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Travel Team Preview: Wisconsin Playground Warriors 17U

By Mark Miller, 04/05/18, 5:30PM CDT

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Team: Wisconsin Playground Warriors 17U

Age Level: 17U (Class of 2019)

Program Director: Ritchie A. Davis

Coaches: Dr. Justin R. Mallett, MIchael H. Weinstein, Travian O. Allen

Website: www.wiplaygroundwarriors.org

UAA: www.uaassociation.com

Roster (Comments from Dr. Justin Mallett):

#1 AJ Makinen, 6-0, G, Class of 2019, Muskego -- Two-time first-team all-league pick in the Classic Eight Conference ... Ranked 22nd in the 2019 class by WisSports.net ... Averaged 15.6 points per game as a sophomore and junior for coach Andy Capes at Muskego ... "AJ had a great spring and summer with us last year that culminated with him making the All-UAA team for the second season in Indianapolis. His ability to shoot and move without the ball is one of his strongest suits. Now that he has more scoring around him, it should open things up more for him this season. I want to see him continue to work on his defense and becoming a stronger defensive player."

#2 Marquis Milton, 5-11, G, Class of 2019, Racine Horlick -- Second-team all-league choice in the Southeast Conference as a junior after earning first-team recognition as a sophomore ... Averaged 23.2 points last season and 23.1 points two yeras ago ... Scored a career-high 39 points in a 101-97 loss to Milwaukee Destiny on December 16, 2017 ... Enters senior season with 1,332 career points ... Currently ranked No. 23 in the class of 2019 by WisSports.net ... "Marquis is a quick guard who can score in bunches. I love his motor and work ethic. He can play both sides of the ball with great energy and intensity. I am interested to see how he plays on the shoe circuit as I think he will open a lot of eyes this season."

#3 Noah Parcher, 6-0, G, Class of 2019, La Crosse Central -- Received first-team all-Mississippi Valley Conference recognition following a junior season in which he averaged 12.1 points and helped La Crosse Central to a 24-3 record and a spot in the WIAA Division 2 State Tournament ... Three-year varsity performer for coach Todd Fergot entering senior season ... Versatile backcourt player who can score and defend ... Currently ranked No. 47 among class of 2019 prospects in the state by WisSports.net ... "Noah is hard-nosed and as tough as they come. The thing nobody has noticed about Noah is his ability to score. He will be asked to score points on this team while maintaining the leadership abilities he has displayed on his high school team. He is a big addition to our team this year."

Noah Kollock

#4 Noah Kollock, 6-1, G, Class of 2019, Almond-Bancroft -- Athletic and strong guard who can score in a variety of ways ... Averaged 22.8 points and 5.4 rebounds and earned Player of the Year honors in the Central Wisconsin South Conference as a junior for coach Curt Lamb at Almond-Bancroft ... Enters senior season with 1,450 career points ... Scored a career-high 37 points in a victory over Tri-County last season and made 89 of 212 shots from three-point range for 42 percent ... Ranked No. 35 among 2019 players in Wisconsin by WisSports.net ... "Noah is one of the most complete, fundamentally sound players in the 2019 class. His skill set and basketball IQ are very high. His three-point shot has improved as he was one of the top shooters in the state last season. He is a very active guy who will do great things for us."

Nate Jenkins

#5 Nate Jenkins, 6-2, PG, Class of 2019, Kettle Moraine -- One of the state's top class of 2019 prospects ... Ranked No. 10 in his class by WisSports.net ... First-team all-league selection in the Classic Eight Conference as a junior after helping Kettle Moraine to a share of the league title with Arrowhead ... Averaged 15.3 points per game in 2017-18 and scored a career-high 36 in a 61-60 loss to Arrowhead ... "Nate is fully healed from a back injury and I think his play during the regular season at Kettle Moraine showed everyone what he is capable of doing. He is a 'do everything' type of player and can score at all three levels. He is getting some NCAA Division I interest and if he has the spring and summer he is capable of having, he will open a lot of eyes in the state."

#6 Larry Canady, 6-3, WG, Class of 2019, Racine Park -- Three-year varsity performer for coach Jim Betker at Racine Park ... Earned first-team all-league honors in the Southeast Conference as a junior after averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists while helping the Panthers to a 21-5 record ... Ranked No. 8 among collegiate prospects in the class of 2019 by WisSports.net ... "Larry is a tough-as-nails player. He brings much needed athleticism to our team and the ability to slash and get to the hoop. He is working on his jump shot, but he led Racine Park in scoring last season so we know there is more to his game. He is getting interest from several NCAA Division I schools."

#7 Ian Brown, 6-4, F, Class of 2019, Madison Memorial -- Three-year varsity performer for coach Steve Collins at Madison Memorial ... Averaged 9.5 points as a junior and scored a career-high 29 points in a victory over Janesville Craig on February 10, 2018 ... "Ian is a 'do anything' type of player. He can score and put the ball in the hoop, and he can stretch the defense out also. He does need to work on his defense and lateral quickness, but this is his second year with our program so there is an expectation that his development and production will get better."

Reed Miller

#8 Reed Miller, 6-6, WF, Class of 2019, Marshfield/Kimberly -- Played varsity basketball at Marshfield the past two seasons, but plans to move to Kimberly over the summer with his family ... Ranked No. 30 among class of 2019 prospects in Wisconsin by WisSports.net ... Step-father is Jay Bennett, the son of long-time UW-Stevens Point coach Jack Bennett ... Averaged 12.0 points and 6.2 rebounds as a junior while helping Marshfield to a 14-12 record ... Earned second-team all-league honors as a junior and scored a career-best 29 points in a 78-71 win over De Pere on December 1, 2017 ... "Reed is a kid with so much potential and he is a kid who could blossom into a NCAA Division I player fast. He has the tools, skill set and ability to be a major player. He will be asked to carry that role this season. He needs to improve on his defense and become tougher. He needs to utilize his length to his advantage and become more disruptive on the defensive end." 

Sam Hepp

#9 Sam Hepp, 6-7, WF, Class of 2019, Monona Grove -- Earned second-team all-league honors in the Southern Division of the Badger Conference as a junior after averaging 10.6 points per game ... Helped Monona Grove to a 24-2 record and the league championship ... Ranked No. 26 in the class of 2019 by WisSports.net ... "Sam is new to our team. He has great length and range. He will be asked to be more aggressive on offense and be a disruption on defense. He comes from a successful basketball program at Monona Grove and will be a tremendous addition to our team."

Quinn Cafferty

#11 Quinn Cafferty, 6-6, PF, Class of 2019, Racine St. Catherine's -- Three-year varsity performer at St. Catherine's ... Outstanding student who averaged 14.0 points and 7.6 rebounds as a junior en route to earning first-team all-league honors in the Metro Classic Conference for the second year in a row ... Physical interior player with size and strength ...Helped St. Catherine's to a 17-7 record as a junior and enters senior season with 800 career points ... Ranked No. 16 in the class of 2019 by WisSports.net ... "Quinn is a solid, high-IQ basketball player. He knows how to use his body really well and he can score around the hoop. I would like to see him have more confidence in his mid-range and short-corner games, but that is going to come with time playing on our squad. I love having his mind and skill set on our team and he is going to help us immensely."

Notes: (From Dr. Justin R. Mallett): "We look forward to representing the state of Wisconsin competing in the Under Armour Association. We realize we have an extremely challenging schedule, but we are excited about the opportunity to compete while adding to the historic tradition of the Playground Warriors' program."

Schedule:

April 6-8 -- Rock Spring Classic (Stoughton)

April 20-22 -- Under Armour Association I (Duncanville, Texas)

April 27-29 -- Under Armour Association II (Fishers, Indiana)

May 4-6 -- Jayhawk Invitational (Overland Park, Kansas)

May 11-13 -- Prep Hoops Battle at the Lakes (Minneapolis)

May 18-20 -- Hugh Roberts Classic (Wisconsin Dells)

July 11-14 -- Under Armour Bracketbuster Invitational (Emerson, Georgia)

July 19-22 -- Brawl for the Ball (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

July 25-29 -- Under Armour Association Finals (Las Vegas)

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