Your official guide to the 12th annual Rick Majerus Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout, scheduled for December 27-28-29 at Concordia University in Mequon:
Five Things To Watch …
1. Kaukauna vs. La Crosse Central – The Ghosts are the defending WIAA Division 2 state champions and beat La Crosse Central twice a year ago, including a 72-45 whipping in the semifinals of the state tournament. This time around, however, it appears Central may have the upper hand as the Red Raiders have crushed their five opponents by an average margin of 31.8 points per contest. University of Wisconsin recruit Kobe King, an athletic and skilled 6-foot-4 wing player, is one of the top candidates for the Mr. Basketball award and currently leads Central in scoring at 21.6 ppg. Senior point guard Bailey Kale (6-0), like King a four-year varsity player for coach Todd Fergot, is headed to NCAA Division II Minnesota-Duluth in the fall and is averaging 16.6 ppg. Sophomore Noah Parcher (6-0) is contributing 9.4 ppg for the defending Mississippi Valley Conference champions. Kaukauna is currently playing without senior wing Adam Smith (6-2), who is recovering from a foot injury. Smith averaged 17.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg as a junior and has also signed with DII Minnesota-Duluth. The Ghosts are led by junior point guard Jordan McCabe (6-0), a three-year starter for coach Mike Schalow and a West Virginia recruit. McCabe is averaging 22.2 ppg and can make shots from well beyond the three-point arc. Other key players for the Ghosts include seniors Brad Voster (6-1) and Bailey McDaniel (6-2) along with promising juniors Eric Carl (6-4) and Dylan Kurey (6-7). These are unquestionably two of the top teams in Wisconsin, regardless of division.
2. Tyler Herro of Whitnall – One of the state's top juniors, Herro committed to the University of Wisconsin on September 12 and is off to a terrific start for coach Steve Kujawa and the Falcons. In a recent 78-74 Woodland Conference victory over Brown Deer, Herro scored 36 points and made five three-point shots. The skilled, long and athletic 6-foot-4 wing guard is averaging 27.1 points and 4.7 assists for a Whitnall squad that has recorded six straight victories after opening the season with a close loss to Milwaukee Destiny. Whitnall, which plays Kaukauna in the WBY Shootout, is one of the top teams in Wisconsin at the Division 2 level.
3. 14 ranked teams in WisSports.net Coaches Poll – Three top ranked teams and 14 ranked programs overall are scheduled to participate in the 32-team WBY Shootout. At the Division 1 level, top-ranked Oshkosh North, fourth-ranked Kimberly, fifth-ranked Brookfield Central, seventh-ranked Milwaukee Riverside and ninth-ranked Bay Port will compete. Seven of the top 10 teams in Division 2 will participate, including top-ranked Kaukauna, second-ranked La Crosse Central, fourth-ranked Cedarburg, sixth-ranked Whitnall, seventh-ranked Beaver Dam, ninth-ranked Milwaukee Pius XI Catholic and 10th-ranked Wisconsin Lutheran. Other ranked teams taking part include the state's top-ranked Division 3 team -- Ripon -- and the state's third-ranked Division 4 squad -- The Prairie School of Racine.
4. Oshkosh North vs. Milwaukee Riverside – Oshkosh North sits atop the WisSports.net Coaches Poll with a 5-0 record while Riverside came into the season ranked No. 1 by the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook. North boasts several potential scholarship players, including senior guards Philip Flory (6-5) and Shane Wissink (6-0) along with junior wing Tyrese Haliburton (6-5). Junior guard Quincy Anderson (6-2) is also performing very well for the Spartans. Riverside's lone loss on the campaign came to Milwaukee Marquette with standout junior point guard Carlos Curtis (6-2) out of the lineup. Curtis and senior wing Terrence Lewis (6-6) form a prolific duo for the Tigers, who are favored to successfully defend their Milwaukee City Conference championship.
5. Unsigned seniors worth watching – College coaches from programs at all levels have no shortage of unsigned seniors to watch at the WBY Shootout. The list is long and includes many very talented players. In alphabetical order, here is a list of seniors still searching for the right collegiate program ...
Jon Bailey, 6-9, F/C, Wisconsin Lutheran
Tommy Borta, 6-7, F, Wausau West
Davis Braker, 6-7, F., Beaver Dam
Nathaniel Buss, 5-11, PG, Verona
Ralen Brown, 6-3, G/F, Dominican
Ryan Coffey, 6-5, F, Milwaukee Marquette
Trevell Cunningham, 5-10, PG, Arrowhead
Marcellus Duckworth, 6-0, G, Wisconsin Lutheran
Philip Flory, 6-5, WG, Oshkosh North
Noah Fredrickson, 6-0, PG, Onalaska
Brett Frieder, 6-3, WG, Bay Port
Evan Ganther, 6-1, G, Lourdes Academy
Alec Hamilton, 6-6, F, Arrowhead
William Jelacic, 6-8, F, Dominican
Taejuan Johnson, 6-4, F, Homestead
Jason Klatt, 5-10, PG, St. Thomas More
Eddie Muench, 6-4, WG, Ripon
Garrett Nelson, 6-0, PG, Beaver Dam
Victory Nwagbaraocha, 6-3, G, Piux XI Catholic
Nick Pederson, 6-2, WG, Verona
Jack Quinlevan, 6-9, F, Homestead
Sam Rohde, 6-2, G, Brookfield Central
Alex Setzer, 6-10, F/C, Brookfield Academy
Jake Tordsen, 6-4, F, Wausau West
Alondes Williams, 6-5, G, Milwaukee Riverside
Shane Wissink, 5-11, PG, Oshkosh North
Zach Zavada, 6-5, WF, Pius XI Catholic
Jalen Zubich, 5-10, PG, Onalaska
15 Players (Plus 1) To Watch …
J.C. Butler, 6-5, Jr., The Prairie School -- The son of NBA star Caron Butler, J.C. Butler is a cerebral player who recently picked up NCAA Division I scholarship offers from both Green Bay and Milwaukee. Butler is an unselfish player who can score, rebound, pass and defend. He is currently averaging 22.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals.
Will Chevalier, 6-8, Sr., Kimberly -- A versatile offensive player who can score from the perimeter or use his size and skill to put points up on the scoreboard around the basket, Chevalier signed with Green Bay last fall. He is currently averaging 21.0 points and 7.8 rebounds for the unbeaten Papermakers.
Carlos Curtis, 6-1, Jr., Milwaukee Riverside -- Aggressive lead guard who attacks the basket while also taking and making big three-point shots. Curtis' speed in the open court is outstanding and he does an excellent job of finding his open teammates. Curtis owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Green Bay and IUPUI and is averaging a robust 28.0 ppg.
John Diener, 6-4, Jr., Cedarburg -- Physically and mentally strong combination guard who can score, pass and defend, Diener committed to DePaul University and his strong play is a major reason the Bulldogs won their first six games of the season. Diener is a very good long-distance shooter and does an excellent job of drawing fouls on drives to the basket.
Alou Dillon, 6-8, Sr., Wauwatosa West -- The South Dakota State recruit has helped the Trojans to victories in five of their first seven games by averaging 18.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. His length, athleticism and versatility on offense make things very difficult for opponents.
Greg Foster Jr., 6-5, Jr., Homestead -- The son of current Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Greg Foster, Greg Foster Jr. is a lanky combination guard who can get to the basket and finish. He is averaging 14.0 ppg and is receiving recruiting interest from several NCAA Division I schools and owns an offer from Texas-El Paso.
Tyrese Haliburton, 6-5, Jr., Oshkosh North -- Long, active wing prospect who owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Drake, Green Bay, IUPUI, Milwaukee, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Ohio University and Toledo. Haliburton is averaging 15.5 ppg for the unbeaten Spartans.
Tyler Herro, 6-4, Jr., Whitnall -- The University of Wisconsin recruit is a silky smooth wing prospect with an excellent eye for locating open teammates while also creating scoring opportunities for himself. One of the state's top scorers, Herro is currently averaging 27.1 ppg for the Falcons.
Gacoby Jones, 6-0, Jr., Dominican -- Talented point guard who makes things happen in a positive way for Dominican and first-year coach Jim Gosz. Jones is a three-year varsity player who has played key roles on WIAA state-title teams the past two seasons. Jones is averaging 15.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists per game for the Knights.
Bailey Kale, 6-0, Sr., La Crosse Central -- A smooth, skilled point guard who can make deep three-point shots and take defenders off the dribble, Kale is a four-year varsity performer for the Red Raiders. The Minnesota-Duluth recruit forms a dynamic backcourt along with senior Kobe King and sophomore Noah Parcher.
Kobe King, 6-4, Sr., La Crosse Central -- One of the top candidates for Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball award, King is a smart, skilled and extremely athletic wing player with deep shooting range and the ability to crash the offensive glass for putbacks. The University of Wisconsin recruit is the top-ranked senior in Wisconsin in the WisSports.net Player Rankings.
Terrence Lewis, 6-6, Sr., Milwaukee Riverside -- Along with Kobe King, Lewis is the top candidate to win the Mr. Basketball award. A smooth, relentless, athletic wing player who signed with Iowa State last fall, Lewis can score from deep, in transition, off of offensive rebounds and off of strong moves to the basket. The son of Riverside coach Tyrone (Rock) Lewis, Terrence Lewis has improved each and every year of his four-year varsity career.
Jordan McCabe, 6-0, Jr., Kaukauna -- A flashy, exceptionally skilled point guard in his third year of starting at Kaukauna, McCabe is an outstanding ball handler and passer who can get on an absolute roll from outside the three-point arc. The West Virginia recruit impacts the game on so many different levels that he is worth the price of admission all by himself.
Jack Plumb, 6-8, Jr., Bay Port -- A physical frontline performer who defends the post and makes short jump shots, Plumb is in his third year of varsity competition for Bay Port coach Nathan Rykal. Plumb owns offers from Green Bay and Milwaukee, and is averaging 13.2 ppg.
Kevion Taylor, 6-6, Sr., Whitnall -- A versatile forward who can score off the dribble and from the perimter, Taylor recently surpassed 1,000 points for his prep career. A NCAA Division II recruit for Winona State, Taylor is averaging 12.9 ppg for the Falcons.
Bennett Vander Plas, 6-8, Sr., Ripon -- An extremely hard-working forward who toned his body over the summer and has become much more athletic, Vander Plas signed with Division I Ohio University in November. Vander Plas can play with his back to the basket and step outside and make perimeter shots, making him a very difficult matchup for opponents.
Sophomores (Class of 2019) To Watch …
Levi Nienhaus-Borchert, 6-4, Kimberly
Trequan Carrington, 5-9, Martin Luther
Marquis Childs, 5-11, Wauwatosa West
Noah Glembin, 6-3, St. Thomas More
Aaron Greer, 6-0, Milwaukee Riverside
Matt Hickey, 6-1, Oshkosh North
Benny Huizenga, 6-1, Lourdes Academy
Demetrius Johnson, 6-3, Whitefish Bay
Xzavier Jones, 6-5, Martin Luther
Michael Kennedy, 6-5, Homestead
Gage Malensek, 5-9, Brookfield Central
Cole Nau, 6-2, Brookfield Central
Henry Noone, 6-2, Lourdes Academy
Victor Novy, 6-7, Cedarburg
Noah Parcher, 6-0, La Crosse Central
Freshmen (Class of 2020) To Watch …
Alex Antetokounmpo, 6-5, Dominican
Carson Arenz, 6-4, Onalaska
Jake Buchanan, 5-10, Kimberly
Aiden Clarey, 6-0, Brookfield Academy
Jonathan Davis, 6-1, La Crosse Central
Jordan Davis, 6-2, La Crosse Central
Keaton Ferris, 5-9, Kaukauna
Harry Grams, 6-2, Whitefish Bay
Logan Jedwabny, 6-0, Kaukauna
Ben Jelacic, 6-4, Dominican
Gabe Madsen, 6-4, Bloomer
Mason Madsen, 6-2, Bloomer
Hank Olson, 6-0, Onalaska
Tyrell Stuttley, 6-3, Onalaska
Jon Weber, 6-6, Brookfield Academy
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 2016-17 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 $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 27 and two on Wednesday, December 28.
Bob Brainerd and Shannon Smith will be calling the games pitting Germantown against Bay Port at 6:00 p.m. and Milwaukee Riverside against Arrowhead at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday along with Kimberly taking on Milwaukee Marquette at 6:00 p.m. and Kaukauna taking on La Crosse Central at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Following is the schedule of games for the Rick Majerus WBY Shootout …
Tuesday’s Games (December 27)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
9:00 a.m. – Living Word Lutheran vs. Martin Luther
10:30 a.m. – Lourdes Academy vs. The Prairie School
Noon – St. Thomas More vs. Bloomer
1:30 p.m. – Onalaska vs. Verona
3:00 p.m. – Ripon vs. Wauwatosa East
4:30 p.m. – Whitefish Bay vs. Brookfield Central
6:00 p.m. – Germantown vs. Bay Port
7:30 p.m. – Arrowhead vs. Milwaukee Riverside
9:00 p.m. – Homestead vs. Milwaukee Marquette
Wednesday’s Games (December 28)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
9:00 a.m. – Bloomer vs. Living Word Lutheran
10:30 a.m. – Lourdes Academy vs. Brookfield Academy
Noon – The Prairie School vs. Kettle Moraine Lutheran
1:30 p.m. – Onalaska vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
3:00 p.m. – Ripon vs. Dominican
4:30 p.m. – Wausau West vs. Cedarburg
6:00 p.m. – Kimberly vs. Milwaukee Marquette
7:30 p.m. – Kaukauna vs. La Crosse Central
9:00 p.m. – Oshkosh North vs. Arrowhead
Thursday’s Games (December 29)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
9:00 a.m. – Brookfield Academy vs. Martin Luther
10:30 a.m. – St. Thomas More vs. Kettle Moraine Lutheran
Noon – Wausau West vs. Beaver Dam
1:30 p.m. – Wauwatosa East vs. Dominican
3:00 p.m. – La Crosse Central vs. Pius XI Catholic
4:30 p.m. – Homestead vs. Brookfield Central
6:00 p. m. -- Milwaukee Riverside vs. Oshkosh North
7:30 p.m. -- Whitnall vs. Kaukauna
9:00 p.m. -- Wauwatosa West vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
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