.C. Everest ... Competes with the Wisconsin Streak Select program on the travel-team circuit.

Max Klesmit, 6-2, G, Jr., Neenah
One of the top performers in the Fox Valley Association ... Can play either guard position ... Gets to the basket and finishes at a high level ... Can also make perimeter jump shots ... Good size, athleticism and aggressiveness ... Earned second-team all-league honors as a sophomore in the FVA ... Competes with the Wisconsin Blizzard -- Kuranda 16U squad on the club circuit.  


Some additional players cited by team coaches who consistently played well included:

Jake Buchanan, 6-0, G, Jr., Kimberly – Two-time champion of the WBY Camp Three-Point contest ... Made shots from distance throughout the camp and each day his shooting range seemed to increase a bit ... Good ball handler and passer to go along with shooting ability ... Averaged 7.2 ppg as a sophomore for the varsity squad at Kimberly.

Ben Emler, 6-5, PF, Jr., Columbus
Powerful power forward with outstanding strength and a good overall feel for the game ... Versatile in that he can score in the post and from 10-to-15 feet ... Second-team all-league performer in the Capitol North Conference as a sophomore ... Enters junior season as a two-year varsity performer for Columbus.

Vince Umnus, 5-11, WG, Sr., Elkhorn
The twin brother of Luke Umnus, Vince Umnus is an outstanding long-distance shooter who helps to spread the court for his teammates because of his ability to consistently knock down shots ... A second-team all-league choice in the Southern Lakes Conference for coach Josh Skatrud and Elkhorn as a junior.

Brady Olson, 5-11, PG, Jr., Cuba City
Aggressive point guard who keeps coming at opponents ... Quick with the ball in his hands and a physical defender who can stay in front of opposing lead guards ... Physically strong and confident player who earned first-team all-league honors as a sophomore in the Southwest Wisconsin Activities League.

Malcolm Reed, 6-5, G, Sr., Barneveld
Very talented combination guard who size and good passing ability ... Continually beat defenders off the dribble and found open teammates with his court vision ... Good student who has grown an inch or so over the past 12 months ... First-team all-league pick in the Six Rivers East Conference as junior.

Kyle Daoust, 6-2, G, Sr., Southern Door
Versatile backcourt player who has size, ball handling and passing ability ... Can also score at a very high level in a lot of different ways ... Voted Player of the Year in the Packerland Conference as a junior after helping Southern Door to a 16-0 league record. 

Reid Larson, 6-2, WG, Sr., Fennimore
Competes with a scorer's mentality and most often than not, gets his production ... Streaky perimeter shooter who can get hot from beyond the arc ... Good defender with quick hands and the ability to come up with several steals in a game ... Gets out and runs the fast break well and finishes well.

Parker Nielsen, 6-3, G, Jr., Prescott
Solid, solid player with good physical strength and a tremendous basketball IQ ... Handles the ball, passes, shoots and defends at a high level ... Uses strength to get to the basket and finishes well through contact ... First-team all-league pick in the Middle Border Conference and a key player in Prescott's run to the WIAA Division 3 state championship last March.

Bryan Halambeck, 6-1, PG, Jr., D.C. Everest
Teams with Zion Turner at D.C. Everest to form one of the best backcourt combinations in the state ... Super aggressive guard who comes at you with toughness and skill ... Can make shots and set up teammates with his ability to penetrate ... Competes with a very high level of energy each time out.


Some additional class of 2021 players from camp who played at a very high level included:

Jacob Dietz, 6-1, WG, Soph., Neenah – Played on the JV squad at Neenah as a freshman ... Good feel for the game, solid crossover to get around defenders and deep shooting range.  

Nate Abel, 5-11, PG, Soph., Beaver Dam – Anticipates openings for his teammates well and delivers passes on target ... True point guard who appears to be growing ... Good perimeter shooter and strong feel for the game. 

Bryson Clague, 6-1, G, Soph., Grafton – Active, production guard who scored from three-point range, from mid range and around the basket ... Averaged 9.6 ppg for the varsity squad at Grafton as a freshman. 

Preston Ruedinger, 5-11, PG, Soph., Lourdes Academy – Streaky shooter, but already a team leader who communicates well on the court and involves his teammates ... Very good defender who exerts plenty of energy and toughness on that end of the court. 

Max Kunnert, 6-2, WG, Soph., Brookfield Academy – Quiet but deadly perimeter shooter who can drill shots from well beyond the arc ... Good size and length ... Does a good job of moving without the ball in an effort to hunt perimeter shots. 

Zac Johnson, 6-2, G, Soph., River Falls – Tough-as-nails wing guard who already possesses very good physical strength ... Gets to the basket and finishes ... Outstanding perimeter shooter ... Big future ahead for wing guard with size. 

Jadon Melvin, 6-3, G, Soph., Hartford -- Versatile wing prospect with stellar physical strength and the ability to get to the rim or make perimeter jump shots ... Athletic wing guard who picked up honorable mention all-North Shore Conference laurels as a freshman.

Charlie Bender, 6-1, WG, Soph., Lake Mills -- Smooth, cerebral wing guard who takes what the defense gives him ... Can certainly get to the hoop off the bounce, but also is a fine perimeter shooter ... Good athlete with a nice future as he continues to grow and fill out. 

J.T. Dougherty, 6-7, F, Soph., River Falls -- Versatile, mobile and athletic forward prospect with a big-time future ... Can make three-point shots, score off the dribble with reverse layups ... Can also finish above the rim in the post ... Needs strength and weight, but his potential is very, very high.

Liam Dougherty, 6-7, F, Soph., River Falls -- Twin brother of J.T. Dougherty and another strong prospect with good mobility and the ability to affect the game with his length, shot blocking and rebounding ability ... Teams with brother and Zac Johnson to give River Falls a solid core for the next three seasons.

Adam Larson, 6-6, G/F, Soph., Fennimore -- Extremely thin but highly skilled wing prospect with outstanding shooting skill and the ability to use a ball fake to get around a defender and finish above the rim ... Younger brother of Reid Larson and a player college coaches will want to check out over the next couple of seasons.

Hunter Marcom, 6-6, F, Soph., Waupaca -- Strong, physical and versatile big man who can score and pass in the post while also stepping outside and making perimeter shots ... Averaged 9.3 points per game for the varsity team at Waupaca as a freshman.

Cade Austin, 6-3, G, Soph., Milton -- Solid wing prospect who attacks the basket and passes well ... Played well all three days of camp and always seemed to be in the thick of things ... Played on the varsity squad at Milton as a freshman.

Carson Lindauer, 6-2, G, Soph., Tomah -- Sharpshooting wing prospect with deep shooting range and a quick release ... Good length and appears to be growing. 

Clayton Jenny, 6-0, PG, Soph., Edgerton -- Unflappable lead guard who runs a team well and doesn't get out of control ... Rarely turns the ball over and does an excellent job of locating open teammates. 

Grant Asman, 6-7, F, Soph., Kimberly -- Skilled and tall and long forward who scored around the basket, in transition and from three-point range ... Big-time future for this versatile prospect who possesses loads of size and skill.

Mason Martinson, 6-2, G/F, Soph., New Glarus -- Super aggressive and super productive wing player with outstanding physical strength ... Versatile and tough performer who makes things happen.


The three-on-three tournament was held at camp on Tuesday and the team of Kyle Daoust of Southern Door, Jake Buchanan of Kimberly, Max Klesmit of Neenah, Caleb Williams of Wild Rose and Ryan Claflin of Southern Door won the championship.


The three-point shooting contest was won for the second year in a row by Kimberly junior Jake Buchanan (6-0).


Barneveld senior guard Malcolm Reed (6-5) won the skills competition.


The Wolves squad coached by former La Crosse Central and Viterbo standout Ethan Haberman won the team championship at the WBY Camp. Team members included Ryan Polk of Oak Creek, Kyle Daoust of Southern Door, Max Klesmit of Neenah, Jake Schneider of Sturgeon Bay, Buck Siebert of Menomonee Falls, James Wilson III of Racine Lutheran, Riggin Beck of De Soto, Vince Umnus of Elkhorn, Ryan Peterson of Northland Pines and Cody Soik of New Berlin West.


Colleges represented at the camp included:

Clarke College

St. Mary's University

Beloit College
Cardinal Stritch University
Concordia University
Edgewood College
Lawrence University
Marian University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Northland College
Ripon College
St. Norbert College
UW-Baraboo/Sauk County
UW-Eau Claire
UW-La Crosse
UW-Stevens Point
Viterbo University
Western Technical College
Wisconsin Lutheran College


Special thank you to Viterbo University coach Wayne Wagner, V-Hawk assistant Luke Clift and Oconomowoc coach Jay Benish, along with all the coaches and counselors, who worked the WBY Camp. And a special thank you to the players and their families for participating in the camp.

Tag(s): Exposure Camp