Terry Porter Classic: The Top Performers
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The annual Terry Porter Classic took place over the weekend at Milwaukee South, and I was able to watch five out of the ten games that took place. These are nine of the top performers I saw in those contests!…
The annual Terry Porter Classic took place over the weekend at Milwaukee South, and I was able to watch five out of the ten games that took place. These are nine of the top performers I saw in those contests!
Drew Reindl (6’ 2022 G, St. Thomas More)- The senior guard helped lead his team to a win over Milwaukee North on Saturday. He’s a sharpshooting lefty with no shortage of confidence, and he excelled at running off the ball and getting into open spots in either corner to get off a clean look from three. Drew has a quick release which allows him to get off a shot before his chasing defender can catch back up to him. With some talented size on his team that excels around the rim, his shooting range helps to open things up for them. Reindl finished with a game high 20 points.
Will Beyer (6’6 2022 F, Marquette)- A deep sleeper out of the Milwaukee area, Will impressed with his performance against Bradley Tech on Friday night. He has some size and strength at around 6’6, but is more than just a body they throw in the post. He flashed a really nice pull-up game from mid-range, and was able to get to his spots off one or two dribbles before elevating and knocking down shots at a high percentage. Did well rebounding the ball, and uses his body to box out an opposing player before attacking it out of the air. Finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists while shooting an impressive 10-13 from the field in a win.
(6’7 2022 W, Milwaukee Bradley Tech)- Will wasn’t the only one putting up impressive numbers on Friday, as was doing everything he could to try to keep his team in it. The explosive wing put on a show in transition with a handful of high flying slams, and was also beating his initial defender off the dribble to get into the paint and make plays. He uses his length well around the rim to extend and finish in a variety of ways, but he also does a nice job of keeping his head up when he drives in order to dump it off to an open teammate if the help defender shifts over. Learic finished the game with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.
Aaron Womack (6’5 2025 W, Dominican)- Slot down another name to watch in a growing list of 2025 prospects, as Womack is long and skilled for Dominican. The Knights play a fast paced style, and as just a freshman Womack is able to keep up with the pressing defense and quick paced offense. At 6’5 he’s a floor stretching wing who knocked down 5-8 shots from beyond the arc against West Allis Central. Perhaps even more impressive was his passing vision at a young age. He’s able to see over the top of his man on the wing, and locate cutting teammates with accurate and well timed passes. This allowed him to rack up 5 assists in the win. Womack is an intriguing blend of length and skill, and that mix allowed him to put up 27 points in his second varsity game.
(5’10 2024 G, Kettle Moraine)- Drew put up the best scoring numbers out of the games I was able to watch on Saturday, as the sophomore guard is so dangerous with the ball in his hands. He’s simply too quick for bigger guards to stick with, which allows him to get to his spots on the floor, and with his three level scoring ability, if he beats you off the dribble there’s a good chance some points are going on the board. Drew was pulling up for shots off the dribble, passing and relocating for open threes, and getting to the rim where he was able to finish or earn a trip to the free throw line. That aggressive approach saw him go 11-11 from the charity stripe. Finished with 35 points while scoring the ball in just about every way imaginable.
Matt Burnette (6’3 2022 PF, Racine Horlick)- He’s not the flashiest player you’ll see, but Burnette simply goes out and produces for Horlick. At 6’3 he has a strong frame, and with his high work rate he plays a lot bigger than his size. That effort allows him to dominate the glass on both ends of the floor, as he clears out space with a strong box out before attacking the ball off the rim. Offensively he finishes inside at a high percentage, and has an accurate set shot from mid-range if guys leave him open. He’s the type of player who makes winning plays even when he isn’t scoring the ball. Despite that, he still finished with a team high 20 points against a tough Kettle Moraine team.
(6’ 2022 G, Whitnall)- With Whitnall missing two of their starters, Pitta stepped up to finish with 21 points and 4 assists in a win over Milwaukee King. He has such a quick burst to get into the paint off the dribble, which allows him to make plays finishing, distributing, or drawing contact to get to the free throw line. He went a perfect 12-12 from the line, while also shooting 50% from the field. Pitta is a tough finisher even up against size because he does a nice job of getting his balance before leaving the floor, which allows him to keep his chin at the rim and finish with either hand.
(6’1 2024 G, Dominican)- Yet another talented underclassman for Dominican, Derrick fits in well with his team’s fast paced offense because his high IQ allows him to make smart decisions on the fly. Johnson finished with 5 assists compared to 2 turnovers, while also shooting 7-12 from three on his way to 26 points. Does a nice job of picking his spots and letting the offense come to him, trusting that his teammates will get him the ball at the right moments. Used a shot fake well to get defenders off guard and the push into space with one or two dribbles.
(6’4 2022 SG, West Allis Central)- The Air Force commit showed why he’s one of the most dangerous scorers in the state on Saturday, as he poured in a game high 32 points against Dominican. He’s lethal from beyond the arc, and when you combine that shooting touch with his ability to create space with just one or two dribbles, it makes him so difficult to guard. Was knocking down step-backs as well as catch and shoot threes all game long. Also showed off some explosiveness with a two hand slam in transition. When he gets into a good rhythm from deep, it opens up his ability to get to the rim and finish off of two feet.