Some of the state’s best boys basketball teams from Classes C-1 and C-2 were at Grand Island Central Catholic on Friday to compete in the Top 10 Camp.
This is the second of such camps, as Class D was last week.
The highlight of the camp was C-1’s Kearney Catholic, which went 5-0 and capped its day with a one-point victory, 45-44, over Wahoo in the championship game.
Other teams in attendance included Amherst, Auburn, Grand Island Central Catholic, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Milford, Omaha Concordia, Wayne and Yutan.
Here are six seven standouts from the camp:
2024 Auburn guard Maverick Binder
Despite being a bit undersized, Binder looked strong, confident and seemed to be the leader on the court for the Bulldogs, who lose five seniors off a state championship team, including his all-state older brother, Cam. Auburn is definitely going to be a different team with the pieces it’s going to be without next season, but head coach Jim Weeks has a good one to lean on in Binder, who’s going to be only a sophomore.
2023 Wahoo guard Kamron Kasischke
Kasischke only averaged about two points per game last season for Wahoo, but he’s going to have a bigger role for the Warriors moving forward. On Friday, he showed perimeter shooting skills by making 3s and hit some important buckets, one of which was a rebound that turned into a put-back layup to give his team a lead late in the championship game against Kearney Catholic. Kasischke and another standout in this article, Myles Simon, create a really solid 1-2 punch in the backcourt.
2022 Grand Island Central Catholic guard Isaac Herbek
At 6-foot-3, Herbek is a bigger and longer guard, and that caused problems for opponents on Friday. Herbek, who also facilitated the ball well, showed his range with some 3-point makes and a willingness to take contact along the way to the hoop. A member of the state-championship-winning team at Central Catholic this past season, Herbek is going to be one of the leaders for the Crusaders.
2022 Milford guard Jaxon Weyand
The uber-athletic Weyand showed what he can bring to a basketball court on Friday. The Milford guard, who already owns an offer to play basketball from Concordia University, was all over the court creating problems for opponents. What he lacks in height — Weyand is under 6 feet — he makes up for in speed, quickness and a bulldog mentality. Milford had a great regular season this past year, going undefeated at 26-0 before entering the C-1 state tournament as the No. 5 seed. But the Eagles were knocked off in the first round by Omaha Concordia. Weyand, who averaged 18 points last season, and other key members return, though, which makes Milford a team to keep an eye on once again.
2022 Wahoo guard Myles Simon
Simon, a big and strong guard, impressed on Friday. His length was really noticeable on defense when Wahoo went into a 1-3-1 zone with Simon on top — he was hard to get the ball over and quickly bounced from side to side making opponents really work to get a pass through. Offensively, Simon did well driving into the paint and facilitating. Keep in mind Kasischke, too. That combination is going to be tough to handle for Wahoo’s opponents next season.
2022 Grand Island Central Catholic forward Gil Jengmer
Opponents who play Grand Island Central Catholic next season will still have to deal with a Jengmer. With the 6-9 Dei Jengmer graduated, his 6-8 little brother, Gil, now patrols the paint for head coach Tino Martinez’s team. On Friday, Jengmer was double-teamed often, and there weren’t many who could handle his size and strength when he got the ball deep into the post. Other Crusaders will most likely get open looks on the perimeter next season when Jengmer gets doubled, and he’ll need to find his open teammates.
2022 Kearney Catholic forward Brett Mahony
The 6-4 Mahony enjoyed a strong junior campaign last season, averaging 18 points while helping lead Kearney Catholic to the C-1 state tournament. On Friday, Mahony showed he’ll be the No. 1 option again for the Stars. When Wahoo went into its 1-3-1 zone in the championship, Mahony tore it apart. He’d get the ball at the high post and go to work, attacking the zone and getting the ball to the hoop while using stellar footwork. Whether it was with his back to the basket or facing up, Mahony was tough to guard for everyone on Friday, and he made the go-ahead bucket that gave his team the eventual win against Wahoo. Mahony’s had a busy offseason, as he’s a member of Lincoln’s AAU team, 17U National 1, and was putting in work with his football team at the Grand Island Northwest jamboree earlier this week.