Your official guide to the 17th annual Rick Majerus Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout, scheduled for December 28-29-30 at Concordia University in Mequon:
Five Things To Watch …
1. De Pere – The Redbirds are the top-ranked team in Division 1 and with good reason. Coach Brian Winchester's squad has opened the season with six straight victories, including a 70-42 victory over Kimberly and a 91-54 conquest of Bay Port. De Pere is led by senior guard John Kinziger (6-0), a four-year varsity performer and Illinois State recruit. Kinziger is averaging 21.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Junior forward Will Hornseth (6-8) owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Green Bay, Illinois State, St. Thomas and Toledo, and contributes 17.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per outing. Kinziger's younger brother, sophomore Zach Kinziger (6-2), is another quality player for the Redbirds, who boast plenty of size, depth, experience and talent. De Pere will take on a Brookfield East squad that has lost some close games with talented senior guard Matt Schmainda sidelined with an injury.
2. Wisconsin Lutheran – In a perfect world Wisconsin Lutheran would play De Pere in the WBY Shootout. But the pairings were finalized months ago so the Vikings, the state's top-ranked WIAA Division 2 team, instead will battle very good squads from Onalaska and Oshkosh North. Some believe Wisconsin Lutheran is the state's best team, regardless of division. Coach Ryan Walz's squad is led by seniors Jamiir Allen (6-1), Landon Key (6-4) and Prentice Young (6-4), along with exceptionally talented junior Kon Knueppel (6-6). Allen, Key and Young all have several years of varsity experience and each figures to play at the next level. Knueppel leads the undefeated Vikings in scoring (20.7 ppg) and rebounding (9.8 rpg), and is considered the prize recruit in the state's class of 2024. He owns offers from a large number of high-major programs, including Iowa, Marquette, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Virginia and Wisconsin, among others. Wisconsin Lutheran brings a 6-0 record into the WBY Shootout with a marquee 87-48 win over defending Division 1 state champion Neenah.
3. 17 ranked teams in WisSports.net Coaches Poll – Two top-ranked teams and 15 ranked programs overall are scheduled to participate in the 34-team WBY Shootout. At the Division 1 level, top-ranked De Pere, sixth-ranked Neenah, seventh-ranked Brookfield Central, eighth-ranked Milwaukee Hamilton, ninth-ranked Marquette and 10th-ranked Madison La Follette will compete. Two of the top 10 teams in Division 2 will participate, including top-ranked Wisconsin Lutheran, third-ranked Pius XI Catholic and seventh-ranked Onalaska. Among Division 3 schools, second-ranked Brillion, fifth-ranked Xavier and 10th-ranked Saint Thomas More will participate. In Division 4, third-ranked Saint Mary Catholic and fourth-ranked Cuba City will take part. And in Division 5, third-ranked Heirtage Christian, fourth-ranked Newman Catholic and fifth-ranked Columbus Catholic will play.
4. Jeweled Juniors – Twelve of the top 20 players in the current WisSports.net Player Rankings for the class of 2024 will participate in the Rick Majerus WBY Shootout. The majority of the 12 already own scholarship offers from NCAA Division I or II programs. That list includes top-ranked Kon Knueppel of Wisconsin Lutheran, third-ranked Will Hornseth of De Pere, fourth-ranked Sekou Konneh of Saint Thomas More, fifth-ranked Jack Daugherty of Brookfield Central, seventh-ranked Amari McCottry of Saint Thomas More, eighth-ranked Steven Clark of Oshkosh North, ninth-ranked Michael McNabb Jr. of Grafton, 11th-ranked Nolan Minessale of Marquette, 12th-ranked Jaquan Johnson of Pius XI Catholic, 13th-ranked Evan Anderson of Onalaska, 18th-ranked Cole Hansen of Wauwatosa West and 19th-ranked Jonathan O'Neill of Kaukauna.
5. Sensational Sophomores – Five of the top six players in the WisSports.net Player Rankings for the class of 2025 are scheduled to take part in the WBY Shootout. The list of talented young players includes second-ranked Kai Rogers of Wauwatosa West, third-ranked Xzavion Mitchell of Oshkosh North, fourth-ranked TJ Stuttley of Onalaska, fifth-ranked Zach Kinziger of De Pere and sixth-ranked Aaron Womack of Dominican.
Seniors To Watch …
Jamiir Allen, 6-1, Sr., G, Wisconsin Lutheran (Uncommitted) -- Allen plays with a steady pace to his game and his consistency is definitely a huge asset for Wisconsin Lutheran. Quick with the ball and smart in his decision making, Allen is averaging 13.8 ppg for the unbeaten Vikings.
Demarion Burch, 6-4, Sr., G, Milwaukee Hamilton (Uncommitted) -- The state's top unsigned senior, Burch is wired to score and his athleticism and ability to attack the basket are worth the price of admission. Burch is averaging 27.3 points and 5.5 assists for the Wildcats and owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Bradley, Milwaukee, Omaha, Robert Morris and Valparaiso.
Braden Crubel, 6-1, Sr., G, River Ridge (Uncommitted) -- One of the top players in southwest Wisconsin, Crubel is a quick, scoring combination guard who can get on a roll from outside the arc. In a recent win over Potosi, Crubel scored 32 points and drilled six triples.
Jake Dunham, 6-5, Sr., G, South Milwaukee (Parkside) -- A shooting wing with size and the ability to attack the hoop, Dunham committed to Division II UW-Parkside in the fall. He had 37 points in a win over Milwaukee Lutheran and 36 in an OT loss to Lakeside Lutheran.
Danny Griffith, 5-7, Sr., PG, Saint Mary Catholic (Uncommitted) -- One of the more exciting players to watch in the entire WBY Shootout field due to his quickness and shot-making ability, Griffth is on the small side but he plays a big role for the upstart Zephyrs. He recently surpassed 1,000 career points and had 31 points in a victory over Manitowoc Lutheran.
Caeden Holly, 5-11, Sr., PG, Brillion (Ripon College) -- An extremely active backcourt player who competes on every possession, Holly does an excellent job of playing on-ball defense and setting up his teammates. He can also score as the Ripon College recruit is second on the Brillion squad in ppg at 12.4.
Landon Key, 6-3, Sr., G, Wisconsin Lutheran (Uncommitted) -- Key can handle the ball, shoot from the perimeter, defend and rebound. His versatility is difficult to contain as he regularly fills up a stat sheet. On the season, Key is averaging 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
John Kinziger, 6-0, Sr., G, De Pere (Illinois State) -- One of the most complete and consistent performers in the state, Kinziger is a high IQ basketball player who makes plays for himself and his teammates. Enters the WBY Shootout with 1,696 career points.
Cal Klesmit, 6-2, Sr., G, Neenah (Green Bay) -- Klesmit has made a successful return to the Rockets' lineup after missing last season with an ACL injury. The talented Green Bay recruit tied a school record with 45 points in a win over Appleton East and is averaging a team-high 21.3 ppg.
Luke Lemoine, 6-5, Sr., F, Marshfield (Uncommitted) -- One of the top players in the Wisconsin Valley Conference, Lemoine leads a balanced Marshfield attack by averaging 11.5 ppg and 4.6 rpg.
Arhman Lewis, 6-0, Sr., G, Madison La Follette (Augustana, SD) -- Lewis committed to NCAA Division II Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, last summer and is having a strong senior season for La Follette. The high energy and extremely competitive backcourt performer is averaging 23.3 ppg.
Jeremy Lorenz, 6-8, Sr., F, Brillion (Wofford) -- Ranked No. 3 among class of 2023 prospects in the state by WisSports.net, Lorenz has committed to NCAA Division I Wofford. His ability to play near the hoop or out on the perimeter are major assets for a very good Brillion squad. Lorenz leads the undefeated Lions in scoring (21.8 ppg) and rebounding (12.1 rpg).
Max Lucey, 6-5, Sr., G, Cuba City (Uncommitted) -- The Cubans' top scoring threat and a four-year varsity performer for coach Jerry Petitgoue, Lucey is averaging 22.2 points and 8.6 rebounds. He is one of the better uncommitted seniors in Wisconsin.
Tre Miller, 6-0, Sr., PG, Janesville Parker (Uncommitted) -- A two-year starter for Janesville Parker, Miller is one of the top backcourt performers in the Big Eight Conference thanks to his ability to dictate tempo with the ball in his hands. He went off for 37 points in a victory over Verona and leads the Vikings in scoring at 23.0 ppg.
Simeon Murchison, 6-9, Sr., F, Milwaukee Hamilton (Uncommitted) -- Murchison played as a sophomore at Milwaukee Bay View and then sat out last season after transferring to Hamilton. He is a developing post prospect who is averaging 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds. Milwaukee has extended an offer.
Mason Prey, 6-3, Sr., G, Newman Catholic (Uncommitted) -- After missing two games with an injury, Prey returned to the Newman Catholic lineup and played a major role in the Cardinals' 73-69 overtime victory over previously undefeated Marathon. He scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out five assists in the game, and is averaging 23.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Isaac Seidel, 6-2, Sr., G, Newman Catholic (Uncommitted) -- Seidel teams with Prey in the Cardinals' backcourt and provides a deep shooting threat for coach Jeff Waldvogel's lineup. Seidel had 27 points in the win over Marathon and is averaging 18.1 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Demerius Shakur, 6-4, Sr., G, Martin Luther (Uncommitted) -- A regular in the Spartans' starting rotation for several years now, Shakur is a pass-first lead guard with size and the ability to get into the lane to score or set up his teammates. Shakur is averaging 15.5 ppg and 5.3 apg.
Alex Sherwood, 6-7, Sr., F, Xavier (St. Leo) -- Sherwood committed to NCAA Division II St. Leo last summer and has helped Xavier to a 7-0 record with his energy, skill and production. A bouncy forward who can play inside and outside, Sherwood is averaging 21.0 ppg and 11.6 rpg.
Nollenn Tabaska, 6-6, Sr., F, Brookfield East (Uncommitted) -- A physical inside presence, Tabaska has taken his game to a new level in 2022-23 and has emerged as one of the top frontline prospects in the Greater Metro Conference. He is averaging 12.1 points and 7.5 rebounds for coach Joe Rux's club.
Cole Uhlenbrauck, 6-5, Sr., G, Saint Mary Catholic (St. Norbert) -- Uhlenbrauck recently committed to NCAA Division III St. Nobert and is one of the elite players in the Big East Conference. His shooting range is a big asset for the undefeated Zephyrs as he regularly knocks down triples. Through seven games, Uhlenbrauck has made 30 of 68 tries from deep for 44 percent.
Prentice Young, 6-4, Sr., G, Wisconsin Lutheran (Uncommitted) -- Another of the state's top unsigned seniors, Young missed a good chunk of last season with an injury. But he's back playing for the Vikings and is a key cog in the Wisconsin Lutheran lineup. He possesses stellar size and strength for a guard and is averaging 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds for a balanced Wisconsin Lutheran squad.
Juniors (Class of 2024) To Watch …
TJ Adams, 6-2, Marquette
Evan Anderson, 6-4, Onalaska
Carson Awe, 5-11, Kaukauna
Mike Bowen Jr., 6-0, Heritage Christian
Tyler Brightman, 6-5, Xavier
Steven Clark, 6-6, Oshkosh North
Brady Corso, 6-1, Neenah
Jack Daugherty, 6-7, Brookfield Central
JJ Douglas, 6-5, Janesville Parker
Grady Geiger, 6-6, Brillion
Andrew Graf, 5-10, Brookfield East
Cole Hansen, 6-4, Wauwatosa West
Camron Henderson, 5-9, Madison East
Ethan Hoelzel, 6-10, Neenah
Will Hornseth, 6-8, De Pere
Kymoni Hunt, 5-9, Milwaukee Hamilton
Blake Jakobi, 5-10, Columbus Catholic
DJ Johnson, 6-2, Dominican
Jaquan Johnson, 5-10, Pius XI Catholic
Desmond Jones, 6-3, Heritage Christian
Kon Knueppel, 6-6, Wisconsin Lutheran
Emmitt Konieczny, 6-0, Columbus Catholic
Sekou Konneh, 6-7, Saint Thomas More
Quinton Lomack, 6-3, Madison La Follette
Jaiden Martin, 6-1, Dominican
Amari McCottry, 6-5, Saint Thomas More
Michael McNabb, 6-4, Grafton
Ryan Meehan, 6-3, Marquette
Nolan Minessale, 6-5, Marquette
Garrett Murphy, 6-2, Kettle Moraine Lutheran
Jonathan O'Neill, 6-9, Kaukauna
Sam Pfefferle, 6-1, Xavier
Isaac Skemp, 6-5, Onalaska
Alex Trotter, 5-10, Heritage Christian
Ben Willihnganz, 6-7, De Pere
Grayson Young, 6-2, Wisconsin Lutheran
Sophomores (Class of 2025) To Watch …
Perry Dorris, 5-11, Martin Luther
LaTrevion Fenderson, 6-5, The Prairie School
Jake Hansen, 6-1, Wauwatosa West
Juan Guerrero-Hernandez, 6-4, Grafton
Myles Herro, 6-1, Whitnall
Brooks Hinson, 6-1, Marshfield
Jeremiah Johnson, 6-2, Marquette
Zach Kinziger, 6-2, De Pere
Zxavion Mitchell, 6-7, Oshkosh North
Kenari Parr, 6-2, Saint Thomas More
Anthony Rise, 5-11, Brookfield Central
Kai Rogers, 6-11, Wauwatosa West
TJ Stuttley, 6-5, Onalaska
Keegan Van Kauwenberg, 6-3, Kaukauna
Aaron Womack, 6-5, Dominican
Freshmen (Class of 2026) To Watch …
Brandon Davis, 5-10, River Ridge
Andrew Jensen, 6-9, Kaukauna
Mac Konieczny, 5-8, Columbus Catholic
Ian Kowal, 6-2, Onalaska
Thian Riak, 6-4, Madison La Follette
Takis Tyler, 5-7, Milwaukee Juneau
Ladell White, 5-11, Milwaukee Juneau
Zavier Zens, 6-5, Wisconsin Lutheran
Rick Majerus WBY Shootout Notes …
There will be no pre-sale tickets. All tickets for the WBY Shootout will be sold at the door. The Buuck Fieldhouse can accommodate around 2,000 fans so plan to arrive early to make sure you can purchase a ticket.
Parking for the Rick Majerus WBY Shootout is free.
Ticket prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults. The tickets are good for the entire day.
Copies of the 356-page 2022-23 Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook will be available for purchase for $30.
Game programs, which includes rosters and other information for all 32 teams, will be sold for $4.
The Concordia University basketball team will sell concessions throughout the event.
Zaleski Sports (www.zaleskisports.com) will stream live the game at 11:30 a.m. on December 28, the games at 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 a.m. on December 29, and the games at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on December 30.
Following is the schedule of games for the Rick Majerus WBY Shootout …
Wedneday’s Games (December 28)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
10:00 a.m. – Pius XI Catholic (6-1) vs. Martin Luther (4-3)
11:30 a.m. – Janesville Parker (3-3) vs. Marshfield (4-4)
1:00 p.m. – Kettle Moraine Lutheran (2-5) vs. Brillion (8-0)
2:30 p.m. – Whitnall (3-0) vs. Menomonee Falls (0-6)
4:00 p.m. – Dominican (3-3) vs. Grafton (4-3)
5:30 p.m. – Kaukauna (3-3) vs. Wauwatosa West (4-4)
7:00 p.m. – Neenah (5-2) vs. Brookfield Central (5-1)
8:30 p.m. – Saint Thomas More (4-2) vs. Marquette (6-0)
Thursday’s Games (December 29)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
9:15 a.m. – Newman Catholic (7-1) vs. Milwaukee Juneau (3-4)
10:45 a.m. -- Heritage Christian (9-0) vs. Columbus Catholic (6-2)
12:15 p.m. – Cuba City (5-1) vs. Kettle Moraine Lutheran (2-5)
1:45 p.m. – Marshfield (4-4) vs. Brookfield East (3-4)
3:15 p.m. – South Milwaukee (2-3) vs. Dominican (3-3)
4:45 p.m. – Grafton (4-3) vs. Kaukauna (3-3)
6:15 p.m. – Pius XI Catholic (6-1) vs. Saint Thomas More (4-2)
7:45 p.m. – Onalaska (5-1) vs. Wisconsin Lutheran (6-0)
9:15 p.m. – Wauwatosa West (4-4) vs. Oshkosh North (5-3)
Friday’s Games (December 30)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
9:15 a.m. – Columbus Catholic (6-2) vs. The Prairie School (2-2)
10:45 a.m. -- Newman Catholic (7-1) vs. Saint Mary Catholic (7-0)
12:15 p.m. – River Ridge (5-2) vs. Heritage Christian (9-0)
1:45 p.m. – De Pere (5-0) vs. Brookfield East (3-4)
3:15 p.m. – Martin Luther (4-3) vs. Xavier (7-0)
4:45 p.m. – Madison La Follette (3-1) vs. Onalaska (5-1)
6:15 p. m. --Oshkosh North (5-3) vs. Wisconsin Lutheran (6-0)
7:45 p.m. -- Madison East (3-2) vs. Milwaukee Hamilton (5-1)
9:15 p.m. -- Marquette (6-0) vs. South Milwaukee (2-3)
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