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Check out a full list of NCAA Division I men's basketball players from Wisconsin high schools – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


This winter, more than 80 former Wisconsin high school basketball players will suit up for NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs. 

The in-state guys

The headliner of this group is UW-Milwaukee freshman Patrick Baldwin Jr., the former five-star recruit out of Sussex Hamilton who chose to play for the Panthers over Duke in May. Baldwin is a likely lottery NBA draft pick next year. 

UWM has started to see more growth in adding local players with freshman Jasin Sinani (Oak Creek) joining Baldwin to double the amount of scholarship players from in-state to commit to the Panthers out of high school since 2014. Tyler Ellingson, Baldwin’s former teammate at Hamilton, is also on the roster.

Wisconsin has four in-state players: Johnny Davis (La Crosse Central), Jordan Davis (La Crosse Central), Carter Gilmore (Arrowhead) and Isaac Lindsey (Mineral Point). 

Marquette has only two players from the state on its roster. Freshman David Joplin (Brookfield Central) followed head coach Shaka Smart from Texas to Milwaukee and will join walk-on Michael Kennedy (Homestead), who was the lone Wisconsinite on last year’s team. 

In head coach Will Ryan’s second season at UW-Green Bay, he has filled out a heavy portion of his roster with local talent. Kamari McGee (Racine St. Catherine’s), Brayden Dailey (Cuba City), Ryan Claflin (Southern Door) and Cade Meyer (Monroe) are all part of the freshmen class. Mitch Listau (Waunakee), Donovan Ivory (Kaukauna) and Nate Jenkins (Kettle Moraine) transferred in from other D-I programs, joining holdover Lucas Stieber (Green Bay Southwest) on the Phoenix.

The big names

Many of the best college players from the state play outside the confines of Wisconsin.

Middleton graduate Storm Murphy is now at Virginia Tech after four years at Wofford, where he scored 1,315 points, made 225 three-pointers and played in an NCAA Tournament.

Ohio’s Ben Vander Plas (Ripon) made a name for himself in a tournament upset of Virginia in March by leading all scorers with 17 points. He has been named all-Mid-American Conference third team twice.

Former Mr. Basketball Marcus Domask (Waupun) has gotten off to a strong start at Southern Illinois, earning Missouri Valley Conference rookie of the year and second-team all-conference honors in 2019-20. He averaged 16.3 points per game last year before an injury ended his season after 10 games.

Bryce Nze (Arrowhead) is one of the most proven players at a major conference school. The fifth-year senior and former UWM recruit averaged 11.4 points and 7.7 rebounds for Butler last year.

Former Marquette forward Joey Hauser (Stevens Point) starts for a Michigan State team with high goals in the Big Ten.

It will be interesting to see how Luke Loewe (Fond du Lac) performs at Minnesota after transferring this off-season following an all-conference second-team season at William & Mary. Loewe also earned first team all-defense twice.

Pewaukee product Grant Basile averaged 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds and was an all-Horizon League second-team member for regular-season conference champion Wright State in 2020-21.

Chris Knight (Madison Memorial) transferred to Loyola Chicago from Dartmouth after the Ivy League didn’t hold a 2020-21 season. Knight averaged at least 10.1 points in each season at Dartmouth and made second team all-conference twice.

The Valparaiso Five

After UW-Green Bay, the school with the most Wisconsinites is Valparaiso with five.

And none of them were on the team last year. 

Many of the names will be familiar to Badgers fans, as former UW players Kobe King (La Crosse Central) and Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point) have transferred to Valpo. 

Joining the trio are freshmen Cam Palesse, a 2021 recruit out of Waukesha West, and Preston Ruedinger of Lourdes Academy in Oshkosh. 

Former Whitnall standout Kevion Taylor also transferred in after spending four seasons at Winona State.

The freshman class

The 2021 recruiting class from the state was one of the better ones in recent memory. 

A large part of that is thanks to Baldwin and Joplin, both of whom stayed close to home, but there are five other players in the class from the Milwaukee area playing at high-major programs. 

James Graham III (Nicolet) enrolled early at Maryland last year, graduating from high school in the winter and getting a head start on college. He came up with and was recruited alongside the rest of the 2021 class, so we will still include him with that group. 

Graham’s teammate at Nicolet, Kobe Johnson, headed out west to Southern California. 

Last year’s Mr. Basketball, Brandin Podziemski (St. John’s Northwestern), is a guard at Illinois.

2021 state champion Tyrese Hunter (Racine St. Catherine’s) has cracked the starting lineup at Iowa State.

Logan Landers (Cedarburg) has a chance to impress at Kansas State as a 6-foot-10 big who can shoot from outside.

You may also recognize these established players

Jordan McCabe (Kaukauna) won Mr. Basketball in a class that featured Tyler Herro, Tyrese Haliburton and Joey Hauser but couldn’t ever find his footing at West Virginia. McCabe now is at UNLV, where he will vie for the starting point guard job. 

Milwaukee Riverside product Alondes Williams played in 55 games at Oklahoma after beginning at a junior college and scored a season-high 15 points against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament. He transferred to Wake Forest this off-season.

Te’Jon Lucas (Milwaukee Washington) enters his sixth season of college basketball. He is now at BYU after three seasons at UWM (one in which he had to sit out after transferring) and two at Illinois. Lucas averaged 14.7 points with the Panthers.

Tyree Eady (Middleton) has started all but one game over the past two seasons at North Dakota State and averaged 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds as a junior last year.

Another Summit League starter is Alex Arians (Madison Edgewood), who is on pace to eclipse 1,000 career points with South Dakota State this season.

In just three years, Koreem Ozier (Racine Case) has eclipsed 1,000 career points. He spent his first two seasons at Sacred Heart before transferring to Louisiana-Monroe.

While at Omaha, Marlon Ruffin (Sun Prairie) was named the Summit Conference sixth man of the year. Last year he averaged 13.1. He transferred to Portland State before this season.

Keshawn Justice (Madison East) has played in 78 games and started 39 in three seasons with Santa Clara, averaging 9.6 points.

Javante McCoy (Boston College), Adonis Arms (Texas Tech) and Reece Beekman (Virginia) all attended high school in different states but grew up in Wisconsin. Beekman played AAU alongside Baldwin and Jalen Johnson among others  with Milwaukee-based Phenom University.

The rest of the list

American: Jaxon Knotek, River Falls

Arkansas-Pine Bluff: Terrance Banyard, Destiny

Army: JT Dougherty, River Falls

Belmont: Derek Sabin, Slinger

Boston College: Jaeden Zackery, Westosha Central

Bradley: Darius Hannah, Milwaukee Academy of Science

Buffalo: David Skogman, Waukesha West

California-Irvine: JC Butler, The Prairie School

California-San Diego: John Diener, Cedarburg

Chicago State: Andrew Lewis, Milwaukee Vincent

Duquesne: Davis Larson, Sheboygan North

Eastern Kentucky: Russhard Cruickshank, Milwaukee native

Grambling State: Danya Kingsby, Milwaukee Hamilton; Quintin Murrell, Milwaukee King; Payton Parrish, Milwaukee King; Terrence Lewis Milwaukee Riverside

Hawaii: Brock Heffner, Grafton

Illinois-Chicago: Brad Bowditch, Milton

Lipscomb: Jacob Ognacevic, Sheboygan Lutheran; Grant Asman, Kimberly

Missouri-Kansas City: Caden Boser, Eau Claire Memorial

New Mexico State: Virshon Cotton, Milwaukee King

North Dakota: Gavin McGrath, Onalaska

Northern Arizona: Jayden Jackson, Whitefish Bay

Richmond: Sullivan Kulju, New Berlin Eisenhower

South Dakota State: Jaylon Gentry, Brown Deer

Southeast Missouri State: Adam Larson, Fennimore

Southern Illinois: Dalton Banks, Eau Claire North

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville: Desmond Polk, New Berlin West; Carlos Curtis, Milwaukee Riverside

St. Thomas: Ben Nau, Brookfield Central

Texas-El Paso: Jamari Sibley, Nicolet

Tulane: Nobal Days, Racine Park

Winthrop: Nate Buss, Verona

Wright State: Alex Huibregtse, Grafton

Wofford: Max Klesmit, Neenah

Anyone we missed? Contact Curt Hogg at chogg@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CyrtHogg

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