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WBY 2013 End of Camp Notes

06/20/2013, 12:15pm CDT
By Mark Miller

Dylan Hamlin of Wausau East

The 20th annual Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Exposure Camp concluded Tuesday at Viterbo University in La Crosse.

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

Players at the WBY Camp were divided into 12 different teams. Following are the MVPs for each of the teams at camp as selected by the camp coaches: 


Vinny Cincotta, 6-4, WF, Jr., Jefferson

Does a bit of everything on the court … Can score in transition, from the perimeter and off the dribble … Excellent length and good overall skill package … Needs to add some weight and strength, but his versatility and ability to defend are impressive … A second-team all-league selection in the Rock Valley North as a sophomore … Competes with the Wisconsin Swing program on the travel-team circuit.


Dylan Hamlin, 6-11, PF, Jr., Wausau East

Hamlin doesn’t wow you with athleticism or skill, but his determination and improvement were highly impressive over the three days of camp … Runs the floor very well and doesn’t stray far away from the basket on either end of the court … Can finish in the lane, but isn’t a power player at this point of his development … Good length and shot blocking ability … Should get plenty of recruiting looks from scholarship schools over the next 12 months because of his size and willingness to work hard to improve … Plays with the Wisconsin Magic on the travel-team circuit.


Luke Mueller, 6-6, WF, Sr., Homestead

One of the surprise performers of the camp, Mueller competed with tremendous energy and will while also displaying a soft perimeter shooting touch … Competes with physical strength and a good deal of intensity when going inside and mixing things up … Came off the bench for Homestead a year ago, but figures to challenge for a starting spot as a senior … Plays with the Wisconsin Scholars travel-team program.  


Mark Nelson, 6-3, PG, Sr., Monona Grove

A left-handed lead guard who can score from downtown and off the dribble attacking the basket … Makes good decisions with the ball and is a very capable defender because of length and quickness … Figures to receive looks from NCAA Division II schools during the open evaluation period in July … A first-team all-league pick in the Southern Division of the Badger Conference as a junior … Competes with the Wisconsin Academy program on the travel-team circuit.


Terek Nesheim, 6-4, WG/WF, Soph., Mount Horeb

A player to keep an eye on in Wisconsin’s class of 2016, Nesheim showed the ability to score in a variety of ways … He handles the ball well enough to attack the basket from the perimeter while also using his size and strength to score in the lane … Nesheim also knocked down some perimeter jump shots … The son of Mount Horeb coach Todd Nesheim, Terek Nesheim plays with the Wisconsin Academy program on the travel-team circuit.


Aaron Nixon, 6-1, PG, Sr., Mukwonago

There is toughness and then there is Aaron Nixon … Competes with an edge rarely seen these days in high school basketball … Won’t back down from any opponent and makes big plays at crucial times during a contest … An average perimeter shooter, but his ability to break down defenders off the dribble and either score or find teammates is outstanding … A rugged defender who uses physical strength to keep opponents away from the lane … Earned honorable mention all-league honors in the Classic Eight Conference as a junior while playing big minutes for a Mukwonago team that finished second to Germantown in the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament … Plays for the East Troy Basketball Club on the travel-team circuit.


Canon O’Heron, 6-5, PF, Jr., Bangor

Physical, inside player who can score over bigger defenders because of his excellent footwork and ability to seal defenders with his size … Already a two-time first-team all-league pick in the Scenic Bluffs Conference … Runs the floor, is a willing passer and gives a solid effort on the glass … A very good student who competes with the Wisconsin Playmakers on the travel-team circuit.


Sam Olson, 6-5, F, Sr., Sussex Hamilton

A versatile forward prospect who used his size and strength to make life difficult for opponents in the lane … Plays with a good deal of energy and a high basketball I.Q. … More of a defender than a scorer at this point, but did show the ability to make mid-range jump shots and score around the basket … Saw action off the bench for Sussex Hamilton a year ago and figures to be in the mix for coach Andy Cerroni again in 2013-14.


Mitchell Reinthaler, 6-4, F, Sr., Rhinelander

A smooth, consistent, versatility forward who can play in the post or step outside and play along the baseline … Finished exceptionally well throughout camp and proved to be a very good defender … Good size and strength … A second-team all-league pick in the Great Northern Conference as a junior.

Alex Strege, 6-4, WF, Sr., Marshfield

Without a doubt, one of the more athletic players among the 120 prospects in camp … Can throw down reverse dunks, one-handed dunks and dunks in traffic … Working on improving his perimeter jump shot to go along with his strong ability to attack the basket … Good size, strength and mobility … Averaged 7.3 points per game for Marshfield as a junior and competes for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors on the travel-team circuit.


Michael Vidmar, 6-1, PG, Jr., Muskego

Shot the ball with extreme confidence throughout the three days of camp … Had several games with multiple three-point baskets … Good size and quickness to go along with shooting and ball handling skills … Averaged 3.5 points per outing as a sophomore at Muskego and figures to be a key player for coach Andy Capes over the next two seasons … Plays with the Wisconsin Bulldogs on the travel-team circuit.


Josh Weix, 6-5, WF, Sr., Eau Claire North

A long, athletic and physically strong left-handed wing player who can also go inside and post-up smaller defenders … Can finish above the rim in transition, bury three-point shots and score with his back to the basket … Has picked up a NCAA Division II scholarship offer from Southwest Minnesota State … A first-team all-league pick in the Big Rivers Conference as a junior and a member of the Wisconsin Playmakers travel-team program.


Additional players cited by team coaches who consistently played well included: 


Ethan Brinkman, 6-2, WG, Jr., Howards Grove – The returning first-team all-league pick in the Central Lakeshore Conference showed off his deft perimeter shooting touch at Viterbo, making some big shots for his team.


Hunter Busse, 5-10, PG, Sr., Colby – Busse is a very skilled point guard who uses his quickness and strength to get into gaps on offense and create scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is also a very capable long-distance shooter.


Mitchell Davis, 5-11, G, Sr., Fennimore – A quick, competitive combination guard who makes things happen on both ends of the court thanks to his quickness and aggressiveness.


James Fox, 6-1, PG, Jr., Edgerton – A very skilled lead guard who can score from the perimeter and attacking the hoop, Fox is a player to keep an eye on over the next two seasons. Needs to tighten his game up a bit in terms of decision making and ball handling, but there is an awful lot to like about his potential and eagerness to become a big-time player.


Drew Fredrickson, 6-0, PG, Jr., Mount Horeb – Smooth, intelligent lead guard with outstanding ball handling, shooting and passing skills, Fredrickson was rock-solid throughout the three days of camp.


Justin Galusha, 6-3, WF, Sr., Kenosha Indian Trail – Galusha plays with tremendous energy from opening tip until final buzzer. He doesn’t give up on any plays, battles for every rebound and can score attacking the basket.


Tyler Johnson, 6-3, PF, Jr., Menasha – Johnson competes with an impressive combination of physical strength, rugged determination and extreme confidence. He can score from three-point range, but appears most comfortable bulling his way to the basket and finishing over bigger defenders thanks to his strength and athleticism.


Tiwon Jones, 6-0, PG, Jr., Young Coggs Prep – Jones is a very talented lead guard who can score off the bounce and from beyond the arc. His quickness and ball handling skill are very impressive.


Ty Kartman, 6-1, WG, Sr., Cassville – Made shots, made plays and made his teammates better. Isn’t overly quick or athletic, but is highly skilled and plays with a great deal of confidence and toughness.


Andrew Kazikowski, 5-11, PG, Sr., Union Grove – Kazikowski is a tough-as-nails lead guard who can make long-distance shots or set up his teammates. He is a bulldog on defense who utilizes his physical strength and toughness to keep opponents away from the lane.


Collin Kennedy, 6-3, F, Jr., Onalaska Luther – Attack, attack, attack. That was Kennedy’s game plan coming into camp and it proved to be effective as he continually beat defenders off the dribble and finished at the rim. He plays with great passion and uses his physical strength and athleticism to consistently beat defenders.


Ethin Kiekhafer, 6-2, WG, Sr., Colfax – Kiekhafer doesn’t fit into any particular mold as a player, but he’s a guy you want on your side because of his toughness and ability to make big plays at crucial times. He can defend, rebound and make shots while also bringing a winning attitude to your team. 


Nathan Larson, 6-6, WF, Sr., Wrightstown – A long, skilled wing player who likes to knock down triples, Larson can also use his size and length to score in the lane. He proved to be a solid rebounder throughout camp.


Owen Linzmeier, 6-0, PG, Sr., Nekoosa – The returning first-team all-league pick in the South Central Conference played well throughout camp, making big shots from beyond the arc, setting up his teammates and displaying a high level of intellect on the court.


Jake Luedke, 5-11, PG, Sr., Hayward – Luedke continues to make solid improvement as a player. After earning honorable mention all-league honors in the Heart O’North as a junior, the quick point guard with excellent court vision figures to have a big senior season for a strong Hayward squad.

Nick Nilssen, 5-10, PG/WG, Jr., Baldwin-Woodville – Nilssen possesses an excellent skill package and can play either guard spot. He competes with good intensity and displayed a high basketball I.Q. throughout camp.


Taylor Penn, 6-3, WG, Jr., Wausau West – Penn has excellent size and strength and can play multiple positions. His versatility may be his biggest attribute as he can cause matchup problems on one end while being able to guard backcourt and frontcourt players on the other end.


T.J. Pitsch, 5-10, WG, Jr., Sheboygan South – Pitsch has a quick trigger from the perimeter and that is a good thing as the skilled wing guard can pop in three-point shots in the blink of an eye.


Nicholas Ptaschinski, 6-3, WG, Sr., Wayland Academy – Ptaschinski got better each day at camp and wound up being one of the most productive players on his squad. He is a very good perimeter shooter with good size and strength.


Alexio Rosales, 6-2, WG, Jr., Kenosha Bradford – Before going down with an injury, Rosales was competing a high level on both ends of the court. He can score on the break and in the half court and his length and quickness allow him to be a solid defender.


Kyle Schalow, 6-2, WG, Sr., Kaukauna – Schalow isn’t the most imposing physical specimen on the floor, but his ability to impact a game on multiple levels is impressive. He makes the extra pass, grabs big rebounds and comes up with the important loose ball while also scoring in a variety of ways. Schalow is a solid all-around player.

Dalton Soto, 6-4, WG, Sr., Blair-Taylor – Talented, athletic wing guard with excellent size and length, Soto was at times one of the premier players at camp. There is no denying his immense talent, but competing with a bit more of an edge would take his game to the next level.


Joe Stark, 6-3, WF, Sr., Hayward – Stark is a stat-sheet stuffer thanks to his ability to pass, rebound, defend and score. He isn’t a flashy player, but his production is usually highly impressive. First-team all-league pick in the Heart O’North as a junior.


Sophomores to watch from camp included: 


Harrison Cleary, 5-11, PG, Soph., Oak Creek – Cleary is trending in the right direction as a player and he has grown a few inches and added some weight and strength to his frame. He has outstanding ball handling, passing and shooting skills and loves to compete on both ends of the court.


Taylor Dunlap, 6-3, WG, Soph., Medford – Dunlap has an impressive combination of size, skill and athleticism. He can attack the rim off the bounce while also making some mid-range jumpers.

Connor Lemmens, 6-2, PG, Soph., Green Bay Preble – A very accurate long-distance shooter with excellent length, Lemmens figures to blossom into an outstanding collegiate prospect over the next two years as he adds weight and strength to his basketball frame.


Mitch McFarlane, 6-0, G, Soph., Winnebago Lutheran – Another of the surprise players at camp, McFarlane was very impressive throughout the three days of camp. He has excellent poise, very good skills and a penchant for making big plays.


Matthew Sparstad, 6-0, PG, Soph., Hudson – Sparstad made long-distance shots and got in the mix for loose balls throughout the camp. He needs to add weight and strength to his frame, but his future appears very bright.


Max Stockwell, 6-3, WG, Soph., Hillsboro – A first-team all-Scenic Bluffs pick as a freshman, Stockwell has excellent size and strength for such a young player. His aggressiveness and eagerness to improve are impressive as well.


The three-on-three tournament was held at camp on Tuesday and the team of Aaron Nixon, Mitchell Reinthaler, Koy Breklin, Colton Volmann and Ty Karman won the championship. 


The three-point shooting contest was won by senior Luke Mueller of Homestead, who edged senior Charlie Noone of Oshkosh Lourdes in the title shoot off. 


Oak Creek sophomore Harrison Cleary won the skills competition. 


Colleges represented at the camp included:



Lake Forest College



Mount Mercy College


Concordia, Moorhead


Beloit College

Cardinal Stritch University

Lakeland College


Lawrence University

Edgewood College

Madison College

Marian University


Northland College


Ripon College

St. Norbert College 

UW-La Crosse





UW-Stevens Point



Viterbo University

Western Wisconsin Technical College


Special thank you to Viterbo University coach Wayne Wagner, Jefferson High School coach Jay Benish, Viterbo sports information director Eric Kunick, Viterbo assistant coach Ryan Thibodeau and 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.

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