Seniors Grant Basile of Pewaukee, John Diener of Cedarburg, Tyler Herro of Whitnall, and Jordan McCabe of Kaukauna were unanimous First Team selections on the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team for the 2017-18 season. Diener, Herro, McCabe, and Milwaukee Washington junior Deontay Long are repeat choices.
Basile is a 6’9” Wright State recruit that helped the Pirates to a Woodland-West Conference title, earning First Team all-league laurels for the second straight year under his head coach and father, Mike Basile. The big man poured in 24.9 points per game and was a monster on the boards as well.
Diener played for his father as well, averaging 23.2 points per game for his dad, Tom. He averaged more than 20 every season of his four-year varsity career, finishing with 2,250 points. A repeat WBCA All-State choice, the DePaul recruit was the North Shore Conference Player of the Year the past two seasons.
Herro is one of the most dynamic scorers the state has seen, averaging 32.9 per game this season and finishing his career with 2,036 points, despite missing significant time to injury his junior campaign. The Kentucky recruit was on the WBCA All-State Team last season and thrice named the Woodland-East Player of the Year.
McCabe took home prestigious Mr. Basketball honors from the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association last week, and capped his career with a dazzling final minute in the D2 championship game, where the Ghosts won a second state title in the last three years. His 2,442 career points place him sixth on the state’s all-time list.
Johnny Davis of La Crosse Central is just a sophomore, but after serving as a contributor on last season’s state title team, he took on a much bigger role this season, scoring 22.8 points per game with 7.3 rebounds as the Red Raiders advanced back to the state tournament. The 6’5” guard has a number of scholarship offers, including from Wisconsin.
Milwaukee Washington freshman Michael Foster has already committed to Arizona State and is ranked among the best Class of 2021 players in the country. He showed why all season, averaging 18.4 points and 10 rebounds per game. The 6-9 forward scored 39 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in two state tournament games.
Jaxon Knotek of River Falls was named the Player of the Year in the Big Rivers Conference for a second straight season. The 6’6” senior led the league at 20.4 points per game as a senior. He will play his college basketball at North Dakota State.
Deontay Long of Milwaukee Washington averaged 28.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for Milwaukee Washington this season. A repeat All-State choice and co-Player of the Year in the Milwaukee City Conference, he helped the Purgolders back to the state tournament, where they finished second.
Slinger senior Derek Sabin posted an impressive final campaign for the Owls, averaging a team-best 19.7 points per game, as the team finished 13-11 overall. The 6’8” forward improved his scoring average each season as a four-year varsity player at Slinger.
Jake Schroeckenthaler of Monona Grove was one of the best pure post players in the state this season. The 6’7” senior averaged 19.7 points per game as the Badger-South Player of the Year, guiding the Silver Eagles to an outright league championship and 24-2 overall record.
Westosha Central’s Jaeden Zackery was a key part of a young Falcons’ team that turned it on the postseason and advanced to the Division 2 state tournament. The 6’1” guard averaged 16.5 points per game to go with 4.7 rebounds and 4 assists per game as a First Team All-Conference selection.
Division 2 WBCA All-State
Grant Basile, Sr., Pewaukee *
Johnny Davis, So., La Crosse Central
John Diener, Sr., Cedarburg *
Michael Foster, Fr., Milwaukee Washington
Tyler Herro, Sr., Whitnall *
Jaxon Knotek, Sr., River Falls
Deontay Long, Jr., Milwaukee Washington
Jordan McCabe, Sr., Kaukauna *
Derek Sabin, Sr., Slinger
Jake Schroeckenthaler, Sr., Monona Grove
Jaeden Zackery, Jr., Westosha Central
Seth Anderson, Sr., Marshfield
Jack Gohlke, Sr., Pewaukee
Jack Petit, Sr., Union Grove
Jamari Sibley, So., Nicolet
C.J. Siegel, Sr., La Crosse Logan
Noah Skifton, Sr., Onalaska
Tyson Tully, Sr., Reedsburg
Owen White, Sr., Rhinelander
* Denotes unanimous selection
Voting Panel – Zac Campbell, River Falls; Derek Lemmens, Rhinelander; Tim Ladron, Beaver Dam; Mike Schalow, Kaukauna; Jake Erbentraut, Wilmot; Todd Nesheim, Mount Horeb; Mike Basile, Pewaukee; Ryan Walz, Wisconsin Lutheran.