Throughout his career, Roncalli senior Josh Erickson had always played in the post. An torn ACL by shooting guard Sam Scheer during football changed that.
Erickson, the 2014 HTR Media All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year, filled the void at guard after having been exclusively a center before the season.
With Erickson now playing the two-guard, he went from averaging 6.8 points per game to leading the Olympian Conference with 17 a contest and taking the Jets to within a game of playing for a Division 3 state title.
Erickson was the OC Player of the Year as well as being named an honorable mention all-state selection by the Associated Press.
When asked what caused the dramatic uptick in Erickson’s scoring, Roncalli coach Joe Rux gave a simple answer. He wasn’t asked to last year.
“We had a great point guard last season in Nate Lassila and there weren’t enough points to go around,” Rux said. “Instead, Josh did whatever the team needed. He was really good at being aggressive on the offensive end.”
Now, with the offensive load on his shoulders and a new position, Erickson was able to go and find his shot whenever he wanted.
“Josh is a very strong, diverse kid,” Rux said. “He did a good job of getting to the rim and having an impact on both the offensive and defensive glass.”
Erickson has a very balanced game, averaging 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 39 percent from 3-point.
“At the beginning Josh went through a transition,” Rux said of Erickson’s position change. “He listened really well and as the year went on got better and better.”
Josh Erickson, sr., Roncalli (POY)
An AP All-State honorable mention selection…OC Player of the Year and first team selection…led the OC in scoring at 17 ppg…averaged 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game…shot 48 percent from the floor and 39 percent from 3-point…reached 20 or more points nine times…scored season-high 30 points against Plymouth on Dec. 26
Zack Goedeke, sr., Valders
First team OC…nearly averaged a double-double with 13.1 ppg and 9.6 rpg…shot 57 percent from the floor and 60 percent from the free-throw line…recently agreed to play at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point…reached 20 or more points three times…scored a season-high 22 points against Kiel on Dec. 27…had six double-doubles
Nick Stelzer, sr., Roncalli
Averaged 13.1 ppg, 2.4 apg and 2 steals per contest…named first team OC…shot 73 percent from the FT line and 34 percent from 3…scored season-high 25 points on Feb. 7 against St. Mary Central…on three different occasions scored at least 24 points
Adam Bonk, jr., Manitowoc Lincoln
Led the area in scoring at 19.6 ppg which was also third in the Fox River Classic Conference…shot 40 percent from both the field and 3-PT…broke the 20-point plateau eight times…scored a season-high 34 points Jan. 10 against Green Bay Southwest
Ethan Willman, jr., Two Rivers
Averaged 18.2 ppg, 2.1 apg, 4.2 rpg…second team all-Eastern Wisconsin Conference…shot 80 percent from the FT line, 35 percent from 3-pt and 42 percent from the field…scored season-high 33 on Dec. 6 against Kewaskum…reached 20 points 11 times
Jared Muench, sr., Manitowoc Lutheran
Was second in the OC at 16.9 ppg…second team OC selection…averaged 1.6 apg, 1.9 spg and 4.8 rpg…shot 42 percent from the floor, 37 percent from 3-pt and 79 percent from the line…scored season-high 36 points against Sheboygan Christian on Nov. 19…reached at least 20 points on nine occasions
Carter Voelker, so., Kiel
Named second team EWC…averaged 15.1 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.3 apg…shot 42 percent from the floor, 73 percent from the line and 34 percent from 3-pt…only underclassman to make the boys all-area team…reach 20 points four times…scored a season-high 27 points against New Holstein
Forrest Fenlon, sr., Valders
Shot 77 percent from the line and 34 percent from 3…averaged 12.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2 apg…second team OC…had the best game of his season against Chilton on Jan. 24 with a season-high in points (23) and rebounds (10) for his only double-double
Thomas Schwoerer, jr., Valders
Second team OC…averaged 13.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.1 apg…shot 36 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the FT line…scored season-high 27 against St. Mary Central on Feb. 21…reached 20-point plateau four times
Brock Gilsdorf, sr., Reedsville
Averaged 13.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 apg and 1.6 spg…shot 33 percent from deep and 49 percent from the floor…second team OC…had one double-double on Feb. 13 against Mishicot…scored season-high 27 against Chilton on Dec. 16
Jacob Winkel, sr., Kiel
Honorable mention EWC…averaged 12.8 ppg and 9.2 rpg…shot 51 percent from the field and 61 percent from the line…scored season-high 30 points against Sheboygan Falls on Dec. 17…grabbed a season-high 22 rebounds on Jan. 13 against Howards Grove…had a double-double on seven occasions
Bryce Wenzel, sr., Reedsville
Averaged 11.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 1.5 apg…honorable mention OC…shot 48 percent from the floor…had season-high 29 points and tied season high in rebounds (15) on Feb. 25 against St. Mary Central…had an area best 10 double-doubles among boys players