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Superior Telegram All-Area Boys Basketball Team

Mason Ackley

Sr. • G/F • Superior

  • Averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. … Will continue playing basketball at UW-Superior.
  •  First-team all-Lake Superior Conference. … MVP of the Border Battle All-Star Game with game-high 27 points for Team Wisconsin.
  •  “Without a doubt the best athlete in the area,” SHS coach Jake Smith said. “Mason could do literally everything on the basketball floor and was the definition of a two-way player. He could guard positions 1-5, and would guard the opposing team’s best player every night. Mason was very tough to defend off the bounce and played well above the rim when driving to the basket. His potential ceiling is extremely high.”
  • Xavier Patterson

    Sr. • G • Superior

    • Averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game. … Will continue playing basketball at UW-Superior.
    •  First-team all-Lake Superior Conference. … Scored seven points for Team Wiscosnin in Border Battle All-Star Game.
    •  “Xavier has a feel for the game that you don’t see in most kids,” SHS coach Jake Smith said. “He’s a true gamer, knows how to play the game and is extremely smart/crafty. He was a joy to watch on the offensive end of the floor all year scoring from the perimeter, in the paint, and in transition. Xavier has the complete offensive package in his arsenal.”

    Beau Severson

    Sr. • F • Superior

    • Averaged 13 points and 5.5 rebounds a game and connected on 48 percent of his shots from 3-point range (60-for-125).
    • Honorable mention all-Lake Superior Conference.
    •  “Beau is arguably one of the best shooters I’ve ever coached,” SHS coach Jake Smith said. “He shot the ball at an alarming rate, provided instant offense for us and was a shot in the arm when we needed a big basket. Beau has always had a knack for being a scorer. He has a lot of confidence in himself and not afraid to take the big shot.”

    Ben Rhodes

    Sr. • G • Superior

    • Averaged 8.5 points a game.
    •  “Ben was right there with Beau in terms of his shooting ability,” SHS coach Jake Smith said. “Ben drew very high attention from opposing teams behind the perimeter. His ability to make reads and come off screens are what separates him from other shooters. Ben can also get his shot off in the blink of an eye and doesn’t need much space.”

    Aaron Pfister

    Jr. • G • Solon Springs

    • Averaged 14.4 points per game, shot 45 percent from the floor, including 30 percent on 3-point attempts. … Led the team in rebounds (5.7 per game) and steals (1).
    •  Was the team captain and second-team all-Indianhead Conference.
    •  “Aaron was our most dominant player in the paint as well as being able to stretch the defense from beyond the 3-point line,” said SSHS coach Marcus Besonen. “Aaron’s leadership and his effort allowed us to compete against teams that had us outsized in many games this season. His ability to shoot and put the ball on the floor made him a tough guard for opposing teams and helped to draw attention to open up teammates.”

    Alex Hunter

    Sr. • G • Solon Springs

    • Averaged 9.4 points, 1.2 steals and 4 rebounds per game. … Led the Eagles in 3-point percentage (35%).  
    •  Was honorable mention all-Indianhead Conference.
    •  “Alex was our best on-ball defender and often drew the toughest matchup on the perimeter,” SSHS coach Marcus Besonen said. “Alex was all over the court for us both offensively and defensively. He was unafraid to attack defenses using a good pull-up jumpshot as well as get all the way to the rim. He was also often in the mix underneath defensively with good help on defense and rebounding from the guard position. Alex will be sorely missed next season.”

    Sam Risley

    Sr. • G • Northwestern

    • Averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game. … Finished No. 7 among all Division 3 players in 3-point shooting percentage (57-of-136). … Scored a NHS school record and career-high 38 points against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser. … Scored seven points for Team Wiscosnin in Border Battle All-Star Game.
    •  All-State honorable-mention selection. …. First-team all-Heart O’ North Conference.

    Brody Payton

    Sr. • F • Northwestern

    • Averaged 13.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. … Was one of two players to finish in the top 10 in points, assists and rebounds per game in Heart O’ North Conference contests.
    •  First-team all-HON Conference.
    •  Set a record at the WIAA state tournament for 3-point shooting percentage (minimum five attempts) by going 5-for-6 from beyond the arc. … Best game was 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals against the Wisconsin Dells in sectional final.

    Jenner Graff

    Sr. • G • Northwestern

    • Averaged 4.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. … Led the Tigers with 3.4 assists per game. … Best was 8 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 charges taken in a win over Ashland.
    •  Honorable mention all-Heart O’ North Conference.
    • “He was our team’s best defensive player and usually guarded the other team’s best player,” NHS coach Nolan Graff. “He also led the team in charges taken with 16.”

    Andrew Klobucher

    Jr. • F • Northwestern

    • Averaged 7.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. … His best game was 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the Tigers’ sectional semifinal win over St.Croix Central.
    •  Honorable mention all-Heart O’ North Conference.
    •  “Andrew was a great scorer that would lead a lot of other teams in scoring, but was on such a loaded team some of his numbers were a little low,” NHS coach Nolan Graff said. “He’s a dynamic scorer that can score from the 3-point line or slash to the basket.”

    Jake Brill

    Jr. • G/F • Northwestern

    • Averaged 5.8, 2.6 rebounds and a steal per game. … His best game was against Spooner with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot.
    •  Honorable mention on Heart O’ North Conference all-conference team.
    •  “Jake did a little of everything for us,” NHS coach Nolan Graff said. “He often brought the ball up the floor for us and helped facilitate our offense. He is a great defender as he also would guard the other teams first or second scoring option.”

    Greg Ruhman

    Sr. • C • Northwestern

    • Averaged 5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. …  His best game was 11 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 1 steal against Barron.
    •  Honorable mention all-Heart O’ North Conference.
    •  “Greg was the big man inside for us,” NHS coach Nolan Graff said. “He held down the paint and protected the rim. He was second on our team in rebounds per game and played a big role for our team.”