Posted On: 02/8/20 9:42 AM

After leaving for IMG Academy last summer, Jalen Johnson made a surprise return to Nicolet this week, joining forces with his brother, Kobe. 

So, after reclaiming one of the best hoopers in Wisconsin history, here are five takeaways to digest over the coming weeks. 

1. Nicolet is now the favorite for the Gold Ball in division two.

Nicolet is now equal in talent level to last year's squad, which ended up claiming a State title. Jalen Johnson is back, Kobe Johnson is a better player all-around, and James Graham has sprouted into a star. They still have a tough road, as they'll likely play La Crosse Central or Onalaska in State. However, with a five star at the helm and a supporting cast of potential high-major juniors, it’s hard not to give them the nod as of now.

2. Jalen revamps Nicolet’s offensive system

At the risk of sounding painfully obvious, allow me to expand on this thought. Of course, he changes the offense, but it’s the way he does it that’s vital to Nicolet’s future. He commands a constant double- or triple-team from defenses, and if he

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