Neils, Bett earn all-state honors

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

KOLLIN NEILS KOLLIN NEILS Seniors Kollin Neils of Plymouth and Antonio Bett, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, were voted all-state honorable mention by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association for the 2013-14 boys basketball season.

Neils, a 6-foot-2 guard, is on the Division 2 honorable mention team for the second straight year. Bett, a 6-4 forward, is on the D-5 honorable mention squad.

Neils, the Panthers’ alltime leading scorer, was named the Eastern Wisconsin Conference’s Player of the Year and selected All-EWC first team for the third consecutive season.

He had an outstanding overall season as he led PHS in scoring with a 19.2 points-per-game averaged, assists at 3.9 per contest and steals with a 2.1 average. Neils shot 48.1 percent from the field overall, an excellent 43.7 from three-point range (55-for-126) and 79.5 at the free-throw line. He had a 3.9 rebounding average and 10 blocked shots.

ANTONIO BETT ANTONIO BETT “He really doesn’t have any weaknesses for a high school player. His most exceptional strength is threepoint shooting,” said Panther head coach Jason Duff.

“He has a great basketball I.Q., so he knows what’s a good shot and what isn’t. We moved him to point guard after last season because of his ability to handle the ball versus pressure, his court vision and decision-making.

“Kollin sees the whole floor and he has the ability to get the ball where it needs to be on target and on time,” said Duff.

“He can guard the ball because he has good footwork and toughness that he’s developed over the years. I think he used to back down a little bit when he was challenged but he hasn’t done that once in the last two years.

“He’s equally good at guarding off the ball, particu- larly at making it seem like someone is open and then at the last second he jumps the passing lane and gets a deflection or steal,” said Duff.

Bett, an All-Central Lakeshore Conference first-team pick, had an impressive season. He averaged a doubledouble – scoring at a 21.6 clip and pulling down 10.5 rebounds per game.

He hit 40.0 percent overall from the floor and 77.1 percent at the foul line. Bett sank 37 three-point goals.

“Antonio had an incredible year. What I was most impressed with was his ability to lead us as the season went on,” said Resorter head coach Jim Brown.

“I don’t mean with his play but with his attitude. There were many games at the end of the season where he just said we are not losing.

“He is an incredibly hard-working kid. His hard work has paid off for him.

“He works the fundamentals of the shot. He was willing to sit in the gym and do the fundamental stuff over and over,” Brown pointed out.

“I believe Antonio is only the second player to be named all-state for us – Mike Koehler being the other.”

Koehler was named all-state three straight years at Elkhart, including second-team honors in his senior season of 1992-93.

Seniors Jacob Jurss and Tyler Zastrow of Sheboygan Lutheran were named to the D-5 all-state first team. Zastrow was a unanimous choice.

Junior Mason Domask of Waupun from the EWC was voted to the D-3 first team. Isiah Daniels of Campbellsport, an EWC team, earned D-3 honorable mention. Senior Kevin Looney of Milwaukee Hamilton was named Mr. Basketball by the WBCA as the state’s top player. Looney is on the D-1 first team.

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