Every Wednesday, FOX Sports Wisconsin takes a look at which athletes’ stock is trending up and whose is trending down.
In other words, who is making a meteoric rise, and who is quickly plummeting.
With that in mind, let’s “take stock” of the current sports scene in Wisconsin, shall we?
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward
Yes, we admit it is getting a bit repetitive to keep putting Antetokounmpo here. But beyond Giannis’ spectacular statistical week — in three games he averaged 29.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting 59.1 percent from the field (not to mention his career-high 39-point game against Washington), he is getting serious All-Star Game consideration and some think he should even be a starter. Antetokounmpo would be the first Milwaukee All-Star since Michael Redd in 2003-04 and if he gets a starting nod, he’d be the first Bucks player to do so in 30 years, when Sidney Moncrief started in the 1986 game.
Monroe hasn’t complained about being in a reserve role this season, perhaps because he’s been playing well off the bench, especially recently. In Milwaukee’s win over Washington this past week, he had 12 points and 11 rebounds and was an incredible plus-29. He followed that up with a season-high 16 points in a loss to the Wizards. Monroe made a combined 12 of 17 shots (70.6 percent) in those two games.
Jonathan Villar, Brewers infielder
Villar led the majors in stolen bases and he isn’t slowing down in the offseason. While playing for Aguilas Cibaeñas of the Dominican League, Villar did his best Jackie Robinson impersonation and pulled off a straight steal of home. This kind of risk might give Craig Counsell a few gray hairs, but it is always a sight to behold when pulled off successfully.
The Green Bay linebacker had been trending down for a while, thanks in part to some nagging injuries — but against Minnesota, Matthews was all up in quarterback Sam Bradford’s face. Matthews had a sack, in which he also forced a fumble, and three quarterback hurries against the Vikings. He also had three tackles and two passes defensed. A healthy — or at least productive — Matthews can go a long way in assisting Green Bay’s playoff aspirations.
Nigel Hayes, Badgers forward
Admittedly, Wisconsin’s two games this past week weren’t exactly against powerhouse competition (Florida A&M and Rutgers), but Hayes continued a recent trend which is good news for himself and the Badgers. Hayes made 8 of 12 shots (66.7 percent) in those games, giving him six straight contests in which he has made at least half his shots (he did that just three times in Wisconsin’s first eight games). Hayes owns a field-goal percentage of 48.5 percent, a far cry from his abominable 36.8 percent last season.
Mirza Teletovic, Bucks forward
What comes up, must come down. A week after being in our “up” section, Teletovic made just 1 of 13 shots in the two games he played in last week and missed all nine of his 3-point attempts. Such is the life of an outside shooter.
Ty Montgomery, Packers running back
One week after having one of the best games for a Green Bay running back ever, Montgomery rushed for just 23 yards on nine carries, with a long of 6 yards.