Preseason Top 10: Division 1
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Who are the top 10 teams in Division 1 heading into the 2021-22 season? Prep Hoops Wisconsin drops our rankings prior to opening tip-off. 1. Menomonee Falls 2020-21 Record: 17-8 (10-6) WIAA Playoff Finish: Lost to Kimberly in the…
Who are the top 10 teams in Division 1 heading into the 2021-22 season? Prep Hoops Wisconsin drops our rankings prior to opening tip-off.
1. Menomonee Falls
2020-21 Record: 17-8 (10-6)
There’s not a better 1-2 punch in the state than(23.3 ppg) and (18.8 ppg). The North Carolina commit Trimble is the favorite to take home Mr. Basketball honors in 2021-22. The Phoenix are deeper than they get credit for. Senior guard (7.1 ppg) has had a terrific off-season. Falls will also get contributions from junior , who missed last season due to injury, senior forward , senior guard Quentin Redding, and senior wing among others.
2. De Pere
2020-21 Record: 22-4
WIAA Playoff Finish: Lost to River Falls in the Sectional Finals
The Redbirds were one shot away from playing in the state tournament last season. Junior guard Johnny Kinziger (22.5 ppg) returns after a stellar sophomore season. De Pere should have plenty of depth and experience provided by senior guards Max Donaldson (8.3 ppg) and(10.8 ppg). If sophomore forwards and Ben Willinghanz can make a big jump, the Redbirds have the shooting, skill, and size to take home the gold ball.
2020-21 Record: 25-3 (17-1)
There are some tough losses to overcome, but don’t throw in the towel on Kimberly. Senior guard and Wofford commit(19.2 ppg) and he’s as dangerous of a scorer as there is in the state. His running mate, St. Leo commit (8.8 ppg) will take on more of a primary role as well. The Papermakers have had a lot of talent waiting in the wings, including junior wing , , , and others.
2020-21 Record: 23-3 (17-1)
WIAA Playoff Finish: Lost to Kimberly in the Regional Finals
The Rockets are going to have to roll without junior guard, who had a terrific sophomore season and is a top five prospect in 2023, due to a season-ending injury. There’s still plenty in the cupboard here, including Merrimack commit Chevalier Emery (12.9 ppg) and senior forward (13.2 ppg). Neenah also has a pair of sleepers in their frontcourt, seniors (5.6 ppg) and (4.6 ppg), who are each playing their best basketball going into the winter. Junior guard and sophomore guard are also capable of surprising and lifting this team to great heights.
5. Eau Claire Memorial
WIAA Playoff Finish: Lost to Eau Claire North in the regional finals
Concordia St. Paul commit(20.7 ppg) is coming off a huge junior season. He’ll have his running mate in the backcourt, senior guard back, who missed all of last season due to injury. The Old Abes are also expecting big things from senior wing/forward , who had a terrific breakout summer and provides a ton of athleticism and game-changing ability.
6. Brookfield Central
2020-21 Record: 19-6 (12-4)
WIAA Playoff Finish: Lost to Wauwatosa East in the Regional Finals
Look for St. Thomas committo (14.5 ppg) to carry things early, but the Lancers have some pieces that should develop as the season wears on. Based on his fall league performances, Rohde is in store to put up some huge scoring numbers. If Brookfield Central is going to make a deep run in March, they’ll need big things from sophomore forward . Look for junior guard , senior guard , and freshman guard to emerge for the Lancers as they try and replace David Joplin (Marquette) and Ben Nau (St. Thomas).
7. Brookfield East
2020-21 Record: 19-5 (12-4)
(14.0 ppg) is one of the best players in the state that a lot of people haven’t heard of yet. A fluid and effortless scorer, Gherezgher has takeover ability on that end of the floor. Junior guard (10.5 ppg) is also one of the most improved players in the state. The Spartans are deeper than people know and will get good contributions from junior forward , senior guard Michael Francken, junior guard , and sophomore guard .
2020-21 Record: 17-10 (12-4)
WIAA Playoff Finish: Lost to DeForest in the Sectional Semifinals
(24.9 ppg) had a monster sophomore season and nearly took the Warhawks to the state tournament. An athletic, blue-collar wing, Wrecke is currently the No. 2 ranked junior in the state. Sophomore guard (8.6 ppg) got his feet wet last season and has made sizable jumps in the off-season as both a floor general and a scorer. Guard play will be a strength of this team as both junior and senior Jackson Raasch are steady contributors.
9. West Allis Central
2020-21 Record: 14-9 (6-6)
Talent has been a question with this group, but 2021-22 could be the year the Bulldogs put it all together. Air Force commit(17.0 ppg) has been an absolute monster as of late. The walking bucket is a legit threat to put up 30 points every time he steps on the floor. Northern Michigan commit (19.1 ppg) averaged a double-double last season. Senior forward will be one of the biggest x-factors in the state with his infectious hustle and energy.
10. Appleton East
2020-21 Record: 9-14 (7-11)
WIAA Playoff Finish: Lost to West De Pere in the Regional Semifinals
The Patriots will be one of the most improved teams in the state. East finished tied for sixth in the Fox Valley Association, but this team has their sights set on winning the league in 2021-22. East has a loaded returning cast, including senior guard (14.0), who missed most of the season due to injury, senior guard (13.8 ppg), and junior forward, (12.3 pgg), who’s one of the most improved players in the state. Sophomore guard (5.2 ppg) got his feet wet last season and emerged as a top 50 player in the 2024 class over the summer.
Honorable Mention: Homestead, Stevens Point, Madison La Follette, Kaukauna, Waukesha South, Oconomowoc, Sun Prairie, Madison Memorial, Madison La Follette, Sussex Hamilton, Franklin, Milwaukee King, Middleton, Racine Case, Wauwatosa East, D.C. Everest