Top 5 Wisconsin Prep Basketball Class of 2013 Recruits
Wisconsin Prep Basketball Top 5 Recruits
With the craziness that is and was National Signing Day for college football recruits, it’s time to shift the focus now to college basketball recruiting. In this post I will take a look at the top five prep basketball players in the state of Wisconsin.
The basketball recruiting class of 2013 in the Badger state is full of talent and I would even venture to say the most talent this state has seen from one class in recent memory.
Since this is a top five list there obviously has to be some talented players who don’t make the cut and one that made my honorable mention (and one I might catch some flack for) is Sun Prairie star and Nebraska Cornhuskers commit Nick Fuller. I by no means mean and disrespect to Fuller as I think he is a very talented player. It was a tough decision to leave him out, but come season’s end he easily could crack the top five as he is more impressive each game he plays.
These top five players, and Fuller as well, are all in the running for Mr. Basketball of Wisconsin, making for a very tough decision this year. In most year’s past, there has been a player who has separated himself from the rest of the pack. This season each player has separated themselves at least a time or two, as all can make a great case as to why they deserve the distinguished award.
Another accomplishment that all these talented young players have in common is that they are all in the running to play in the prestigious McDonald’s All American Game on April 3rd at the United Center in Chicago.
Honorable Mention-Nick Fuller (Sun Prairie)
Since I did mention him in the intro, I though I'd go a little more in depth about Nick Fuller. The talented player who has committed to Nebraska has his Sun Prairie team off to a 16-3 record and is the leading scorer for the Cardinals with a 24.6 points per game average. Fuller improves and impresses each week and don't be surprised come year's end if he is in the top five.
5. Luke Fischer (Germantown)
Luke Fischer is a very talented and smart basketball player. The Indiana Hoosiers commit can hit the mid-range jumper or drive and take it to the hoop as well. The talented three-star improves each week as he's hoping to lead Germantown to a state title once again this year. Fischer recorded a double-double (25 pts 13 rebs.) in a win against one of the state's best Dominican two weeks ago. There has been more and more Mr. Basketball talk associated with Fischer as this year has progressed.
4. Deonte Burton (Milwaukee Vincent)
Another recruit who's star keeps shining brightly is Milwaukee Vincent forward Deonte Burton. The future Marquette Golden Eagles player is leading Vincent in scoring with 17.8 points per game and has helped his team to the six spot in the latest Division 1 AP rankings. The talented four-star is very explosive and athletic and likes to take the ball to the rim to score. Burton's best game came in a loss against De Pere where he scored 36 points.
3. Bronson Koenig (Aquinas)
The talented four-star point guard Bronson Koenig has been in the discussion for Mr. Basketball all season long and for good reason. Koenig not only can score (15.1 ppg), but he has the ability to create and find the open shooter. He has Aquinas sitting at the three spot in the Division 3 AP poll with a 16-4 record. Big games do not phase the Wisconsin Badgers commit as he played very well against one of the top team's in the state Dominican, scoring 14 points and holding his own against a great player Duane Wilson. Look for Koenig to step it up even more come tournament time.
2. Matt Thomas (Onalaska)
Another talented player from the La Crosse area, four-star shooting guard Matt Thomas has all the makings to be a star at the next level. Named the second best outside shooter by 247Sports, Thomas is averaging just under 30 points a game for his top ranked Division 2 Onalaska team. Thomas is coming off a 24 point effort in a win agaisnt River Falls. The Iowa State Cyclones commit first broke the school record for scoring with a 43 point game against Lakeview Christian Academy at the Target Center. Nine days later Thomas broke his own record with a 50 point performance against MVC foe Tomah. Thomas will for sure be making headlines as the rest of the season winds down and the road to Madison begins.
1. Duane Wilson (Dominican)
My top 2013 basketball recruit in the state of Wisconsin is Dominican talented four-star point guard Duane Wilson. Dominican is currently the 2nd best team in Division 4 in the latest AP state poll, and Wilson is a big reason. In 19 games Wilson, a Marquette Golden Eagles commit, is averaging 23.4 points per game, leading not only his team but also his average is tops in the Metro Classic conference.
Wilson also shines bright in big games, scoring 34 points against one of the best Division 1 teams Milwaukee Vincent and scoring 18 against Bronson Koenig and Aquinas. Wilson's best performance of the season came early in the season against Milwaukee Washington, scoring 44 points in a 81-71 victory. In a win against Catholic Central Wilson recorded a triple-double, scoring 16 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and 10 assists. It's no wonder why Wilson is a slight-front runner for best in the state in the class of 2013.
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