Mississippi Valley Conference Preview

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Posted On: 10/30/18 12:31 PM

Looking ahead to the 2018-19 season, Prep Hoops Wisconsin breaks down the race in the Mississippi Valley Conference…

PROJECTED STANDINGS

1.  La Crosse Central

2. Onalaska

3. La Crosse Logan

4. Holmen

5.  Aquinas

6. Tomah

7. Sparta

 

FAVORITE

La Crosse Central has reached the state tournament in each of the last three seasons. The Red Raiders are a strong favorite to return in 2018-19. Central, who fielded a very young squad last season, reloads and gets just about everybody back. Going into the season, they are head and shoulders above the rest of the conference.

DARK HORSE

Onalaska could win a lot of different conferences. Unfortunately, some of their better teams have  came about in the midst of this dynasty run La Crosse Central has been in the midst of. The Hilltoppers lose their leading scorer Noah Skifton, but have a strong front court and  arguably the best  underclassmen prospect in the conference in Sam Kick.

SURPRISE TEAM

Logan loses last season’s Co-Player of the Year C.J. Siegel, but has some interesting pieces. The Rangers have a few matchup problems at the forward position in  Maguire Werner and Jacksun Hamilton are both athletic, versatile prospects  with strong upsides.  An all-conference pick from a year ago, Calvin Mavin is also back to help soften the blow of Siegel.

 

PROJECTED FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

G Johnny Davis – La Crosse Central

G Noah Parcher – La Crosse Central

G Jimmy Gillespie – Holmen

F Jordan Davis – La Crosse Central

F Terrance Thompson – La Crosse Central

SECOND TEAM

G Sam Kick – Onalaska

G Calvin Mavin – La Crosse Logan

F Maguire Werner – La Crosse Logan

F Tyrell Stuttley – Onalaska

F Carson Arenz – Onalaska

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

You could have made a very strong case for Johnny Davis last season. Not only did Central win the conference, but Davis was the leading scorer in the Mississippi Valley at 22.8 ppg.

BREAKOUT PLAYER

Jimmy Gillespie showed some real promise over the summer.  The Holmen standout averaged 12.6 ppg as a junior. With Craig Newsome graduated, Gillespie is going to get more shots.  The 6-foot-1 guard can score from all over the floor and  is deadly from 3-point range, connecting on 71 triples last season.

SURPRISE PLAYER

La Crosse Central has perhaps the strongest quartet in the state with the Davis twins, Parcher, and Thompson.  Those four will take the headlines, but senior David Hayden should be a real X-factor for the Red Raiders this season. We saw over the summer that Hayden made some vast improvements in his game. A strong 3-point shooter, the 5-foot-10 guard is also quite athletic and very strong around the rim.  Hayden averaged 8.0 ppg last season. With all the talent Central has, that probably won’t go up much, but don’t be surprised if  Hayden gives this team a huge lift and certain points during the season.