The CzarPI Explained

The CzarPI, rhymes with RPI, short for The Czar's Power Index, is an advanced RPI calculation used to evaluate teams across the state of Minnesota.  A team's CzarPI value represents the percentage of their season performance compared to a perfect season.  This allows the CzarPI to be a consistent barometer across seasons for historical comparison.

Some fundamental principles of The CzarPI
  • A winless team has a CzarPI of 0.  Wins are ultimately what determines if team A is better than team B so if a team loses, their value cannot be determined.
  • Wins against non-MSHSL teams are not counted as the quality of the win cannot be quantified and this is a comparison of teams playing in the state tournament series.  However, based on the first principle, losses are counted.
    Note: Starting with the 2014-15 season, losses against non-MSHSL teams are no longer counted.  This means that all non-MSHSL games are ignored.
  • Teams with equal records are ordered by the quality of their wins vs their schedule results.
  • The CzarPI is based only on the games played, not games to be played in the future. 
  • The CzarPI will not wash your dog, find the lost city of Atlantis, cure world hunger or fix my morbid obesity.  Like all computerized rankings that do not include a human factor, this ranking should only be as 1 tool of many to evaluate a team.
Some fundamental differences between The CzarPI and the QRF
  • The QRF only takes into account wins and doesn't account for losses when determining the value for a specific game (iQRF).  The full QRF is an average across all games played so losses do count there.  The CzarPI takes into account wins and losses for an individual game and also averages per game results.
  • The QRF only counts opponents wins.  That means a team with 22 wins against a great schedule is treated the same as a team with 22 wins against a weak schedule.  (Note: In 2013-14, it appears the QRF now includes opponent's opponent's wins with a class value).  The CzarPI takes into account the opponents record, the opponents opponents record and the opponents opponents opponents record.
  • The QRF uses class differential.  I agree that class differential can be a valuable criteria when evaluating any game.  However it is my opinion that is not equal statewide.  For example, a class AA team in the metro where there are many private schools with kids from a large area vs a AA public school in the outstate is a major difference.  Therefore, I do not include it in the CzarPI.  
  • Margin of Victory was included in the QRF until the 2011-12 season but is no longer in use.  I also feel that criteria was far too subjective to be used blindly by a calculation so I have never included it in the CzarPI.

Section Maps

MSHSL maps for the location of each team in each section or class
All Class AAll Class AAAll Class AAAAll Class AAAA
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Mr. Basketball Winners

Read more about the history of the award on Wikipedia.



Minnesota's Mr Basketball Winners
YearWinnerThe Finalists
2017McKinley Wright (Champlin Park)Trae Berhow (Watertown-Mayer)
Brad Davison (Maple Grove)
Jordan Horn (Tartan)
Theo John (Champlin Park)
Issac Johnson (Minneapolis North)
Goanar Mar (De La Salle)
Tywhon Pickford (Maple Grove)
Nate Reuvers (Lakeville North)
Jericho Sims (Cristo Rey)
2016Amir Coffey (Hopkins)Johnny Beeninga (Wayzata)
Brock Bertram (Apple Valley)
Michael Hurt (Rochester John Marshall)
Steffon Mitchell (Shakopee)

Final 5 with Czar Commentary
2015JT Gibson (Champlin Park)Sacar Anim (De La Salle)
Bjorn Broman (Lakeview Christian)
Jarvis Johnson (De La Salle)
Marshawn Wilson (Hill-Murray)
2014Tyus Jones (Apple Valley)Wheeler Baker (Osseo)
Brian Goodwin (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa)
J.P. Macura (Lakeville North)
Reid Travis (De La Salle)
2013Quinton Hooker (Park Center) Anders Broman (Lakeview Christian)
Riley Dearring (Minnetonka)
Aaron Lien (Moorhead)
Graham Woodward (Edina)

Final 5 with Czar Commentary
2012Siyani Chambers (Hopkins)Joey King (Eastview)
Sanjay Lumpkin (Benilde-St. Margaret's)
Johnny Woodard (Duluth East)
Isaiah Zierden (Benilde-St. Margaret's)

Czar Commentary on Final 5
2011Joe Coleman (Hopkins)

Lucas Brown (Roseville)
Shelby Moats  (Waconia)
Kyle Noreen (Minnesota Transitions)
Jake White (Chaska)

Final 20 + Czar Commentary on Final 5
2010Kevin Noreen (Minnesota Transitions)Marshall Bjorklund (Sibley East)
Trevor Gruis (Ellsworth)
Dyami Starks (Duluth East)
Jacob Thomas (Columbia Heights)

Czar Commentary on Final 5
Final 25
2009Royce White (Hopkins) Mike Bruesewitz (Henry Sibley)
Raymond Cowles (Hopkins)
Sam Dower (Osseo)
Jordair Jett (St. Bernard's)

Final 15
2008Jordan Taylor (Benilde-St. Margaret's)Jared Berggren (Princeton)
Michael Floyd (Cretin-Derham Hall)
Cody Schilling (Ellsworth)
Anthony Tucker (Minnetonka)

Final 20
2007Blake Hoffarber (Hopkins)Cole Aldrich (Bloomington Jefferson)
Noah Dahlman (Braham)
Trevor Mbakwe (St. Bernard's)
Alex Rubin (Robbinsdale Armstrong)

Final 20
2006Isaiah Dahlman (Braham)Cory Johnson (Duluth East)
Cameron Rundles (De La Salle)
Bryce Webster (St. Thomas Academy)
Ryan Wittman (Eden Prairie)

30 Nominees
2005Travis Busch (Mounds View)Travis Bledsoe (De La Salle)
Ray Brown (Richfield)
Travis Brown (Richfield)
Urule Igbavboa (Tartan)
Josh Vaughan (Braham)

30 Nominees, 15 Semifinalists
2004Spencer Tollackson (Chaska)Ryan Amoroso (Burnsville)
Eric Coleman (Tartan)
Mitch Henke (Hopkins)
Everette Pedesclaux (Robbinsdale Armstrong)

20 Nominees
2003Kris Humphries (Hopkins)Dan Coleman (Hopkins)
Kevin Henderson (Minneapolis North)
Lawrence McKenzie (Minneapolis Henry)
Kammron Taylor (Minneapolis North)
Eric Webb (Grand Rapids)
2002Stephen King (Holy Angels)Jeff Halbert (White Bear Lake)
Mike Keating (Cretin-Derham Hall)
Zerek Knight (Minneapolis Henry)
Terry Pettis (Minneapolis Henry)
2001Rick Rickert (Duluth East)Alan Anderson (De La Salle)
Eric Crawford (Tartan)
Moe Hargrow (St. Paul Highland Park)
Tim Theis (Shakopee)
2000Adam Boone (Minnetonka)Alex Carlson (Litchfield)
Johnnie Gilbert (Minneapolis Henry)
Jake Sullivan (Tartan)
Tony Travis (Minneapolis Henry)
1999Nick Horvath (Mounds View)Troy Bell (Holy Angels)
Nick Jacobson (Roseville)
Ben Johnson (De La Salle)
Shane Schilling (Minnetonka)
1998Joel Pryzbilla (Monticello)
Darius Lane (Totino-Grace)
Mark Buri (Trinity)
Ryan Iverson (Eden Prairie)
Josh Ziemke (Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton)
1997Khalid El-Amin (Minneapolis North)Greg Buth (Edina)
Jared Nuness (Hopkins)
Joe Snowden (Roseville)
Jabbar Washington (Minneapolis North)
1996Mitch Ohnstad (Faribault)Russ Archambault (Sartell)
Javier Collins (St. Thomas Academy)
Luke Jimenez (Redwood Valley)
Jamie Swenson (New London-Spicer)
1995Robert Mestas (Minneapolis Roosevelt)Nathan Holmstadt (Monticello)
Blaine Joerger (Staples-Motley)
Brady Larson (St. Francis)
James Ware (Hopkins)
1994Sam Jacobsen (Park of Cottage Grove)Jeff Ellens (Cretin-Derham Hall)
Marlon McCoy (St. Agnes)
Nate Pelowski (Chaska)
Justin White (Hopkins)
1993Skipp Schaefbauer (Elk River)Bryan Doughty (Anoka)
Arvesta Kelly (Cretin-Derham Hall)
John Thomas (Minneapolis Roosevelt)
Jake Voit (Duluth East)
1992Bret Yonke (Eagan)Darren Dearring (De La Salle)
Sly Johnson (St. Paul Central)
Chad Weeks (Blaine)
Trevor Winter (Slayton)
1991Joel McDonald (Chisholm)Mike Amos (Hopkins)
Brian Carpenter (Minneapolis Washburn)
Jeff Nordgaard (Dawson-Boyd)
Donald Phillips (Minneapolis Roosevelt)
1990Chad Kolander (Owatonna)John Brownfielde (Minnetonka)
Prentiss Perkins (Minneapolis Henry)
Mike VanDenGarde (Bloomington Jefferson)
Russell Wilson (Minneapolis South)
1989Tom Conroy (DeLaSalle)Stewart Cramer (Osseo)
Dana Grimsrud (Rushford)
Juriad Hughes (St. Paul Central)
Jason Johnson (Armstrong)
1988Derek Reuben (Minneapolis North)Mark Arzdorf (Blaine)
Jason Garrow (Marshall)
Bob Martin (Apple Valley)
Mike Polomny (Park Center)
1987Kevin Lynch (Bloomington Jefferson)Dan Bannister (Minneapolis North)
Michael Dearing (St. Paul Central)
Jeff Wirtz (Blaine)
David Zollar (Duluth East)
1986Steve Schlotthauer (Mounds View)Mike Alaspa (Columbia Heights)
Rod Grosse (Irondale)
Mike Hilley (Fergus Falls)
Sam Skarich (St. Cloud Tech)
1985Brett McNeal (Minneapolis North)Peter Anderson (Duluth East)
Damon Dragotis (De La Salle)
Larry Ogden (White Bear Lake)
Joe Regnier (White Bear Lake)
1984Tim Hanson (Prior Lake)Joe Geiger (New Prague)
Tery Kuechle (Armstrong)
Greg Lawson (Blaine)
Paul Westby (Pelican Rapids)
1983Tom Copa (Coon Rapids)Mark Dusbabeck (Faribault)
Keith Hasselquist (Chisago Lakes)
Kevin Treanor (Coon Rapids)
Paul VanDenEide (Willmar)
1982Robb Shelquist (Irondale)Dave Dahlke (Chaska)
Brad Dudek (Duluth East)
Harlan Hill (Minneapolis North)
Tom McDonald (Chisholm)
1981Redd Overton (Minneapolis North)Brian Amman (Richfield)
John Anderson (St. Louis Park)
Todd Anderson (Armstrong)
Barry Wohler (Bird Island-Lake Lillian)
1980Jim Petersen (St. Louis Park)David Gilreath (Marshall U)
Brian Hansen (Duluth East)
Chad Sheets (Moorhead)
Rickey Suggs (St. Paul Central)
1979Randy Breuer (Lake City)
Greg Downing (Duluth Central)
Ben Coleman (Minneapolis North)
Todd Swanson (Rocori)
Mark Wackler (Howard Lake-Waverly)
1978Jim Jensen (Bemidji)Steve Nett (Winona Cotter)
Tim Olson (Orr)
Ted Struger (Fridley Grace)
Bob Winzenburg (Fairmont)
1977Brian Pedersen (Prior Lake)Buck Easterling (Duluth Central)
Andre Griffin (Minneapolis Central)
Tim Wahl (Minneapolis Southwest)
Gary Wolters (Little Falls)
1976Kevin McHale (Hibbing)Greg Boone (Minneapolis Central)
Ronnie Henderson (Marshall U)
Steve Lingenfelter (Bloomington Jefferson)
Doug Pederson (Prior Lake)
1975Gene Glynn (Waseca)Rockne Johnson (Duluth East)
Kevin Mulder (Renville)
Bill Thompson (Mankato West)
Frank Wachlarowicz (Little Falls)

Minnesota Player Rankings

2017
Jericho Sims (Cristo Rey)
#48 Scout.com
#48 247Sports
#54 Rivals.com
#67 ESPN

Nate Reuvers (Lakeville North)
#51 247Sports
#68 Scout.com
#84 Rivals.com
#86 ESPN

Brad Davison (Maple Grove)
#92 Rivals.com
#94 Scout.com
#108 247Sports

Theo John (Champlin Park)
#110 247Sports
#129 Rivals.com

McKinley Wright (Champlin Park)
#148 Rivals.com
#165 247Sports

2018
Tre Jones (Apple Valley)
#21 247Sports
#23 Rivals.com
#25 Scout.com

Race Thompson (Robbinsdale Armstrong)
#71 Scout.com
#82 Rivals.com
#106 247Sports

Daniel Oturu (Cretin-Derham Hall)
#66 Scout.com
#101 Rivals.com
#110 247Sports

Adam Trapp (Esko)
#69 Scout.com
#126 247Sports
#149 Rivals.com

2019
Matthew Hurt (Rochester John Marshall)
#5 Rivals.com
#6 ESPN
#8 Scout.com

Prep Hoops Minnesota Rankings (subscribers only)
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019

AAU Web Sites

A list of AAU teams from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin is below. If your team is not listed here, please contact me to have it added. To view tweets about the Minnesota AAU scene from the teams, coaches and local writers including folks like me, click here

Minnesota
Iowa
North Dakota
South Dakota
Wisconsin

CZARCAST

The Czar's weekly podcast with Alex Conover talking about local hoops.  Links to each podcast are included below.

Edition 7 (2/20/17): Thoughts on the Mr Basketball controversy, MIAC playoffs and top performers.

Edition 6 (2/5/17): Talk about Daniel Oturu's pledge to Minnesota and AAU scheduling.

Edition 5 (1/20/17):  Thoughts on TCAC game visits, point guard play plus Badgers/Gophers and Packers playoff hopes.

Edition 4 (12/29/16):  Bethel Tourney thoughts, teams that have impressed early, TWolves and Czar disses Post Malone.

Edition 3 (12/10/16): Review of the Breakdown Tipoff Classic and a brief preview of the 2nd full week of games of the season.

Edition 2 (12/7/16): Review of the boys games at the Breakdown Girls Tipoff Classic and top performances from week 1.  Plus a preview of the top event of the year, the Breakdown Tipoff Classic.

Edition 1 (11/26/16): Review of the Cretin-Derham Hall jamboree and preview of the boys games at the Breakdown Girls Tipoff Classic.

2017 Division 1 and 2 Commitments

Class of 2017 Division 1 & 2 Commitments
PlayerHigh SchoolCollege
Gavin BaumgartnerWayzataMinnesota-Moorhead (D2)
Jesse BerghLake Park-AudubonMinnesota-Moorhead (D2)
Trae BerhowWatertown-MayerPepperdine
Jameson BryanEastviewAugustana (D2)
Cody CarlsonDuluth EastConcordia-St. Paul (D2)
Owen ChoseEden PrairieStonehill (MA) (D2)
Brad DavisonMaple GroveWisconsin
Ishmael El-AminHopkinsBall State
Parker FoxMahtomediNorthern State (D2)
Chase GrindeSpring GroveU of Sioux Falls (D2)
Jake GuseWasecaMinnesota State (D2)
Myles HansonChaskaColumbia
Kade HartFaribaultBemidji State (D2)
Jordan HornTartanSiena
Bryce IrsfeldBrowervilleMinnesota-Moorhead (D2)
Theo JohnChamplin ParkMarquette
Issac JohnsonMinneapolis NorthWestern Illinois
Andrew KallmanChaskaNorthern State (D2)
Losini KamaraPark CenterIdaho
Rocky KreuserTotino-GraceNorth Dakota State
Alec LoehrRosemountNavy
Luke LoehrRosemountNavy
Weston Baker MagrathMarshallNebraska-Kearney (D2)
Goanar MarDe La SalleGeorge Mason
Zac OlsonWaterville-Elysian-MorristownU of Mary (D2)
Tywhon PickfordMaple GroveNorthern Iowa
Nate ReuversLakeville NorthWisconsin
Tyler RiemersmaBloomington JeffersonNavy
Jericho SimsCristo ReyTexas
Brian SitzmannPrior LakeMinnesota-Crookston (D2)
Mitchell SuekerMarshallSouth Dakota School of Mines (D2)
Derek ThompsonROCORIBemidji State (D2)
Race ThompsonRobbinsdale ArmstrongIndiana
Isaiah WaldenRochester John MarshallWinona St (D2)
Jimmy VollbrechtJordanMinnesota-Duluth (D2)
McKinley WrightChamplin ParkDayton
Colorado
Simon WrightHopkinsElon

2016 Holiday Tournaments

Here's a list of the 2016 holiday tournaments in the metro area and where metro area teams will be playing.  Schedules and teams will be updated as they become available.  If you have info on one of these tournaments that isn't posted, please feel free to contact me to have it added.

3-Day Tournaments

Augsburg Holiday Classic, Dec 28-30
Dec 28th
3 PM - Minnehaha vs Minneapolis Southwest
5 PM - St. Paul Johnson vs Centennial
7 PM - Eastview vs Hopkins

Dec 29th
3 PM - Minneapolis Southwest vs Eastview
5 PM - Hopkins vs St. Paul Johnson
7 PM - Centennial vs Minnehaha

Dec 30th
3 PM - Eastview vs Centennial
5 PM - St. Paul Johnson vs Minneapolis Southwest
7 PM - Minnehaha vs Hopkins

Calvin Christian, Dec 27-29
Cook County vs Charter Stars 1:30 PM
AFSA vs Heritage Academy/Wellstone 3:30 PM
Liberty Classical Academy vs West Lutheran 5:30 PM
Chesterton Academy at Calvin Christian 7:30 PM

Tartan, Dec 27-29
Forest Lake vs Cristo Rey - 2:45 PM
Carmel Catholic (IL) vs Rogers - 6:15 PM
St. Paul Como Park vs Spring Lake Park - 4:30 PM
Chisago Lakes at Tartan - 8:00 PM

Trinity, Dec 28-30
Day 1
St. Paul Harding vs Hope - 2:00 PM
Edison vs St. Agnes - 3:45 PM
St. Paul Washington at Trinity - 5:30 PM

Day 2
Loser of Game 1 vs Game 2 - 2:00 PM
Winner of Game 1 vs Loser Game 3 - 3:45 PM
Winner of Game 2 vs Winner of Game 3 - 5:30 PM

Day 3
5th Place - 2:00 PM
3rd Place - 3:45 PM
Championship - 5:30 PM

2-Day Tournaments

Bethel #1 Dec 27-28
St. Paul Central vs Minnetonka 6 PM
Roseville vs Bloomington Jefferson 7:45 PM

3rd Place 12/28 2:30 PM
1st Place 12/28 7:45 PM

Bethel #2, Dec 28-29
St. Louis Park vs Eagan 4:15 PM
St. Francis vs Mounds View 6:00 PM

3rd Place 6 PM 12/29
1st Place 7:45 PM 12/29

Eden Prairie, Dec 27 and 29
Dec 27th
Chaska vs Edina 6 PM
Shakopee at Eden Prairie 7:30 PM

Dec 29th
Chaska vs Shakopee 6 PM
Edina at Eden Prairie 7:30 PM (Conference game)

Hastings, Dec 29-30
Farmington vs Prescott (WI)  5 PM
Irondale at Hastings 7 PM

Lakeville North, Dec 28-29
Robbinsdale Armstrong vs Northfield 6 PM
Benilde-St. Margaret's at Lakeville North 7:45 PM

Minneapolis North (Above the Rim Classic), Dec 28-29
Day 1
Red Lake vs Michele Clark Prep - 5:30 PM
Brooklyn Center at Minneapolis North - 7:00 PM

Day 2
Brooklyn Center vs Michele Clark Prep - 5:30 PM
Red Lake at Minneapolis North - 7:00 PM

Mounds Park Academy, Dec 28-29
Math and Science vs Spectrum - 5:00 PM
Nova Classical at Mounds Park Academy - 7:00 PM

North Lakes Academy, Dec 28-29
Bethany vs Christian Life 3 PM
Groves Academy at North Lakes Academy 7 PM

South St. Paul, Dec 28-29
Park vs St. Paul Humboldt 5 PM
St. Anthony at South St. Paul 7 PM

University of St. Thomas, Dec 27-29 (all games 7 PM)
Dec 27th - Park Center vs Cretin-Derham Hall
Dec 28th - Park Center vs Wazyata
Dec 29th - Wayzata vs Cretin-Derham Hall

OTHER METRO AREA TEAMS
  • Blake at Cloquet Tourney, Dec 27-28
  • Coon Rapids and St. Paul Highland Park at Grand Rapids Tourney, Dec 27-28
  • Columbia Heights and Providence at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Tourney, Dec 27-28 
  • Heritage at Perham Tourney, Dec 27-28
  • Concordia Academy at St. Cloud Cathedral Tourney, Dec 27-29
  • St. Croix Lutheran at Bethany Lutheran Tourney, Dec 27-29
  • Fridley and Holy Angels at Faribault Tourney, Dec 28-29 
  • St. Croix Prep at Glencoe-Silver Lake Tourney, Dec 28-29
  • Chanhassen, Andover and Totino-Grace at Hibbing Tourney, Dec 28-30
  • Apple Valley, Champlin Park, Lakeville South, Maple Grove, and Woodbury at Granite City Classic (St. Cloud), Dec 29-30
  • Bloomington Kennedy, Burnsville, East Ridge, Henry Sibley, Mahtomedi, Minneapolis Washburn, Robbinsdale Cooper, Rosemount, St. Thomas Academy and White Bear Lake at Rochester Rotary Classic, Dec 29-30
  • De La Salle, Minneapolis Henry and Prairie Seeds Academy at Mike Miller Classic, Dec 29-30
  • Hill-Murray at Fergus Falls Tourney, Dec 29-30
  • Osseo and Stillwater at Moorhead Tourney, Dec 29-30 
  • Legacy at Mountain Lake Tourney, Dec 29-30 
  • Maranatha at Annandale Tourney, Dec 29-30
  • New Life at Cannon Falls/Randolph Tourney, Dec 29-30
  • Simley at Winona State Tourney, Dec 29-30

2016-2017 Polls

Here are polls that follow Minnesota high school boys basketball. This includes local, statewide and regional polls with a mention of national polls if applicable.

2016-2017 LOCAL POLLS
Week 14 3/10/2017 Minnesota Basketball News FINAL

Class AAAA
  1. Champlin Park
  2. Maple Grove
  3. Apple Valley
  4. Lakeville North
  5. Wayzata
  6. Hopkins
  7. East Ridge
  8. Tartan 
  9. Robbinsdale Armstrong
  10. Woodbury
Class AAA
  1. DeLaSalle
  2. Austin
  3. Mahtomedi
  4. Orono
  5. Marshall
  6. Minneapolis Henry
  7. Waconia
  8. St. Thomas Academy
  9. Columbia Heights
  10. Totino-Grace
Class AA
  1. Minnehaha
  2. Caledonia
  3. Melrose
  4. Crosby-Ironton
  5. St. Cloud Cathedral
  6. Esko
  7. Perham
  8. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown
  9. New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva
  10. Watertown-Mayer
Class A
  1. Minneapolis North
  2. Nevis
  3. Central MN Christian
  4. Goodhue
  5. Springfield
  6. Red Lake
  7. Spring Grove
  8. Ada-Borup
  9. Red Rock Central
  10. Heritage Christian
Preseason Poll 11/28/2016 Minnesota Basketball News
Class AAAA
  1. Champlin Park
  2. Lakeville North
  3. Hopkins
  4. Maple Grove
  5. Cretin-Derham Hall
  6. Apple Valley
  7. Woodbury
  8. Lakeville South
  9. Tartan
  10. Chaska
Class AAA
  1. DeLaSalle
  2. Fergus Falls
  3. Delano
  4. Minneapolis Henry
  5. Marshall
  6. Austin
  7. Mahtomedi
  8. Grand Rapids
  9. Alexandria
  10. Orono
Class AA
  1. Caledonia
  2. Minnehaha
  3. Annandale
  4. Jackson County Central
  5. Esko
  6. Crosby-Ironton
  7. Eden Valley-Watkins
  8. St. Cloud Cathedral
  9. Perham
  10. St. Charles
Class A
  1. Minneapolis North
  2. Red Lake
  3. Central MN Christian
  4. Browerville - Eagle Valley
  5. Spring Grove
  6. Lake Park-Audubon
  7. Goodhue
  8. Springfield
  9. Nevis
  10. Hillcrest Lutheran
Star Tribune Metro Top 10 Preseason (12/5/06)
  1. Champlin Park
  2. Hopkins
  3. Maple Grove
  4. Lakeville North
  5. Apple Valley
  6. DeLaSalle
  7. Cretin-Derham Hall
  8. Tartan
  9. Chaska
  10. Minnehaha Academy

2016-17 Conference and Section Previews

My previews of the Twin Cities metro area conferences and sections for the 2016-2017 season.

Conferences
Sections
IMAC NW Suburban
4A 2AAAA
Lake St. Paul City
4AA 3AAAA
Metro East South Suburban
5AA East 4AAAA
Metro West Suburban East
3AAA 5AAAA
Minneapolis City Tri-Metro
4AAA 6AAAA
MCAA Twin Cities Athletic
Division A
Divisions B & C

6AAA 7AAAA


Independents
1AAAA8AAAA
What to watch in 2016-2017

A note on how these previews are created.  There are based mostly on my personal observations of the teams and players over the last season or more.  While the results are sometimes comically good or bad, I take pride in the fact that the previews are at least not subject to the bias of the individual teams, players or coaches.

2016 Fall Schedule

Fall Exposure Camps
  • Minnesota Comets Fall Exposure Camp - Sunday Sept 11 at Sauk Rapids-Rice HS
  • Prep Hoops Top 250 Expo - Saturday Sept 17 at Colin Powell Center
  • MBA Fall Showcase - Saturday Oct 1 at Lakeville South HS
  • Minnesota Select Fall Exposure Camp - Sunday Oct 9 at Lakeville South HS
2016 Fall League Schedule
WeekSaturdaySunday
Sep 3/4
The League
Sep 10/11MagicMagic
The League
Sep 17/18Magic

Magic
MYAS
The League
Sep 24/25Magic

Magic
MYAS
The League
Oct 1/2Magic
MBA
Magic
MYAS
Oct 8/9Magic
MBA
Magic
MYAS
Oct 15/16MBAMYAS
Oct 22/23MBABreakdown
MYAS
Minnetonka
Oct 29/30MBABreakdown
MYAS
Minnetonka
Nov 5/6MBABreakdown
MYAS
MInnetonka
Nov 12/13
Breakdown
Minnetonka

League Notes:
  • The League is run by Hardwood Elite and held Sunday Nights in September at Colin Powell Center.  Game times are 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM
  • MBA Fall League is held at Lakeville South for the 1st 4 weeks.  Then Apple Valley, Minnehaha and Coon Rapids.
  • Magic Fall League is held at Bloomington Jefferson and Bloomington Kennedy
  • Breakdown Fall League will have 5 sites for metro area teams.  They are Bloomington Jefferson, Bloomington Kennedy, Hopkins, Woodbury and St. Michael-Albertville
  • MYAS uses multiple locations throughout the metro. Those sites and teams vary from week to week.
  • Minnetonka Fall League will also use Minnetonka Middle School East on October 30th.  All dates include Minnetonka High School.

2016 Timberwolves Shootout Schedule

Here are the games for the 2016 Timberwolves Shootout on Saturday January 2nd, 2016 before the Timberwolves vs Milwaukee game.
  • 9:15 AM - Champlin Park vs Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (IA)
  • 11:00 AM - Rochester John Marshall vs Milwaukee Riverside (WI)
  • 12:45 PM - Maple Grove vs Iowa City West (IA)
  • 2:30 PM - Apple Valley vs Lausanne (TN)
Minnesota Featured Players
  • Theo John (F, 2017) - Champlin Park
  • McKinley Wright (G, 2017) - Champlin Park
  • Michael Hurt (F, 2016) - Rochester John Marshall (Minnesota Commit)
  • Matthew Hurt (F, 2019) - Rochester John Marshall
  • Reed Nikko (F, 2016) - Maple Grove
  • Brad Davison (G, 2017) - Maple Grove
  • Gary Trent (W, 2017) - Apple Valley
  • Brock Bertram (C, 2016) - Apple Valley
  • Tre Jones (PG, 2018) - Apple Valley
Non-Minnesota Featured Players
  • Tony Bonner (F, 2016) - Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln
  • Terrance Lewis (W, 2017) - Milwaukee Riverside
  • Carlos Curtis (G, 2018) - Milwaukee Riverside
  • Connor McCaffrey (G, 2017) - Iowa City West (Iowa Commit)
  • Tanner Lohaus (F, 2016) - Iowa City West (UNI Commit)
  • Devontae Lane (G, 2017) - Iowa City West
  • Wali Parks (F, 2016) - Iowa City West (Indian Hills JUCO commit)
  • Patrick McCaffrey (G, 2019) - Iowa City West

2016 Divison 1 and 2 Committments

Class of 2016 Division 1 & 2 Commitments
PlayerHigh SchoolCollege
Sam BakerBenilde-St. Margaret'sWinona State (D2)
Johnny BeeningaWayzataMinnesota-Moorhead (D2)
Bodey BehrendsJackson County CentralAugustana (D2)
Brock BertramApple ValleyBuffalo
Carter BrooksLakeville NorthConcordia-St. Paul (D2)
Seth CoattaMinnetonkaNorth Dakota State
Amir CoffeyHopkinsMinnesota
Cole DahlNorthern FreezeNorthern State (D2)
Logan DreierMayer LutheranBlack Hills State (SD) (D2)
Nick DufaultWasecaSW Minnesota State (D2)
Kody DwyerZimmermanMinot State (D2)
Luke HarrisNorthfieldMinnesota-Duluth (D2)
Michael HurtRochester John MarshallMinnesota
Charlie IrmigerMinneapolis WashburnWinona St (D2)
Cameron KirkseyApple ValleyMinnesota State (D2)
Landon KirkwoodBrooklyn CenterCal State Fullerton
Matt KreklowDelanoU of Mary (D2)
Trenton KruegerSt. Croix LutheranMinnesota-Duluth (D2)
Dominic MillerProvidence AcademyU of Mary (D2) (walk-on)
Will MoretonEdinaStonehill (MA) (D2)
Ade MurkeySt. Croix LutheranDenver
Reed NikkoMaple GroveMissouri
Chris OlsonBrahamMinnesota-Moorhead (D2)
Tessy PalFridleyU of Sioux Falls (D2)
Tyler PetersonCentennialSouth Dakota
Dalante PeytonSt. Paul AcademyWinona State (D2)
Aage RovneySt. Croix LutheranBemidji State (D2)
Brady RudrudEden PrairieMinnesota (walk-on)
Ben SchererBlaineMinnesota-Duluth (D2)
Austin SlaterWayzataU of Sioux Falls (D2)
Jack StensgardSimleySouth Dakota (walk-on)
Lucas WalfordNew PragueAugustana (D2)
Allen WilsonRogersNewman (KS) (D2)

2015-16 Holiday Tournaments

Here's a list of the 2015 holiday tournaments in the metro area and where metro area teams will be playing.  Schedules and teams will be updated as they become available.  If you have info on one of these tournaments that isn't posted, please feel free to contact me to have it added.

3-Day Tournaments

Augsburg Holiday Classic, Dec 29-31

Dec 29
Minnehaha vs Sibley 3 PM
Chanhassen vs Johnson 5 PM
Eastview vs Hopkins 7 PM

Dec 30
Eastview vs Sibley 3 PM
Hopkins vs Chanhanssen 5 PM
Johnson vs Minnehaha 7 PM

Dec 31
Johnson vs Sibley 12 PM
Chanhassen vs Eastview 2 PM
Hopkins vs Minnehaha 4 PM

Calvin Christian, Dec 28-30 (1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30)
Liberty Classical vs West Lutheran
Carlton vs Lake Park-Audubon
Charter Stars vs Learning for Leadership
Chesterton Academy at Calvin Christian 

Tartan, Dec 28-30 (2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00)
Lakeville South vs Chisago Lakes 2:45 PM
Carmel Catholic (IL) vs Centennial 6:15 PM
Forest Lake vs Glencoe-Silver Lake 4:30 PM
Spring Lake Park at Tartan 8 PM

Trinity, Dec 28-30 (2:00, 3:45, 5:30, 7:15)
MN Transitions vs Fair
St. Paul Humboldt vs St. Agnes
St. Croix Prep vs St. Paul Harding
St. Paul Washington at Trinity

2-Day Tournaments

Bethel #1 Dec 28-29
Bloomington Jefferson vs Andover 6 PM
Mahtomedi vs Mounds View 7:45 PM

12/29: 3rd place 2:30 PM
Championship 7:45 PM

Bethel #2, Dec 29-30
Eagan vs Minnetonka  4:15 PM
Totino-Grace vs Roseville 6 PM

12/30: 3rd place 6 PM
Championship 7:45 PM

Catholic Spirit (at U of St. Thomas), Dec 28-29 (6:00 and 7:45)
Hill-Murray vs St. Thomas Academy
Park Center vs Cretin-Derham Hall

Eden Prairie, Dec 29-30 (6:00 and 7:30)
Shakopee vs St. Francis
Chaska at Eden Prairie

Fridley, Dec 29-30
Coon Rapids, Fridley, Minneapolis Southwest and St. Paul Como Park

Hastings, Dec 29-30 (5:00 and 7:00)
Irondale vs New Prague
Prescott (WI) at Hastings

Lakeville North, Dec 29-30 (6:00 and 7:30)
Robbinsdale Armstrong vs Northfield
Holy Family at Lakeville North

Mounds Park Academy, Dec 29-30 (5:00 and 7:00)
Math and Science vs Nova Classical
Spectrum at Mounds Park Academy
3rd place game is 3:00 Dec 30th

North Lakes Academy, Dec 28-29
Bethany vs Christian Life 3 PM
Groves Academy at North Lakes Academy 7 PM

St. Louis Park, Dec 29-30 (6:00 and 7:30)
Edina vs Delano
Mound-Westonka at St. Louis Park

South St. Paul, Dec 29-30 (5:00 and 7:00)
Richfield vs St. Paul Highland Park
Park at South St. Paul

OTHER METRO AREA TEAMS
  • Apple Valley, Champlin Park, Maple Grove, Minneapolis North and Wayzata at Granite City Classic (St. Cloud), Dec 29-30
  • Bloomington Kennedy, Burnsville, East Ridge, Prior Lake, Robbinsdale Cooper, Rosemount, White Bear Lake and Woodbury at Rochester Rotary Classic, Dec 29-30
  • De La Salle and Minneapolis Henry at Mike Miller Classic, Dec 28-29
  • Blake and St. Paul Central at Cloquet Tourney, Dec 29-30
  • Heritage, Minneapolis Washburn and Simley at Winona State Tourney, Dec 29-30
  • St. Croix Lutheran at Bethany Lutheran Tourney, Dec 26, 28 and 29
  • Concordia Academy at St. Cloud Cathedral Tourney, Dec 28-30
  • Stillwater at Moorhead Tourney, Dec 29-30 
  • Providence and Hope Academy at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Tourney, Dec 29-30
  • Holy Angels at Faribault Tourney, Dec 29-30 
  • Maranatha at Perham Tourney, Dec 28-29
  • Osseo at Knight-Bison Tourney, Dec 30-31 (at Buffalo and STMA)

2015-2016 Polls

Here are polls that follow Minnesota high school boys basketball. This includes local, statewide and regional polls with a mention of national polls if applicable.

2015-2016 LOCAL POLLS

Minnesota Basketball News Poll - Feb 24, 2016

Class AAAA
  1. Apple Valley (1)
  2. Osseo (2)
  3. Hopkins (3)
  4. Maple Grove (4)
  5. Shakopee (6)
  6. Chaska (7)
  7. Lakeville North (8)
  8. Woodbury (9)
  9. Champlin Park (5)
  10. Wayzata (NR)
Dropped Out: Rochester John Marshall (10)

Class AAA
  1. De La Salle (1)
  2. Red Wing (2)
  3. Marshall (3)
  4. Austin (4)
  5. Delano (5)
  6. Minneapolis Henry (7)
  7. Orono (8)
  8. Waconia (6)
  9. Fergus Falls (NR)
  10. Benilde-St. Margaret's (9)
Dropped Out: Northfield (10)

Class AA
  1. St. Croix Lutheran (1)
  2. Caledonia (2)
  3. Melrose (7)
  4. Braham (6)
  5. Lake City (3)
  6. Minnehaha Academy (5)
  7. St. Charles (4)
  8. Esko (8)
  9. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (9)
  10. Maple River (10)
Dropped Out: None

Class A
  1. Minneapolis North (1)
  2. Spring Grove (2)
  3. Hillcrest Lutheran (3)
  4. Central MN Christian (4)
  5. Browerville/Eagle Valley (5)
  6. Rushford-Peterson (6)
  7. Red Lake (7)
  8. Cass Lake-Bena (8)
  9. North Woods (NR)
  10. Pine River-Backus (NR)
Dropped Out: Battle Lake (9), Murray County Central (10)

PRESEASON POLLS

Minneapolis Star Tribune Preseason Top 10 - Nov 24, 2015
  1. Apple Valley
  2. Hopkins
  3. Maple Grove
  4. Eden Prairie
  5. Wayzata
  6. Champlin Park
  7. Tartan
  8. De La Salle
  9. Lakeville North
  10. Shakopee
Preseason Minnesota Basketball News Poll - Nov 18, 2015

Class AAAA
  1. Apple Valley
  2. Hopkins
  3. Maple Grove
  4. Eden Prairie
  5. Wayzata
  6. Champlin Park
  7. Tartan
  8. Lakeville North
  9. Rochester John Marshall
  10. Shakopee
Class AAA
  1. De La Salle
  2. Marshall
  3. Rocori
  4. Mankato East
  5. St. Paul Johnson
  6. Mahtomedi
  7. Northfield
  8. Hermantown
  9. Benilde-St.Margaret's
  10. Minneapolis Henry
Class AA
  1. Melrose
  2. Minnehaha Academy
  3. St. Croix Lutheran
  4. Braham
  5. Caledonia
  6. St. Paul Academy
  7. Esko
  8. Jackson County Central
  9. Lake City
  10. Albany
Class A
  1. Minneapolis North
  2. Central MN Christian
  3. Battle Lake
  4. Spring Grove
  5. MN Transitions
  6. Rushford-Peterson
  7. Browerville
  8. Heritage Christian Academy
  9. Springfield
  10. Cass Lake-Bena

2015-16 Conference and Section Previews

My previews of the Twin Cities metro area conferences and sections for the 2015-2016 season.

Conferences
Sections
EMACNW Suburban
4A2AAAA
IMACSt. Paul City
4AA3AAAA
Lake South Suburban
5AA East4AAAA
Metro EastSuburban East
3AAA 5AAAA
Metro WestTri-Metro
4AAA6AAAA
Minneapolis CityRest of the Metro
6AAA7AAAA
MCAA

1AAAA8AAAA
What to watch in 2015-2016

A note on how these previews are created.  There are based mostly on my personal observations of the teams and players over the last season or more.  While the results are sometimes comically good or bad, I take pride in the fact that the previews are at least not subject to the bias of the individual teams, players or coaches.

2015 Fall Schedule

Fall Exposure Camps
  • Minnesota Comets Fall Exposure Camp - Sunday Sept 20 at Sauk Rapids-Rice HS
  • Minnesota Heat Fall Exposure Showcase - Sunday Sept 27 at Augsburg
  • MBA Fall Showcase - Saturday Oct 10 at Lakeville South HS
  • Minnesota Select Fall Exposure Camp - Sunday Oct 11 at Lakeville South HS
  • Northstar Hoops Report Combine - Saturday Oct 17 at Colin Powell Center
2015 Fall League Schedule
WeekSaturdaySunday
Sep 5/6
The League
Sep 12/13MagicMagic
The League
Sep 19/20Magic
MBA
Magic
MYAS
The League
Sep 26/27Magic
MBA
Magic
MYAS
The League
Oct 3/4Magic
MBA
Magic
MYAS Fall Championships
Oct 10/11Magic
MBA
Magic
Minnetonka
MYAS
Oct 17/18
Minnetonka
Breakdown
MYAS
Oct 24/25
Minnetonka
Breakdown
MYAS
Oct 31/Nov 1
Minnetonka
Breakdown
MYAS
Nov 7/8
Breakdown

League Notes:
  • MBA Fall League is held at Lakeville South
  • Magic Fall League is held at Bloomington Jefferson and Bloomington Kennedy
  • Breakdown Fall League will have 4 sites, Bloomington Jefferson, Woodbury, St. Michael-Albertville, and Sauk Rapids-Rice
  • MYAS uses multiple locations throughout the metro. Those sites and teams vary from week to week.
  • The League is run by Hardwood Elite and held Sunday Nights in September at Colin Powell Center.  Game times are 6:30 and 7:30 PM

2015 Timberwolves Shootout Schedule

Here are the games for the 2015 Timberwolves Shootout on Sat. January 10th, 2015 before the TWolves vs San Antonio game.

  • 9:15 AM Apple Valley vs Omaha Central (NE)
  • 11:00 AM Cretin-Derham Hall vs North Scott (IA)
  • 12:45 PM De La Salle vs Morgan Park (Chicago, IL)
  • 2:30 PM Champlin Park vs Rice Lake (WI)
Minnesota Featured Players
  • Gary Trent (W, 2017) - Apple Valley
  • Brock Bertram (C, 2016) - Apple Valley
  • Tre Jones (PG, 2018) - Apple Valley
  • Sam Neumann (W, 2015, Montana St) - Cretin-Derham Hall 
  • Joe Rosga (G, 2015) - Cretin-Derham Hall 
  • Donnell Gresham (PG, 2015, Northeastern) - Cretin-Derham Hall
  • Jarvis Johnson (PG, 2015, Minnesota) - De La Salle
  • Sacar Anim (W, 2015) - De La Salle
  • Goanar Mar (F, 2017) - De La Salle
  • JT Gibson (G, 2015, Nebraska-Omaha) - Champlin Park
  • McKinley Wright (G, 2017) - Champlin Park
  • Theo John (F, 2017) - Champlin Park

Non-Minnesota Featured Players
  • Henry Ellenson (F, 2015, Marquette) - Rice Lake (WI) - #17 nationally Rivals
  • Marlon Stewart (G, 2015, Creighton) - North Scott (IA)
  • Cortez Seales (G, 2015, North Dakota) - North Scott (IA)
  • Grant Graham (G, 2015, NW Missouri St) - North Scott (IA)
  • Marcus Lovett (G, 2015) - Morgan Park (IL) - #91 nationally Rivals
  • Charlie Moore (G, 2016) - Morgan Park (IL)
  • Christian Harmon (G, 2016) - Omaha Central (NE)
  • K'zhan Jimerson (G, 2016) - Omaha Central (NE)
  • Isaiah Chandler (F, 2017) - Omaah Central (NE)

2015 Division 1 and 2 Commitments

Class of 2015 Division 1 & 2 Commitments
PlayerHigh SchoolCollege
Sacar AnimDe La SalleMarquette
Carter AscheMACCRAYMinnesota State (D2)
Bjorn BromanLakeview ChristianWinthrop
Sean BurnsRobbinsdale ArmstrongMinnesota-Duluth (D2)
Josh CollinsDe La SalleNorth Dakota
Kobe CritchleyRosevilleMinnesota-Crookston (D2)
Will CullitonBreckArmy
Justin DahlHoly FamilyNorthern Iowa
Cody DorowMoorheadMinnesota-Moorhead (D2)
Connor FlackLakeville NorthWinona State (D2)
Connor GambleStillwaterMinnesota-Crookston (D2)
Tommy GathjeBloomington JeffersonWinona State (D2)
JT GibsonChamplin ParkNebraska-Omaha
Donnell GreshamCretin-Derham HallNortheastern
Drew GuebertEastviewU of Sioux Falls (D2)
Jeremiah HansonMaranathaColorado Christian (D2)
Alex IllikainenGrand Rapids
Brewster Prep
Wisconsin
Dan JechRochester MayoSouth Dakota
Jarvis JohnsonDe La SalleMinnesota
Jeremy JohnsonChamplin ParkUW-Milwaukee
Ryan KaczynskiMounds ViewMinnesota-Duluth (D2)
Elliot KaneOsseoUpper Iowa (D2)
Chase KnickerbockerAnnandaleMinnesota-Crookston (D2)
Brenon Larson-GulsvigLakeville SouthSt. Leo, FL (D2)
Lindenwood (D2)
Michael LeeDawson-BoydSW Minnesota St (D2)
Nate LorenzBreckenridgeMinnesota-Crookston (D2)
Bryndan MatthewsEaganConcordia-St. Paul (D2)
Kyle McKinleyStillwaterAlbany
Jake McNallanAndoverBemidji State (D2)
Cole MurrayRogersMinnesota-Moorhead (D2)
Sam NeumannCretin-Derham HallMontana State
Joe RosgaCretin-Derham HallArmy
Denver
Trevor RothsteinSt. Michael-AlbertvilleMinot State (D2)
Oliver SmithWaconiaNavy
Kyle SorensonCaledoniaBemidji State (D2)
Sid TomesEast RidgeAir Force
Brindley TheisenSt. Cloud CathedralSt. Cloud State (D2)
John WarrenHopkinsAugustana (D2)
Marshawn WilsonHill-MurrayNorthern Illinois
Joey WitthusChanhassenMinnesota State (D2)

2014-15 Holiday Tournaments

Here's a list of the 2014 holiday tournaments in the metro area and where metro area teams will be playing.  Schedules and teams will be updated as they become available.  If you have info on one of these tournaments that isn't posted, please feel free to contact me to have it added.

3-Day Tournaments

Augsburg Holiday Classic, Dec 29-31
St. Paul Johnson vs Wayzata 1:30 PM
Eastview vs Andover 3:30 PM
Hopkins vs Henry Sibley 5:30 PM
Chanhassen vs Minneapolis North 7:30 PM

Final day schedule is 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM

Tartan, Dec 27, 29 and 30 (2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00)
Revised 12/24/14
Forest Lake vs Glencoe-Silver Lake 2:45 PM
Chisago Lakes vs Centennial 6:15 PM
Columbia Heights vs Spring Lake Park 4:30 PM
Prairie Seeds Academy vs Tartan 8:00 PM

Trinity, Dec 27, 29 and 30
St. Paul Harding vs Cristo Rey 12:00 PM
St. Croix Prep vs Brooklyn Center 1:45 PM
St. Paul Humboldt vs St. Agnes 3:30 PM
Calvin Christian at Trinity 5:15 PM

Day 2 and Day 3 schedules are 2, 3:45, 5:30 and 7:15 PM

2-Day Tournaments

Bethel #1, Dec 27 and 29
Mahtomedi vs Bloomington Jefferson 6:00 PM
Breck vs Minnetonka 7:45 PM

Bethel #2, Dec 29 and 30
Eagan vs Mounds View 6:30 PM
Minnehaha vs Totino-Grace 8:15 PM

Catholic Spirit (at U of St. Thomas), Dec 27, 29
Hill-Murray vs St. Thomas Academy 6 PM
Rosemount vs Cretin-Derham Hall 7:45 PM

Eden Prairie, Dec 29-30 (6:00 and 7:30)
Day 1
Chaska vs Shakopee 6 PM
Waconia at Eden Prairie 7:30 PM

Day 2
Chaska vs Waconia 6 PM
Shakopee at Eden Prairie 7:30 PM

Fridley, Dec 29-30
Day 1
Coon Rapids vs Minneapolis Southwest 2 PM
St. Paul Como Park at Fridley 4 PM

Day 2
Coon Rapids at Fridley 10 AM
Minneapolis Southwest vs St. Paul Como Park 12 PM

Hastings, Dec 29-30
Irondale, New Prague, Prescott (WI) and Hastings

Lakeville North, Dec 29-30 (6:00 and 7:30)
Holy Family vs Cambridge-Isanti 6 PM
Northfield at Lakeville North 7:30 PM

Nova Classical Academy, Dec 29-30
Math & Science at Nova 5:30 PM
Learning for Leadership vs Minneapolis College Prep 7 PM

Mounds Park Academy, Dec 29-30
North Lakes vs St. Paul Washington 3 PM
Spectrum at Mounds Park Academy 7 PM

Park Center, Dec 26-27 (2:00 and 4:00 PM)
Blaine vs Robbinsdale Cooper 2 PM
Washburn at Park Center 4 PM

South St. Paul, Dec 26-27
North Branch vs Park
Fridley at South St. Paul 5 PM

OTHER METRO AREA TEAMS
  • Apple Valley, Champlin Park, Maple Grove, Providence Academy and Roseville at Granite City Classic (St. Cloud), Dec 26-27
  • Bloomington Kennedy, Burnsville, East Ridge, Lakeville South, Osseo, St. Anthony, White Bear Lake and Woodbury at Rochester Rotary Classic, Dec 29- 30
  • De La Salle and Minneapolis Henry at Mike Miller Classic, Dec 27 and 29 
  • Benilde-St. Margaret's and Edina at Grand Rapids Tourney, Dec 29-30
  • Blake at Cloquet Tourney, Dec 29-30
  • Legacy Christian at Mountain Lake Tourney, Dec 26-27
  • Maranatha at Fergus Falls Tourney, Dec 29-30
  • North (St. Paul) at Owatonna Tourney, Dec 29-30
  • Heritage and Simley at Winona State Tourney, Dec 29-30
  • St. Croix Lutheran at Bethany Lutheran Tourney, Dec 26, 27 and 29
  • Concordia Academy at St. Cloud Cathedral Tourney, Dec 29-31
  • Stillwater at Moorhead Tourney - Dec 29-30
  • Minnesota Transitions at Cedar Mountain Tourney - Dec 29-30
  • Christian Life at Wabasha-Kellogg Tourney - Dec 26-27

2014-2015 Polls

Here are polls that follow Minnesota high school boys basketball. This includes local, statewide and regional polls with a mention of national polls if applicable.

2014-2015 LOCAL POLLS
Minnesota Basketball News State Poll 2/25/15 (15th poll)

Class AAAA
  1. Champlin Park (1) 
  2. Apple Valley (2)
  3. Maple Grove (3)
  4. Cretin-Derham Hall (4)
  5. Eden Prairie (7) 
  6. Hopkins (6)
  7. Roseville (5) 
  8. Shakopee (9)
  9. East Ridge (8)
  10. Minnetonka (10)
    Dropped Out: None
Class AAA
  1. De La Salle (1)
  2. St. Paul Johnson (2)
  3. Marshall (3) 
  4. Orono (4) 
  5. Red Wing (5) 
  6. Minneapolis Washburn (6)
  7. Hill-Murray (7)   
  8. Simley (8)
  9. St. Thomas Academy (9) 
  10. New Prague (10)
    Dropped Out: None
Class AA
  1. St. Croix Lutheran (1)
  2. Caledonia (2)
  3. Minneapolis Roosevelt (3)
  4. Braham (4)
  5. Maple Lake (5)
  6. Maple River (6)
  7. New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (7) 
  8. St. Cloud Cathedral (8)
  9. Lake City (9)
  10. Eden Valley-Watkins (10)
    Dropped Out:None
Class A
  1. Rushford-Peterson (1)
  2. Minneapolis North (2)
  3. Maranatha (3)
  4. Battle Lake (4)
  5. Springfield (5)
  6. Spring Grove (6)
  7. Central Minnesota Christian (7) 
  8. Canby (8)
  9. Hillcrest Lutheran (9)
  10. Goodhue (NR)
    Dropped Out: Dawson-Boyd (9)
Pioneer Press Top 10 (12/8/14)
  1. Cretin-Derham Hall
  2. Apple Valley
  3. De La Salle
  4. Champlin Park
  5. Eden Prairie
  6. Minnetonka
  7. Robbinsdale Armstrong
  8. Maple Grove
  9. Shakopee
  10. Roseville

PRESEASON POLLS
Minnesota Basketball News State Poll 11/19/14 (Preseason)
Class AAAA
  1. Apple Valley 
  2. Cretin-Derham Hall
  3. Hopkins
  4. Champlin Park
  5. Minnetonka
  6. Robbinsdale Armstrong
  7. Maple Grove
  8. Eden Prairie
  9. East Ridge
  10. Shakopee 
Class AAA
  1. De La Salle
  2. St. Paul Johnson 
  3. St. Thomas Academy
  4. Hill-Murray
  5. Orono
  6. Simley
  7. Mankato West
  8. Austin
  9. Waconia
  10. Minneapolis Washburn
Class AA
  1. Caledonia
  2. Redwood Valley
  3. St. Cloud Cathedral
  4. Braham
  5. St. Paul Academy
  6. Annandale
  7. Waseca
  8. Barnum
  9. Minnehaha
  10. Crosby-Ironton
Class A
  1. Minneapolis North
  2. Rushford-Peterson
  3. Maranatha
  4. Canby
  5. Fond Du Lac Ojibwe
  6. Dawson-Boyd
  7. Battle Lake
  8. United South Central
  9. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City
  10. Browerville
2014 Star Tribune Top 10 Teams (Preseason)
  1. Apple Valley
  2. De La Salle
  3. Cretin-Derham Hall
  4. Hopkins
  5. Champlin Park
  6. Minnetonka
  7. Robbinsdale Armstrong
  8. Maple Grove
  9. Eden Prairie
  10. East Ridge

2014-2015 Conference and Section Previews

My previews of the Twin Cities metro area conferences and sections for the 2014-2015 season.

An overview of the conference and rule changes for the season

Conferences
Sections
Independent Metro AthleticNorthwest Suburban
4A 2AAAA
Lake St. Paul City
4AA 3AAAA
Metro East South Suburban
5AA South4AAAA
Metro West Suburban East
3AAA 5AAAA
Minneapolis CityTri-Metro
4AAA 6AAAA
MCAARest of the Metro
6AAA 7AAAA
What to watch in 2014-2015

A note on how these previews are created.  There are based mostly on my personal observations of the teams and players over the last season or more.  While the results are sometimes comically good or bad, I take pride in the fact that the previews are at least not subject to the bias of the individual teams, players or coaches.

2014 Fall Schedule

Miscellaneous
  • Minnesota Comets Fall Exposure Camp - Sunday Sept 14 at Sauk Rapids-Rice HS
  • Minnesota Select Fall Exposure Camp - Sunday Sept 28 at Lakeville South HS
2014 Fall League Schedule
WeekSaturdaySunday
Sep 6/7
The League
Sep 13/14MagicMagic
MYAS
The League
Sep 20/21MagicMagic
MBA
MYAS
The League
Sep 27/28Magic
MBA
Magic
MYAS
The League
Oct 4/5Magic
MBA
Magic
MYAS Fall Championships
Oct 11/12Magic
MBA
Magic
Minnetonka
MYAS
Oct 18/19
Minnetonka
Breakdown
MYAS
Oct 25/26
Minnetonka
Breakdown
MYAS
Nov 1/2
Minnetonka
Breakdown
MYAS
Nov 8/9
Breakdown
MYAS

League Notes:
  • MBA Fall League is held at Lakeville South
  • Magic Fall League will be held at Bloomington Jefferson and Bloomington Kennedy
  • Breakdown Fall League will have 4 sites, Bloomington Kennedy, Woodbury, St. Michael-Albertville, and Sauk Rapids-Rice
  • MYAS uses multiple locations throughout the metro. Those sites and teams vary from week to week.
  • The League is run by Hardwood Elite and held Sunday Nights at Colin Powell Center

2014 Timberwolves Shootout Schedule

Here are the games for the 2014 Timberwolves Shootout on Sat. January 4th, 2014 before the TWolves vs Oklahoma City game.
  • 9:15 AM Lakeville North vs Grand Rapids
  • 11:00 AM Cretin-Derham Hall vs Bettendorf (IA)
  • 12:45 PM De La Salle vs St. Rita (Chicago, IL)
  • 2:30 PM Apple Valley vs Blue Valley Northwest (Overland Park, KS)
Featured Players
JP Macura (SG, 2014)- Lakeville North (Xavier, #104 Rivals)
Alex Illikainen (PF, 2015) - Grand Rapids (#83 Rivals)
Tyus Jones (PG, 2014) - Apple Valley (Duke, #5 Rivals)
Clayton Custer (G, 2014) - Blue Valley NW (Iowa St, #90 Rivals)
Vince Fritz (G, 2014) - Blue Valley NW (Sacred Heart)
Ben Richardson (G, 2014) - Blue Valley NW (Loyola of Chicago)
David Salach (C, 2014) - Blue Valley NW (Washburn)
Reid Travis (PF, 2014) - De La Salle (Stanford, #40 Rivals)
Jarvis Johnson (PG, 2015) - De La Salle (#68 Rivals)
Sacar Anim (W, 2015) - De La Salle
Vic Law (W, 2014) - St. Rita (Northwestern, #86 Rivals)
Charles Matthews (G, 2015) - St. Rita (#11 Rivals)
Myles Carter (F, 2015) - St. Rita (#119 Rivals)
Sam Neumann (W, 2015) - Cretin-Derham Hall
Joe Rosga (G, 2015) - Cretin-Derham Hall
Donnell Gresham (PG, 2015) - Cretin-Derham Hall
Cole Clearman (G, 2014)- Bettendorf (IA) (Missouri Western State)
Kendall Jacks (W, 2014) - Bettendorf (IA) (Wayne St)