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Austin Malkowski (Class--2019) 6' 1" Guard Muskego
Austin, who is a multi-sport athlete from Muskego High School, plays football and baseball as well as basketball. As a basketball player, Austin is an athletic guard who is very productive on both ends of the floor and started for the Muskego freshman team this past season. Offensively, he has the ability to score in multiple ways and is a very good perimeter and mid-range shooter but also with the ability to take the ball to the basket with authority. A fundamentally sound player, he handles and passes the ball well and is very aggressive on defense. As a freshman, he had several good scoring outings which included a season high 19 points in a game against Catholic Memorial. Austin will be counted on in a big way with FLASH. Austin had a very good 1st season with FLASH in 2016 as he started all season on the perimeter and was 4th on the team in scoring with 186 points, 3rd on the team in assists with 42 and 3rd on the team in made "3's" with 28. He was a consistent performer all season and has made significant strides as he heads into his sophomore season at Muskego. As a sophomore at Muskego, Austin had a very solid season for the JV Warriors where he played his best basketball the 2nd half of the season, including a 24 point effort in the last game of the season in February. As a sophomore for FLASH, Austin had a very good season building on what he started last season. Unfortunately, he finished his season early as a result of a surgery that forced him to miss the final tournament but finished the season as the 3rd leading scorer with 234 points as well as 3rd on the team with 48 "3's". He certainly would have become only the 4th FLASH player ever to hit over 50 "3's" had he been able to play in the final tournament. Austin had his best tournament in Bolingbrook at the NAYS Nationals in July as he scored in double figures in 6 out of 9 games, scored 119 points and hit 24 "3's" in those 9 games helping to lead FLASH to the Final Four of the tournament. Austin's improvement should help him tremendously as he heads into his junior year at Muskego. As a junior in 2017-18, Austin spent most of the season in the 6th man role and played very well. His 7.4 points per game were 5th on the team in scoring and he also hit 30 "3's" on the season. At a Christmas Tournament in December he had his best game of the season with 16 points and 4 made "3's" against Milwaukee South. Austin is coming into his own and should have a very big year for FLASH in 2018. As a junior in 2018 for FLASH, Austin was once again a starting guard and had a solid season as he was 5th on the team in scoring with 182 points, 4th on the team in assists (48) and 4th on the team in "3's" (30). His statistics only tell part of the story as Austin used his athleticism to impact the game on both ends of the floor.
Zach Paczocha (Class--2019) 5' 9" Guard South Milwaukee
Zach is a multi-sport athlete from South Milwaukee High School where he plays basketball, football, baseball and runs track. He joins FLASH for the 1st time as a junior in 2018. A player with a very high motor, Zach uses his speed and quickness on both ends of the court to his advantage. As a sophomore in 2016-17, Zach was the starting point guard for the Rockets varsity but a football injury as a junior set him back and with a new coach in 2017-18, Zach spent the season coming off the bench as the spark plug type of player that could impact the game on either end of the floor. Zach will bring his talents to FLASH in 2018 and will be a very nice addition to the FLASH roster.In his 1st season for FLASH as a junior, Zach played the role of a back-up point guard for much of the season but was ready and able to step in and start at the point when needed due to conflicts. As a result, he did wind up starting numerous games and had a very solid season as he was 3rd on the team in assists with 56, 5th on the team in "3's" with 20 and 6th on the team in points scored with 147. A very high energy player, Zach used his speed and athleticism to his advantage.
Wes Kwapick (Class--2019) 5' 11" Point Guard Muskego
Wes is a multiple-sport athlete at Muskego High School where he ran JV cross country as a freshman, started at point guard for the JV Warriors as a freshman and will also participate in track and baseball. As a basketball player, Wes had an outstanding season in his 1st ever season as a point guard. With the ability to both score himself and make plays for others, Wes seems to have found his calling as a point guard. His excellent court vision and willingness to make the right pass at the right time helped to make his teammates better which is the goal of every good point guard. A very good athlete, Wes is able to positively impact the game on both ends of the floor and will be a huge impact player for FLASH. Wes was absolutely the impact player that was expected for FLASH in 2016. As the team's starting point guard, he led the team on the floor and also led in scoring, assists, and made "3's". He pushed himself into the top 10 in FLASH history for points in a season (352), scoring average (13.5 points per game), assists (104) and broke the FLASH record for made "3's" with 62. Along with Brandon Wikel, they became only the 2nd tandem of teammates in FLASH history to each dish out 100 or more assists in a single season. As for individual games, he had a season high of 27 points in a game and also tied the FLASH record with 6 "3's" in a game. As a result of his efforts, Wes was named to the "All-FLASH" team in 2016 and should have an outstanding season as a sophomore at Muskego. As a sophomore at Muskego, Wes played at the varsity level all season as a reserve guard. Following his outstanding freshman season for FLASH, Wes certainly had no let down as a sophomore as he came out playing extremely well right from the start of the season. Although he was forced to miss the final tournament of the season due to conflict, Wes continued to show the leadership that makes everyone else around him better and yet put up big numbers himself as he scored 348 points and hit 76 "3's" while dishing out 132 assists and averaging 4.6 assists per game (both assist numbers are 4th on the single season FLASH list). Wes also recorded his 1st 2 career point/assist "double-doubles" in 2017 and along with teammate Zach Lewkowski became the only set of teammates in FLASH history to ever do so in the same season.Wes should have a very good season at Muskego as a junior. As a junior for Muskego in 2017-18, Wes was a starting guard all season and had an excellent season. He scored 223 points and averaged 10.6 points per game (3rd on the team) and hit 47 "3's" to lead the team in that category. He had his best game of the season in the WIAA Regional against West Allis Central when he scored a season-high 25 points and hit 7 "3's" . Wes is poised to have a big year for FLASH as a junior. As a junior for FLASH in 2018, Wes started off the season very well but as the season progressed had more conflicts with his baseball schedule than what he has in past seasons and ultimately helped his Muskego team win the WIAA State Championship. For FLASH, despite having to miss approximately a 1/3 of the season, Wes still wound up 2nd on the team in scoring (246 points), 2nd in made "3's" with 49 and 2nd in assists with 65. He was still as productive as always when he was able to play and FLASH certainly benefited from his talents.He is the 3rd leading career scorer in FLASH history with 946 points and is the top "3 point" shooter with 187 "3's". Wes also moved into the 2nd spot for career double figure scoring games with 53 and he also became only the 4th FLASH player ever to dish out 300 or more assists in his career (301).
Brian Voight (Class--2019) 6' 4" Forward New Berlin Eisenhower
Brian is a dual sport athlete from New Berlin Eisenhower where he plays both basketball and volleyball. In volleyball, Brian competed at the varsity level as a freshman and plays club volleyball for one of the top club teams in Wisconsin, Milwaukee Volleyball Club. As a basketball player, Brian started on a very good Eisenhower freshman team this past season. He is very versatile as with his height, he can clearly be a factor in the post both as a scorer and rebounder. However, his skill set allows him to be an excellent perimeter shooter and passer and will have the opportunity to expand all of his skills with FLASH. An excellent "3 point" shooter, Brian poses real problems for any defense in that he will "stretch" the defense and force them to match up with him on the perimeter. Brian will be counted on to be a big difference maker with FLASH. Brian had a very good year in 2016 both in volleyball and basketball. In volleyball, he led his Milwaukee Volleyball Club to a 3rd place finish as "Nationals" in Dallas, Texas and was named to the "all-tournament" team. For FLASH, he started as the team's "4" all season and was 3rd on the team in points scored with 195 and was one of the team's top rebounders. He was particularly effective as an offensive rebounder extending possessions and giving FLASH 2nd and sometimes 3rd opportunities to score. Like his FLASH teammates, Brian is a very team oriented player and was the perfect fit for FLASH and will take his many talents into his sophomore season at New Berlin Eisenhower. After being named "all-conference" in volleyball as a sophomore, Brian had a very solid season for the Lion's JV basketball team as he juggled his time between club volleyball and high school basketball and will be heavily counted on again with FLASH. In his 2nd season with FLASH, Brian continued to be a solid all-around performer who was regularly counted on to do a bit of everything on the floor. Whether it was scoring, rebounding or making plays defensively, Brian was consistently effective as a starter all season.
Zach Lewkowski (Class--2019) 6' 3" Guard South Milwaukee
Zach, who is new to FLASH in 2017, is a "basketball-only" athlete from South Milwaukee High School where he was a starter for the Rocket's varsity all season as a sophomore. Zach is a very complete player who has the ability to play all three perimeter positions but is most comfortable on the wing. A proven scorer, as a sophomore for South Milwaukee, he scored in double figures 14 times and averaged 10.5 points per game as the 2nd leading scorer on the team. He also hit a team-high 52 "3's" for the Rockets which places him in the top 3 for any FLASH player on the varsity level in the 13 year history of FLASH. His best game of the season was a 22 point effort in January in which he hit 6 "3's" (tied for 2nd for any FLASH player at the varsity level). As a result of his outstanding high school season, he was named Honorable Mention All-Conference in the Woodland Conference. With an obvious ability to shoot the ball and score, Zach also sees the floor very well and is an effective passer who makes those around him better. Due to his excellent hands and ability to anticipate, he can be very effective on the defensive end of the floor as well. He is productive on both ends of the floor and is an excellent team player. This combination will make him a great fit with FLASH and will make him a great addition to the FLASH roster.
In his 1st season with FLASH in 2017, Zach had an outstanding season as he became the 1st FLASH player ever to score more than 400 points (446) and dish out more than 100 assists (124) in a single season. His 446 points led the team in scoring and are the 3rd highest single-season point total in FLASH history. He also became the 1st non-point guard for FLASH to ever record a point/assist "double-double" with an 18 point/10 assist effort in April. In that same tournament, he also broke the FLASH record for "3's" in a game with 8 while scoring 36 points in that game (the 2nd highest single game in FLASH history). Zach went on to record a 2nd point/assist "double-double" in July with a 25 point/10 assist game and along with teammate Wes Kwapick, became the 1st set of teammates ever to each record a point/assist "double-double" in the same season. Zach also finished the season with a remarkable 88 "3's" to break the FLASH single season record of 62. As a result of his outstanding season, Zach was named to the "All-FLASH" team in 2017 and should be poised to have an excellent season at South Milwaukee as a junior. As a junior at South Milwaukee, Zach adjusted to a new coach and a different style but still scored 255 points and averaged 11.6 points per game (2nd on the team in both categories). He scored in double figures 13 times and led the team in made "3's" with 39. Zach had his best game of the season in January with a high school career-high 27 points and 6 made "3's" against New Berlin West. There are very big expectations of Zach for the 2018 FLASH season. After an outstanding 1st season for FLASH in 2017, Zach didn't disappoint in 2018 as he became only the 2nd player in the 14 year/23 season history of FLASH to lead his team in every statistical category that we keep. His 527 points were the 2nd most in FLASH single season history and his 14.2 point per game average was 7th in FLASH history. The only FLASH player to ever hit 80 or more "3's" in a season with his FLASH record 88 in 2017, Zach hit 83 more in 2018 as he focused on taking the ball to the basket more often (73 made FT's--7th in FLASH history and 75% from the FT line--10th in FLASH history). He had a team season-high 30 points in a game at the National Summer Classic in Waukegan in August. Zach also dished out 133 assists (the 5th most in FLASH history and the most ever by a non-point guard) while averaging a team-high 3.6 assists per game. For the 2nd consecutive season, Zach scored more than 400 points, dished out more than 100 assists and hit more than 80 "3's"--a statistical combination that no other FLASH player has ever accomplished in 23 seasons. His 150 points in the 7 games in Waukegan in August marked a record 3rd time in his FLASH career that he scored 100 or more points in a weekend. This has only been done by 5 players in FLASH history but only one other player has done so more than once. Zach became the 2nd leading career scorer in FLASH history with 973 points and is also 2nd in made career "3's" with 171. He became only the 3rd player in FLASH history to score in double figures in 50 or more games and moved into the 6th spot on the career assist list with 257.A very complete player, Zach showcased all of his skills in 2018.
Joey Kalski (Class--2019) 6' 1" Wing Oak Creek
Joey, who is a multi-sport athlete from Oak Creek High School where he plays basketball and volleyball as well as participates in track, is a talented athlete who benefits tremendously from his aggressive nature. As a basketball player, Joey, who started for the freshman Knights, has the skill set to be a very good perimeter player as he has the ability to shoot the ball well but also can handle and pass the ball effectively. One of his biggest strengths is his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. Whether taking the ball strong to the basket, working hard on defense or battling for loose balls and rebounds, Joey will not back down from anyone and that aggressive nature will make him a very nice addition to the FLASH roster. In 2016, Joey was usually the 1st player off the bench for FLASH but was really more like a "6th starter" as he was very productive in his role and was 5th on the team in scoring with 185 points while also shooting 83% from the FT line--good for 2nd on the FLASH single season list. Joey brought an aggressive style of play to both ends of the floor and helped give FLASH a necessary "edge". He should have a very solid season at Oak Creek. During his sophomore season at Oak Creek, Joey started at the JV level while also spending time with the Knight's varsity. In his 2nd season with FLASH, Joey continued his role as the "6th man" for much of the season and did it well. Whether on the offensive end as a scorer, passer or rebounder, Joey was an effective player. On the defensive end of the floor, Joey's aggression made him a highly productive defender and a player that could always be counted on. He should have a very productive season as a junior at Oak Creek. Joey was a reserve at the varsity level for Oak Creek as a junior where he used his aggressive style to impact games on both ends of the floor.Joey was a key reserve for FLASH in 2018 and gave FLASH an aggressive player off the bench who could play both on the perimeter or occasionally in the post. He had a season-high 22 points in a game in Waukegan in August.
Zach Nytsch (Class--2019) 6' 5" Post Oak Creek
Zach is a multi-sport athlete at Oak Creek High School where he plays both basketball, volleyball and baseball. As a basketball player, he started for the freshman team and had a very solid season on both ends of the floor. A player with many strengths, Zach can be a serious threat as a scorer on offense both in the post and with the ability to step out and hit the perimeter shot. Defensively, he has excellent instincts and sees the floor well giving him the opportunity to be in good defensive position to help his teammates which as a post player, is often the last line of defense. With his size, strength and athleticism, Zach is very good rebounder on both ends of the floor and his overall game will be a very welcome addition to the FLASH roster. Zach was the perfect compliment to a talented group of players with FLASH in 2016 as he was one of the team's best rebounders and post defenders and did the little things that may not always show up in a box score but will help win games. He did a great job of rebounding on the defensive end to finish the opponent's possessions and also extended FLASH possessions with his offensive rebounding. His hard work will help him as he heads into his sophomore season at Oak Creek. Zach was a starter all season for the Oak Creek JV team while also spending time with the Knight's varsity. As a sophomore with FLASH, Zach had an outstanding season as he became a very serious post presence on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he was 4th on the team in points scored (195) and was an excellent passer out of the post which helped to ignite the record breaking "3 point" shooting of this team. Zach also joined in the "3 point" numbers himself with 15. However, he did a great job of rebounding on both ends of the floor and was one of the best help defenders on the team.Zach should be in great position to have a very good year at Oak Creek. As a junior at Oak Creek in 2017-18, Zach was a starting post all season and was 2nd on the team in scoring with 197 points and an 8.6 point per game average. He also hit 24 "3's" and had his best game of the season with a 19 point effort against Racine Case in February. Zach should have a big season for FLASH in 2018. Zach had an excellent season in 2018 for FLASH as he continued to be a very solid post presence on a perimeter oriented team. An excellent rebounder on both ends of the floor in 2018, Zach really was a force in the lane. However, Zach also dramatically improved his own perimeter shooting as he went from hitting 6 "3's" in 2016 to 15 in 2017 and a career-high 41 "3's" in 2018. Zach continued to show tremendous improvement in his all-around game.
Brandon Wikel (Class--2019) 6' 0" Guard Muskego
Brandon joins FLASH as a multi-sport athlete from Muskego High School where he plays basketball, football and baseball. In basketball, Brandon competed at the freshman level this past season for the Warriors and has the skill set to play the "2" guard spot but also has the flexibility to play the point if necessary. He sees the floor well and is a smart player who can shoot from the perimeter as well as take the ball to the basket. His ability to handle and pass the ball well helps make teammates better. Defensively, he uses his athleticism to be an aggressive perimeter defender who can and will force turnovers. Brandon's overall game will be a nice addition to the FLASH roster. Brandon had an outstanding season for FLASH in 2016 as a starter all season at the "2 guard" position. Along with teammate Wes Kwapick, the two became only the 2nd set of teammates in FLASH history to each record 100+ assists in a single season as Brandon dished out 101 assists. He became only the 7th FLASH player to ever record 100+ assists in a season but became the 1st non-primary ballhandler to achieve this accomplishment. He was also 2nd on the team in both points scored (222) and made "3's" (31) and was one of the team's top perimeter defenders due to his athleticism and aggressive work ethic. His continual improvement this season will certainly help him as he goes into his sophomore season at Muskego. Brandon started for the Warrior's JV team as a sophomore and had a solid season. Brandon's 2nd season with FLASH coincided with his 1st year playing on a travel baseball team that played in tournaments all over the country. As a result, Brandon was forced to miss a number of games in the summer and he was certainly missed when he wasn't available. Regardless, Brandon had a very good season for FLASH and despite missing half of the season's games, he still managed to finish 3rd on the team in assists with 63 and assist average with 3.5 assists per game. Brandon had a very good start to the season in the spring and then missed games in the summer but did everything he could to be at as many games as possible. From that standpoint, in July, Brandon played a baseball tournament in Indiana and drove 7 and a half hours to make it for the final FLASH game of a tournament in Kimberly. This is clearly an example of dedication. He also was able to play in the final tournament of the season in Waukegan where he played very well and scored in double figures in 4 out of the 6 games while recording 22 assists. As a junior, Brandon decided to focus on baseball and did not play high school basketball but he returns to FLASH for his junior season and will be expected to pick up where he left off last season as a very productive perimeter player both offensively and defensively.After not playing high school basketball in the 2017-2018 season, FLASH welcomed Brandon back to the team in 2018 as he is a very aggressive player who doesn't back down from anyone. An excellent perimeter defender, Brandon can be a real difference maker on the defensive end of the floor. Offensively, he is the type of player who can contribute in multiple ways but his biggest strength is his ability to see the floor and make the right pass at the right time as he makes those around him better. Brandon was off to a solid season in the spring before an injury knocked him out for the summer portion of the season. His all-around play and aggressive nature were certainly missed.
Hudson Hughes (Class--2019) 6' 5" Post Greendale
Hudson, who is a basketball-only athlete at Greendale High School, has been playing basketball for only 3 years and made significant strides this past season on the Panther's freshman team. With the height and athleticism to be a presence around the basket, Hudson has also shown the work ethic and agility to get up and down the floor both offensively and defensively. Despite his lack of experience in playing basketball, Hudson has continued to show improvement and is expected to be a major contributor with FLASH. A very hard worker, Hudson's game will continue to develop both physically and mentally and he will become a very solid post presence both for FLASH and Greendale. He will be a nice addition to the FLASH roster. Hudson continued to show dramatic improvement all season long for FLASH with his athleticism in the post. He figured into the team's success both as a scorer and especially as a rebounder on both ends of the floor. His continual progress will be counted on during his sophomore season at Greendale. Despite missing significant time with a foot injury, Hudson came back to have a very solid season as a starter for the Panther JV team as a sophomore. In his 2nd season with FLASH, Hudson really showed tremendous progress and improvement as he became a much more consistent player on both ends of the floor. He was 5th on the team in points scored (169) and was one of the team's best rebounders all season. With his size and athleticism, Hudson has the potential to be a real "game changer" and this FLASH season began to show that potential. He should have a very good season at Greendale as a junior. As a junior at Greendale, Hudson was a reserve post and although he didn't receive the level of minutes he had hoped for, he will be expected to come into the FLASH season and be a very serious post presence in 2018.Hudson, after a frustrating high school season as a junior, stepped into a starting role with FLASH in 2018. He had a solid season as the team's 5th leading scorer as well as a a very good rebounder on both ends of the floor. A very athletic post, Hudson flashed that athleticism on numerous occasions.
Brad Greish (Class--2019) 6' 4" Forward Oak Creek
Brad, who plays both basketball, volleyball and golf at Oak Creek High School, was a starter on the Knight's freshman basketball team this past season. A smart player, Brad has a knack for doing the "little things" that help to win games. Whether it be coming up with a big rebound, deflecting a pass on defense or making the right play at the right time on either end of the floor, Brad has the ability to help his team in multiple ways. He can and will always be counted on to give maximum effort that helps lead to team success. Brad will be a very nice addition to FLASH. Brad had a very solid season for FLASH in 2016 as a productive player off the bench who could both score and rebound. He showed consistent improvement throughout the season and should certainly benefit from the experience as he heads into his sophomore season at Oak Creek. As a sophomore, Brad started for the JV team at Oak Creek. Brad had a very solid 2nd season with FLASH as a reserve in the post where he developed a very nice touch around the basket. Also, a solid rebounder on both ends of the floor, his work ethic and ability to fit into his role have made him a very productive player with FLASH. As a junior in 2017-2018, Brad was a reserve post player at Oak Creek and will be expected to step in a be a contributor with FLASH in 2018.For FLASH in 2018, Brad had a very solid season as the 1st post off the bench and was a big contributor on both the offensive and defensive glass. His hustle and hard work were a real positive aspect of his game for FLASH.