Southeast Conference Standouts: Week 1 (Part 1)
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The high school basketball season tipped off last week and we have already witnessed a spectacular showcase of talent on the hardwood. Week one unfolded with an abundance of highlights, from star players dominating to new players breaking out and…
The high school basketball season tipped off last week and we have already witnessed a spectacular showcase of talent on the hardwood. Week one unfolded with an abundance of highlights, from star players dominating to new players breaking out and etching their place in the school record books. Let’s unpack week one in the Southeast Conference!
Note: This is part one of a two part series. Stayed tuned for coverage of the Racine/Kenosha area Southeast Conference schools.
The reigning Southeast Conference Champion, Franklin, lost their top two all-conference players from last season and desperately needed someone to step up in a big way.has done just that. Through two games, the Sabers are 2-0 thanks to Tilley averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds on 59/50/67 shooting splits. His 23 ppg are good for 3rd in the conference. The senior wing/forward is someone to monitor at the Division III and NAIA level. He has an early offer from NAIA Mount Mercy and should draw more attention as the season progresses. Tilley can play with his back to the basket, but also put the ball on the floor from the wing. He’s growing as a floor spacer, fights on the glass, and has the strength to finish through contact. Tilley will be an all-conference player.
As mentioned above, when you lose your top two players and scorers from last season, rotation players need to step up. Brady Clark has helped fill that scoring void so far. The starting senior guard is off to a hot start averaging 16.5 points, thanks to a shooting masterclass vs Racine Case. Clark cashed in 8/10 3P for 24 points, tying the school record for most three-pointers made in a single game. Clark has 11 3PM this season, tying him for 2nd in the state in 3PM per game (5.5). Clark also ranks 8th in scoring in the conference. Junior, Matt Maciejewski is also a rotation player to watch for the Sabers.
A 2nd team all-conference returner for the Knights, Braam is taking the conference by storm this year. He leads the conference in scoring with 27.7 points per game. He’s a nightly double-double but also growing as a playmaker, showing signs of making the right reads and simple passes. Braam is the reason the Knights are out to a 2-1 start. He’s a physical low post player that creates and finishes through contact. He generates a lot of free throw attempts. Against Bay View, Braam shot 14-18 from the charity stripe. Although Braam is an early conference standout, he was the state’s top linebacker this past football season and is taking his talents to the University of Wisconsin to play under Coach Fickell.
Another breakout player in the Southeast Conference is senior RJ Davitz. The 6’7″ small forward is a three sport athlete (track, volleyball, and basketball). He’s one of the state’s top volleyball players and is now a key part of the basketball team. Through three games, Davitz is averaging 17.7 points. He has great positional size and has been operating in the low post, playing well off ball. He does a solid job finding the soft spots and finishes effectively around the rim.