Waseca County News’ All-Area Basketball Teams and Honorable Mentions highlights top men’s basketball players from the Waseca Bluejays, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers and Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Bulldogs.
The season averages read as follows: points per game (PPG), rebounds per game (RPG), assists per game (APG), steals per game (SPG) and blocks per game (BPG). Players are listed in alphabetical order within teams.
Elijah Breck – Senior striker (Waseca)
Season averages: 17.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.6 BPG
After the Bluejays were reset with most of their graduating state championships, Breck stepped in, instantly became a go-to option on a new Waseca team, and finished the year as the Bluejays’ leading scorer. He also used his 6-foot-5 frame to become Waseca’s best rebounder and one of its best defenders near the basket.
Landon Dimler – Second Year Guard (JWP)
Season averages: 24.6 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 4.4 APG, 2.5 SPG, 1.0 BPG
Simply put, Landon Dimler was the fastest growing player among all schools in the region throughout the 2021-22 season. The 6-foot-4 sophomore guard helped the Bulldogs go from a four-game winning season a year ago to a 15-12 record thanks to his on-will scoring ability, while also leading all other statistical categories among all players in the region. The Bulldogs will see many more wins with Dimler and the rest of the sophomore class returning for two more seasons.
Porter Peterson – Senior Guard (NRHEG)
Season averages: 17.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.9 SPG
As a member of a three-headed beast, Porter Peterson not only finished the season as NRHEG’s top scorer, but also as one of the top scorers among all players. Peterson helped score the point in NRHEG’s offense and consistently showed his ability to score from anywhere on the court. He also wasn’t afraid to distribute the ball, as he finished as the Panthers’ assists leader.
Damarius Russell – First Year Guard (Waseca)
Season averages: 14.1 PPG, 2.75 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.1 SPG
Damarius Russell missed a good chunk of time on the pitch with a Bluejays side that got unlucky draws with illness and injury throughout the season. But when the Waseca freshman was on the court, he was more than remarkable with his ability to create shots and provide some overall offensive stability, especially during the playoffs. Russell will be a key figure in the next two seasons of Waseca basketball.
Tyrone Wilson — Main Striker (NRHEG)
Season averages: 15.0 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 2.6 APG, 2.2 SPG
Tyrone Wilson did everything you could on the pitch and he did it well. The senior NRHEG striker not only finished as one of his top scorers by being able to score at will and extend his game beyond the arc when needed, but Wilson was able to utilize his speed , height and athleticism to become one of the best rebounders and defenders. among the actors of the territory.
WCN All-Zone Second Team:
Shaun Hulscher – Senior Guard (Waseca)
Season averages: 9.6 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.7 SPG
Hulscher established himself as one of Waseca’s leaders in the backcourt early on and was one of the Bluejays’ key ball handlers throughout the season, while also being able to provide an attacking spark with his hoop workouts and spotting shots from deep. His athleticism helped him become one of the best rebounders among all players and one of the best playmakers for the Bluejays.
Memphis James – Second Year Guard (JWP)
Season averages: 13.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.9 SPG
Memphis James’ ability to score the ball alongside Dimler provided a nice 1-2 combo for the Bulldogs throughout the season. While Dimler leaned more towards driving to the hoop, James was JWP’s top shooting threat from beyond the arc and finished a team-leading 57 3-pointer on the season. He will play a big part in the Bulldogs’ hunt for playoff success over the next two seasons.
Daxter Lee – Second Year Guard (NRHEG)
Season averages: 13.8 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 2.0 SPG
Daxter Lee has always been able to provide an offensive spark for the Panthers and although not as consistent in scoring as Peterson and Wilson he has more than demonstrated his ability to take control of games which has been highlighted by a game of 40 points, 10 to 3 points. against JWP towards the end of the season. Lee was also active on the glass, was an excellent playmaker and will definitely be one of the best players in the region to return next season.
Parker Link – Main Guard (Waseca)
Season averages: 8.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.0 SPG
On a roster loaded with guarding depth, Link was still able to provide reliable scoring for the Bluejays, while also being one of Waseca’s top playmakers and providing extra help with rebounds. Link was another player who carved out an important role early on and was a key part of Waseca’s backcourt.
Cole Schlueter — Second Year Forward (JWP)
Season averages: 7.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.66 SPG
Even with Dimler and James at the helm to score, Schlueter was still able to carve out a small role offensively while playing close to the paint. Where Schlueter really helped was on the glass after finishing as JWP’s second-best rebounder behind Dimler and fourth-best rebounder among players in the region with nearly six rebounds per game.
Honorable mentions in all WCN regions:
Ryan Kronbach – Second Year Forward (JWP)
Season averages: 4.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG 1.6 APG, 1.3 SPG
While Kronbach’s offensive numbers may not immediately jump out at you, the sophomore forward has provided a much-needed defensive edge and will be a dependable piece among JWP’s young sophomore core in seasons to come.
Jack Olson – Main Striker (NRHEG)
Season averages: 4.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.5 SPG
With Peterson, Wilson and Lee handling most of the scoring for NRHEG, Jack Olson was a dependable piece when it came to getting rebounds and would help the Panthers with the occasional field goal when needed.
Isaac Potter – Senior Striker (Waseca)
Season averages: 5.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.5 SPG
Potter was the only Bluejay to start and play in all 28 games this season as a Waseca ironman, despite the constant battles he had with injury and illness. He was one of Waseca’s best rebounders and was able to help offensively and defensively throughout the season.