February 28, 2007

In-state scene: Brighter days ahead for Lucious

Taking a look at the basketball talent in the state of Wisconsin Tuesday night, BadgerBlitz.com watched Michigan State-bound Korie Lucious, who talks about his future and why the Badgers were never really an option. Stay tuned through the WIAA state hoops tournament as we intend to cover many of the state's top prospects, even regardless of their UW leanings.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The dark cloud hovering over the junior season of one of the top players in the state of Wisconsin has begun to settle in recent weeks. But while the past few months of scrutiny and tight analysis for Milwaukee Pius junior Korie Lucious appear to have subsided, the WIAA Division 1 bracket has not allowed him to completely escape his past.

In short, Lucious will face Milwaukee King, the high school where he played varsity basketball his freshman and sophomore seasons, in a regional final Saturday at Milwaukee Vincent. The longer, more publicized story is far deeper with many more characters.

Lucious, one of the more appealing and nationally recognized prospects to come out of the state in recent years has been caught up in a well-documented case of accused high school scandal, involving as many as six student athletes: Korie Lucious, Montrel Clark, Taj Palmer and Marcus McGlothan originally from Milwaukee King, Tyrone Gordon from Milwaukee Custer and Anthony Kuenzi from Greenfield High School. All joined Pius, a private catholic school at the start of this year through open enrollment.

Since then, the allegations have come in bundles. DTA Wisconsin, (Development Through Athletics), led by then-head coach and father of McGlothan, Marty McGlothan, the AAU team of Lucious and the rest of the mentioned athletes, was rumored to have shopped the players to as many as five schools in the area in a package deal headlined by the talented 5-foot-10 point guard. Others have said that Pius head coach Joel Claassen was a key component through the "recruiting" process and that Pius had given illegal use of their gymnasium to DTA players.

Currently, McGlothan and Kuenzi are not on the Pius roster, and an independent investigation by Pius school officials concluded that no evidence of wrongdoing took place.

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