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Wisconsin's Class 2022 Top 10
by Jason Pratt, Future150 (4:24 PM CT, Mon May 18, 2020)
2022 Leon Bond is the #3 Prospect in Wisconsin.
2022 Leon Bond is the #3 Prospect in Wisconsin.
Jason Pratt
Jason Pratt:

Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Milwaukee, WI (Future150) -- With the Summer approaching, we had hoped to see the development of last year’s freshman prospects on the grassroots basketball scene. A lot can change from year one to year two whether it be growth spurts, strength, skill improvement or just the experience of knowing what to expect and being prepared. In Wisconsin, we have seen all these situations play out for several class of 2022 prospects.

Lets check out the Top 10 prospects in the state of Wisconsin and how their evaluations stand at the moment.

When you are looking at the top five players of this class, you’re splitting hairs really.  The small things such as over all skill, athleticism and basketball IQ come into play when separating them. Checking in at #1 is Steven Clay.  He is a 6-foot-4 inch shooting guard out of Menomenee Falls High School. He is a prospect that has grown up quickly right before our eyes.  There was huge uptick in point production as the lanky guard averaged 21.3 increasing his three point attempts from 38 last year to 164. He’s extremely long, plays with a high motor and can rebound at a high level. Clay currently holds a division one offer from UW-Milwaukee.

The #2 prospect in the state is Danilo Jovanovich. The crafty left-hander can score inside and outside. He can score in bunches without having the ball in his hands a lot. Playing with pace, rebounding and playing defense at a high level is what stands out when you see him play. Standing at 6-foot-7 inches, the New Berlin native played both forward positions for Whitnall High School.  Projecting as a wing, Jovanovich has flown under the radar.  He was slated for a big summer as he was named first team all conference after averaging 20.6ppg and 8.3rpg this past season.  Look for big things in the future from this prospect.

The upside on our #3 prospect, Leon Bond is tremendous.  He’s 6-foot-5 inches tall but he plays like he's 6-foot-8. Playing for Wauwatosa East, Bond is a pogo stick that blocks shots at the apex and often pinning them on the glass. He defends all positions extremely well due to his quick feet, length, and size.  But he’s not just that, Bond can handle the ball to the point where you can run the offense through him.  He likes to get his teammates involved and finishes well above the rim in transition.  As Bond becomes more aggressive, look for his numbers to skyrocket.  He averaged 11.8ppg but that doesn’t do justice to his impact.

Another prospect who’s game is getting better and better every time we see him is the #4 prospect, Seth Trimble.  Trimble is a tough cover plain and simple.  The Menomenee Falls point guard can handle the rock, plays with poise and is extrememly explosive.  We have seen bigs catch and try to finish and Trimble gets on the elevator to the roof, to deny a bucket.  Standing 6-feet, he has strong legs, great quickness and is not easily moved when guardin his opponent.  He has fluidity and is an efficient scorer from all three levels as evidenced by his 20ppg average on 51% fg shooting.  As his skill level grows, so does his stock and thats trending up fast.  He currently holds an offer from UW-Milwaukee.

It's great to have a skill set that can translate in today's game even though you are 6-foot-8 inches tall.  When you can shoot the lights out like the #5 prospect, Max Nelson, you’re going places. The Appleton North product has plus length and moves seamlessly for his size.  He has more of a face up game than a low post presence. Nelson was a solid rebounder and is difficult to guard because of his size and skill.  The Fox Valley Association first team all conference choice led his team in scoring as they are rebuilding.  Look for Nelson’s star to rise in the coming years.

The most intriguing prospect in 2022 class is without a doubt Jeffrey Brazziel.  The #6 prospect on the list stands 6-foot-5 inches tall and has a long wiry frame. Brazziel is a gifted scorer and rebounder.  He knocks down the three with ease, gets to the cup effortlessly and scores in half court.  His freshman season saw him average 15.8 ppg and 8.6 rebounds.  But here’s the kicker.  Brazziel opted to sit out his sophomore campaign due to personal reasons.  By all accounts, he plans to return next year as at the moment he was enrolled at Destiny High School. We await Brazziel’s return as he was gaining early interest due to his stellar performances during last spring’s grassroots basketball season.  Look for him to rise in the rankings if he returns and performs up to his high standards.

Heady point guard Jackson Paveletzke is one to watch.  The Kimberly high school product can shoot the lights out and handles the ball without making mistakes.  He can put a game on its ear with long range bombs and can suck the air from his team’s opposition.  Paveletzke had a stretch of games where he shot a blistering 61% from 3.  He checks in at #7 prospect and finished the season averaging 13.4 points and 4.2 assist.  At 6-foot-1 inch, he has good size and is as tough as they come.  As he continues to develop, look for interest to increase at a rapid pace.

The #8 prospect in the class is Jack Rose is a certified bucket getter.  He knows how to get to his spots on the court and uses the whole floor which is impressive.  He's crafty and can be very shifty in open court.  At 6-foot-4 inches tall, he has good size for a guard and attacks the glass on both ends of the floor.  During last spring, Rose saw an uptick in his visibility as he performed extremely well on the big stage.  Last year for Westosha Central, Rose put in work to the tune of 17.5 ppg with a couple explosive 30 point games.  He oozes with swagger and never backs down from a challenge.  As his stock continues to soar, his team’s success will undoubtedly follow.

Nobody works harder than our #9 prospect, Armani Jones.  Standing a mere 5-foot-9 inches, Jones has proved that he can rumble with the best at his position. The Brown Deer prospect  possesses a high skill set and has poured 845 points already in his career for an average of 18.5ppg.  He’s not playing low level competition either. However most nights he gives defenses headaches.  Jones is not just an offensive force and can play defense as well and loves taking on the challenge of guarding your best player.  Using proper techniques allows him to frustrate potential scorers.  He is strong and plays the passing lanes very well like a shutdown corner.  Jones looks to gain more interest this year as he plays on the Nike EYBL Circuit with Phenom University.

Learic Davis is a prospect who is trending upward and fast.  As the #10 prospect on the, Davis is just now finding his niche.  The small forward can shoot it, finish at the rim and is uber athletic.  He is long and can guard all five positions on the floor due to his quickness.  With proper coaching and training, Davis can be special.  He played varsity as a freshman but it goes to show if you put in the proper work during the off season, your game will  flourish.  One area of improvement from last year to now is the touch on his jumpshot.  Throughout the season, he has shown his ever increasing range and is getting better handling the ball.  College coaches will be salivating to get a talent like Davis in their program in the years to come.

Contributing Authors: (WYB Spotlight & Jerome Phillips)

WISCONSIN 2022 CLASS PROSPECTS:

1. STEVEN CLAY- 6'4" G (MENOMENEE FALLS)

2. DANILO JOVANOVICH - 6'7"  F (WHITNALL)

3. LEON BOND - 6'5" G/F (WAUWATOSA EAST)

4. SETH TRIMBLE - 6'1" G (MENOMENEE FALLS)

5. MAX NELSON - 6'8" F  (APPLETON NORTH)

6. JEFFERY BRAZZIEL - 6'5" G (DESTINY)

7. JACKSON PAVELETZKE - 6'1" G (KIMBERLY)

8. JACK ROSE - 6'4" G (WESTOSHA CENTRAL)

9. ARMANI JONES - 5'9" G (BROWN DEER)

10. LEARIC DAVIS - 6'7" F (MILWAUKEE TECH)

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