The 2018 NCAA men’s basketball season opens Tuesday with a number of Wisconsin high-school products suiting up at Division 1 universities. When Marquette hosts the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Tuesday at Fiserv Forum, both teams will have state representation.
A look at Wisconsin players appearing on DI rosters:
The guys at Marquette
Sam Hauser, jr. (Stevens Point) is a candidate to be one of the breakout stars in college basketball this year, and he was named preseason second team All Conference in the Big East. Freshman brother Joey Hauser, fr. (Stevens Point) is one of the more high profile state recruits in the past decade and figures to contribute early in his career.
Matt Heldt, sr. (Neenah) averaged 22 minutes a game last year, and Cam Marotta, sr. (Homestead) saw the floor in seven games as a program walk-on.
The guys at Wisconsin
The Badgers will open up at the Kohl Center on Tuesday night against Coppin State, and per usual, numerous players are competing for their home state.
Brevin Pritzl, jr. (De Pere) started 21 games last year and averaged 8.9 points per game.
Trevor Anderson, soph. (Stevens Point), who played alongside the Hausers in helping craft a prep basketball dynasty, is eligible this season after transferring from UW-Green Bay.
Kobe King, fr. (La Crosse Central) remains an exciting prospect after injury short-circuited his freshman season last year. He saw the floor 19 minutes per game in 10 games. Now a redshirt freshman, he’ll be one of the guards in the rotation for the Badgers and could be one of the team’s top players.
Owen Hamilton, soph. (Prescott) transferred from Northern Illinois. The 7-footer will sit out the season as part of the NCAA transfer process.
The guys at other UW programs
Sandy Cohen, sr. (Seymour), UW-Green Bay. Cohen, a transfer from Marquette, shot a smooth 47 percent last year for the Phoenix and averaged 16.1 points per game.
Te’Jon Lucas, jr. (Milwaukee Washington), UW-Milwaukee. After transferring from Illinois, he’ll sit out this season, but he made 19 starts last year for the Big Ten program.
Tyrone Powell, soph. (Wauwatosa West), UW-Green Bay. He played six games as a true freshman walk-on last year.
Jevon Smith, jr. (Milwaukee Lutheran), UW-Green Bay. The JUCO transfer scored 13.2 points per game last year for Iowa Western.
Cody Schwartz, jr. (West De Pere), UW-Green Bay. He played 30 games with San Jose State two years ago and sat out last year after transferring.
Will Chevalier, soph. (Kimberly), UW-Green Bay. Averaged 2.7 points per game as a true freshman last year.
Tyler Behrendt, soph. (Germantown), UW-Milwaukee. He joined the program as a walk-on last year.
Elijah Goodman, sr. (Brookfield Central), UW-Milwaukee. After playing four years of baseball for the Panthers, he’ll give hoops a try as a redshirt senior. Goodman was one of the state’s top rebounders during his playing days.
Some names you’ll surely recognize
Tyler Herro, fr. (Whitnall), Kentucky. He began his career with some buzzy performances during an offseason trip to the Bahamas, and now we’ll get to see the high-profile freshman in action during regular-season games with one of the best squads in the nation.
Jordan Poole, soph. (Milwaukee King), Michigan. Poole cemented his name in NCAA Tournament history with a crazy buzzer-beater in the second round that lifted the Wolverines past Houston en route to the national title game. His role figures to increase this season after averaging just more than 12 minutes per game.
Joe Sherburne, sr. (Whitefish Bay), UMBC. He played a role in a historic first-round NCAA Tournament upset last year, when the Retrievers became the first 16th seed to win with a stunning upset over Virginia.
Terrence Lewis, soph. (Milwaukee Riverside), Iowa State. The area Player of the Year two seasons ago saw action in 27 games last season for Iowa State, a program that frequently brings in players from Wisconsin. This year, that includes Tyrese Haliburton, fr. (Oshkosh North) and Nate Schuster, fr. (Menomonee Falls)
Jordan McCabe, fr. (Kaukauna), West Virginia. The Mr. Basketball selection last season led Kaukauna to his second state title, and he became the first Wisconsin high-school product recruited to play basketball for the Hilltoppers.
James Batemon, sr. (Milwaukee Riverside), Loyola Marymount. Batemon’s first year in the program after transferring from a JUCO in North Dakota was a good one, when he scored 17.8 points per game to finish fourth in the conference. He was named first-team All Conference in the West Coast Conference preseason poll.
Levi Bradley, sr. (Milwaukee Pius), Northern Illinois. The team’s second-leading scorer last year at 14.6 points per game started all 32 contests. The 6-7 forward also brought in 5.5 boards per game. Teammate Jaylen Key, sr. (Homestead) is back after missing all of last season with injury. He started 25 games two years ago.
Brandon Gilbeck, jr. (River Valley), Western Illinois. Gilbeck is the program’s all-time leader in blocked shots and was named the Summit League Defensive Player of the Year last year. He was named preseason second team All Conference for 2018-19.
Storm Murphy, soph. (Middleton), Wofford. Named to the SoCon All-Freshman team after playing in all 34 games last year with 29 starts. He averaged 6.3 points per game and led the team with 4.0 assists per contest.
Nick McGlynn, sr. (Stoughton), Drake. Started all 34 games last year for a Drake team that enjoyed one of its strongest seasons in years, shooting 52 percent from the floor and averaging 5.7 boards per game and 11.8 points. Was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Improved Team.
Lamonte Bearden, sr. (Germantown), Western Kentucky. He started 34 games last year for the Hilltoppers and averaged 11.8 points per game. WKU is picked to win Conference USA in the preseason poll.
Brandon Key, sr. (West Allis Central), South Dakota State. He led the team with 3.3 assists per game last year, and he’s one of several Wisconsin connections on a team that is far and away the favorite to win the Summit League this year after appearing in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Others on the roster from Wisconsin include Ryan Krueger, fr. (New London), Alou Dillon, fr. (Wauwatosa West) and Alex Arians, fr. (Madison Edgewood). Senior Tevin King, who averaged 9.1 points per game last year, spent a post-graduate year at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield.
Garrison Goode, sr. (Dominican), UC-Davis. Goode started every game last year for a team that went to the NCAA Tournament the year before. Davis won last year’s regular season title in the Big West before getting upset in the conference tournament.
Others at power conference programs
Bryce Nze, jr. (Arrowhead), Butler – transfer from UW-Milwaukee sitting out 2018-19; John Diener, fr. (Cedarburg), DePaul; Danya Kingsby, jr. (Milwaukee Hamilton), LSU; Adam Wolf, sr. (Beaver Dam), Missouri
Other established players
Philip Flory, soph. (Oshkosh North), Albany; Terrance Barnyard, RSfr. (Destiny), Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Cameron Posey, soph. (Destiny), Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Luke Worthington, sr. (Homestead), BYU; Chris Knight, soph. (Madison Memorial), Dartmouth; Brady Ellingson, sr. (Sussex Hamilton), Drake; Dallas Polk-Hilliard, jr. (Messmer), Grambling; Julian Walters, sr. (Madison Memorial), North Carolina Central; Tyree Eady, RSfr. (Middleton), North Dakota State; James Gollon, jr. (Pacelli), Ohio; Sullivan Kulju, soph. (New Berlin Eisenhower), Richmond; Luke Loewe, soph. (Fond du Lac), William and Mary
Mitch Listau, fr. (Waunakee), Belmont; Derek Sabin, fr. (Slinger), Belmont; JC Butler, fr. (The Prairie School), California-Irvine; Job Alexander, jr. (Marquette), Cal-Poly; Rod Johnson, jr. (Sun Prairie), Chattanooga; Darrell Riley, jr. (Milwaukee North), Detroit; Shareef Smith, jr. (Madison Memorial), Eastern Illinois; Carlos Curtis, fr. (Milwaukee Riverside), East Tennessee State; Greg Foster, fr. (Homestead), Gonzaga; Devante Jackson, jr. (Brown Deer), Grambling; Mark Bowditch, fr. (Milton), Hartford; Virshon Cotton, soph. (Milwaukee King), LIU-Brooklyn; Bennett Vander Plas, fr., Ripon (Ohio); Jaxon Knotek, fr. (River Falls), North Dakota State; Koreem Ozier, soph. (Racine Case), Sacred Heart; Keshawn Justice, fr. (Madison East), Santa Clara; Grant Basile, fr. (Pewaukee), Wright State
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