WBCA Boys Showcase Recap - Mark Miller, Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook
The annual Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Showcase attracted 130 players from throughout the state on Saturday at the Just A Game Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.
Here are profiles of some of the players who performed well during the event:
CJ Campbell, 6-5, Soph., G/F, New Richmond
Campbell might have been the most pleasant surprise of the event WBCA Showcase. He showed the ability to hit multiple three-point shots in a game while also ripping down defensive rebounds and leading the fast break for his squad. Campbell finished above the rim several times while also making mid-range jump shots. Campbell, who averaged 9.0 points per game as a freshman reserve for coach Rick Montreal at New Richmond last season, possesses outstanding length and skill and figures to be one of the elite players in the Middle Border Conference the next three seasons.
Will Dehn, 6-4, Jr., G, De Pere
Dehn possesses a picture-perfect jump shot from downtown, but he also flashed the ability to get to the rim and use his length and height to finish in the lane. Dehn played at a consistent level throughout the day and was productive in every contest for his squad. Dehn started as a sophomore for coach Brian Winchester at De Pere and averaged 10.7 ppg and 2.5 rpg. He figures to improve on those numbers for a very good Redbirds team in 2019-20.
Austin Wagner, 6-4, Soph., G, Kettle Moraine Lutheran
Wagner is a rangy wing prospect who loves to get to the basket and use his vertical elevation and length to score over opponents. Though he needs to add weight and strength to his long frame, Wagner has very good basketball skills and good instincts for the game. As a freshman at Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Wagner came off the bench to average 3.2 ppg for coach Joshua Lindner.
Charlie Wolfgram, 6-0, Jr., G, Neenah
Wolfgram displayed steady progress in his overall game in Wisconsin Dells as he handled the ball a great deal for his team and made very good decisions with the ball in his hands. Wolfgram also knocked down several three-point jump shots for his squad and did an excellent job of getting the ball to his teammates. Wolfgram played on the highly successful JV team at Neenah last winter and could work his way into the playing rotation for the very deep and talented Rockets in 2019-20.
Ethan Parker, 6-3, Jr., G, West Allis Hale
Parker will be one of the upperclassmen expected to bring along some very talented young players in the West Allis Hale program. Parker competes with great energy and desire, and his hustle and determination usually leads to positive results for his team. Parker averaged 4.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg as a sophomore reserve for coach Kyle Malinger at West Allis Hale.
Carson Lindauer, 6-4, Jr., G/F, Tomah
Lindauer is a bit of a streaky shooter, but when he gets it going from downtown, he can knock down multiple three-point shots in any given stretch. Lindauer has good length and has added the ability to take the ball to the basket to his offensive repertoire, which bodes well for the Timberwolves this season. Lindauer averaged 8.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg as a sophomore reserve for coach Brad Plueger at Tomah.
Jay Hinson Jr., 6-3, Jr., G/F, Wauwatosa East
Hinson has a good basketball frame and showed the ability to make some deep jump shots while also using his physical strength and quickness to get to the basket to score off the bounce. Hinson figures to be in the mix to be in the varsity playing rotation for a very good Wauwatosa East squad after playing for the Red Raiders’ JV team at year ago.
Ashton Markell, 6-8, Jr., F, Green Bay Preble
Markell has very good length and plays at a constant level in terms of his effort and desire. He runs the court very well, can score from the free-throw line and in and also play with his back to the basket and socre in the lane. Markell also is a willing passer out of the post. Markell played on the JV team at Green Bay Preble last winter and figures to be a mainstay in coach Andy Bobholz’s lineup the next two seasons.
Caleb Stelse, 6-0, Sr., G, Jefferson
You grow to appreciate the hard work and hustle of Stelse as he seems to always be around the ball. He was able to get to the basket and finish due to his strength and quickness. Stelse is one of the more improved players in the Rock Valley Conference, due in large part to his desire and determination on the court. Stelse came off the bench to average 7.0 ppg and 2.3 rpg as a junior and should be one of coach Greg Jefferies top players at Jefferson this winter.
Caleb Much, 6-2, Jr., G, Hartford
Similar to Stelse, Much competes with tremendous energy and loves to make plays on both ends of the court. He knocked down some perimeter jump shots and also used a quick first step to take defenders off the dribble. He finished off drives with layups and did a nice job of competing on the glass on offense and defense. Much averaged 3.2 ppg and 2.2 rpg as a sophomore for coach Kevin McKenna’s varsity squad at Hartford.
Ben Olson, 6-3, Soph., G/F, Sun Prairie
Olson was one of the top class of 2022 prospects at the WBCA Showcase. The physically strong left-hander scored off the dribble, finished through contact and made some mid-range jump shots. He competed with a very high basketball IQ and could very well challenge for significant playing time on the varsity team at Sun Prairie after playing on the JV squad as a freshman at the Big Eight Conference school.
Ryan Peterson, 6-1, Sr., G, Northland Pines
There are few backcourt players in Wisconsin who can match the the combination of skill and physical strength that Peterson brings to the court. Peterson uses his impressive strength to get the edge on defenders on drives to the basket while also being able to pop in perimeter jump shots. He uses his strength well on the other end as well, grabbing rebounds with his good jumping ability and keeping opponents out of the lane with his foot speed and strength. Peterson averaged 18.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists as a junior, and will be counted on by new coach Terry Klemett to produce similar numbers this winter.
Cal Klesmit, 6-0, Frosh., G, Neenah
The younger brother of Neenah senior standout and Wofford recruit Max Klesmit, Cal Klesmit was on fire from deep early for his team at the Just A Game Fieldhouse. He was knocking down three-point shots at a very high rate for his team while also playing with very good poise and intelligence for such a young player.
Tanner Linduski, 6-2, Sr., G, Eau Claire Memorial
Linduski is a blue-collar worker who does a bit of everything on the court. He can score, defend, rebound and provide physical and mental toughness to his team. An honorable mention all-Big Rivers Conference performer as a junior, Linduski averaged 12.0 ppg and 3.2 rpg for coach Chad Brieske and teams with classmates Caden Boser (6-7), Altherelle Robbins (5-9) and Ethan Van Grunsven (6-1) to form a solid nucleus for the Old Abes.
Brady Olson, 6-0, Sr., PG, Cuba City
Olson played some stellar basketball for his team during the WBCA Showcase. While he scored and passed at a high level, Olson also competed with toughness, grit and determination. He also rebounded at a somewhat surprisingly high level. In fact, Olson’s ability to go and get the ball off the glass is one of his most underappreciated assets. As a junior, Olson averaged 16 points and also a remarkable 10 rebounds as Cuba City went 17-7 under coach Jerry Petitgoue.
Zane Langrehr, 6-3, Jr., G, Bangor
The returning first-team all-Scenic Bluffs Conference performer continues to play well after a solid showing during the spring and summer. Langrehr has an outstanding feel for the game, makes the correct pass and the right time, can make shots from the perimeter and in the lane, and defends at a high level. Langrehr’s combination of size, strength and skill are very impressive. Langrehr averaged 12.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg as a sophomore for coach Jacob Pederson at Bangor and teams with returning starters Grant Manke and Hank Reader for form a rock-solid nucleus.
Ben Grady, 6-2, Sr., G, Muskego
Grady’s level of activity and his ability to impact the game with his hustle, scoring ability and rebounding were evident throughout the day. Grady possesses good size and strength, and is quick off the floor going for rebounds. Grady’s versatility and leadership figure to be key ingredients for Muskego’s chances for success in 2019-20.
Zack Mashlan, 6-1, Sr., PG, Freedom
Mashlan was on his game for much of the day at the WBCA Showcase. The experienced lead guard figures to be in line for a stellar senior season after overcoming some healthy issues in the past. His physical strength, mental toughness and ability to get places off the dribble and make proper reads will be very important for coach John Miron and the Irish in 2019-20. Mashlan took the ball to the rim very well in Wisconsin Dells and also knocked down some perimeter jump shots.
Will Fuhrmann, 6-2, Sr., PG, Reedsburg
One of the state’s premier point guards in the class of 2020, Fuhrmann makes few mistakes out on the court. He provides strong leadership, outstanding ball handling and passing skills, and the ability to score from downtown or off the bounce. The returning first-team all-Badger North Conference performer has grown a bit since last season, when he averaged 16.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg for coach Josh Rupnow.
Khris Green, 6-1, Sr., G, Wauwatosa West
It can be easy to get overlooked at times while competing in what many consider the state’s best high school league, the Greater Metro Conference. Such is the case with Green, who played the passing lanes exceptionally well and score with soaring dunks off of steals at the WBCA Showcase. Green has good size and strength for the backcourt and very strong athleticism. He averaged 5.0 ppg and 2.1 as a reserve for coach Marc Mitchell last winter and could contend for a starting role this time around.
Sam Millard, 6-8, Sr., F, Wisconsin Dells
Millard is a versatile and skilled forward prospect who does a lot of different things out on the court. He can knock down perimeter jump shots, score off of put-back opportunities on the offensive glass, and make it difficult for opponents to score around the basket thanks to his height and length. Millard is one of four returning starters for coach Brad Rohling, who guided the Chiefs to a 20-6 record last winter. Millard averaged 8.8 ppg and 3.1 rpg as a junior.
Jacquez Overstreet, 6-2, Jr., G, Oshkosh West
Overstreet played varsity basketball as a freshman at Appleton North before transferring to Oshkosh West and playing varsity ball for the Wildcats last season. The experience competing in one of the state’s elite conferences is beginning to pay off as Overstreet is rounding into a very good all-around player. He can score off the dribble and from the perimeter, has excellent length to defend, and has become a solid rebounder as well.
John Sliga, 6-1, Jr., G, Milwaukee St. Thomas More
Sliga is a very accurate shooter from deep and has a quick release to get his shot off in a hurry. He does a good job of moving without the basketball on offense in order to hunt openings and shots from the perimeter. He could develop into a double-figure scorer for the Cavaliers and coach John Hoch over the next two seasons.
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Macey Banasik, 5-5, G, Class of 2021, Prairie du Chien Banasik is a skilled guard that can play the lead guard spot or the two-guard. She has a high basketball IQ and sees the floor well, and can score from behind the arc and off the dribble. Banasik averaged 11 points and 3.3 assists per game as a sophomore for the Blackhawks.
Adelynn Hyatt, 5-8, G, Class of 2021, Cashton Hyatt had an impressive day at the WBCA Showcase. The lefty guard excels at dribble penetration, allowing her to score or find an easy opportunity for a teammate. Hyatt also a high energy player on the defensive end of the floor and has quick hands, which allows her to get steals and deflections. Hyatt was the Scenic Bluff Player of the Year as a sophomore, averaging over 12 points per contest for the Eagles.
Isabella Lenz, 5-9, G, Class of 2021, Prescott Lenz is a quick guard that can score at all three levels and is a willing passer. Defensively, she has active hands and quickness to cause problems for her opponents. As a sophomore, Lenz averaged 16.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.2 steals per game.
Emma Moseley, 5-10, F, Class of 2022, Neillsville Moseley had a good showing at the WBCA Showcase on Sunday. The sophomore has good length, showcased her ability score in traffic inside and be a playmaker from the perimeter. Moseley is a player that could be headed for a breakout season for the Warriors.
Mya Davidson, 6-2, W/F, Class of 2022, Stoughton Davidson displayed her versatility to play with her back to the basket as well as from the perimeter from the wing. Her length and athleticism allows her to guard multiple positions. Davidson transferred from Harlem High School in Machesney Park, Ill. She averaged 6 points and just under 5 rebounds per game as a freshman.
Tabitha Renkas, 5-5, G, Class of 2020, Crandon Renkas plays with a high motor, is strong off the dribble and can score at the rim through contact. She is also a strong defender that bring intensity and knowledge to get steals and deflections. Renkas helped the Cardinals reach the Division 4 state tournament as a sophomore. Last season, she averaged 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 4.6 steals per game.
Others that Stood Out at the WBCA Showcase
Sydney Brennan, 5-8, W, Class of 2020, Eau Claire Memorial
Bridee Burks, 5-9, G, Class of 2022, Lancaster
Sanaa Finner, 5-6, G, Class of 2021, DeKalb, IL
Mackenzie Holzwart, 5-7, G, Class of 2021, Howards Grove
Julia Magnuson, 6-0, F, Class of 2021, Mount Horeb
Brianna Nelson, 5-4, PG, Class of 2020, Eleva-Strum
Bella Opelt, 5-3, PG, Class of 2021, Neillsville
Katelyn Slowik, 5-7, G, Class of 2020, Elcho
Alison Sprangers, 6-0, W, Class of 2022, Kimberly
Katie Wilhelmi, 6-0, G, Class of 2020, Rockford Lutheran, IL