March is right around the corner and that means the start of postseason basketball is right around the corner as well.
The high school basketball playoffs in Wisconsin actually tipped off Tuesday night with regional quarterfinals taking place, but Green Bay’s trio of highly regarded 2021 recruits won’t start their playoff journeys until Friday night as all three received a bye to the regional semifinals with the regional finals taking place on Saturday. Cade Meyer, Kamari McGee, and Brayden Dailey are all expected to make deep runs into the tournament as each is on a state title contending team in three different divisions.
Meyer, the 6’8” big man from Monroe, averaged a team high 20.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game during the regular season helping the Cheesemakers to a 13-1 overall record. Monroe is ranked #4 in the state in Division 2 in the most recent WisSports.net coaches poll but is the #2 seed in their regional behind Edgerton (20-4), who checked in at #10 in the poll. Monroe is the top ranked team on their side of the bracket with Edgerton being the only other team ranked in the top ten in their way to a state tournament berth.
The Cheesemakers are scheduled to take on #3 seed Evansville on Friday night in Monroe and then will likely face Edgerton on Saturday night in Edgerton with a trip to sectional semifinals on the line.
In Division 3, Kamari McGee and Racine St. Catherine’s are the top ranked team in the state according to WisSports.net and sport a 22-1 record with their lone loss coming back on January 30th, a surprising 65-59 defeat at Greendale Martin Luther. Other than that it’s been pretty smooth sailing for the Angels with 20 of their 22 victories being double digit wins including a 74-18 beatdown of Burlington Catholic Central in their last game this past Thursday.
McGee, the team’s 6’0” point guard, leads the team in rebounds (6.9 per game) and is second on the team in scoring (17.0) and assists (4.3) behind Iowa State commit Tyrese Hunter.
The Angels are the title favorites in Division 3 and will face Shoreland Lutheran in their first playoff game on Friday night followed by either Kenosha St. Joseph or Racine Lutheran in the regional finals. St Cats has defeated all 3 teams twice this season and won by an average of 32.8 points in those 6 games. Oostburg, the #5 ranked team in the state, and Fond du Lac’s Saint Mary’s Springs, the #10 ranked team, are two potential stumbling blocks in St. Catherine’s sectional.
Brayden Dailey and Cuba City are also the top ranked team in the state in their division with the Cubans entering the Division 4 playoffs with a 17-2 record. Dailey is the team’s top scorer (23.8 points) and rebounder (7.3 per game) but those numbers all came in the team’s first 6 games of the season.
Dailey has not played since a 79-53 victory over East Troy back on December 28th, a game in which he suffered a broken wrist that required surgery according to Mark Miller of the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook. His status for the playoffs is unknown but a quick Google search reveals that the recovery time for a broken wrist is usually at least 8 weeks. Cuba City has gone 11-2 in his absence but one of those losses came in their most recent game against Fennimore in the regular season finale.
The Cubans will open the playoffs against #4 seeded Parkview on Friday and then take on either #3 Southwestern or #2 Mineral Point on Saturday night in the regional finals. Ironically, Dailey played his freshman season at Mineral Point before transferring to Cuba City.
Even if Dailey is able to return, the Cubans have a tough road to state with 3 other top ten teams in their sectional including #3 The Prairie School, #7 Randolph, and #10 River Ridge as well as a Fennimore team that tripped them up just last week. Still, with the state’s all-time winningest coach – Jerry Petitgoue – at the helm, Cuba City could be on track to make another return to state.
If any of the three recruits are able to advance to the WIAA state tournament, those games will be played at two different venues this season instead of at the Kohl Center in Madison due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two divisions will play at Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh while the other three divisions will play at the La Crosse Center with those division assignments being decided at a later date.
WIAA postseason basketball is here and it is even more exciting to follow with future Green Bay Phoenix players anticipated to make deep playoff runs.
#1 Racine St. Catherine’s vs #4 Shoreland Lutheran – Friday, 7:00 PM [Stream]
#1 Cuba City vs #4 Parkview – Friday, 7:00 PM [Stream]
#2 Monroe vs #3 Evansville – Friday, 7:00 PM [Stream]
Division 2 bracket (Monroe)
Division 3 bracket (Racine St. Cat’s)
Division 4 bracket (Cuba City)