Posted On: 07/8/19 10:54 AM

AURORA, Ill. —  Wisconsin superlatives from the 2019 Prep Hoops Summer Challenge…

 

17U MVP

Brandin PodziemskiBrandinPodziemski6'6" | SGSaint John's Northwestern Academy | 2021State#232NationWI – Wisconsin Rap

Podziemski came up with 29 points  against Fundamental U to lead Wisconsin Rap to the 17U title. The SJNMA standout continues to wow us with his ability to dominate at the 17U level. Nobody heard much about Podziemski last season, despite averaging north of 20 points per game and winning Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore. All he’s done since is win and put up big numbers.  Up to No. 9 in the class of 2021 rankings, Podziemski has not only earned a top 10 spot, but continued to suggest that he should be even higher.

Runner-Up: Darius HannahDariusHannah6'8" | PFMilwaukee Academy of Science | 2020State#345NationWI – All-In Gold Gauntlet

 

16U MVP

Hayden DoyleHaydenDoyle5'11" | CGBrookfield East | 2021StateWI – Wisconsin Playground Club

Playground Club was the lone Wisconsin team to reach the 16U semifinals. There are a number of players you could pick here, but I thought Doyle found something this weekend in Chicago and made it extremely difficult to take him off the floor — in fact he didn’t in the second half during a slugfest against JH1 Elite, a game PGC doesn’t win without him. Doyle is a gritty, hard-nosed guard that makes toughness plays and rubs off on his teammates. When  it was time to hit a big shot, the Brookfield East guard didn’t hesitate and often came through. 

Runner-Up: Cameron PalesseCameronPalesse6'3" | CGWaukesha West | 2021State#249NationWI – Wisconsin Playground Club

 

15U MVP

Jack RoseJackRose6'4" | SGWestosha Central | 2022StateWI – Wisconsin Playground Club

Coming into this weekend, I thought I had perhaps over-ranked Rose a bit. He wasn’t a household name in this state and doesn’t have the size/measurables of some of the other top prospects in his class. Then he came out and dominated everyone in his path. Now, I’m starting to think Rose could be a top three player in the 2022 class.  The 6-foot-3 wing shot the ball exceptionally well and  opened eyes with his ability to school athletic guards and wings off the bounce while hitting shots with his momentum falling away from the basket. The best thing about Rose, however is his motor. The Westosha Central product sprints up and down the floor, battles for every rebound and loose ball, and is a willing defender.

Runner-Up:   Luke HaertleLukeHaertle6'3" | SGLake County Lutheran | 2022StateWI/Wisconsin Playground Club

 

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE

Darius HannahDariusHannah6'8" | PFMilwaukee Academy of Science | 2020State#345NationWI – All-In Gold Gauntlet

A torn ACL forced Hannah to miss nearly his entire junior season. He wasn’t showing many ill effects in Chicago. The high-upside forward  was flashing all sorts of things as All-In reached the 17U quarterfinals before falling in a tight game to Wisconsin Playground Club. At 6-foot-9, Hannah is a scary mismatch nightmare with his ability to handle the ball, shoot from distance, or face-up from mid-range. Given Hannah’s ridiculous length and exciting bounce, he’s likely moving back into the top 10  rankings in 2020. 

Runner-Up: Aiden FlynnAidenFlynn6'5" | PFMarquette | 2020StateWI – Wisconsin Rap, Jacob OgnacevicJacobOgnacevic6'8" | PFSheboygan Lutheran | 2020State#413NationWI – Wisconsin Playground Club


SURPRISE PERFORMANCE

Josh CrubaughJoshCrubaugh6'3" | SFNew Berlin Eiesenhower | 2021StateWI – JH1 Elite

We went into the 16U  quarterfinals ready to watch Isaiah HammondIsaiahHammond6'3" | SGMilwaukee School of Languages | 2021StateWI and Owen MeyerOwenMeyer6'2" | PGGermantown | 2021StateWI against Wisconsin Playground Club. We left talking about Josh CrubaughJoshCrubaugh6'3" | SFNew Berlin Eiesenhower | 2021StateWI. In a high-level contest, Crubaugh  connected on five triples, hitting big shot after big shot to keep his team in the game. The New Berlin Eiesenhower standout showed terrific moxy in a packed gym while pressure was mounting with every possession.  Playground Club threw a number of different defenders at Crubaugh throughout the game, but it was always pretty much the same result.

Runner-Up:  Kai BulioxKaiBuliox6'0" | PGMilwaukee King | 2020StateWI – Wisconsin Surge

 

BIGGEST SLEEPER

John LovelaceJohnLovelace6'4" | SFBrown Deer | 2021StateWI – ABC Young Lions

A prospect that just seems to thrive while flying under the radar,  Lovelace continues to produce at strong level, despite not getting a ton of notoriety in the state. Lovelace has the size and build to play and defend a variety of positions. Pretty versatile, he’s not limited to being labeled as a slasher, shooter, etc. 

Runner-Up:  Tyrese EnglandTyreseEngland6'1" | CGWisconsin Lutheran | 2020StateWI – Wisconsin United

 

TOP YOUNG PROSPECT

Leon BondLeonBond6'5" | PFWauwatosa East | 2022StateWI – JH1 Elite

Here, we’re looking at upside and potential more so than all-around performance.  Bond may not have had the best weeked in the 15U Division, but may have wowed us the most. A 6-foot-4 combo forward with length and exciting bounce, Bond was special in the open floor and in isolation settings. His jumper definitely needs work, but the Wauwatosa East product has some exciting tools around the basket and plays with high energy on both ends of the floor.

Runner-Up:  Danilo JovanovichDaniloJovanovich6'6" | PFWhitnall | 2022StateWI – Wisconsin Playground Club

 

TOP FLOOR GENERAL

Jacob HefleJacobHefle6'1" | PGGermantown | 2020StateWI – Wisconsin Surge Elite

The Surge weren’t at full strength this weekend, but credit to Hefle, who seemed to elevate the play of those around him.  Hefle showcased a lot of high-IQ play over the weekend. The Germantown standout does a great job of putting his teammates into position to succeed.  While he’s a pass-first guard, Hefle picks his spots well offensively and can go get a bucket when it’s needed.

Runner-Up: Casey VerhagenCaseyVerhagen6'1" | PGSheboygan Lutheran | 2022StateWI – Wisconsin Playground Club, Javeon TolliverJaveonTolliver6'0" | PGMilwaukee Lutheran | 2020StateWI (Wisconsin United)


TOP POST PRESENCE

Gavin McGrathGavinMcGrath6'10" | COnalaska | 2021StateWI – Wisconsin Playground Club

McGrath continues to take positive steps in his development. This was a guy that wasn’t getting on the floor in AAU a year ago. Now, he’s starting for one of the top 16U teams in the Midwest. Things are really starting to click for the Onalaska native, who had stretches of dominance  on the offensive glass and as a shot blocker. At 6-foot-10, McGrath can move quite well. He’s also much better at establishing position on the block and scoring with his back to the basket than he was even this past spring.

Runner-Up: Jayquan HicklesJayquanHickles6'5" | PFMilwaukee King | 2022StateWI – Wisconsin Playground Club

 

BEST SHOOTER

Zac JohnsonZacJohnson6'3" | SGRiver Falls | 2021StateWI – Wisconsin Playmakers

A lot of good candidates here, but we’ll go with Johnson for two reasons. First, his short term memory is highly advanced. Johnson can have missed a handful of shots in a row, but his confidence nor shot selection does not waiver. Secondly, the River Falls sniper takes and makes some of the more difficult attempts in the state. He’s not a guy that relies on a lot of screens to get open. Johnson is fine operating with minimal space, sometimes well beyond the arc.

Runner-Up: Jack RoseJackRose6'4" | SGWestosha Central | 2022StateWI – Wisconsin Playground Club, Arion BurnsArionBurns5'11" | PGMilwaukee Bradley Tech | 2020StateWI – Wisconsin Surge Davis, Brandin PodziemskiBrandinPodziemski6'6" | SGSaint John's Northwestern Academy | 2021State#232NationWI – Wisconsin Rap, Parker NielsenParkerNielsen6'2" | CGPrescott | 2020StateWI – Minnesota Select, Owen ZieglerOwenZiegler6'1" | SGMount Horeb | 2020StateWI – Wisconsin Hoops Select, Andrew AliaAndrewAlia6'2" | SGKenosha St. Joseph | 2022StateWI – Wisconsin Playground Club