Posted On: 04/28/19 8:48 AM

The Hard Work Live event in Madison continued through Saturday night with talent spread out around the heart of Wisconsin.  We continue to identify and acknowledge players that competed at a high level. 

Most Reliant – Brady Williams

Brady Williams cares about winning and his teammates succeeding.  Everything else falls far behind that.  Williams concerns himself with team success and rarely if every strays from that focus.  

As a quarterback on the football team Brady led his team to an 8-3 season.  It was the first winning season the Dover-Eyota program has had in 11 years and along the way the 6-foot-6 Williams towered over others as a big number quarterback.  On the hardwood the Dover-Eyota program has improved by 4/5 wins each season that Williams has been on the team.  This year Brady averaged 21 points, ten rebounds, and five assists for the Eagles. 

What’s more impressive is that Williams sacrificed shots so teammates like Blake Blattner (junior that averaged 11 points a game) and Jack Studer (senior who scored 17 points a contest) could flourish within the framework. The better Blattner, Studer, and others played, the better the team played.  And each game it was Brady Williams feeding those teammates and taking only high percentage shots himself. 

We continue to see similar things with Brady and the Minnesota Fury Zurn team.  In our views Brady Williams has been the most consistent passer on the team.  Doesn’t matter if Brady is quickly swinging the ball, entering the ball into the high post or low post, or hitting cutters, Brady is a guarantee of at least three assists and five shots created in his 20 minutes on the floor. 

Williams will always give you fantastic position defense forcing opponents to go over his well positioned length and for the Fury, Brady is a five rebound per game guy in those 20 minutes.  Jumper?  Brady only takes shots that are wide open (Brady doesn’t take lower percentage attempts when he can create something better) but those 1-2 open jumpers he takes for Fury go in more often than not. 

Yesterday Williams opened the Fury game with three makes at the arc and then followed with four makes going at the rim.  Williams made his first seven shots from the field scoring 18 points with seven boards and four assists against the Ohio Celtics.  That’s what Brady does game after game.  

That’s why we believe Brady Williams can be a really nice jack of all trades player in the Northern Sun.  If he’s not throwing touchdown passes someplace at the college level. 

Sam Fawcett

Fawcett for 30

Ten games into the 17 and Under season BBA Force Bartlett is 6-4 including two wins Saturday.  Basketball can be a simple game and in this simple game Sam Fawcett of Force/Sioux Falls Lincoln went for a 30 spot against the Iowa Pump N Run.  How?

Fawcett opened the game moving off the ball into position with hands up ready to catch and hit.  Iowa players had the desire to chase their opponents early but Sam’s sharp cuts off screens and quick movement away from defenders stuck on the pick led to catch and shoot jumpers.  There was also the quick transition jumpers made on the wing. 

Once Sam (and others) began to make shots from the perimeter opening the game up the Iowa kids over extended themselves defensively and the efforts became very sloppy.  Fawcett then recognized the cracks and used a quick move to beat bad closeouts for attacks and eventually scored on numerous cuts behind the defense.  BBA Force ball movement rated a ten out of ten and Fawcett was the main recipient scoring 31. 

Select Koch – The Land of Opportunity 

Minnesota Select Koch defeated the Wisconsin Blizzard by two scores in a fun game on Saturday night.  In this game we watched several players from big name Minnesota programs perform at a high level.  Will the following names fight their way into the rotation next year?  Based on last night they will give it a good fight. 

Regan Merritt of Hopkins.   Hopkins had three juniors on their roster last year: national standout Kerwin Walton, JV guard Shane Geschwind, and JV guard Regan Merritt.  Outside of Walton the name talent returning for Hopkins is young (sophomores Andre Gray, Jalen Treml, and 6-8 John Hernandez, and 6-8 freshman Elvis Ohagwu).  If Hopkins doesn’t add a transfer (four of their five starters on last year’s title time transferred into the program at some point) the Royals may need to rely on a guy like Regan Merritt.  After watching him put up 16 points, seven boards, and five assists against the Blizzard, Regan looks like a player that could help. 

Reegan Merritt

Noah Frechette of Lakeville North.  The Panthers used Josh Kamara and Carter Patterson on their second place team in state this year but they were the only non-seniors that were in the rotation.  Six-foot-4 Noah Frechette was on the junior varsity and had a great year.  Noah scored 15 using a strong face-up game against the Wisconsin team. 

Jack Clipper/Danny McGraw of CDH.  With Karsten Broadley on the team (although constantly injured) and Will Burke playing the five, the four guard/wing Raiders attack didn’t use much size.  At 6-foot-3 Jack Clipper, and a at 6-foot-6 Danny McGraw racked up a ton of wins on JV and they did it in the same way they put points on the board for Select Koch.  Clipper made three crucial jumpers down the stretch (two threes) and scored 13 while McGraw had nine points and eight boards.  As seniors Clipper and McGraw could help CDH up front. 

Blizzard Produce in the Blizzard

Outside the snow was falling for our tradition upper Midwest “final snow”.  Inside Oshkosh West wing Caleb Fuller and 6-7 big Joseph Adamson from Mayville were having monster games for Wisconsin Blizzard.  The Blizzard didn’t have the depth to beat Select Koch but Fuller and Adamson were the most difficult players to defend on the floor 

Adamson was too strong for Select inside. Adamson had a 19 point, 11 board game and had several nice assists too. Select was deeper but Adamson was the toughest player to defend. Adamson scored 12.4 points a game with 8.3 rebounds a contest shooting 57 percent from the field as a junuor. 

Caleb Fuller had guys 5-foot-11 and under defending him and he did what any 6-3 physically advantaged guy would do. Dominate physically. Scored 24 points vs Select making 11 of 16 field goals.  Averaged 12.8 points a game over the winter. 

Mason Steele

Hard Work Live Notes

  • Josiah Hammons is a 6-foot-1 shooting guard from Curie High School in Illinois.  Josiah and 6-foot-3 small forward Jeremy Sitrin of Walter Payton School led All In Hale on a 15-2 run to close their game against Mid-Michigan Elite.  All-In won 73-70 and it was the big shots from Sitrin and the ever constant rim attack of Hammons that earned them the victory. Michigan didn’t have a player that could move with Hammons. 
  • Charlie Katona continued his run of aggressive scoring putting 16 points on the board while Nathan Heise is the jewel in the eye of so many college staffs.  His play at point guard from November until now has taken Heise and placed him in a new tax bracket.  Also, Cameron Steele is shooting the ball really well for Fury right now. 
  • One of the more fun tandems to watch was Yusef Abdullah and Mark Campbell of Minneapolis Henry doing work for Minneapolis FAB.  Their ball pressure, passing lane attack, and hard transition push led to a win over NLU Saturday night. 
  • Six-foot-7 Mason Steele of BBA Force put together 40 points in the two BBA Force wins on Saturday.  His fight for position, effort in floor run, and effort to get to space impressed.  Shot the ball at about a 70 percent success rate taking advantage of great team ball movement to finish possessions.