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Wisconsin's Class 2021 Top 10
by Jason Pratt, Future150 (10:21 PM CT, Thu April 23, 2020)
Patrick Baldwin Jr. is the #1 Prospect in Wisconsin 2021
Patrick Baldwin Jr. is the #1 Prospect in Wisconsin 2021
Jason Pratt
Jason Pratt:

Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Milwaukee, WI (Future150) -- Future150 kicks off its State Rankings today during the Corona virus pandemic.  Wisconsin and the 2021 class is the first off the list and brings a ton of talent to the table.  Lets check out who made the Top 10 list.

Although the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association did not have the chance to see its crowning of a champion for the 2019-20 basketball season, we still were given the opportunity to see the next generation of players showcase their talents.  From top to bottom, the state has gained more visibility due to stellar play during the spring grassroots season and in high school.  As the seniors graduate, there were several class of 2021 prospects that had a major imprint on the season.

We can’t start off talking about the 2021 class without beginning with elite top 3 national prospect Patrick Baldwin Jr. The 6-9 Baldwin plays for Sussex Hamilton and has packed the gym with dominant performances night in and night out.  His shooting stroke is pure, rebounds at a high level, and plays with great pace. His unselfish play and awarness on the floor makes him unstopable. He has all the tools and proved it the past 2 spring seasons playing up a grade with the Phenom University EYBL program.  Baldwin has a chance to become a future pro and the national recognition is well deserved.

When Tyrese Hunter is on the floor you can feel the electricity.  Hunter is an extremely gifted athlete and makes several ‘Wow’ plays each and every game.  This lead guard has quickness to go along with a great shooting range.  Out of Racine, he led Division 3 state champ favorites, St. Catherine’s, to a 25-0 record before the season was cancelled. He has been a hot commodity as his stock is soaring across the country.  Hunter has received offers from Florida, Marquette, De Paul, Texas A&M, Milwaukee along with a host of others.

Our number 3 prospect, David Joplin had a phenomenal junior campaign.  Joplin plays for arguably the number 1 team in the state, Brookfield Central.  Coming off of a state championship win in 2019, Joplin followed up with averages of 23.2 points and 10.8 rebounds this year.  He proved he was one of the top players around as his team beat Baldwin’s in a showdown of two of the state’s top prospects.  Joplin has a nice frame at 6-7.  Having improved on his outside touch from beyond the arc, the division 1 prospect is continuing to grow as he projects as a mid plus to high major prospect.

James Graham can flat out play.  The 6’7 forward is a smooth operator with the ball in his hand which allows him not to make many mistakes but yet be productive.  Graham is comfortable hitting threes, posting up or finishing in transition above the rim for Glendale’s Nicolet High School.  When his team needed a play during tight situations earlier in the year, Graham delivered.  As he continues to grow, Graham looks to create a gap between him and everyone else.

Some guys can score.  Some guys can shoot.  Some guys like Brandin Podziemski can do both at a high level.  The southpaw came in at our number 5 spot averaging 27.6 ppg and 9 rpg.  At 6-foot-5 inches, he can shoot over you or punish you going to the basket.  Podziemski is already a 2-time conference player of the year suiting up for St. John’s Military Academy.  His quickness and first step causes match up problems for his opponents. At this point in his development, there might be a couple more inches in his frame.

Kobe Johnson is a jack of all trades which allows him to play mutliple positions on the floor.  Johnson can shoot, pass, score, leadership and defend when he is on the floor.  As our 6th rated prospect, the 6-5 Nicolet high school standout brings it game in and game out.  The younger brother of 2020 Duke commit, Jalen Johnson, Kobe has shown that it's in the gene’s as he was named All State with averages of 19.8 ppg and 7 apg.  He has a nice pull up jump shot in the mid range and gets to the basket at will. He also has a great feel for the game and plays with a good pace. His best basketball surely lies ahead as he’s continuing to grow.

Brayden Dailey gets buckets whenever he chooses and against anyone guarding him. He is a great perimeter shooter, adept at getting to the paint and crafty with the basketball.  He projects out as a very nice two guard at the next level.  He rebounds well for his from the wing position and stand 6-foot-6 inches.  He’s very athletic as he is not afraid to challenge you at the rim.  Checking it at number 7, Dailey has scholarship offers from Green Bay, Missouri State and Milwaukee. 

In Monroe, Wisconsin, Cade Meyer is definitely making a name for himself.  Standing at 6-foot-8 inches, Meyer has started to make strides and quickly.  He has a huge upside as he plays on the perimeter and strokes it well from his size.  His length allows him to guard multiple positions while he still gets on the glass.  Our #8 rated prospect, currently holds offers from Green Bay, Valparaiso among others.

Leading his team to a 22 game win streak, Quinton Murrell was growing and improving right before our eyes.  The high scoring 6-4 guard averaged 18.5 ppg to lead Rufus King this season.  Murrell has a great shooting stroke and makes good decisions with the basketball.  This season, we saw growth on the defensive end where Murrell has picked up his intensity from over the past 2 years.  Murrell has a solid handle and can play some point in the future as he develops sitting as the number 9 rated prospect.

Cam Palesse put up some really nice numbers as our 10th rated prospect.  Palesse has nice size, a good frame and is very versatile.  He plays both guard spots, handling the ball and making really good decisions for Waukesha West.  When he is on the floor his motor never stops and makes tons of plays.  You can tell he loves the game by how hard he plays.  He’s the best player on his team yet he hustles like he is trying to earn the 12th spot. The 6-foot-5 inches, Palesse will see his stock continue to rise as he is constantly developing.

Article Contribution Author: WYB Spotlight & Jerome Phillips

WISCONSIN 2021 TOP 10 PROSPECTS

1.    PATRICK BALDWIN JR - 6’9 G/F SUSSEX, WI
       SUSSEX HAMILTON

2.    TYRESE HUNTER - 6’1 PG RACINE, WI
       RACINE ST. CATHERINES

3.    DAVID JOPLIN - 6’7 F BROOKFIELD, WI
       BROOKFIELD CENTRAL

4.    JAMES GRAHAM - 6’7 F GLENDALE, WI
       NICOLET

5.    BRANDIN PODZIEMSKI - 6’5 G DELAFIELD, WI               
       ST. JOHN’S MILITARY ACADEMY

6.    KOBE JOHNSON - 6’5 PG GLENDALE, WI   
       NICOLET

7.    BRAYDEN DAILEY - 6’6 G CUBA CITY, WI
       CUBA CITY

8.    CADE MEYER - 6’8 F MONROE, WI
       MONROE

9.    QUINTON MURRELL - 6’4 G MILWAUKEE, WI
       RUFUS KING

10.  CAMERON PALESSE - 6’5 CG WAUKESHA, WI
       WAUKESHA WEST

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