Posted On: 09/12/18 3:47 PM
Ranking the best trios in the state of Wisconsin for the upcoming 2018-19 season…
1. Cole Nau, Gage Malensek, David Joplin (Brookfield Central)
After a quicker than expected end to their playoff run, this group has to be hungry. Joplin, Malensek, and Nau accounted for 45 of Brookfield Central’s 65 points per game last season. All are Division 1 talents and top 10 ranked players in their respective classes. While we’ll call this a trio for now, we may have to adjust things shortly when 2021 point guard Ben Nau (3.9 ppg) inevitably emerges and puts his stamp on this team and potentially 2020 W/F Malik Abdul-Wahid as well.
2. Ace Evans, Trequan Carrington, Xzavier Jones (Martin Luther)
Another team with a sour taste in their mouths after being bounced in the sectional semifinals, Martin Luther reloads with their top three weapons from last season. Carrington, Evans, and Jones helped Martin Luther to a 21-4 record last season. This trio averaged roughly 40 points per game and with Evans emerging into one of the better prospects in 2019, this group of seniors could be headed for bigger and better things.
3. Amani Glosson, Darius Hannah, and Kaleim Taylor (Milwaukee Academy of Science)
This trio averaged close to 50 points per game in 2017-18, led by Taylor’s 22.2 ppg. Milwaukee Academy of Science was 15-9 last season, but as an independent, played a very loaded schedule. If high-upside prospects Glosson and Hannah take a step forward, we could be talking about this group as a Division 4 state championship squad.
4. Azarien Stepehns, Quinn Cafferty, Tyrese Hunter (Racine St. Catherine’s)
St. Catherine’s posted a 17-7 record last season and only lost by four to eventual state semifinalist East Troy in regionals. Hunter has emerged as a top five prospect in the class of 2021 and after averaging 11.2 ppg in 2017-18, could be in store for a breakout campaign. Cafferty (14.0 ppg) and Stephens (11.8 ppg) enter their seniors years giving the Angles a nice inside-outside presence, making St. Catherine’s arguably the favorite in the Metro Classic Conference.
5. Sam Kick, Carson Arenz, Tyrell Stuttley (Onalaska)
Onalaska has to cope without their leading scorer Noah Skifton (17.7 ppg), but they still have quite a bit of talent and should at least challenge La Crosse Central in the Mississippi Valley Conference. Arenz (13.0 ppg) and Stuttley (12.3 ppg) give the Hilltoppers a strong front court. Kick (9.1 ppg) should be the straw that stirs the drink. A high IQ, playmaking guard with a competitive spirit, Kick can elevate others around him and is ready to take on a leadership role after a strong freshman season.
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