GREENFIELD — In an intriguing non-conference battle, a shorthanded Whitnall squad was able to best Homestead 86-68 on Saturday… Tim Franks Tim Franks 6'5" | SG Homestead | 2024 State WI – 2024 – SG – Homestead Franks was blanked…
GREENFIELD — In an intriguing non-conference battle, a shorthanded Whitnall squad was able to best Homestead 86-68 on Saturday…
Tim Franks Tim Franks 6'5" | SG Homestead | 2024 State WI – 2024 – SG – Homestead
Franks was blanked in the first half as the Highlanders fell behind 36-23 at the break. In the second half, Franks came out with a purpose and sparked a 7-0 run to get Homestead right back in the game momentarily. Once he saw one shot go down, that was enough for Franks to get his rhythm back. One of the primer catch and shooter guards in the state, Franks has a pure, effortless stroke that’s the same every single time. Franks also did what struggling players should do when their teams are playing from behind — get to the foul line. Seeing the ball go through the net by any means necessary can be so therapeutic. Franks went 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the second half. Didn’t get to see much of it Saturday, but Franks has shown shades of being a three-level scorer, gaining confidence with his ability to attack off the dribble, and use that 6-foot-4 frame to score over the top. He’s somewhat of a sneaky athlete that covers a lot of ground when he puts the ball on the deck. We’ll see how the rest of the season finished out, but thinks Franks has shown enough over the past six months to earn a spot in the top 10.
Myles Herro Myles Herro 6'2" | PG Whitnall | 2025 State WI – 2025 – PG – Whitnall
You just get a different level of ball movement and floor presence when Herro is on the floor. He’s not always looking to take a ton of shots, but the flow of the game and how the ball moves in the halfcourt is very pleasing on the eyes. Herro contributed nine points and some beautiful assists on Saturday, getting into the teeth of the defense, isolating the help defender in no man’s land, and hitting a teammate for an easy deuce. Although he’s a little banged up right now, Herro was fantastic defensively as well. Going against one of the quicker guards in the state and Homestead’s leading scorer, Herro surrendered just one bucket that I can remember. He did an excellent job of getting out in the passing lanes and pushing his man further from the rim if he wanted the ball. When it came time to play on an island and stop dribble penetration, Herro moved laterally very well and seemed to be a step ahead on that end of the floor.
Josh Kaye – 2023 – SF – Whitnall
Kaye was a big x-factor for the Falcons on Saturday, specifically defensively. Going against Homestead’s best player, Kaye was fantastic for much of the game and didn’t allow many rhythm catches or let his man step comfortably into his shot. When he was attacked, Kayed walled up vertically and forced quite a few misses from inside five feet. Kaye also had the energy to give Whitnall a boost offensively, coming up with 14 points, despite averaging 6.6 on the year. With Homestead turning up the pressure late, Kaye had three key baskets to help the Falcons stay in the driver’s seat, two of which were finished after taking body shots at the rim.
Jack Lutz Jack Lutz 6'0" | SG Whitnall | 2025 State WI – 2025 – SG – Whitnall
With Whitnall’s leading scorer out, Lutz put the offense on his shoulders. Lutz’s mid-range game was on full display. Lutz really does a great job of changing speeds on the ball, able to stop on a dime and get defenders drifting. Late in the game, Lutz just took over with a handful of acrobatic drives. As Homestead was scrambling over the final five minutes or so, Lutz put his foot on the gas pedal, matched the other team’s intensity, and showed a killer instinct down the stretch. Lutz scored a game-high 25 points in the win. Loved how he didn’t just rely on his jumper, even though it was going down at a high rate. At 6-feet, Lutz can also take guys down on the block and does some intriguing things with his back to the basket. Shot selection and taking care of the ball need some work, but Lutz was extremely lethal on Saturday and knocked down a series of shots with a hand in his face.
Trevor Polite Trevor Polite 6'4" | SF Homestead | 2025 State WI – 2025 – SF – Homestead
Hands down, best I’ve seen Polite play to this point in his career. Polite helped Homestead hang around in the first half with his hustle plays and energy. The 6-foot-5 wing grabbed just about every rebound and attacked the offensive glass hard. Good players will never get consumed with whether or not their shot is going down and use other parts of the game to get their offense going. That’s exactly what Polite did on Saturday. After grabbing contested rebounds and making heady passes, you saw his confidence start to carry over to the other end of the floor. A smooth, athletic wing, Polite had some terrific drives to the rim and finished against contact. Scoring 14 points in Saturday’s loss, Polite busted out of a bit of a slump. Polite’s always been intriguing with his size and ability to shoot the 3. Still a lot of untapped potential here as a prospect that can play his way to the Division 1 level.