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WBY Camp Notes: Oshkosh North's Seckar doesn't have to go far to pick up pointers

06/14/2021, 6:15pm CDT
By Mark Miller

Reed Seckar doesn't have to go far in search of advice for his rapidly developing basketball game.

Like, maybe down the hall of his home in Oshkosh. 

Seckar's father, Frank Seckar Jr., was an all-state point guard for Oshkosh North who graduated in 1992 and later spent four years as a key member of the Vanderbilt University men's basketball program. 

Frank Seckar scored 1,317 career points and handed out 455 assists in 126 games at Vanderbilt, averaging 10.5 points and 3.6 assist over his stellar career.

In high school, Frank earned Player of the Year laurels in the Fox Valley Association as a junior and senior, and was named the state's Player of the Year as a senior in 1991-92. 

Reed's prep career isn't littered with those type of accolades, but the 5-foot-11 point guard is starting to come into his own as he prepares for a senior season competing for coach Brad Weber at Oshkosh North.

And part of the credit for his impressive development, he says, should go to his father, who knows a thing or two about the game.

"I saw some tapes of when my dad played so I'm familiar with his game and how good he was," said Reed, one of just over 100 high school players from throughout the state competing this week at the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Camp at Viterbo University in La Crosse. "He offers me a lot of help and advice. Mostly about basketball IQ stuff ... how to read my teammates and get them shots and how to look for scoring opportunities of my own."

Seckar is coming off a junior season in which he averaged 8.5 points and earned honorable mention all-league recognition in the FVA.

At the WBY Camp, Seckar has shown the ability to lead his team, handle the ball with care, find open teammates with excellent passes and score from the perimeter. 

Together with promising sophomore Steven Clark (6-4), senior Kaden Lasse (6-1) and senior Cooper Juedes (6-1), Seckar is a returning regular for Oshkosh North, which finished 10-18 last season. 

He believes the Spartans can rank among the most improved teams in the 10-team FVA during the 2021-22 season.

"Last year, we were in a lot of close games, but we had a hard time closing out games," Seckar said. "I think, hopefully, we'll figure it out this season and win those close games."

Seckar possesses a 3.9 grade-point average and scored a 27 on the ACT exam. 

He said he would like to play basketball in college and is being recruited by a number of NCAA Division III programs, including Carleton, MSOE, St. Norbert and St. Scholastica.

Hard work paying dividends for Regis' Krogman

Kendon Krogman isn't a guy who likes to sit around doing nothing.

He loves basketball and wants to get the absolute most out of his opportunity to play the game.

Thus, the 6-foot-3 junior guard/forward from Regis High School in Eau Claire spends most of his free time working on improving his skill set and his physical strength and athleticism. 

His strong work ethic and strong desire to get better are starting to pay dividends.

One of the biggest surprise players at the WBY Camp, Krogman has been a scoring machine for his team, which went 4-0 during games Monday morning and afternoon. He has scored off cuts to the basket, off of offensive rebounds, in transition and from three-point range. 

His relentless nature and aggressiveness on both ends of the court are huge assets for his team and have not gone unnoticed by his camp coach and teammates.

"He's been a very pleasant surprise, one of the biggest in camp I would have to beleive," said Erik Wuensch, Krogman's coach at camp and also the head coach of the men's basketball team at Western Technical college.

After averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds as a freshman at Regis, Krogman improved to 13.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg as a sophomore. He earned second-team all-Western Cloverbelt Conference honors and credits his off-season workout for much of his success.

"The past off seasons, my goal was to make 30,000 shots and in order to do that I have to make 300 shots 100 different times," Krogman said. "I have a shooting routine I use to accomplish that goal.

"Another big reason I've improved is my time spent in the weight room and with polymetrics. I've gone from 145 pounds going into my freshman year to 170 pounds now. I eat 5,000 to 6,000 worth of calories each day, and I'd like to be at 175 or 180 pounds going into next season."

Krogman did not start for the seventh grade team at Regis, but worked with his father (Kevin Krogman) and step-father (Bryant Brenner) during the summer between seventh and eighth grades in an effort to improve.

By eighth grade, Krogman was a starter. By sophomore year, he had earned all-league honors.

With his strong work ethic and love for the game, there's no telling where Krogman will end up over his next two seasons playing for the Ramblers.

Camp Notes: Finalists for Monday evening's three-point shooting contest include Evan Bogard of Waupaca, Braden Crubel of River Ridge, Jackson Papendorf of Fox Valley Lutheran, Colton Hall of D.C. Everest, Isaac Skemp of Onalaska and Owen Leifker of Brodhead ... Skills competition participants for Monday night include Reed Seckar of Oshkosh North, Brady Helbing of Beaver Dam, Carter Olson of Cuba City, Johnny Kinziger of De Pere, Daniel Gherezgher of Brookfield East and Connor Coombs of Edgerton ... A few standouts from Monday morning and afternoon games -- Hall, Max Tutas of Sheboygan North, Tyson Skalecki of Union Grove, Travis Alvin of Randolph, Peter Lattos of West Salem, Brady Ring of Lodi, Gavin Farrell of Verona, Emmett Lawton of Notre Dame, Brayden Kennedy of Manitowoc Lincoln, Gavyn Hurley of Middleton, Darius Chestnut of Sun Prairie and JJ Paider of Neenah.

Colleges In Attendance Monday:

Beloit College
Concordia University (WI)
Lakeland University
North Central College (MN)
St. Norbert
UW-La Crosse
Viterbo University
Western Technical College
Wisconsin Lutheran College

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