Wisconsin Sports Network is proud to showcase the WSN High School Basketball Awards.
The finalists for the top senior post award have been selected. Winners are announced the week of the state tournament.
Aiden Flynn, 6-5, Sr., F, Milwaukee Marquette
Though Marquette High School went just 6-10 in the Greater Metro Conference, coach Casey Kowalewski had one of the league's most consistent performers in 6-foot-5 senior Aiden Flynn. A fluid forward who can attack the basket from the high post or with his back to the basket, Flynn averaged 22.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists against top-notch competition. He shot 61 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the foul line for the Hilltoppers. A outstanding student who scored more than 900 points in just two years of varsity competition, Flynn scored a career-high 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in an overtime victory over Catholic Memorial this season.
Darius Hannah, 6-9, Sr., F, Milwaukee Academy of Science
The Bradley University recruit has made a huge impression on the Milwaukee Academy of Science basketball program after missing almost all of last season while recovering from an ACL injury. The exceptionally long and bouncy forward is averaging 17.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.9 blocked shots per contest for coach Agape Keys. His best basketball might still be ahead of him as he continues to add weight and strength to his frame. Hannah scored a career-high 31 points and added nine rebounds in a regional semifinal victory over Living Word Lutheran.
Grant Manke, 6-4, Sr., PF, Bangor
A four-year varsity performer who has been a rock for Bangor in the paint, Manke has scored more than 1,600 points during his prep career. His ability to use his strong body and excellent footwork to score in the paint has frustrated opponents in the Scenic Bluffs Conference as Bangor went 55-0 in league play during Manke's four years on the varsity squad. Manke is averaging 22.6 points and 13.0 rebounds for coach Jacob Pederson. He is shooting 74 percent from the field and 65 percent from the foul line and had a career-best 37 points and 19 rebounds in a triumph over Cashton in early January.
Nick Spang, 6-8, Sr., C, Edgerton
One of the state's most improved post players, Spang's offensive numbers don't overwhlem opponents, but his presence on defense and ability to control the lane have definitely helped Edgerton to a very successful season under coach Daryl Fox. The Crimson Tide take a (20-4) record into the WIAA Division 3 sectionals with Spang averaging 12.2 points and 6.7 rebounds for a very balanced team. Spang had one of his best games in a 60-52 overtime loss to East Troy, which features 6-foot-5 senior forward AJ Vukovich. Spang finished the contest with 22 points and was able to get Vukovich into some foul trouble by using his improved post moves to get Vukovich off balance.
Terrance Thompson, 6-7, Sr., PF, La Crosse Central
Like Spang, Thompson's offensive numbers are not mind boggling. He is averaging 14.4 ppg for one of the state's elite teams. But his presence in the Red Raiders' line-up frees up teammates to score off his screens and off his ability to pass out of the post. Thompson is perhaps the strongest post player in Wisconsin in terms of pure strength. He has improved footwork and can step outside and make mid-range jump shots as well. Thompson owns several offers from NCAA Division I programs, including both Green Bay and Milwaukee, and figures to make a decision once the high school season is finished.