Posted On: 01/15/21 2:58 PM

One of the top events annually in Wisconsin’s high school basketball season, the Midwest Players Classic returns on Saturday with another strong field of talent. Here’s a look at the top players to watch in La Crosse…

 

Steven ClayStevenClay6'5" | SFMenomonee Falls | 2022StateWI – 2022 – SG – Menomonee Falls

Averaging 21.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game as a junior. A lethal shooter with intriguing size/length (6-5). Holding high major offers from Maryland and TCU, Clay has  unique ball handling ability for his size coupled with a  killer instinct. 

Victor DesmondVictorDesmond6'6" | SFOnalaska | 2021StateWI – 2021 – SF – Onalaska

Victor DesmondVictorDesmond6'6" | SFOnalaska | 2021StateWI

A sleeper that’s still available, Desmond  is averaging 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game on a very balanced and talented Onalaska squad. The 6-foot-6 wing is a strong, athletic slasher with plenty of upside at the next level. 

Jameson DoughertyJamesonDougherty6'9" | PFRiver Falls | 2021StateWI – 2021 – PF – River Falls

Committed to Army. Dougherty is averaging 8.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a senior.  Long, athletic big man is just scratching the surface and made big move up the rankings over the summer.

Gavin FarrellGavinFarrell6'0" | SGVerona | 2023StateWI – 2023 – G – Verona

Considered a top 30 prospect in the 2023 class, Farrell played  sizable minutes for the Wildcats as a freshman. A knockdown perimeter shooter, makes defenders pay off poor closeouts or when they fail to get a hand up off the catch.

Luke HealyLukeHealy6'0" | CGHudson | 2021StateWI – 2021 – G – Hudson

Committed to Division 2 Sioux Falls. Healy is averaging 26.4 points and 3.4 assists per game this season. The senior guard is a terrific shooter off the dribble with break-you-down ability.

Zac JohnsonZacJohnson6'3" | SGRiver Falls | 2021StateWI – 2021 – SG – River Falls

One of the state’s premier shooters, Johnson is averaging 24.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assists  per game this season.  Committed to Augustana, Johnson is absolutely deadly from beyond the arc. The lefty has worked hard to improve his all-around game and  become a three-level scorer.

Carter LancasterCarterLancaster6'3" | SFDarlington | 2021StateWI – 2021 – SF – Darlington

One of the best Divison 2 prospects that’s still available, Lancaster has offers from Northern State and Upper Iowa. A swiss army knife type prospect, Lancaster excels in a variety of ways. The 6-foot-3 swing man can shoot from the perimeter, dish the basketball, rebound, defend, and make toughness plays.  Lancaster leads the Redbirds in scoring (19.3 ppg), rebounding (8.4 rpg), and assists (4.2 apg) this season.

Monte MayberryMonteMayberry6'3" | SGNorthwestern | 2022StateWI – 2022 – SG – Northwestern

Monte MayberryMonteMayberry6'3" | SGNorthwestern | 2022StateWI

A sleeper in the 2022 class, Mayberry is averaging 13 points and seven boards per game this season. Mayberry has prototypical size (6-3) and  has one of the most pure strokes in the state.

Gavin McGrathGavinMcGrath6'10" | COnalaska | 2021StateWI – 2021 – C – Onalaska

Committed to North Dakota. The 6-foot-11 center is averaging  14.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for the undefeated Hilltoppers.  A terrific rim protector with a budding skillset, McGrath has consistently shown vast improvement over the past three seasons.

Christopher MorganChristopherMorgan6'1" | CGKaukauna | 2022StateWI – 2022 – PG – Kaukauna

Morgan is averaging 22.3 points and 6.3 assists per game in the always tough Fox Valley Association.  A three-year varsity performer, Morgan can completely control an offense, competes his tail off, and is always in attack mode.

Lance NelsonLanceNelson6'0" | PGMonona Grove | 2021StateWI – 2021 – G – Monona Grove

The Silver Eagles will be making their 2020-21 debut. Nelson is coming off a junior season in which he averaged 15.4 points and 3.0 assists per game. Nelsin is an under the radar playmaker who catches people by surprise with his skill.

Preston RuedingerPrestonRuedinger6'1" | PGLourdes Academy | 2021StateWI – 2021 – PG – Lourdes Academy

Holding a few Division 2 offers and generating Division 1 interest this season, Ruedinger is averaging 24.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game. A do-it-all floor general with terrific basketball instincts, Rudeinger is one of the best available senior prospects in Wisconsin. 

Seth TrimbleSethTrimble6'3" | PGMenomonee Falls | 2022StateWI – 2022 – PG – Menomonee Falls

In the midst of a breakout season, Trimble is averaging 25.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game as a junior.  Trimble has offers from Creighton, Iowa State, Arizona State, TCU, and USC. A high-IQ floor general who scores from all three levels, has explosive athleticism, and makes other around him better, Trimble should take off nationally this spring/summer.

 

Others: Grant MartinGrantMartin5'11" | CGMenomonee Falls | 2022StateWI (Menomonee Falls), Tyson WaldropTysonWaldrop6'5" | SFKaukauna | 2022StateWI (Kaukauna), Sam KickSamKick6'1" | PGOnalaska | 2021StateWI (Onalaska), Cayden RankinCaydenRankin6'7" | SFDarlington | 2021StateWI (Darlington), Liam DoughertyLiamDougherty6'7" | PFRiver Falls | 2021StateWI (River Falls),   Josh Bauer (Lourdes Academy), Quinn MiskowskiQuinnMiskowski6'0" | PGAquinas | 2022StateWI (Aquinas), Melvin Ortiz (Somerset), Hank Reader (Bangor), Zane  Langrehr (Bangor), Karson MitchellKarsonMitchell5'10" | PGVerona | 2022StateWI (Verona), Dustin Derousseau (Tomah), Carson LindauerCarsonLindauer6'4" | SFTomah | 2021StateWI (Tomah), Cole KalanderColeKalander6'7" | PFHolmen | 2021StateWI (Holmen), Max Hammond (Holmen), Gavin Proudfoot (Onalaska Luther)

 

SCHEDULE

10:30 a.m.  Aquinas vs. Onalaska Luther

12:00 p.m. Bangor vs. Somerset

1:30 p.m. Darlington vs. Lourdes Academy

3:00 p.m. Holmen vs. Northwestern

4:30 p.m. Onalaska vs. Menomonee Falls

6:00 p.m. River Falls vs. Monona Grove

7:30 p.m. Hudson vs. Verona

9:00 p.m. Tomah vs. Kaukauna

Stay tuned for full coverage from the Midwest Players Classic on Prep Hoops Wisconsin…