Here is a closer look at the 2018-19 All-County Boys Basketball second team:
Andrew Alia, St. Joseph
Stats: 15.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks, shot 51.6 percent (116-of-225) from the field, 77.5 percent (131-of-169) from the free-throw line and 43.3 percent (13-of-30) from 3-point range.
Honors: All-Metro Classic Conference (honorable mention).
Lowdown: The 6-2 freshman had a huge debut season in the loaded Metro Classic Conference, leading the Lancers in scoring and steals and finishing second in rebounding, tied for third in blocks and fourth in assists. … His 131 made free throws led the conference. … Scored in double figures 17 times, including nine games of 20 points or more. … Had a season-high 28 points against Milwaukee Collegiate Academy on Feb. 16.
Coach’s comment: “I think he had excellent teammates that really allow him to showcase his abilities,” St. Joseph coach Brandon Morris said. “I think without his teammates and then obviously the work that he’s put in up until this point ... I think he obviously has a bright future if he continues to get better every single year and put the time in in the offseason.”
Quentin Bolton, Shoreland Lutheran
Stats: 12.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, shot 45.3 percent (101-of-223) from the field, 70.4 percent (38-of-54) from the free-throw line and 32.3 percent (40-of-124) from 3-point range.
Honors: All-Metro Classic Conference (second team).
Lowdown: Like Alia, the 6-4 sophomore emerged as one of the top underclassmen in a loaded Metro Classic Conference. … Led the Pacers in scoring, rebounding and blocks and was third in steals. … Also led the conference in rebounds per game and tied for ninth in 3-pointers made. … Scored 20 or more points three times, including a season-high 23 in a 61-48 win at Waterford on Dec. 20. … Made five 3s and scored 21 points in a 71-69 home victory over rival St. Joseph on Jan. 8.
Coach’s comment: “Quentin’s passion to improve, his work ethic and enthusiasm for the game were very evident,” Shoreland coach Paul Strutz said. “I know he will work hard to continue to develop his skill set.
“As talented as Quentin is as a player, he’s an even better person.”
Joey Michelau, Central
Stats: 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, shot 32.1 percent (18-of-56) from 3-point range.
Honors: All-Southern Lakes Conference (honorable mention).
Lowdown: The athletic 6-5 senior was a big defensive presence inside for the Falcons and also added some scoring punch after becoming a starter following his junior season in a reserve role. … A standout volleyball player, led the team in blocks, was third in rebounding and tied for second in steals. … Tied for second in the SLC in blocks per game. … Scored a season-high 17 points in critical 66-52 win over SLC foe Elkhorn in Paddock Lake on Feb. 16. … Has college interest from NCAA Division III Dominican (Ill.) for basketball and volleyball and from Marian and Concordia for volleyball, as well.
Coach’s comment: “Joey was clearly our most improved player this year,” Central coach James Hyllberg said. “Joey’s size and athleticism allowed us to play multiple defenses throughout the season.
“Joey became a consistent scorer, rebounder and shot blocker. Going from not getting many minutes as a junior to starting and becoming an integral part of our offense was an incredible transformation to watch.”
Kevin Sandman, Wilmot
Stats: 11.8 points, shot 42.1 percent (61-of-145) from 3-point range.
Honors: All-Southern Lakes Conference (honorable mention).
Lowdown: The diminutive 5-9 sophomore guard adjusted to the varsity level and eventually became the leading scorer in the Panthers’ balanced offensive attack. … The sharpshooter led the SLC in 3-pointers made. … Made multiple 3s in 18 games, including 5 in a 20-point effort against Whitnall on Jan. 14 and another five in a 20-point game against Elkhorn on Feb. 15.
Coach’s comment: “Kevin had a productive season,” Wilmot coach Jake Erbentraut said. “It took a little time for him to adjust to the varsity level, but when he did he really blossomed, especially noting he was one of the top shooters percentage-wise for 3-pointers in the state.
“The thing that sticks out with me is while reserved, he has a chip on his shoulder and doesn’t back down from a challenge. We needed that this season.”
Adam Simmons, Central
Stats: 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, shot 50.9 percent (84-of-165) from the field, 61.4 percent (35-of-57) from the free-throw line and 35.6 percent (16-of-45) from 3-point range.
Honors: All-Southern Lakes Conference (second team).
Lowdown: The 6-2 senior was a rock-solid presence next to Jaeden Zackery in the Falcons’ backcourt the last couple seasons. … Tied for second on the team in steals, was third in scoring, fourth in rebounding and tied for fourth in assists. … Scored a season-high 18 points twice, against Warren (Ill.) on Dec. 14 and against Waukesha West on Feb. 8. … Has interest from NCAA Division III and NAIA schools for basketball, but is a standout in the classroom who has multiple academic scholarships to Division I universities.
Coach’s comment: “Adam’s strength and size gave him an advantage over most guards,” Central coach James Hyllberg said. “Adam’s skill set allowed us to use him in a variety of ways. He became a consistent rebounder and hustled on every play.
“Adam is a natural-born leader. Besides his range of skills, Adam’s ability to connect with teammates and his consistent attitude throughout any circumstance makes him a special talent.”
Arlind Zemaj, Indian Trail
Stats: 11.2 points, 4.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, shot 50 percent from the field, 78 percent from the free-throw line and made 30 3-pointers.
Honors: All-Southeast Conference (third team).
Lowdown: The 6-1 senior wasn’t always the flashiest player but did everything on both ends of the floor for the Hawks. … Led the team in 3-pointers made and was third in scoring. … Signature performance came in the Doctors of PT Holiday Classic at Carthage on Dec. 27, when he ran the point and scored 21 points in a 54-53 victory against Central, which was the Falcons’ only loss in the regular season. … Also drained seven 3s and scored a season-high 27 points on Jan. 11 at Racine Horlick. … Is looking at playing at the NCAA Division III level.
Coach’s comment: “He’s one of those guys that it’s hard to win games without a player like him, because he’s so good at so many things,” Indian Trail coach Al Anderson said. “He doesn’t necessarily get the headlines, but you don’t win games without him.”