Averkamp Has Strong Junior Season

Ben Averkamp's junior season at Germantown (Wis.) High School couldn't have gone too much better. The Warhawks won their conference and set a school record for wins and Averkamp was honored by the coaches and writers throughout the state.

A 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, Averkamp averaged 15.8 points per game as a junior and was selected to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association all-state team and the Wisconsin Associated Press all-state second-team.

"Individually some of the honors were a big surprise for me," Averkamp said. "My stats were kind of how I envisioned for the year. Some of the postseason honors I had no idea were coming."

Germantown went 22-2 overall, won the North Shore Conference title and lost to Oshkosh West 66-63 in overtime in the Division I state quarterfinals. The 22 wins broke the school record of 19 set the previous season.

"That was a good result for us, being 22-2," Averkamp said.

Averkamp, who averaged 12 points and 9 rebounds per game as a sophomore when Germantown went 19-4 and won the North Shore Conference, also improved his game as he tries to get ready for college.

"I think I've gotten real good around the basket on post-ups," he said. "I think my jumper is coming along. My 3's aren't quite there yet."

Averkamp has scholarship offers from Saint Louis, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wisconsin-Green Bay and Loyola-Chicago, which offered in February. He said he talks to in-state schools Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wisconsin-Green Bay the most.

Earlier in his junior season, Averkamp claimed interested from Bradley, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and William & Mary. He said Northern Iowa could be close to offering a scholarship.

The 6-7 junior is going to hit the AAU circuit with the Wisconsin Swing this spring and summer.

Having already made a few unofficial visits to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Saint Louis, Averkamp could make a decision on his college destination sooner rather than later. But that is still up in the air.

"My family and I haven't decided yet," he said. "I may play out the first open period and make a decision. I may wait until after the second open period to decide."

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