Your official guide to the ninth annual Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout Presented by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, scheduled for December 26-27-28 at Concordia University in Mequon:
Five Things To Watch …
1. Diamond Stone vs. Henry Ellenson – In a matchup featuring two of the top collegiate prospects in the country in the class of 2015, Stone, a 6-foot-9 post player from Whitefish Bay Dominican, and Ellenson, a 6-9 forward from Rice Lake, will square off against each other at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 27. Marquette and Wisconsin are among many collegiate prospects recruiting both prospects. Plenty of college head coaches figure to be on hand to watch the two stars battle it out each other in a game featuring the state’s top-ranked Division 4 school – Dominican – against the state’s No. 6-ranked Division 2 squad – Rice Lake.
2. Henry Ellenson vs. Matt Heldt – Another highly intriguing matchup pits Ellenson against Heldt, a 6-10 post player from Neenah who is beginning to attract attention from some big-time collegiate programs, including Marquette and Wisconsin. Heldt has played exceptionally well in the early season and has helped Neenah get off to an 8-0 start and in the process the Rockets have zoomed up to a No. 3 ranking among Division 1 schools in Wisconsin.
3. Germantown – The two-time defending state champion Warhawks have boosted their state-record winning streak to 65 straight games and will square off against Milwaukee Vincent at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and against Fox Valley Association power Oshkosh North at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Both Vincent and North will be underdogs against powerful Germantown, which features three NCAA Division I players in Lamonte Bearden (Buffalo), Jake Showalter (North Dakota State) and Evan Wesenberg (North Dakota State). But the Vikings and Spartans have some firepower of their own in Marcus White of Vincent and Nathan Neveau (Hillsdale) and Cooper Radtke (Northern Michigan) of Oshkosh North.
4. Cody Schwartz – The exceptionally skilled 6-8 junior forward from a very talented West De Pere squad owns scholarship offers from Creighton, Marquette, Nebraska and Northern Iowa, among others. His team is undefeated and ranked No. 2 among Division 2 teams in the state and also features an outstanding senior in 6-6 Richmond recruit Chandler Diekvoss. West De Pere figures to get some outstanding competition at the WBY Shootout as the Phantoms square off against Racine Case on Dec. 26 at 3:00 p.m. and against Milwaukee Washington at noon on Dec. 27.
5. Brevin Pritzl – The 6-3 junior wing guard from De Pere is a fun player to watch because of his intense competitiveness, his skill from the perimeter and his athleticism in taking the ball to the basket. He is drawing interest from several Division I schools, including Wisconsin, and is averaging 23.0 points per game for a De Pere squad that is 5-1. De Pere will play Arrowhead at 9 p.m. on Dec. 27 and Milwaukee Riverside at 9 p.m. on Dec. 28.
15 Players To Watch …
Lamonte Bearden, 6-2, Sr., Germantown – A shifty point guard who gets into gaps and creates scoring opportunities for his teammates, Bearden makes the Germantown machine go with his quickness and speed in the open court. – Committed to Buffalo
Chandler Diekvoss, 6-6, Sr., West De Pere – One of the most improved players in Wisconsin regardless of class, Diekvoss turned an outstanding summer on the travel circuit into a scholarship from highly respected Richmond. His ability to score from downtown is definitely impressive. – Committed to Richmond
Henry Ellenson, 6-9, Jr., Rice Lake – Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Norte Drame and Purdue, among many others, join Marquette and Wisconsin in hot pursuit of Ellenson, a skilled big man with a high motor.
Matt Heldt, 6-10, Jr., Neenah – Heldt has improved his game dramatically and is a big reason Neenah is off to an impressive 8-0 start and ranked No. 3 among Division 1 schools in the state.
Darion King, 6-6, Jr., Racine Case – A bull in the lane, King uses his size, strength and finishing ability to punish opponents in the lane.
Kyle Monroe, 6-5, Jr., Ashwaubenon – A very talented wing prospect who has exceptionally finishing ability off the bounce, Monroe has received several Division II scholarship offers.
Jordan Perez, 6-3, Sr., Greendale – One of the top unsigned players in Wisconsin’s class of 2014, Perez is a talented, unselfish and athletic wing guard who can score in a variety of ways for coach Ryan Johnsen.
Adam Pohlman, 5-10, Sr., Neenah – A talented, intelligent and under-valued lead guard who is just now beginning to hear from Division I schools, including Furman and The Citadel. Pohlman is the catalyst behind Neenah’s tremendous start to the season.
Brevin Pritzl, 6-3, Jr., De Pere – One of the premier prospects in the state in a loaded class of 2015, Pritzl is a tough matchup for opponents because of his ability to shoot, pass and take the ball to the basket.
Cody Schwartz, 6-8, Jr., West De Pere – Schwartz is not a back-to-the-basket post player, despite being 6-8. Rather, he is an outstanding long-distance shooter who can also score off the dribble. Those traits have drawn the attention of many Division I programs across the Midwest.
Joe Sherburne, 6-6, Sr., Whitefish Bay – Sherburne is an intriguing player because of his length and skill set. He is very comfortable away from the basket and is tough to match up with because of his length and size.
Jake Showalter, 6-3, Sr., Germantown – Showalter is known for his long-distance shooting skill, but his competitiveness and ability to make hustle plays that lead to positive results are equally impressive. – Committed to North Dakota State
Diamond Stone, 6-9, Jr., Dominican – Duke and UCLA in addition to Marquette and Wisconsin are among many schools pursuing Stone, an athletic and mobile post player with outstanding strength and finishing ability.
Evan Wesenberg, 6-7, Sr., Germantown – Though Germantown lost Mr. Basketball and Indiana recruit Luke Fischer to graduation, the Warhawks continue to be well stocked in the paint as the versatile Wesenberg can go toe-to-toe with most post players in Wisconsin. – Committed to North Dakota State
Marcus White, 6-6, Sr., Milwaukee Vincent – One of the better athletes and players in the City Conference, White has size, strength and skill and is the top player for a very young but talented Vincent squad.
Others To Keep An Eye On …
Jon Averkamp, 6-7, Sr., Germantown
Brian Bearden, 6-1, Sr., Germantown
Tywon Bressler Jr., 6-2, Jr., Dominican
Malik Brown, 6-2, Jr., Milwaukee Vincent
Ethan Bublitz, 6-2, Jr., Kettle Moraine Lutheran
Billy Bull, 6-2, Sr., Fall River
Anthony Carver, 6-3, Jr., Wisconsin Lutheran
Brandyn Christman, 6-0, Sr., Rice Lake
Dominic Cizauskas, 6-2, Sr., Mukwonago
Sean Clarey, 6-3, Sr., Brookfield Academy
David Clark, 6-7, Sr., Racine Case
Nick Cobbins, 6-1, Sr., Milwaukee Riverside
Brandon Cooper, 6-6, Sr., Milwaukee Vincent
Djdade Denson, 6-1, Sr., University School
Josh Erickson, 6-3, Sr., Roncalli
Ricky Finco, 5-9, Sr., Arrowhead
Keith Franklin, 6-0, Sr., Wisconsin Lutheran
Garrison Goode, 6-7, Jr., Marquette
Robert Harris, 6-10, Sr., Milwaukee Riverside
Ty Hegg, 6-1, Jr., Neenah
Jared Henning, 6-4, Jr., Kettle Moraine Lutheran
Malik House, 6-0, Sr., Racine Case
Nate Hubbard-Cole, 6-0, Jr., Milwaukee Washington
Jake Imig, 6-2, Sr., Ashwaubenon
D’Angelo Jackson, 6-4, Sr., Racine Case
Tom Jankowski, 6-5, Sr., Plymouth
Jack Jelacic, 6-7, Sr., Dominican
Jacob Jurss, 6-0, Jr., Sheboygan Lutheran
Nick Klar, 6-4, Sr., Marquette
Teagan Miles, 6-8, Sr., Catholic Central
Cooper Mocarski, 6-5, Sr., De Pere
Kollin Neils, 6-2, Sr., Plymouth
Nathan Neveau, 5-10, Sr., Oshkosh North
Aaron Nixon, 6-1, Sr., Mukwonago
Jesse Owens, 5-11, Jr., West De Pere
C.J. Polk, 6-1, Sr., Wisconsin Lutheran
Cooper Radtke, 6-6, Sr., Oshkosh North
Miles Sigh, 6-2, Jr., Whitefish Bay
Ayinde Starling, 6-2, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Nick Stelzer, 6-2, Sr., Roncalli
Nathan Toenjes, 6-7, Sr., Green Bay NEW Lutheran
Jerry Truss, 6-3, Sr., Milwaukee Washington
Sam Wheeler, 6-3, Sr., Wauwatosa East
Ben Widdes, 6-0, Jr., Rice Lake
Tyler Zastrow, 5-10, Sr., Sheboygan Lutheran
Kristian Zimmerman, 6-3, Sr., Green Bay NEW Lutheran
Dakota Zinser, 6-3, Sr., Green Bay NEW Lutheran
Sophomores To Watch …
Ryan Clarey, 6-1, Soph., Brookfield Academy
Ben Heiligenthal, 6-1, Soph., Catholic Central
Joe Lemon, 6-5, Soph., Brookfield Academy
Austin DeNoyer, 6-1, Soph., Wisconsin Lutheran
Bryce Nze, 6-5, Soph., Arrowhead
Keishon Parker, 6-3, Soph., Wisconsin Lutheran
David Pulizos, 6-6, Soph., Greendale
Brian Studer, 6-0, Soph., Germantown
Freshmen To Watch …
Jack Bennett, 6-2, Frosh., Dominican
Virshon Cotton, 5-8, Frosh., Milwaukee Vincent
George Dixon, 6-3, Frosh., Milwaukee Riverside
Melvin Lee, 5-8, Frosh., Milwaukee Vincent
Terrance Lewis, 6-4, Frosh., Milwaukee Riverside
Sarion McGee, 6-7, Frosh., Destiny
Aaron Vopal, 6-6, Frosh., De Pere
Jamal White, 6-3, Frosh., Milwaukee Vincent
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 WBY Shootout is free.
Ticket prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults. The tickets are good for the entire day.
High quality WBY Shootout T-shirts will be sold at the event for $15.
Copies of the 336-pgae 2013-14 Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook will be available for purchase for $25.
Game programs, which includes rosters and other information for all 30 teams, will be sold for $3.
The Concordia University basketball team will sell concessions throughout the event.
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will broadcast two games live – both on Friday, December 27.
Bob Brainerd will be calling the games pitting Rice Lake against Dominican at 6 p.m. and Germantown against Milwaukee Vincent at 7:30 p.m.
Following is the schedule of games for the WBY Shootout …
Thursday’s Games (December 26)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
9 a.m. – Sheboygan Lutheran vs. Burlington Catholic Central
10:30 a.m. – Green Bay NEW Lutheran vs. Fall River
Noon – Brookfield Academy vs. Kettle Moraine Lutheran
1:30 p.m. – Manitowoc Roncalli vs. Plymouth
3:00 p.m. – Racine Case vs. West De Pere
4:30 p.m. – Mukwonago vs. Ashwaubenon
6:00 p.m. – Milwaukee Marquette vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
7:30 p.m. – Whitefish Bay vs. Wauwatosa East
9:00 p.m. – Milwaukee Riverside vs. Destiny
Friday’s Games (December 27)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
9:00 a.m. – Sheboygan Lutheran vs. Fall River
10:30 a.m. – Green Bay NEW Lutheran vs. University School
Noon – West De Pere vs. Milwaukee Washington
1:30 p.m. – Milwaukee Marquette vs. Neenah
3:00 p.m. – Oshkosh North vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
4:30 p.m. – Racine Case vs. Whitefish Bay
6:00 p.m. – Rice Lake vs. Dominican
7:30 p.m. – Milwaukee Vincent vs. Germantown
9:00 p.m. – De Pere vs. Arrowhead
Saturday’s Games (December 28)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
9:00 a.m. – Kettle Moraine Lutheran vs. University School
10:30 a.m. – Brookfield Academy vs. Manitowoc Roncalli
Noon – Greendale vs. Plymouth
1:30 p.m. – Wauwatosa East vs. Destiny
3:00 p.m. – Neenah vs. Rice Lake
4:30 p.m. – Dominican vs. Catholic Memorial
6:00 p.m. – Arrowhead vs. Milwaukee Vincent
7:30 p.m. – Germantown vs. Oshkosh North
9:00 p.m. – Milwaukee Riverside vs. De Pere
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