All Wisconsin 2027 is fairly new to the circuit and has hit the ground running in just their second summer. Wisconsin is filled with talented programs and this group falls into that category. Comprised of all local players, this team…
All Wisconsin 2027 is fairly new to the circuit and has hit the ground running in just their second summer. Wisconsin is filled with talented programs and this group falls into that category. Comprised of all local players, this team represents their section of the state in a great way. I was fortunate enough to catch up with Coach Williamson to learn more about the growing program and take a deeper dive into the players and what makes the team gel, here’s what he had to say.
What are your thoughts on how your team has competed thus far in circuit season? How have you prepared?
We have competed exceptionally well within the circuit as a new team. Each tournament thus far has come with its challenges, forcing our players to learn how to maneuver in adversity, which is a critical part of our success. Every win and loss, we use as a learning tool in preparation for the next tournament. We have competed well within the circuit and will only get better. We attack each tournament and game a possession at a time and make the necessary adjustments to compete with whom ever our competitors are. we focus on the health and maturity of our players, individual assessments with with action plans of improvement, and teamwork. We prepare by analyzing our competition and watching game film. We strive to be better than we were our last game and have found great success with this method.
Which Prep Hoops Next event are you looking forward to most and why?
As a team, we are looking forward to The National D1 tournament in Minnesota at the end of July. Not only would this tournament be the cap of our season, but it will also be a testament of all the hard work and dedication our players have put in. We look forward to competing much better than we did in mid May and increase our chances of walking away with hardware.
What are your team strengths and areas that could use improvements?
All Wisconsin 14 U is new to the circuit but we are truly a thrill to watch. As a first year team, we come with a lot of offensive and defensive threats and nostalgia. We are loaded with great shooters who are shooting over 40% with the basketball IQ of coaches, dynamic point guards and small forwards who are unstoppable going downhill and can shoot the three, and last, but not least crazy, athletic power ford and centers, who can post you up or take you off the dribble. This overall dynamic has made us the team to look out for but like any good team, there is always room for improvement. We have to do a better job with working together as a team, sticking to the game plan and balancing out our highs and lows. As a team, we have to realize that anybody can be beat, and we also have to put our best foot forward every time we step on the court. Whether it that’s at 8am or 8pm.
Alex is the newest addition to the team. He is also a walking double double. Alex’s athleticism and height makes him undeniable on the board. He can pass, take you off the dribble, and post you up, and that’s just on offense. Defensively, he limits team possession with his boxing out and shot blocking. He is a force to be reckoned with and bring a whole new dimension to the team. He’s a game changer.
Chase, this kid is consistent. Not only does he bring a great personality to the team’s morale. He will always give you 150%. He will rebound, he will guard the best player, and he will always get you buckets. whether that’s him going downhill on smaller guards or pulling up from the three. Chase is a triple threat player, and exploits the weakest parts of every defense. His confidence in himself, and his ability makes him a player to look out for.
DeAndre is a one-man press breaker; with his quick first step in explosive athleticism, he keeps the defense on their toes. These attributes are only a few things that make him un-guard-able. Not only does he play in the pocket, he is an assist machine. He balances the game out by being the voice of defense in the back of the 1-3-1. He sees and reads everything which makes it easier for his teammates to read and react. Not to mention, this kid can jump out of the gym and is strong.
Evan is a PG in a forwards body. He is the quiet kid of the team, but don’t let that fool you, his calm demeanor allows him to get quick put backs on the back in with ease. His vision in accuracy allows him to go east to west off rebounds and lay out perfect assists to his teammates running the floor. Not to mention, he is one of the hardest working players on the team but humble. He too is a shooter.
Jackson is a three point assassin. His quick release and range make him deadly. He is definitely the player on the team that must be located at all times. His over 40% shooting and basketball IQ allows us to space the floor and opens up lanes for all other players. Not to mention, he is a menace on the defensive end. He is small and finds a way to get his hand on as many loose balls as possible. Jackson has ice in his veins, and he is one of the clutch shooters in the entire circuit.
Josh is the generator of the team. The offense flows through his hands, and he keeps the team at a steady tempo. As the PG, he is calm and intentional under pressure. He sees every miss match and thinks three plays ahead of every possession. He is a coach on the floor, not to mention at a lights out shooter. Josh encompasses the true role of a point guard and keeps his team on his shoulders every game.
Ledainian is a tough post to bang with for 16 minutes. He brings brute force and power down on the block. Not to mention, his on ball screen frees up any guard going downhill. He is definitely the player that wears opponents down over the course of the game and will go out and get you 5 to 6 rebounds per game. All while keeping a smile on his face.
Levi is a shooter in a forwards body. His ability to play like a guard but also post up, makes him hard to match up with. While being able to shoot the three, Levi allows the team to space out the floor and extend the defense. This is also his bread and butter, with his quick first step and fast release most post players have a hard time guarding him, and he takes advantage of it. Levi is easily one of the most talented players on the team.
Lucus brings a lot of energy off the bench defensively. He goes out and leaves it all on the court. He also applies a lot of pressure on the defense by running the floor which allows us to push the tempo of the game. His ability to shoot the ball helps extend the floor and opens up the lane for the other slashers and post players. Lucus is always a team player and brings the best out of his teammates.
Mason is the defensive specialist for the team. With his speed and attentiveness, he is guaranteed 5 to 6 steals per game converted into baskets. He is our own one man press. He makes his presence known and brings high energy to his team off the bench. Mason is one of those scrappy players that every team needs. He is easily one of the best defenders in the circuit. Not to mention, he is one of the smallest players in the team but will get you 3-4 rebounds to accompany his steals.
He is the triple double player on the team. He shoots threes, he gets to the basket, he plays defense, he runs the floor, and he rebounds the ball. He is one of the most consistent and even tempered players on the court every game. He always shows up and balls out. He, too, brings balance to the team with his ability to get to the basket and finish strong. He’s the kind of player that puts his team on his back and wheels them to a victory.
How does your roster stack up against last season’s roster? Any major changes?
We are a first year team but a second year program.
What facet of the game do you want to improve on most going into next season?
Working together as a team offensively and defensively.
Who are your best returning players? Who are your best additions, if any?
Ask me this question again next season!