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Posted On: 06/21/18 2:51 PM
Who were the biggest risers in the Prep Hoops Wisconsin updated class of 2019 player rankings?
No. 14 Jaeden Zackery – Westosha Central/Kessel Heat
(Previous No. 37)
Really liked the way Zackery played in the Division 2 state tournament. He didn’t disappoint in the spring, putting up nice numbers in the NY2LA Association. Zackery averaged 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists during the NY2LA season. An all-around, do-it-all guard with lockdown defensive potential, Zackery should wind up at the Division 2 level.
No. 23 Chombi Lambert – Roncalli/Wisconsin Blizzard
(Previous – No. 43)
Another player who shined in the state tournament last season, Lambert scored 53 points in two games en route to a Division 4 title. Against increased competition, Lambert showed he could replicate his exciting scoring ability. An elusive guard who can create shots on and off the ball, Lambert could wind up at the Division 2 level, but he’s got star potential in Division 3.
No. 26 Ryan Waddell – Homestead/Wisconsin Shooters
(Previous – N/A)
Waddell sort of came out of nowhere last season, averaging 17.5 points per game in a loaded North Shore Conference. The 6-foot-1 combo guard is very crafty and has a lot of tools to score the basketball. Waddel is getting some bites from Division 2 schools going into the summer and has a chance to play his way into that level.
No. 32 Quintin Winterfeldt – Waupun/Wisconsin Blizzard
This is still one of the most overlooked players in the state, but he is starting to get some major Division 2 attention. Winterfeldt has a D1 body and some skills that can be unguardable. The 6-foot-4 small forward is a tough matchup with his mid-range shooting and slashing ability. If he can be more consistent as a shooter and make more of an impact defensively, Winterfeldt is a top 25 prospect in the state.
No. 33 – Donovan Ivory – Kaukauna/Wisconsin Blizzard
Another player that’s lining up potential Division 2 suitors and has a chance to work his way into the top 25, Ivory has impressed all spring. The 6-foot-5 senior plays a lot of point forward and has mismatch nightmare potential. A junkyard dog that’s not afraid to put his face into the fan and do the dirty work, Ivory could be in store for a breakout 2018-19 season with Kaukauna having to reload.
No. 36 Jaden Kreklow – New Glarus/Wisconsin Academy
(Previous – No. 51)
This one of the best competitors in the 2019 class with a ton of moxy. Every time we saw him in a late game situation, Kreklow seemed to produce and elevate his play. He may not have what you want athletically or posses ideal size, but Kreklow gets the game of basketball and deserves to be in the top 40, regardless of how he may project at the next level.
No. 62 Malachi Athnos – West Salem/Wisconsin Playmakers
Athnos was one of the biggest surprises in the NY2LA Association. An athletic combo guard, Athnos averaged about 16 points per game as a junior and replicated his output against a lot of Division 1 and Division 2 prospects.
No. 67 Lucas Stieber – Green Bay Southwest/Team1848
One of the better passers in the state, Stieber has a terrific feel for his teammates and can drop some serious dimes. A flashy distributor, Stieber has a knack for creating for his teammates with no-look or behind the back passes. Stieber probably won’t score a ton of points, but is usually the straw that stirs the drink on whatever team he’s on.
No. 74 Rocky Martinez – Waukesha West/Young Legends
Waukesha West has quite a bit of talent with a number of scoring options, which contributes to some often lackluster numbers for Martinez. However, in the spring, Martinez was putting up buckets with the Young Legends. A 6-foot-3 shooting guard still averaged 13 points per game on a fairly deep high school squad. A raw athlete that can shoot from all over the floor, Martinez has good upside at the college level and his best days are ahead of him.