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Travel Team Preview: Wisconsin Playground Warriors 16U

By Mark Miller, 04/12/18, 11:45AM CDT

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  • Team: Wisconsin Playground Warriors 16U

Age Level: 16U (Class of 2020)

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):

Jordan Majeed

#1 Jordan Majeeb, 5-11, G, Class of 2020, Beloit Turner -- Averaged 9.0 points and 2.0 rebounds as a sixth man for a Beloit Turner program that went 16-8 under coach Ken Watkins ... One of four key returning players for the Trojans ... Enters junior season as a two-year varsity player for Beloit Turner ... Scored a career-high 27 points in a victory over Brodhead as a sophomore ... "Jordan is a new member to the team who is expected to give us some backup minutes at the point-guard position. He has shown a strong handle with the ball and is aggressive on defense. His time with our group should be a superb experience and help in his growth and development as a player."

Trey Zastrow

#2 Trey Zastrow, 6-0, G, Class of 2020, Manitowoc Lutheran -- Two-year starter at Manitowoc Lutheran, where he is coached by his father, former Sheboygan South standout Gordy Zastrow Sr. ... Outstanding perimeter shooter ... Made 52 percent of his three-point attempts for a very impressive 52 percent as a sophomore, connecting on 86 of 167 attempts ... Also shot 96 percent (54 of 56) from the free throw line ... Scored a career-high 35 points in a victory over Lourdes Academy ... Unanimous first-team all-league pick as a sophomore when he averaged 20.1 points and helped Manitowoc Lutheran to a 16-9 record ... Enters junior season with 913 career points ... Ranked No. 20 among class of 2020 prospects in the state by WisSports.net ... "This is Trey's seventh year in our program. Trey can flat-out shoot it. He is working hard on his mid-range game and handling the ball. Trey played a lot of point guard at Manitowoc Lutheran and he is such a good decision maker with the basketball. He has shown that he has defensive capability, but I would like to see him become more aggressive on the defensive end. Trey is a big asset to our team."

#3 Mason Madsen, 6-3, PG, Class of 2020, Rochester, Minn., Mayo -- Attended Bloomer as a freshman before moving to Rochester, Minnesota, with his family in the summer of 2017 ... Physical, aggressive lead guard with size and strength ... Can score off the dribble, from mid range and from outside the three-point line ... Owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Green Bay and Northern Iowa ... "Mason is a tough kid and a natural leader. He's not afraid to get in your face and he can back it up with tough, physical play. His jumper has gotten a lot better and his individual defense has become a major strength in his overall game. This kid is going to open a lot of eyes this season."

Johnny Davis

#4 Jonathan Davis, 6-5, G, Class of 2020, La Crosse Central -- Attacks the basket with aggressiveness and purpose ... Relentless in his pursuit of the basketball on the offensive glass ... Excellent size and strength ... Two-year varsity performer for coach Todd Fergot at La Crosse Central ... Came off the bench as a freshman while helping the Red Raiders to the WIAA Division 2 state championship ... Averaged 22.8 points and 7.1 rebounds as a sophomore, helping a young La Crosse Central team to a 24-3 record and a spot in the WIAA Division 2 State Tournament ... Scored a career-best 46 points in an 87-86 loss to Eau Claire North on December 1, 2017 ... First-team all-league performer in the Mississippi Valley Conference as a sophomore ... Ranked No. 4 among prospects in the 2020 class by WisSports.net ... NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Green Bay, UNLV and Wisconsin ... "This is Johnny's seventh year in our program, and he is developing right before our eyes as a player. He is super athletic and has the ability to get to the hoop at will. What I like most about him is his ability to take on and shut down the opposing team's best player. Johnny must improve his jump shot and we have spent a lot of time this spring working on this. Johnny will be the leader of this group this season."

#5 Gabe Madsen, 6-5, WG, Class of 2020, Rochester, Minn., Mayo -- Twin brother of Mason Madsen ... Attended Bloomer as a freshman before moving to Rochester, Minnesota, with his family in the summer of 2017 ... Knock-down three-point shooter with extremely deep shooting range ... Excellent and good athleticism ... Can score in bunches, particularly from outside the arc ... Owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Green Bay, Marquette and Northern Iowa ... Plays for his father, Luke, at Mayo ... "Gabe is known as a kid who can fill the stat sheet up really fast. He has put up 50-point games and 60-point games without playing an entire game. He has really dedicated himself to other facets of the game such as rebounding, ball handling and becoming more athletic. Gabe is a person who will thrive this season as he will be able to naturally play and not rely on sets for open looks."

Jordan Davis

#6 Jordan Davis, 6-4, G, Class of 2020, La Crosse Central -- Twin brother of Johnny Davis ... Father, Mark Davis, played at Old Dominion and briefly with the Milwaukee Bucks ... Very good athlete with a good feel for the game ... Averaged 10.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists as a sophomore while helping La Crosse Central to a 24-3 record, the Mississippi Valley Conference title and a spot in the WIAA Division 2 State Tournament ... Ranked No. 13 among class of 2020 prospects by WisSports.net ... Owns a NCAA Division I scholarship offer from Green Bay ... "This is Jordan's seventh year in our program. Jordan is the glue to this whole team. He does a little bit of everything for us. From defending to scoring, Jordan is the one player who doesn't get a lot of recognition but does a lot in the stat sheet to help us win. I want him to become more assertive on both ends of the court."

Carson Arenz

#7 Carson Arenz, 6-5, WF, Class of 2020, Onalaska -- Earned second-team all-league recognition in the Mississippi Valley Conference as a sophomore after helping Onalaska to a 20-4 record under coach Craig Kowal ... Averaged 13.0 points and netted a career-best 26 points in a 61-55 victory over La Crosse Logan on February 5, 2018 ... Younger brother of former Onalaska standout Nick Arenz ... Ranked No. 38 among prospects in 2020 class by WisSports.net ... "Carson was injured for most our season last spring/summer, but he came back during the high school season and had a great year. When Carson is aggressive, he is a really good player who can have such a positive impact on the game. I want him to feel comfortable and be confident this entire season as we know he is capable of great things on the basketball court." 

#11 Even Brauns, 6-9, F, Class of 2020, Iowa City Regina/West -- Played as a sophomore at Iowa City Regina before transferring at the end of the season to Iowa City West ... Ranked as the No. 2 collegiate prospect in Iowa in the 2020 class ... "Even is a big man with a strong skill set. His biggest attribute is the ability to run rim to rim and he is very good at blocking shots. We have been working on his finishing moves and he can step out and shoot the three consistently. Even is new to our team and we expect him to have an immediate impact while gaining lots of attention."

Terrance Thompson

#12 Terrance Thompson, 6-7, PF, Class of 2020, La Crosse Central -- Physical inside player with good athleticism and the ability to rebound and score, both in the lane and from the perimeter ... Played at La Crosse Logan as a freshman before transferring to La Crosse Central last summer ... Averaged 11.9 points and 8.8 rebounds as a sophomore while helping the Red Raiders to the Mississippi Valley Conference title and a spot in the WIAA Division 2 State Tournament ... Honorable mention all-league selection as a sophomore ... Ranked No. 8 among class of 2020 prospects by WisSports.net ... "Terrance is your pure classic big man. He can finish at the hoop with authority, but also step outside and shoot a mid-range shot. He does have a soft shooting touch for a big guy. Offensively, we are working on developing a go-to move he can utilize on the block and creating a dominating presence in the paint. His love and enthusiasm for the game and his teammates is infectious."

Notes: (From Dr. Justin R. Mallett): "This group became just the second team in state history to win a Shoe Company championship last summer, joining the 2000 Playground Warriors - Nike Peach Jam. We look forward to representing the state of Wisconsin yet again 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)

June 28-30 -- Great Plains Alliance (St. Cloud, Minnesota)

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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