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Court time

By MARK CONCANNON

March 2013

As the country ramps up for March Madness, watch for players with Milwaukee ties when the 68 teams take to the courts this month. Racine Horlick grad Jamil Wilson, a 6-7 junior forward, one of Marquette’s leading scorers and rebounders, and Jake Thomas, a 6-foot-3-inch junior guard from Racine St. Catherine’s, hope to help the Golden Eagles to a third straight Sweet 16 appearance. Here are some other local Division I athletes competing for the biggest prize in men’s college hoops:

Charlie Lee: 5-9 Sophomore Guard

School: Cleveland State High School: Milwaukee Hamilton/Bay View Big Impact: Good things come in small packages for the Vikings. Lee is the team’s top scorer and as CSU’s point guard, loves to push the ball and change the tempo of the game. He’s also a superior defender with terrific hands.

 

 

 

Chip Rank: 6-6 Junior Forward

School: Northern Iowa High School: Cedarburg Sweet Dreams: Rank is a solid contributor in the Panthers rotation who has played significant minutes in every UNI contest. He hopes to help the squad return to the Sweet 16 glory days of 2010.

 

 

 

Ben Averkamp: 6-8 Senior Forward

School: Loyola-Chicago High School: Germantown Brainy Guy: Averkamp has almost single-handedly led a Ramblers hardwood revival. He is team captain, leading scorer and rebounder. A biology major with a 3.8 GPA, Averkamp has his sights set on medical school after graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

Flavien Davis: 6-5 Junior Forward

School: Montana State High School: Wisconsin Lutheran Injury Report: Davis has been a regular starter in his first season with the Bobcats when healthy and has played well while battling a nagging ankle injury. He transferred from San Jacinto Community College in California with a reputation for toughness; he drew 75 offensive fouls in two seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JP Tokoto: 6-5 Freshman Forward

School: North Carolina High School: Menomonee Falls Elite Territory: Playing for one of the nation’s elite programs, Tokoto’s minutes have steadily increased and his stats consistently improved. He’s drawing heady comparisons to UNC alum Vince Carter for his versatility, explosive play and highlight reel dunks.

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip Nolan: 6-9 Freshman Forward

School: Connecticut High School: Milwaukee Riverside/Vincent Good Impression: Nolan has seen limited playing time as he looks to establish himself in a storied program, but the UConn staff loves his work ethic and sees a major upside going forward once he gains some strength and experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zak Showalter: 6-2 Freshman Guard

School: Wisconsin High School: Germantown Father’s Footsteps: Showalter is perhaps the feel-good sports story of the state in 2012. Germantown’s all-time leading scorer turned down more than a dozen D-1 offers to walk on at Wisconsin, where he was awarded a scholarship this season. He has played meaningful minutes for Bo Ryan, providing a major boost off the bench. His dad, Steve, played for Ryan at UW-Platteville.

 


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