March 2, 2008

UW continues to show interest in Maymon

Behind a 27-point performance by Jeronne Maymon against previously undefeated Waunakee Saturday night, Madison Memorial (20-2) secured a fifth straight trip to the WIAA Division I state tournament beginning this Thursday at the Kohl Center.

Sunday night, caught up with Maymon, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound forward widely considered one of the top prospects in the state of Wisconsin, regardless of class.

"Some schools that are showing interest are Clemson, Baylor, Iowa, Marquette, Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia, and West Virginia," Maymon said. "The only offers I know about are from Wisconsin-Green Bay, Baylor and I think Iowa State. But, I'm not 100 percent sure about Iowa State."

In late February, Badger head coach Bo Ryan received a verbal commitment from Mike Bruesewitz, a combo forward from Mendota Heights, Minn. With two anticipated scholarships now available to complete the 2009 class, Wisconsin has continued to recruit the in-state star.

"Yeah, Wisconsin is still recruiting me," Maymon said. "Howard Moore is my recruiting coach. I have a good relationship with Coach Moore. We don't talk a lot, but we definitely communicate."

"No schools really stick out as of yet," Maymon continued. "I'm undecided and I really don't have any favorites. I'm probably going to make my decision some time next year, probably after my senior seasons."

A three-year varsity player, Maymon is looking forward to showcasing his skills on the AAU circuit this summer.

"I'm going to be playing with the Wisconsin Gators AAU program," said Maymon, who played last season (Madison Memorial) with current Badger Keaton Nankivil. "I definitely want to get some more interest from schools in the Big 12 conference. I like schools like Kansas State and Kansas."

The three-star prospect, who also plays with Vander Blue, one of the top in-state prospects in the 2010, acknowledged he needs to continue to improve on the defensive end of the court.

"I think my strength is getting the ball down low and finishing," Maymon said. "I think my weaknesses are on the defensive end, I tend to reach a little bit on defense I guess you could say."

Memorial with face Lake Geneva Badger Thursday at 1:35 p.m. on Maymon's 17th birthday as the Spartan's attempt to end Oshkosh's West bid to win three consecutive Division I titles.

2008 Boys State Basketball Tournament

Thursday-Saturday, March 6-8, 2008
Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.


Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 6

Game-1: Madison Memorial vs. Badger - 1:35 p.m.
Game-2: Oshkosh West vs. Germantown - approx. 25 min. following Game #1
Game-3: Bay Port vs. Brookfield Central - 6:35 p.m.
Game-4: Eau Claire North vs. Wauwatosa East - approx. 25 min. following Game #4

Semifinals: Friday, March 7

Game-5: Winner of Game #1 vs. Winner of Game #2 - 6:35 p.m.
Game-6: Winner of Game #3 vs. Winner of Game #4 - approx. 25 min. following Game #5

Championship Game: Saturday, March 8

Game-7: Winner of Game #5 vs. Winner of Game #6 - approx. 35 min. following Div. 3 championship game

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