Many high school basketball standouts in Wisconsin go on to big things at the college level and in the pros, and this is our spot to recognize those athletes each week and help you keep up with what is going down on some of your favorite players from the past. If you have alumni news, please send it to Colton Wilson by 6 p.m. on Mondays.
After a two week hiatus, the Boys Basketball Alumni Round-up is back! What a jam packed edition we have for you this week as the basketball season is officially in full swing at all collegiate and professional levels.
To begin, we’ll highlight the only NBA player to be featured in this week’s edition, Wes Matthews. Wes, a graduate of Madison Memorial, and Mr. Basketball in the state of Wisconsin in 2005 is back home playing for the home state Milwaukee Bucks. He’s a part of the starting rotation and team that has knocked off 12 straight wins. Known mostly for his “Three and D” capability, Wes surpassed a big milestone earlier in the season. He crossed the 10,000 point mark in his professional career. He is averaging just under nine points a game while matching up with the opponent’s best player almost nightly.
As we didn’t highlight any NAIA action last week, we’ll make sure to spotlight three different NACC players who all earned Conference Player of the Year recognition in the early part of the season.
Andrew Bruggink of Brookfield Central has been on a scoring tear for Wisconsin Lutheran College through five games. Andrew is averaging 24 points per game and poured in a season high 32 in an 87-82 loss to Northwestern College out of Minnesota. He was named the NACC Player of the Week for the first week of the season.
Like Andrew, Ben Seefeld has been scoring at a high rate for Edgewood College. Seefeld, an Arrowhead grad is averaging 23.8 points per game this season while shooting a ridiculous 60% from the field and 50% from three. He was named this past week’s NACC Player of the Week.
Jared Jurss came up just short of a triple-double as Concordia-Wisconsin took down Dominican College 87-60 in week 3. Jurss, a Sheboygan Lutheran grad, had 16 points, ten rebounds, and nine assists en route to earning NACC Player of the Week laurels for that week.
It’s been four years of grind it out attitude for Brevin Pritzl to finally break through for the Wisconsin Badgers. Two weeks ago in a dominating 77-61 win over in-state foe Marquette, the De Pere grad recorded his first career double-double; netting 15 points and collecting 13 rebounds. Brevin scored in double digits in three straight games.
One player that is lighting it up in just his first collegiate season is last season’s Mr. Basketball, Marcus Domask. The Waupun grad put up 18 then 21 points in back-to-back games for Southern Illinois as he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week.
Fellow class of 2019 mate Nobal Days may not be having the immediate success Marcus is, but is beginning to make waves at Tulane. Days, a Racine Park grad, worked his way into the starting rotation already early on and scored 10 points in a 65-61 win over Utah on November 24th.
Unlike Nobal, Harrison Cleary has been a scoring threat since he stepped on the court at Minnesota Crookston. Harrison, an Oak Creek grad, had already amassed over 2,000 points in three seasons at Crookston. Nothing has changed for Cleary as he has recorded six straight games of over 20 points; including a 35 and 40 point performance. Harrison is now the second all-time leading scorer in Northern Sun Conference history and was named the Northern Sun Conference’s Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks.
In other Northern Sun play, Minnesota Duluth is littered with former Badger State alumni. Superior’s Brandon Myer and Stevens Point’s Drew Blair were already mentioned in the last edition of the round-up. This week, Logan Rohrscheib of Regis High School surpassed the 1,000 point in his collegiate career as Duluth rattled off four straight wins over the past two weeks.
Bill Wampler transferred from Drake University to Wright State and last week, like fellow Regis grad Rohrscheib, joined the 1,000 point club in his collegiate career. His Wright State teammate and 2017-18 WSN Post Award winner Grant Basile of Pewaukee notched his first career start in a 71-66 win over Miami Ohio. In that start, Grant recorded his first double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Ashwaubenon’s Kyle Monroe is well on his way to over 2,000 points in his collegiate career at Michigan Tech. He came into his senior year already with 1,830 points in three season. He averaged over 20 points a game for Tech as they took home a pair of wins over Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska at the Seawolf Thanksgiving Classic. Kyle was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second time already this season.
Like Monroe, Koreem Ozier has been putting up gaudy numbers scoring for Sacred Heart University. The Racine Case grad had back-to-back 20 point outings before going for a season high 30 points in 101-57 win over Pine Manor University.
Fond du Lac’s Luke Loewe has been the opposite of Ozier and Monroe thus far in his college basketball career. He hasn’t been a huge scoring threat, averaging just 3.9 points coming into his junior season at William & Mary. Last week in 95-84 win over Morehead State, Luke notched a career high 26 points on eight of nine shooting. He’s upped his scoring average to 12.1 points on the season.
The WIAC season is in full swing. Over the first two weeks of the season, a pair of in-state athletes surpassed the 1,000 point mark in their respective careers.
Adam Fravert of Marshfield High School has been a stalwart for the successful UW-Oshksoh program. Adam, now a senior, is averaging 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Titans early on this season. He also joined fellow teammate Jack Flynn of Appleton West as a member of the 1,000 point club. To go along with the milestone set, Adam was named the WIAC Week 1 Player of the Week.
Like Adam, Ethan Bublitz has been on a hot scoring start for UW-Stevens Point to begin the season. The Kettle Moraine Lutheran grad is averaging over 20 points per game while shooting nearly 50% from the field. Ethan also surpassed the 1,000 point mark at Point and was named this past week’s WIAC Player of the Week.
Lastly, Alondes Williams spent his first two seasons after high school at Triton College where he put up massive numbers. In those two season, the Milwaukee Riverside alum, amassed over 1,000 points and was named the North Central Community College Conference Player of the Year last season. This season, Alondes has been a rotational player for Oklahoma and has even made one start early on. He is averaging just under nine points a game thus far.