Posted On: 02/24/22 4:24 PM

The 2022 WIAA State Tournament kicks off next week. Here’s a look at the field in Division 1 as well as our predictions in March...



THE FAVORITE - Neenah (22-1)

1-seed Neenah’s only hiccup this season came against Appleton East early in the year. The Fox Valley Association champs have shown the ability to win big and close games  and have run through some of the state’s top teams, including Pewaukee, Kimberly, Brookfield Central, Appleton East, and Middleton. Merrimack commit Chevalier Emery Jr Chevalier Emery Jr 6'1" | PG Neenah | 2022 State WI (18.1 ppg) needs to be getting more love for Mr. Basketball consideration considering this team’s resume. The Rockets also feature a dangerous senior frontcourt in Carter Thomas Carter Thomas 6'5" | PF Neenah | 2022 State WI (14.7 ppg) and J.J. Paider J.J. Paider 6'7" | PF Neenah | 2022 State WI (11.9 ppg). 

TOP CONTENDER -  Eau Claire Memorial (18-4)

The Old Abes have one of the best trios in the state that nobody is talking about. The 2-seed in Sectional 1 features  L.J. Wells L.J. Wells 6'5" | SF Eau Claire Memorial | 2022 State WI (15.6 ppg), who’s played his way into being a Division 1 recruit, Will Boser Will Boser 6'6" | CG Eau Claire Memorial | 2022 State WI (15.9 ppg), and Mekhi Shaw Mekhi Shaw 6'1" | PG Eau Claire Memorial | 2022 State WI (12.9 ppg) -- all seniors by the way. 

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