January 10, 2009
Memorial sits as state's top team
MIDDLETON, Wis.- Less than a year ago, Madison (Wis.) Memorial suffered a heart-breaking loss to Wauwatosa East in the Division I state championship game at the Kohl Center. This year, they have nothing but revenge on their mind as the Spartans have started out their 2008-'09 campaign with perfect 8-0.
Friday night, BadgerBlitz.com had an opportunity to observe one of the state's top programs in action as Memorial blew out west-side rival Middleton, 74-51.
The following is a breakdown of Madison Memorial's top-ranked team.
Jeronne "The Bull" Maymon
It was a pretty tough night all-around for Marquette bound Jeronne Maymon. Unofficially, Maymon totaled eight points in the contest, but the 6-foot-6, 235-pound power forward saw a box-in-one for most of the night. It was obvious from the get-go that Middleton was focused on taking Maymon out of the game.
Although he was held in check for most of the game, it's obvious why Maymon is the reigning player of the year in Wisconsin. The best comparison for Maymon might be to a bull. He's an absolute beast on the glass and can score at will. It seems as though Maymon has improved his ball handling from a year ago, as well as his vision in the open court.
It was the third-straight game in which 2010 Wisconsin recruit Vander Blue came off the bench to start the game. However, it wasn't long before Blue got into the flow of the contest. Calmly, the junior stepped onto the court with 4 minutes left in the first quarter and drained two 3-pointers. He would follow that up with a thunderous dunk at the end of the first period. From that point on, the Spartans never looked back.
It was another strong performance Friday night for Blue, as he unofficially tallied 14 points. The 6-foot-3 guard was extremely active on the offensive and defensive end of the court and his jump shot looks improved from a year ago. Blue is the complete package and should fit nicely into Bo Ryan's swing offense.
Blue wasn't the only Memorial player to standout this evening. Tre Creamer had an outstanding game in which he totaled 19 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
Creamer is an intriguing prospect. Listed at 6-foot-4, which is a bit of a stretch, Creamer can do it all. He played both guard positions and is a tremendous ball handler. Don't be surprised if you see Creamer land a few scholarship offers throughout the course of the spring and summer. He would be a steal for a school at the mid-major level.
"He's a Freshman"
The Memorial student section was heard chanting, "He's a freshman" for a majority of the night as Junior Lomomba showed an unreal skill set for a 15 year-old during his first season on the varsity level. Saturday morning, someone will glance at tonight's box score and think the lanky frosh may be over-hyped, however, that is far from the case.
Lomomba is all of 6-foot-4, with the wingspan of player who stands 6-foot-8. It will be interesting to see if he continues to grow into his frame. Although he only totaled four points, Lomomba was active with a handful of steals, not to mention he took a couple tough charges. It's truly amazing to see a freshman attempt an ally-op two-hand dunk; with a better pass it would have been the play of the night.
Player to Watch
While arriving early, I popped in on the junior varsity game and could not look past Jarmar Morris from Memorial. Morris, who is listed at 6-foot-4, was a man amongst boys on the sophomore level. Only a freshman, Morris has a similar skill set to Maymon. He's a well-built lefty who is extremely active on the glass and can jump out of the gym. Realistically, Morris could probably give the Spartans quality minutes on the varsity level.
Friday night was the first night I can remember seeing a JV player attempt a drop-step, two-hand dunk from the block. Should Lomomba-who is rumored to be interested in attending Oak Hill Academy-and Morris stay together for the next three years, Memorial is sure to remain a regular at the Kohl Center in March.
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