Sheboygan Lutheran's Jacob Ognacevic put his name all over the state record book
As we continue our wrap-up of the shortened 2019-20 boys basketball season, we turn our attention to updates to the state's scoring record book. Updated by WSN staff from records provided by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association, a number of new entries are made by athletes from this season.
The WBCA has kept records for career scoring, single-season scoring, and single-game scoring, and those are now updated. We will highlight some of the additions to the record books, but you can see the full lists below.
With 1,477 points entering his senior season, we knew Sheboygan Lutheran's Jacob Ognacevic had a good chance to make a pretty significant move on the state's all-time career scoring list. While his senior campaign, which we'll talk about more below, was cut short by the COVID-19 outbreak, he still managed to average 39.4 points per contest, with his 1,024 senior-season points giving him a total of 2,501. That places him sixth on the all-time list, one spot behind Cassville's Sam Okey and just ahead of Kaukauna's Jordan McCabe.
AJ Vukovich is a three-time WBCA All-State selection for East Troy, and had another big season as a senior, averaging better than 27 points per game. It was the third straight year he averaged over 20 points per game for the Trojans, as he scored at least 15 points in every game this season.
After averaging 8.7 points per game as a freshman reserve on La Crosse Central's 2017 state championship team, Wisconsin Badger recruit Johnny Davis poured in at least 22 per game each of his final three seasons, averaging 27.2 per contest as a senior. He would finish his career with 2,141 points, good for 24th on the state's all-time list.
Matthew Marcinske of Birchwood is in 26th place in the state record book with 2,129 points. Brookfield Academy's Aidan Clarey also eclipsed 2000 career points, finishing his four-year run under father Pat Clarey with 2,017 points.
Manitowoc Lutheran's Trey Zastrow, also playing for his father Gordy, sneaks onto the list in 52nd place with 1,953 career points.
The only addition to the single-season scoring record book is Sheboygan Lutheran's Jacob Ognacevic, who put together one of the most prolific seasons we've ever seen. The 6'8" Valparaiso commit averaged a state-best 39.4 points per contest, with a season-low of 24 points. On 14 occasions he poured in at least 40 points, eclipsing 50 points three times.
Ognacevic's 1,024 points this year make him just the third player in state history to score more than 1,000 in a season, joining Anthony Pieper (twice) and Mickey Crowe. He now sits in third place on the single-season list behind two seasons from Pieper (1,063 in 1992-3 and 1,032 in 1991-92). Had Sheboygan Lutheran advanced to the state tournament, he almost certainly would have set a new single-season scoring record.
Destiny's Anthony Jones averaged more than 33 points per game this year, though the team certainly wasn't quite where it had been a few years ago when it won a Division 4 state title. Finishing just 4-17 this season, it was a struggle for the Eagles, though Jones was a bright spot. After going for 55 in a loss to Milwaukee Juneau back in December, he eclipsed that with 64 points in an 85-80 win over Milwaukee Collegiate Academy in early February. His 64-point outburst ties for eighth on the state's single-game scoring list. Other than Milwaukee Lifelong Learning's Qwan Jackson, who appears four times on the list from the past couple seasons, Jones is the only player in the last 28 years to score more than 60 in a game.
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