Maymon is the Real Deal

With Wisconsin coaches in attendance, Madison Memorial junior Jeronne Maymon puts on a basketball clinic in the first round of the WIAA Division One Playoffs.

MADISON – Regardless of what you may have heard, junior prospect Jeronne Maymon is worth the hype.

Aggressive, athletic and possessing extreme length, Maymon was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring a game-high 28 points in Memorial's 79-63 victory over Lake Geneva Badger in the WIAA Division One State Quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.

Maymon was extremely active playing his position, being aggressive in the post, utilizing solid footwork to gain separation from his defender and finishing the play.

In 10 short minutes of work in the first half, Maymon posted 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting, utilizing his size advantage to get easy buckets in the paint and crafted a smooth 10-footer that was solid every time he shot it.

"He's going to get his," said Badger head coach Forrest Larson about Maymon. "We tried to limit everyone else and we needed to do a better job on everyone else. That's how good he is."

Maymon also showed a keen sense of awareness. With only a few ticks left on the clock, Maymon got the inbounds pass and shot a free-throw lane jumper to turn a three-point lead into a five-point advantage heading into the final quarter.

"That was real important getting that lead back to five points," Memorial head coach Steve Collins said.

But as good his skills were offensively, it was Maymon's stark defensive ability that was one of the more impressive characteristics he showcased.

Maymon used every bit of his 6-foot-6 frame to demoralize the smaller Badgers – blocking eight shots (five in the first half) and used his quickness to steal five passes from Badger's guards.

"We haven't had that many blocks all season," Collins said. "(Jeronne) did a great job."

He even had plenty of time to showcase his vertical, rising over everyone on the court to secure a rebound or even to block an unblockable shot, which was the case when he flew nearly five feet to block a Badger guard's three-point shot.

"That guy should be blocking shots," Larson said. "He's 6-foot-6, athletic and we should have done a better job ball faking. Everything is so much easier said than does against these guys because we have not played against anyone like Maymon."

You can how different an animal the Spartans are when Maymon gets into foul trouble, which is what happened when he picked up his second with 6:02 left in the second. No longer did Memorial have a solid post player on the floor and Badger took advantage, trimming a 12-point Memorial lead down to five at halftime.

"I wasn't expecting him to sit for six minutes but he did a good job and lobbied pretty hard to get back in the game," Collins said. "He kept telling me he wouldn't get fouled."

The only knock on Maymon was his temper, which seemed to get aggravated when a close call didn't go his way or when his teammates failed an assignment.

Other than that, read Maymon's final stat line and you can see why he is one of the most sought after recruits in the state.

Twenty-eight points, 12-for-16 from the floor (4-for-6 from the free throw line), 12 rebounds, eight blocks, five steals and four assists all on his 17th birthday.

Blue Shows Promise

In his first tournament appearance, sophomore Vander Blue held his ground. Although his shooting was not spectacular (5-for-12), Blue did a little bit of everything for the Spartans. He was active in the post (four points, three rebounds), was quick to the basket (drove past two Badger defenders to earn a three-point play), was active defensively (one block, one steal but plenty of deflections) and finished with 13 points.

But one of the more impressive things Blue did was on a miss. With time ticking down in the first half, Blue fired a half court prayer with just a flick of the wrist, drawing iron and missing just off to the left.

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