David Pulizos definitely made his mark on Greendale boys basketball, both this season and throughout his career.
The senior forward racked up 502 points this season for a 21.7 average, one of the top single-season efforts in Panther history, and finished his four years with 1,387 points to overtake former teammate Jordan Perez as Greendale's all-time leading scorer.
'That means a lot,' Pulizos said. 'I played two years with Jordan, and to do what he did is great. He was a team leader and made everyone else better.'
Pulizos put together six games of at least 30 points, highlighted by his career-high 45 points in Greendale's rollicking 121-80 victory over New Berlin West in the regular-season finale.
He was not just a scorer, either, averaging 9.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists and blocking 18 shots as well.
For his strong and consistent play, Pulizos is a member of the 2015-16 Now Newspapers All-Suburban team.
He also earned first-team all-state honors from the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and was the Woodland Conference West Division Player of the Year.
Started as freshman
'He had an amazing senior season and a great career,' coach Ryan Johnsen said of Pulizos.
That career began early because Pulizos was on the Greendale varsity as a freshman.
'At the start of that year, I came off the bench, but I had my first start at a holiday tournament,' he recalled.
He never returned to the bench.
Pulizos could work inside for short shots and putbacks but could also step outside and hit the 3-point field goal. He connected for 50 3-pointers this season and shot a respectable 38 percent from distance.
'I had been playing basketball since the fourth grade,' he said, 'but didn't start shooting 3s until late in my sophomore year. I worked hard at it and it became a tremendous weapon to have.'
Pulizos, like Perez and Josh Michaels before him, benefited from Johnsen's up-tempo offensive system. It is no coincidence that they are three of Greendale's top five all-time scorers.
'We push the ball and go up and down the floor,' Pulizos said. 'We take smart shots, but we try to get quick good looks. It's been fun, and (the three scoring leaders) are a credit to coach Johnsen.'
Going to Whitewater
Pulizos will play college basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater next season.
'It is a great school,' said Pulizos, who plans to major in accounting. 'Pat Miller is a great coach. It should be fun. This keeps me near my friends and family but not too close. Also, the coaches recruited me hard; they really wanted me.'
Considering Pulizos' accomplishments at Greendale, the coaches had good reason for wanting him there.