Posted On: 10/2/18 1:01 PM
BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Central fall league kicked off on Sunday, featuring a number of the state’s top teams and players. Who stood out in the first week of action?
Chris Bready – 2019 – G – Waukesha West
Bready is going to continue to rise in the rankings. After a breakout summer, Bready is once again showing big flashes. The senior guard was terrific when shooting the basketball off the bounce from mid-range. A smooth guard with a high-arcing stroke, Bready knocked down some difficult jumpers with a hand in his face. While he is smooth, Bready can also bring the thunder. An explosive, above-the-rim guard, Bready had a dunk against Nicolet, driving right down the lane and throwing it down with one hand. Division 3 schools were mainly expressing interest in July. Bready definitely has a chance to play his way to the scholarship level.
Jake Buchanan – 2020 – G- Kimberly
This will be one of the bigger breakout performers in the state of Wisconsin this season. Averaging just over seven points per game as a sophomore, Buchanan will be the featured scorer for the Papermakers in 2018-19. The junior floor general scored 26 points in an easy win over Franklin on Sunday. A quick, skilled guard, Buchanan can drain 3’s at a high rate and his speed on the ball forces defenders to give him an extra step. Playing fast, but rarely in a hurry, Buchanan speeds up the game by constantly pushing the tempo. His playmaking ability is underrated as Buchanan likes to pass up good shots in order to get his teammates great ones. Holding two Division 2 offers, Buchanan emerged as one of the better prospects in 2020 over the summer and looks like he’ll continue to elevate.
Trequan Carrington – 2019 – PG – Martin Luther
Somebody get this kid an offer! Carrington has D1 level talent. If schools can overlook his size (5-10) and the fact he’s very ball dominant for a point guard, Carrington will hold his own at that level. An explosive and fearless guard, Carrington is always in scoring mode. Carrington puts up big numbers and his ability to rise and fire from 3-point and mid-range combined with his blow-by speed on the ball make him an extremely difficult matchup. Mississippi State, New Mexico State, UW-Green Bay, and St. Louis are showing interest going into the season. Carrington said he could go the prep/JUCO route if a Division 1 offer doesn’t come. Should that occur, Carrington is probably a guy that will walk away with a handful of offers after one season at the prep/JUCO level.
Steven Clay – 2022 – F – Menomonee Falls
Once this kid puts on weight and muscle, he’s going to be a handful. Clay could already be a double-digit scorer as a freshman, but the upside on the 6-foot-5 forward is far greater. A lengthy, raw prospect with a great 3-point shooting stroke, Clay shot the ball well from downtown. He was able to get into high percentage areas consistently against two of the best teams in the state (Martin Luther, Waupun), but it’s that added strength, athleticism, and quickness needed which halted some impressive moves that would work against players his own age. A potentially dangerous three-level scorer, Clay is a top 2-3 prospect in the 2022 class as of now.
Marcus Domask – 2019 – SF – Waupun
A typical Domask performance on Sunday with the addition of one aspect — improved athleticism. Domask appears to have added some explosiveness as he was getting above the rim with ease. Domask had one play in particular where he ripped baseline and finished with a two-hand dunk — something we’ve never seen in roughly 100 games of viewing over his career. Domask also seemed more active and willing to push the pace in transition. In a blowout win over Menomonee Falls, Domask did whatever he wanted offensively — scoring on the block, knocking down perimeter jumpers, and taking advantage of help defenders keying on him and finding open teammates for easy opportunities.
Carter Gilmore – 2020 – F – Arrowhead
A kid with a terrific feel and someone who just gets the game of basketball, Gilmore is starting to blossom as a prospect. You can see why the high major programs are starting to sniff around here and why mid-majors should be flocking to grab Gilmore. A skilled, 6-foot-7 forward,
Gilmore can handle some of the point duties. He has terrific vision in the open floor and created tons of scoring opportunities for the Warhawks on Sunday. A prospect that’s always been a better scoring threat than he’s given credit for, Gilmore looked really good in isolation settings. It took 6-foot-10 David Skogman (Waukesha West) to really slow him down. This versatile forward can shoot the ball from all over the floor and create tons of mismatch problems. Look for Gilmore to continue to climb up the class of 2020 rankings after reaching the top 10 this summer.
James Graham – 2021 – SF – Nicolet
Graham scored 16 points to pace Nicolet in a loss to Waukesha West. Graham got hot late to help the Knights rally from 20 points down and cut the deficit to two. A sniper in a 6-foot-5 frame, Graham has a long stroke, but is never fazed by a hand in his face. Already holding offers from DePaul and Rutgers, Graham hit four 3-pointers on Sunday. Graham has the size and physicality to be a dangerous scorer if he can develop other parts of his game offensively.
Mo Jamaleddin – 2019 – G/F – Greenfield
He definitely doesn’t look the part, but you can’t argue with the production. Jamaleddin is a highly active prospect that impacts the game in a variety of ways. The 6-foot-2 senior is more athletic than he looks and made some noise against Waukesha South with his rebounding, shot blocking, and motor under the rim. Jamaleddin had one of the more under the radar campaigns last season, averaging around 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Xzavier Jones – 2019 – SF – Martin Luther
Jones is no longer just an athlete. He used to be a prospect that did most of his damage above the rim. While that’s still a major part of his game and what makes Jones attractive to Division 1 schools, he’s developed in other areas. Jones’ ball handling is much improved heading into his senior season. Jones can size his man up on the perimeter and go to work. Against smaller wings, Jones can play with his back to the basket and score from the block as well. Jones has a few mid-major offers at this time and that level appears to suit him well.
Cameron Palesse – 2021 – W/G – Waukesha West
Palesse attacked the basket with ferocity on Sunday. The sophomore wing has the ability to go through or around people on his way to the rim. A high motor, high energy prospect, Palesse is extremely competitive. He loves to deliver contact in the paint and can complete 3-point plays the old fashioned way at a high rate. Palesse is also one of the best young defenders in the state. Off the ball, Palesse plays the passing lanes exceptionally well. On the ball, the opposition just won’t get anything easy against him.
David Skogman – 2019 – F/C – Waukesha West
High major schools are beginning to line up for Skogman. A very unique prospect, Skogman is a bouncy, athletic forward that can run the floor and shoot from downtown. The 6-foot-10 senior is also developing his back-to-the-basket game. Waukesha West does a good job of moving Skogman all over the floor and creating mismatch problems. Skogman hit a big 3-pointer late to help the Wolverines hold off a strong charge from Nicolet. He finished with 14 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.
Marshawan Robinson – 2022 – SG – Waukesha South
Waukesha South was 4-19 last season, including 0-16 in the Classic 8 Conference. They have a piece to help turn things around. The incoming freshman had two strong performances on Sunday. Robinson is raw skills-wise and a little unorthadox, but his shot drops at a high rate. An athletic guard that loves to pull-up off the bounce, Robinson drained mid-range jumpers all day long. Despite getting his first taste of varsity basketball, Robinson seemed to have control the Blackshirts and cemented himself as a the feature scorer.