Sandro Mamukelashvili, Bucks forward (UP ⬆️)
What a summer it was in Las Vegas at the NBA Summer League for Mamukelashvili. Not only did the Bucks forward average 17 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in Vegas, but Mamukelashvili was also a first-team selection for the NBA 2K23 All-Summer League squad. Mamukelashvili is on a two-way contract with the Bucks and his performances this summer bode well for his chance to have Milwaukee consider a full roster spot for him as the offseason carries along. The second-year player out of Seton Hall had individual games in Las Vegas where he had 18 points and 15 rebounds and another contest where he scored 29 points and plucked nine boards. Milwaukee's first-round pick, MarJon Beauchamp, was the main headliner for the Bucks but it was Mamukelashvili who stole the show.
Devin Williams, Brewers reliever (UP ⬆️)
Williams has been sensational for Milwaukee and entering the break the king of the airbender has gone 26 straight appearances without allowing a run. On Tuesday night, the righty threw a scoreless seventh inning in the MLB All-Star Game. While Williams wasn't the only Milwaukee player to be named to the squad, he was the only Brewers player to appear in the game and he represented the 414 well. The one-two punch of Williams and Josh Hader out of the bullpen is arguably the best in baseball and amidst the struggles Hader has had, Williams has been sharp as a tack and continues to fool hitters at the plate.
Josh Hader, Brewers closer (DOWN ⬇️)
Hader was impossible to hit the first three months of the season but this recent stretch has been anything but dominant. In his first 27 appearances this year, the flame-throwing lefty yielded 11 total hits. In his last six outings, Hader has given up 12 earned runs and has given up at least one run in five of his last six trips to the mound. This is hopefully just a brief hiccup for Hader who has otherwise been one of the best closers in baseball since he took over the role in Milwaukee in 2018. The All-Star break may prove to be a perfect buffer for Hader to click the reset button and get back to his dominant self.
Braelon Allen and Chez Mellusi, Badgers running backs (UP ⬆️)
It should come as no surprise that Wisconsin running backs are taking headlines with the regular season on the horizon. The Badgers have been a running back factory for over a decade now and this year appears to be no different. Both Allen and Mellusi were named to the Doak Walker Award watch list and the former could even sneak some Heisman Trophy votes in with a dominant season. Allen is coming off a freshman season where he ran for 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns on 186 attempts.
Joey Wiemer, Brewers prospect (UP ⬆️)
Wiemer drove in a run in the MLB Futures Game on Saturday in Los Angeles and the nod to be a member of the game was more than deserved. Wiemer has torn it up in Biloxi this summer, hitting 15 homers and posting 45 RBI. Speed isn't an issue for Wiemer as he's stolen 23 bases as well for the Shuckers. Keep the good vibes rolling, Joey!