Brookfield Academy senior Aidan Clarey
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The finalists for the top senior shooter award have been selected. Winners are announced the week of the state tournament.
Aidan Clarey, 6-2, Sr., G, Brookfield Academy
Through WIAA regional play, the NCAA Division II recruit for Rockhurst University in Kansas City led the state in made three-point field goals with 97. The son of Brookfield Academy coach Pat Clarey and younger brother of former Blue Knights' stars Sean and Ryan Clarey, Aidan Clarey made his 97 triples on 215 attempts for 45%. He has a quick release from deep and uses his quickness and vertical jumping ability to gain separation from his defenders. Clarey averaged 24.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists for Brookfield Academy, which finished its season with a 16-8 record. Clarey made 359 of 814 (44%) tries from three-point range during his four-year varsity career and finished with 2,017 points for the Blue Knights.
Matthew Marcinske, 6-1, Sr., G, Birchwood
A bit under-the-radar since he competes in a remote area in northern Wisconsin, Marcinske nonetheless put up incredible numbers this winter for the Bobcats of Birchwood. After placing second in the WIAA Division 3 state cross country meet in the fall, Marcinske went out and averaged 25.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals while helping Birchwood to a 20-5 record and the title in the Eastern Division of the Lakeland Conference. The sharpshooting combination guard made 92 of 232 attempts (40%) from three-point range as a senior and completed his terrific four-year varsity career with 2,129 points.
Riley Murphy, 6-0, Sr., G, Seymour
The son of long-time Seymour coach Jon Murphy just might have the deepest shooting range of any player in Wisconsin. Simply put, Riley Murphy can pop and make shots from 7-to-10 feet beyond the three-point arc. Entering sectional play, Murphy had made 62 of 148 attempts (42%) from three-point range while helping the Thunder to a 23-1 record and the title in the Bay Conference. A 1,000-point scorer who is averaging 14.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg, Murphy is a four-year varsity performer for the Thunder.
Connor Spielvogel, 6-3, Sr., WG, Sheboygan Falls
The left-handed wing guard possesses a very smooth perimeter jump shot while also competing hard on the defensive end of the court for coach Jake Frohling and the Falcons. A NCAA Division III recruit for Ripon College, Spielvogel had made 72 of 177 tries (41%) from beyond the arc heading into sectional play. His strong shooting from deep helped Sheboygan Falls to a 20-4 record and the championship in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference. On the season, Spielvogel is averaging 13.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg.
Cole Warning, 6-1, Sr., WG, Hortonville
The presence of the NCAA Division III recruit for Ripon College spaced the floor well for Hortonville as opponents needed to account for Warning's whereabouts on the court due to his accurate shooting eye from three-point range. The three-year varsity performer for coach Matt Hintz at Hortonville made 53 of 122 attempts (43%) from three-point range heading into sectional play to help the Polar Bears to a 19-5 record. Warning scored a career-high 27 points and made a season-best seven three-point shots in Hortonville's victory at Kaukauna on Dec. 10. Overall, he is averaging 12.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.3 spg for the Polar Bears.