MILWAUKEE — In Woodland West play, Pewaukee (13-2) avenged an early season loss, routing Pius XI (11-7) on Tuesday… Nick Janowski Nick Janowski 6'3" | CG Pewaukee | 2024 State #71 Nation WI – 2024 – PG – Pewaukee Janowski…
MILWAUKEE — In Woodland West play, Pewaukee (13-2) avenged an early season loss, routing Pius XI (11-7) on Tuesday…
Nick Janowski Nick Janowski 6'3" | CG Pewaukee | 2024 State #71 Nation WI – 2024 – PG – Pewaukee
Janowski came out cooking in both halves. Getting Pewaukee off to a terrific start, the Pirates led by as many as 20 in the first half. After Pius battled back to get things to a 12-point deficit at the break, Janowski again drained a series of buckets, a heavyweight punch the Popes would not recover from. The top 100 prospect finished with 23 points, six rebounds, and three assists. An insanely talented on the ball scorer, Janowski is a threat anytime that ball comes into his possession. His dribble pickups and footwork to create separation might be elite nationally. Defenders might stop the first move, they might even stop the second, but Janowski’s bag of tricks is so deep, if you give him enough dribbles, he’ll make something happen. If all else fails, Janowski is a terrific hand-down-man-down shooter. The 6-foot-4 guard can knock down deep triples even while being crowded. You go under a screen against this guard, expect to pay.
Jaquan Johnson Jaquan Johnson 5'10" | PG Pius XI | 2024 State #238 Nation WI – 2024 – PG – Pius XI
Johnson had a tough job against Pewaukee, who’s going to do their best at making other people beat them. The Pirates threw 6-6 and 6-8 forwards at the 5-foot-9 point guard at times, packed the paint, and often forced Johnson to give the ball up and trust his teammates. Johnson does have a knack for scoring against multiple defenders. He’s electric in tight areas and is one of the best guards in the state when it comes to taking contact at the rim, playing with excellent body control. Johnson might be small, but he’s built like a bulldog and has a very strong upper body. You pair that with a lightning-quick first step on the ball and in-the-gym range as a shooter, very few players can handle Johnson 1-on-1 and it takes a team effort. A top 10 prospect in Wisconsin’s junior class, Johnson finished with 19 points in the loss.
Luka Momcilovic Luka Momcilovic 6'7" | SF Pewaukee | 2025 State WI – 2025 – SF – Pewaukee
You can see Pewaukee really trying to get Momcilovic confidence and establish him as the third option. Momcilovic, who posted 11 points and eight rebounds, flashed a few times on Tuesday as well. Still needs to get stronger and finish off plays, but you can see the 6-foot-6 wing/forward gaining confidence as a matchup problem. Averaging 9.0 ppg next to a pair of high major prospects, Momcilovic can score in different ways. He’ll shoot over the top with his back to the basket, face-up and attack in mid-range, and also shoot it from deep if left open. Only a sophomore, Momcilovic has a nice ceiling and is somebody that could absolutely take off by the time his senior year rolls around.
Milan Momcilovic Milan Momcilovic 6'8" | SF Pewaukee | 2023 State #44 Nation WI – 2023 – F – Pewaukee
Momcilovic was quiet for much of the game. Give credit to Pius, who had a nice game plan against the Iowa State commit. But when Momcilovic woke up, he put the game out of reach with eight-straight points in the second half. The Popes didn’t let Momcilovic catch much in his spots. When Momcilovic did get a touch in a favorable area, Pius came with a double team and forced the ball out of his hands. That forced Momcilovic to score in transition, particularly from the 3-point line. He ripped off a pair of quick-trigger triples that caught the defense by surprise. Year in and year out, Pewaukee has some of the best ball movement in the state. Momcilovic is a big part of that with his willingness to swing it around the horn, play inside-out, and pass up good shots for great ones. The Mr. Basketball favorite finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds in Tuesday’s win.
James Warren – 2023 – PF – Pius XI
Warren had a terrific defensive performance. Going up against the state’s top player, Warren was really able to establish good position down low and limit touches. Thought he beat his man to the spot a good amount, knew where his double teams were coming from, and didn’t give up anything easy. The 6-foot-4 senior was giving up a few inches, but didn’t allow many second chance opportunities either. A strong, athletic forward with a good motor, Warren might be a prospect small schools in need of a gritty, dirty work player to look at. Doesn’t have ideal positional size, but the few times I’ve seen Warren, he’s been a difference maker on the floor.