The University of Michigan moved to 14-0 on Thursday with a defeat of Penn State, and Milwaukeean Jordan Poole has been a big part of the equation.
Poole averages a team-best 32 minutes per game and averages 13.8 points and 3.7 rebounds, with more than 2 assists per game for good measure. The Wolverines are ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll behind Duke and No. 4 in the coaches poll.
Check out this flashy assist from the win over the Nittany Lions.
Poole, who played high school basketball at Milwaukee King (before transferring to a prep school), famously hit a buzzer-beater in the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament to help Michigan escape Houston and ultimately reach the national championship game, but his profile has only grown as a sophomore in 2018-’19.
He’s not the only Wisconsin high school product delivering:
Tyler Herro, fr., Kentucky (Whitnall)
The Whitnall High School product has experienced the ups and downs that his team has endured overall, but the current stage certainly qualifies as an “up.”
The Wildcats have won back-to-back big battles, taking down North Carolina on Dec. 22, 80-72, and downing Louisville on the road Dec. 29, 71-58. The latter win was Herro’s best game to date, with 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting
Herro has started all 12 games for UK, averaging 13.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. His 28.3 minutes per game are second on the team.
Tyrese Haliburton, fr., Iowa State (Oshkosh North)
The freshman from Oshkosh North has been a key figure for an 11-2 Cyclones team that has a big battle with Kansas on Saturday.
Haliburton has started 12 of 13 games, averaging 8.3 points, 4.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 56 percent. He registered an impressive game against Southern on Dec. 9, when he posted 15 points and 17 assists in 36 minutes. It was a performance that helped Haliburton win Big 12 newcomer of the week.
Teammate Terrence Lewis (Milwaukee Riverside) has averaged 6.2 points per game.
Joe Sherburne, sr., UMBC (Whitefish Bay)
The Whitefish Bay product, who was in the middle of last year’s historic NCAA Tournament first-round upset when the 16th-seeded Retrievers downed No. 1 seed Virginia, has been doing well again this season – even if his name remains tricky to spell.
He leads UMBC (8-7) with 14.4 points per game, shooting 53 percent and leading his team with 34.9 minutes per game. He adds 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Sandy Cohen, sr., UW-Green Bay (Seymour)
Cohen was one of the galvanizing forces behind Green Bay’s rally for an overtime victory against Youngstown State on Thursday, even if he finished shy of double figures for the first time in 11 games.
Cohen averages 16.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
Sam Hauser, jr., and Joey Hauser, fr., Marquette (Stevens Point)
If you follow Marquette, you’re well aware of what the Hauser brothers have been up to. Though Markus Howard has held the spotlight and crept into the fringes of the national player of the year conversation, Sam is second on the team in scoring (14.3 points) and Joey is third (10.1), and both average more than six rebounds and two assists. The Golden Eagles are 11-3 after a loss to St. John’s in the Big East opener.
James Batemon, sr., Loyola Marymount (Milwaukee Riverside)
Batemon averages 18.7 points this year and hit 30 points in a battle with Boise State on Dec. 19, when he made 9 of 14 shots – including the game-winning layup with 1 second left on the clock for the 70-69 win.
Loyola Marymount is now 12-3 but dropped its West Coast Conference opener against Pepperdine on Thursday.
Levi Bradley, sr., Northern Illinois (Milwaukee Pius)
Bradley is second on the team in scoring at 16.2 and rebounding at 6.7. He scored 30 points in a win over Oakland in November. The Huskies (7-6) open Mid-American Conference play Saturday.
Nick McGlynn, sr., Drake (Stoughton)
Drake has been a bit of a surprise after heavy graduation losses last year, going 11-3 and playing in a Missouri Valley Conference that has no clear-cut favorite. McGlynn leads the way with a team-best 15.9 points and 7.6 rebounds, not to mention 1.2 blocks per game.
Chris Knight, soph., Dartmouth (Madison Memorial)
Knight leads the Big Green in scoring (15.3) and rebounding (7.8), and also averages 2.4 assists for the 9-7 team. He earned Ivy League player of the week honors in the second week of December.
Billy Wampler, jr., Wright State (Eau Claire Regis)
He leads the Raiders (7-9) in scoring (14.8) and averages 3.5 rebounds.
Dallas Polk-Hilliard, jr., Grambling State (Messmer)
Polk-Hilliard leads the Tigers in minutes (31.6), points (13.5) and rebounds (6.3), and the squad is 6-7. His most recent game came on the Kohl Center floor, where he had 17 points with 10 rebounds in an 84-53 loss to Wisconsin on Dec. 22.
Koreem Ozier, soph., Sacred Heart (Racine Case)
Ozier has played in only five games, but he leads the team at 20.0 points per game. The Pioneers are 5-9, but Ozier had 16 points in a Northeast Conference-opening win over LIU-Brooklyn on Thursday, 79-75. It’s his first year in the program after competing at a prep school last year.
Arike Ogunbowale, sr., Notre Dame (Divine Savior Holy Angels)
We shouldn’t forget about one of the most high-profile women’s basketball players in the nation. As an encore to her stirring NCAA Final Four performance last year, when she drained buzzer-beaters in both the national semifinal and final to lift Notre Dame to the title, she’s scoring better than 22 points per game with 5.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists. The Irish lost to UConn earlier this year and stand at 13-1, but after Connecticut’s loss to Baylor on Thursday, Notre Dame might be looking at a No. 1 ranking in the polls Monday.