Ritchie Davis has been a busy coach this week at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis.
When the coach of Wisconsin Playground Warriors isn’t talking up Sheboygan Lutheran’s Sam Dekker as a McDonald’s All-American candidate, he’s watching a veritable Who’s Who of college coaches lining up to check out La Crosse Aquinas’ Bronson Koenig’s games.
“We’re lucky in our state right now,” Davis said. “I don’t care where they choose to go to school, you have those two kids along with (Menomonee Falls’) J.P. (Tokoto) playing high school basketball in Wisconsin.
“So for anybody who likes the game and is a fan, it’s a treat to have them around.”
Dekker, a 6-foot-8 senior from Sheboygan Lutheran who has orally committed to play for the University of Wisconsin, has been one of the most-watched prep players in the country by recruiting analysts so far this year.
Davis said a McDonald’s All-America representative talked to him and UW coach Bo Ryan about Dekker this week.
“It sure would be awfully interesting in Chicago next spring (at the McDonald’s game) if all of a sudden there’s a kid from Sheboygan Lutheran in the game,” Davis said.
But Dekker will have everyone’s respect because they know he can play.
In fact, it’s likely Dekker will end up higher on the recruiting analysts’ rating charts than Tokoto, who has orally committed to play at North Carolina.
“Sam can put it on the floor, he shoots it, he gets to the rim. In 15 years I’ve met a lot of types of players, but I haven’t had a kid equated with the whole package like he has and in terms of what he brings,” Davis said.
Meantime, Koenig, a 6-2 junior, now has coaches from Duke watching his games — but he hasn’t been offered a scholarship by the Blue Devils … yet.
If they do offer Koenig, they’ll join UW, Kansas, North Carolina and UCLA among others in the recruiting battle.
Some players whom the UW coaching staff has looked at, or will look at, during the July evaluation period include 6-1 Onalaska guard Matt Thomas, 6-5 Chanhassen (Minn.) forward Zach Stahl, 6-9 Champlin (Minn.) forward Kyle Washington and 6-11 Sioux City (Iowa) center Adam Woodbury.
Woodbury is the lone senior among that group. The rest are juniors.