Your official guide to the 11th annual Rick Majerus Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout, scheduled for December 28-29-30 at Concordia University in Mequon:
Five Things To Watch …
1. Stevens Point vs. Germantown – The rematch of last year's WIAA Division 1 title game won by Stevens Point, 67-51, is set for Wednesday, December 30 at 7:30 p.m. Stevens Point is unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the WisSports.net Coaches Poll. The Panthers feature three NCAA Division I recruits in senior forward Sam Hauser (Marquette), senior point guard Trev Anderson (Green Bay) and sophomore forward Joey Hauser (offers from Marquette and Wisconsin, among others). Stevens Point just might be the best three-point shooting team in the history of high school basketball in Wisconsin as both Hausers, Anderson and senior Jamison Kryshak all are outstanding long-ranger snipers for coach Scott Anderson. Stevens Point is a very good defensive team and figures to make things difficult for Germantown, which won the WIAA Division 1 title in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The Warhawks are led by Northern Iowa recruit Juwan McCloud, a 6-foot-0 point guard who can score and distribute. Germantown coach Mark Adams will need strong performances from McCloud, seniors Max Keefe (6-6) and Connor Edmonds (6-5) along with junior Kyle Clow (6-3) in order to upset the Panthers. Germantown is 7-1 after sustaining a non-league loss at Arrowhead.
2. Jordan McCabe vs. Te'jon Lucas – Certainly, the match-up on Monday at 7:30 p.m. between Kaukauna and Milwaukee Washington, two of the state's premier Division 2 programs, will be much more than Jordan McCabe versus Te'jon Lucas. But fans will be treated to two of the top point guards in Wisconsin going head-to-head while hoping to lead their respective teams to a victory. McCabe, a 5-foot-11 sophomore ball-handling whiz and scoring sensation (22 ppg) from Kaukauna, has the Ghosts unbeaten and ranked No. 1 among Division 2 teams in the WisSports.net Coaches Poll. He already owns Division I scholarship offers from De Paul, Missouri and West Virginia, among others, and often plays his best on the big stage. Lucas, a 6-1 senior point guard for Washington, signed with Illinois last month and is capable of scoring at a very high level while also defending well and vocally leading his young but very talented squad. Kaukauna junior Adam Smith (6-2) and Washington freshman Deontay Long (6-4) are both stellar players in their own right and figure to also have a major impact on this marquee game.
3. Four top-ranked teams – Top-ranked teams in Division 1 (Stevens Point), Division 2 (Kaukauna), Division 4 (Dominican) and Division 5 (McDonell Central) will put their lofty rankings on the line at Concordia. Stevens Point plays second-ranked Germantown, Kaukauna plays sixth-ranked Milwaukee Washington along with Homestead, Dominican plays Kettle Moraine Lutheran and Wisconsin Lutheran, and McDonell Central plays unbeaten Prairie du Chien along with Living Word Lutheran. All four of the top-ranked squads boast plenty of collegiate prospects and are among the favorites in their respective divisions to hoist the Gold Ball at the Kohl Center in March.
4. Scoring Sensations – Six players who are averaging at least 23.8 points per game will compete in the event and all six are more than capable of netting 30 or more points on a given night. Brookfield Academy's Ryan Clarey (29.2 ppg), Stevens Point's Trev Anderson (26.8 ppg), Germantown's Juwan McCloud (24.9 ppg), Ripon's Bennett Vander Plas (24.6 ppg), Greendale's David Pulzos (24.0 ppg) and Milwaukee Riverside's Terrence Lewis (23.8 ppg) are all off to terrific starts for their respective teams and rank among the top scorers in the state.
5. Unbeaten Teams – Stevens Point (6-0), Kaukauna (5-0), McDonell Central (7-0), Prairie du Chien (6-0) and West Allis Hale (6-0) have a combined 30-0 record through games of December 23. Those five teams figure to have their unblemished marks put to the test during the WBY Shootout as each faces stiff competition. One team for sure will leave Concordia with its first loss at Prairie du Chien and McDonell Central are set to play at 10:30 a.m. on December 30.
15 Players (Plus 1) To Watch …
Trev Anderson, 6-2, Sr., Stevens Point -- Tough-minded and skilled point guard who has started from Day One for his father, Scott, at Stevens Point. The Green Bay recruit can score with the best of them, but his best attribute just might be his intense desire to win. He backs down from no one and is best described as a big-time winner.
Kostas Antetokounmpo, 6-9, Sr., Dominican -- Oozing with potential, Antetokounmpo is long, athletic and raw. The younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kostas makes several 'wow' plays during the course of a game, whether it be an awesome blocked shot or a dunk in traffic. But he needs to add strength and weight to his frame while also developing consistency to his game.
Ryan Clarey, 6-1, Sr., Brookfield Academy -- The UW-Whitewater recruit is averaging nearly 30 points and 8 steals per game while playing for his father, Pat, at Brookfield Academy. He can play either guard position and can score off the dribble, from deep and at the foul line.
John Diener, 6-4, Soph., Cedarburg -- The son of Cedarburg coach Tom Diener, John Diener can hurt opponents in a variety of ways. He can certainly score -- both from deep and off the bounce -- but he can also defend multiple positions while finding teammates with his solid court vision.
George Dixon, 6-5, Jr., Milwaukee Riverside -- Physical, tough and consistent, Dixon is a defensive demon who can guard on the perimeter or in the post. He rebounds at a high level on both ends of the court and is developing his offensive skills to match his defensive prowess.
Jai'vionne Green, 6-4, Sr., Wauwatosa East -- A tremendous athlete with developing basketball skills, Green averaged 15.8 points and 8.0 rebounds through the first five games of the season. He has good size for a wing guard and he can make mid-range jump shots in addition to finishing above the rim off drives to the hoop.
Joey Hauser, 6-7, Soph., Stevens Point -- The state's top-ranked class of 2018 prospect, Hauser possesses an impressive blend of size, skill and strength. He can make three-point shots or go inside and play with his back to the basket. His strength and versatility are difficult to opponents to match. Hauser already owns offers from both Marquette and Wisconsin.
Sam Hauser, 6-6, Sr., Stevens Point -- Skilled, smart and cerebral, Hauser does whatever is needed for his team to win. He ranks among the best three-point shooters to ever come out of Wisconsin, but he is even better at making smart decisions on the court. An under-rated athlete who has committed to Marquette, Hauser is simply a joy to watch because of his high basketball IQ and incredible skill level.
Max Keefe, 6-6, Sr., Germantown -- Versatile forward who can play near the basket and use his length and size to score in the lane or step outside and make perimeter jump shots. Keefe, who committed to NCAA Division II Concordia-St. Paul, is a three-year letter winner for the Warhawks.
Terrence Lewis, 6-5, Jr., Milwaukee Riverside -- In the open court, opponents have little chance to slow down Lewis, who does an excellent job of filling the lane on the fastbreak and finishing at the rim. A long, athletic player who is receiving strong Division I recruiting interest from many high-major programs, Lewis scores in bunches and is a major reason Riverside is expected to challenge Milwaukee King and Milwaukee Washington in the Milwaukee City Conference this winter.
Luke Loewe, 6-2, Jr., Ripon -- A skilled and strong lead guard who is coming off a foot injury, Loewe is a player who can score and distribute. His perimeter shot has improved dramatically and his ability to get into the lane and draw fouls is a major strength.
Te'jon Lucas, 6-1, Sr., Milwaukee Washington -- Lucas was named Player of the Year in the Eastern Division of the Woodland Conference as a sophomore while attending Shorewood. He was a second-team all-City Conference player as a junior at Washington, but then turned in a very strong spring/summer on the club circuit, earning scholarship offers from several nigh-major programs. He signed with Illinois in November and is a scoring lead guard who puts extreme pressure on opposing defenses with his ability to attack the basket.
Jordan McCabe, 5-11, Soph., Kaukauna -- A magician with the ball in his hands, McCabe is as good a ball handler as this state has seen in years. He has the ball on a string and keeps opponents on their heels with his ability to change directions on a dime. He is a very good perimeter shooter who can also set up his teammates with his solid passing skills. One of the state's top class of 2018 prospects who is receiving interest from many high-major programs, including De Paul, Missouri, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Xavier, among others.
Juwan McCloud, 6-0, Sr., Germantown -- The Northern Iowa recruit has been a mainstay in the Germantown lineup and is the unquestioned leader for coach Mark Adams and the Warhawks. McCloud can score and shoot, but he's at his best setting up his teammates with his ability to probe openings with his change-of-pace dribble.
David Pulizos, 6-6, Sr. Greendale -- Physically strong and athletic combination forward who excels inside and also away from the basket, Pulizos is one of the top unsigned class of 2016 players in Wisconsin. He runs the floor, can defend and can really get on a roll beyond the three-point arc.
Bennett Vander Plas, 6-7, Jr., Ripon -- The son of Ripon coach, Dean Vander Plas, a former standout in his own right at Oostburg and UW-Green Bay, Bennett Vander Plas is a scoring forward who can face up from the outside and make perimeter shots while also crashing the boards for putbacks. A Division I prospect with size and skill.
Others To Keep An Eye On …
Nate Banasik, 6-6, Jr., Prairie du Chien
Jake Bennett, 6-2, Jr., Dominican
Justin Brookens, 5-9, Jr., Milwaukee Vincent
Kyle Clow, 6-3, Jr., Germantown
Trevell Cunningham, 5-11, Jr., Arrowhead
Conner Edmonds, 6-5, Sr., Germantown
Dalton Erdman, 6-2, Sr., Kaukauna
Noah Fredrickson, 5-10, Jr., Onalaska
Connor George, 5-11, Sr., Prairie du Chien
Alec Hamilton, 6-5, Jr., Arrowhead
Brandon Hau, 6-6, Jr., Mukwonago
William Jelacic, 6-8, Jr., Dominican
Jordan Johnson, 6-3, Jr., Cedarburg
Jason Klatt, 5-10, Jr., St. Thomas More
Grayson Knowlton, 6-6, Jr., McDonell Central
Joe Lemon, 6-5, Sr., Brookfield Academy
Adam Link, 6-3, Sr., Marshall
Nakell Martin, 6-3, Sr., Milwaukee Washington
Elijah Moore, 5-11, Sr., Whitefish Bay
Eddie Muensch, 6-2, Jr., Ripon
Brandon Neuberger, 6-2, Sr., Marshall
Alex Ohde, 6-7, Jr., McDonell Central
Keishon Parker, 6-3, Sr., Wisconsin Lutheran
Davontae Patterson, 6-2, Sr., West Allis Hale
Zack Rabas, 6-5, Sr., De Pere
Marco Ramos, 6-4, Sr., St. Thomas More
Ben Retzlaff, 6-2, Sr., McDonell Central
Adam Smith, 6-2, Jr., Kaukauna
Walter Taylor, 6-4, Jr., University School
Nate Thomson, 5-11, Sr., Greendale
Jacob Urban, 6-5, Sr., Homestead
Aaron Vopal, 6-7, Jr., De Pere
Brian Wilman, 6-6, Sr., Arrowhead
Jalen Zubich, 5-10, Jr., Onalaska
Sophomores To Watch …
Matthew Barber, 6-6, Soph., Cedarburg
Hayden Baughman, 6-5, Soph., McDonell Central
Jacob Bolwerk, 6-2, Soph., Living Word Lutheran
Eric Carl, 6-4, Soph., Kaukauna
Carlos Curtis, 6-1, Soph., Milwaukee Riverside
Greg Foster Jr., 6-5, Soph., Homestead
Cade Garcia, 5-11, Soph., Whitefish Bay
Tyrese Haliburton, 6-4, Soph., Oshkosh North
Gacoby Jones, 5-11, Soph., Dominican
Dylan Kurey, 6-6, Soph., Kaukauna
Brunard Williams, 6-3, Soph., Wisconsin Lutheran
Freshmen To Watch …
K.J. Daniel, 5-11, Frosh., Dominican
Noah Glembin, 6-3, Frosh., St. Thomas More
Matt Hickey, 5-11, Frosh., Oshkosh North
Demetrius Johnson, 6-3, Frosh., Whitefish Bay
Deontay Long, 6-4, Frosh., Milwaukee Washington
Michael Wilson, 6-1, Frosh., University School
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.
High quality WBY Shootout T-shirts will be sold at the event for $10.
Copies of the 336-page 2014-15 Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook will be available for purchase for $30.
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 four games live – two on Tuesday, December 20 and two on Wednesday, December 30.
Bob Brainerd and Shannon Smith will be calling the games pitting Dominican against Wisconsin Lutheran at 6:00 p.m. and Oshkosh North against Arrowhead at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday along with Cedarburg taking on Wauwatosa East at 6:00 p.m. and Stevens Point taking on Germantown at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Following is the schedule of games for the Rick Majerus WBY Shootout …
Monday’s Games (December 28)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
9:00 a.m. – Living Word Lutheran vs. St. Thomas More
10:30 a.m. – Onalaska vs. Greendale
Noon – Whitefish Bay vs. Mukwonago
1:30 p.m. – Dominican vs. Kettle Moraine Lutheran
3:00 p.m. – Ripon vs. Brookfield Academy
4:30 p.m. – West Allis Hale vs. Cedarburg
6:00 p.m. – Arrowhead vs. Milwaukee Vincent
7:30 p.m. – Kaukauna vs. Milwaukee Washington
9:00 p.m. – Homestead vs. Milwaukee Riverside
Tuesday’s Games (December 29)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
9:00 a.m. – McDonell Central vs. Living Word Lutheran
10:30 a.m. – St. Mary's Springs vs. Shoreland Lutheran
Noon – Prairie du Chien vs. Kettle Moraine Lutheran
1:30 p.m. – Onalaska vs. Wauwatosa East
3:00 p.m. – Ripon vs. Marshall
4:30 p.m. – De Pere vs. Milwaukee Riverside
6:00 p.m. – Dominican vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
7:30 p.m. – Arrowhead vs. Oshkosh North
9:00 p.m. – Homestead vs. Kaukauna
Wednesday’s Games (December 30)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
9:00 a.m. – University School vs. St. Thomas More
10:30 a.m. – Prairie du Chien vs. McDonell Central
Noon – Whitefish Bay vs. Greendale
1:30 p.m. – Marshall vs. Brookfield Academy
3:00 p.m. – De Pere vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
4:30 p.m. – Oshkosh North vs. Milwaukee Vincent
6:00 p. m. -- Cedarburg vs. Wauwatosa East
7:30 p.m. -- Stevens Point vs. Germantown
9:00 p.m. -- Mukwonago vs. West Allis Hale
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