Looking ahead to the 2022-23 season, Prep Hoops Wisconsin reveals our preseason rankings in Division 2… 1. PEWAUKEE 2021-22 Record: 27-3 WIAA Tournament Finish: Defeated La Crosse Central in the State Championship Key Returners: Nick Janowski Nick Janowski 6'3" |…
Looking ahead to the 2022-23 season, Prep Hoops Wisconsin reveals our preseason rankings in Division 2…
2021-22 Record: 27-3
WIAA Tournament Finish: Defeated La Crosse Central in the State Championship
Key Returners: Nick Janowski Nick Janowski 6'3" | CG Pewaukee | 2024 State #71 Nation WI (16.7 ppg), Milan Momcilovic Milan Momcilovic 6'8" | SF Pewaukee | 2023 State #44 Nation WI (18.1 ppg)
To be the best, you’ve gotta beat the best. That’s why Pewaukee retains its spot atop the rankings. There’s no doubt the Pirates won’t be as deep nor as talented as the last two teams that won the state title, but behind Janowski and Momcilovic, the best duo in the state, it’s not off the table. Sophomore Luka Momcilovic Luka Momcilovic 6'7" | SF Pewaukee | 2025 State WI might be the key if he can develop as a third scorer.
2. WISCONSIN LUTHERAN
2021-22 Record: 25-3
WIAA Tournament Finish: Lost to Pewaukee in the Sectional Finals
Key Returners: Kon Knueppel Kon Knueppel 6'6" | SG Wisconsin Lutheran | 2024 State #56 Nation WI (14.1 ppg), Jamiir Allen Jamiir Allen 6'0" | CG Wisconsin Lutheran | 2023 State WI (13.7 ppg), Prentice Young Prentice Young 6'4" | CG Wisconsin Lutheran | 2023 State #273 Nation WI (8.0 ppg), Josh Knueppel Josh Knueppel 6'2" | SG Wisconsin Lutheran | 2023 WI (7.5 ppg), Landon Key Landon Key 6'4" | SF Wisconsin Lutheran | 2023 State WI (7.5 ppg)
A lot of people forget the Vikings split the Woodland West title with Pewaukee last season. Still, the Pirates continue to be a thorn in their side and a tough hurdle to climb. With the No. 1 ranked junior, Knueppel, leading the charge, and a strong supporting cast, particularly at the guard spots, this might be Lutheran’s year.
3. WAUWATOSA WEST
2021-22 Record: 16-11
WIAA Tournament Finish: Lost to Wisconsin Lutheran in the Sectional Semifinals
Key Returners: Cole Hansen Cole Hansen 6'4" | SG Legacy Early College | 2024 SC (13.1 ppg), Kai Rogers Kai Rogers 6'10" | C Wauwatosa West | 2025 State WI (10.4 ppg), Jake Hansen Jake Hansen 6'1" | SG Wauwatosa West | 2025 State WI (5.0 ppg)
Might be a little high given their youth, but this group has now been together through the grind of the Greater Metro Conference. Going 9-7 in that league is no joke. Replacing Colin Hardrick, last season’s leading scorer, will be tough, but opponents are going to see a whole new version of Jake Hansen Jake Hansen 6'1" | SG Wauwatosa West | 2025 State WI and Rogers, who each had great summers. Along with Cole Hansen Cole Hansen 6'4" | SG Legacy Early College | 2024 SC , the Trojans have three different players who can lead them in scoring every night. When you’ve got an athletic, imposing force like Rogers in the middle, West starts with an advantage over every team in the state.
2021-22 Record: 17-9
WIAA Tournament Finish: Lost to Milton in the Regional Finals
Key Returners: J.R. Lukenbill J.R. Lukenbill 6'4" | SG Burlington | 2023 State WI (16.9 ppg), Connor Roffers Connor Roffers 6'5" | SF Burlington | 2024 State WI (12.9 ppg), Tommy Teberg (7.1 ppg), Karsen Skiles Karsen Skiles 6'4" | SF Burlington | 2024 WI (5.1 ppg)
Burlington reloads with its top five leading scorers from last season. The Demons had a fairly young group in 2021-22, but still won 17 games and were a possession or two away from reaching sectionals. Roffers and Lukenbill are two dangerous scorers who can put the ball in the hoop in a variety of ways and cause a lot of problems for opponents this season.
2021-22 Record: 23-4
WIAA Tournament Finish: Lost to Pewaukee in the sectional semifinals
Key Returners: Jack Lutz Jack Lutz 6'0" | SG Whitnall | 2025 State WI (7.3 ppg), Ethan Thomas Ethan Thomas 6'7" | PF Whitnall | 2023 State WI (5.7 ppg), Austin Herro Austin Herro 6'2" | CG Whitnall | 2023 State WI (5.2 ppg), Myles Herro Myles Herro 6'2" | PG Whitnall | 2025 State WI (3.7 ppg)
Don’t anticipate Whitnall having to rebuild as much as most think. Yes, Danilo Jovanovich and John Pitta are irreplaceable, but the Falcons have a number of players who are ready to take on more responsibility. Lutz was fantastic as a freshman while Myles Herro Myles Herro 6'2" | PG Whitnall | 2025 State WI also got his feet wet and has emerged as arguably the best pure point guard in Wisconsin’s 2025 class over the summer. With a healthy Thomas and Austin Herro Austin Herro 6'2" | CG Whitnall | 2023 State WI , this squad has a strong starting lineup that could surprise.
6. MILWAUKEE LUTHERAN
2021-22 Record: 12-14
WIAA Tournament Finish: Lost to Wauwatosa West in the Regional Finals
Key Returners: Devin Davenport Devin Davenport 6'2" | SG Milwaukee Lutheran | 2023 State WI (20.2 ppg), Isaiah Allen Isaiah Allen 6'4" | CG Milwaukee Lutheran | 2024 State WI (15.0 ppg), Donald Chapman (10.2 ppg), Xavion Greer (8.6 ppg), Kanden Davis (8.2 ppg)
A sleeper team that could catch a lot of people by surprise. The Knights return their top five leading scorers from last season and have a lot of seniors leading the charge. Both Davenport and Allen are bonafide scorers that lead a high-octane, but relatively balanced attack for Lutheran. This group took some lumps early in the 2021-22 season, but got better as time wore on, ending the season by winning five of seven, breaking out of a six-game losing streak at one point.
7. NOTRE DAME
2021-22 Record: 20-6
WIAA Tournament Finish: Lost to Oshkosh North in the Regional Finals
Key Returners: Emmett Lawton Emmett Lawton 6'2" | SG Notre Dame Academy | 2023 State WI (13.9 ppg), Ethan Wall-Atim Ethan Wall-Atim 6'4" | PF Notre Dame De La Baie Academy | 2023 State WI (7.5 ppg), Andrew Rader Andrew Rader 6'9" | PF Notre Dame Academy | 2025 State WI (1.6 ppg)
Notre Dame lost a few key seniors, but they will return Lawton, the fastest-rising prospect in the state over the month of the July. The senior sharpshooter has the potential for a crazy 2022-23 campaign. The Tritons also have one of the best x-factors in the state with Wall-Atim, a player who will do any role asked of him and make game-changing hustle plays. Rader is a very promising young big who should take a leap as a sophomore.
2021-22 Record: 10-16
WIAA Tournament Finish: Lost to Beaver Dam in the Regional Finals
Key Returners: Michael McNabb Michael McNabb 6'4" | CG Grafton | 2024 State WI (24.3 ppg), Juan Guerrero Hernandez Juan Guerrero Hernandez 6'3" | CG Grafton | 2025 State WI (11.5 ppg)
Having seen this group over the summer, they’re going to be one of the most improved teams in the state. They were led by youth all year in 2021-22. Now that McNabb and Guerrero Hernandez have been in it together for a year, they’ll form one of the most prolific duos in the state. The Blackhawks also have a strong defensive squad that’s not afraid to pick up full court, get after people, and cause havoc.
2021-22 Record: 22-5
WIAA Tournament Finish: Lost to Ashwaubenon in the Sectional Finals
Key Returners: David Bolden David Bolden 5'10" | PG Nicolet | 2025 State WI (11.1 ppg), Miles Nation Miles Nation 6'5" | SF Nicolet | 2023 State WI (11.0 ppg), Davion Hannah Davion Hannah 6'5" | SF Milwaukee Academy of Science | 2025 State WI (N/A)
Nicolet quietly won 22 games last season and now they’re going to add Hannah, arguably the top sophomore in the state, to the mix. The Knights weren’t able to hang in a lot of their marquee games, but perhaps the addition of Hannah, who comes over from Milwaukee Academy of Science, makes Nicolet a contender to get to Madison.
10. MARTIN LUTHER
2021-22 Record: 10-17
WIAA Tournament Finish: Lost to Big Foot in the Regional Finals
Key Returners: Jalen Haynes Jalen Haynes 6'3" | SG Martin Luther | 2023 State WI (13.3 ppg), Demerius Shakur Demerius Shakur 6'2" | CG Martin Luther | 2023 State WI (12.6 ppg), Perry Dorris Perry Dorris 6'0" | PG Martin Luther | 2025 State WI (8.4 ppg), Ashe Oglesby Ashe Oglesby 6'6" | PF The Prairie School | 2023 State WI (N/A)
Oglesby transferred in after three strong years with The Prairie School. The versatile, 6-foot-7 forward should compliment Martin Luther’s guard play very well. Shakur is one of the best pure point guards in the state with an excellent feel for the game. Haynes, an instant offense guard, and Dorris, who’s coming off a strong freshman season, round out a talented Spartans’ starting unit.
Honorable Mention: Onalaska, La Crosse Central, Rice Lake, McFarland, Milton, Stoughton, South Milwaukee, Ashwaubenon, Medford, West De Pere, Greendale