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.

Games Online Links

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MN Basketball Resources

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Bob McDonald Award Winners

In 2017, there was a controversy surrounding the leadership of the Mr Basketball award for Minnesota.  In response, the Minnesota Boys Basketball Coaches Association created the Bob McDonald Award to be awarded to the top senior player in the state.  Bob McDonald compiled a 1012-428 record in 59 years of coaching at McGregor, Barnum and mostly at Chisholm (53 years). He won 3 state titles during that time.

Czar Commentary on the 2017 Mr Basketball Controversy
2017 Creation of the Bob McDonald Award
Star Tribune article on creation of the Bob McDonald Award


Bob McDonald Award Winners
YearWinnerThe Finalists
2019TBA
2018Tre Jones (Apple Valley)35 Semifinalists

Mr. Basketball Winners

Read more about the history of the award on Wikipedia.

Czar Commentary on the 2017 Mr Basketball Controversy
2017 Creation of the McDonald Award
Bob McDonald Award Winners

Minnesota's Mr Basketball Winners
YearWinnerThe Finalists
2019TBA
2018Tre Jones (Apple Valley)Sy Chatman (Cretin-Derham Hall)
Michael Jones (Woodbury)
Gabe Kalscheur (De La Salle)
Owen King (Caledonia)
Jarvis Omersa (Orono)
Daniel Oturu (Cretin-Derham Hall)
Matt Todd (Monticello)
Odell Wilson (Minneapolis North)
Calvin Wishart (Delano)

2018 Watch List
Czar Final 5 Commentary
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

2019 
Matthew Hurt (Rochester John Marshall)
#2 Prep Hoops
#5 Rivals
#6 ESPN
#8 247 Sports

Zeke Nnaji (Hopkins)
#31 247 Sports
#33 Prep Hoops
#34 Rivals
#37 ESPN

Tyrell Terry (De La Salle)
#61 247 Sports
#90 ESPN
#92 Prep Hoops
#96 Rivals

Tyler Wahl (Lakeville North)
#125 Prep Hoops
#139 247 Sports

David Roddy (Breck)
#201 Prep Hoops

Robert Jones (Prior Lake)
#217 247 Sports
#240 Prep Hoops

2020
Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy)
#8 247 Sports
#9 Prep Hoops
#10 Rivals
#11 ESPN

Dawson Garcia (Prior Lake)
#27 247 Sports
#27 Prep Hoops
#32 ESPN
#43 Rivals

Ben Carlson (East Ridge)
#48 Prep Hoops
#52 Rivals
#69 247 Sports

Dain Dainja (Park Center)
#70 247 Sports
#75 Rivals
#81 Prep Hoops

Kerwin Walton (Hopkins)
#157 Prep Hoops
#171 247 Sports
 
Gabe Madsen (Rochester Mayo)
#188 Prep Hoops

2021
Chet Holmgren (Minnehaha Academy)
#25 Prep Hoops

Kendall Brown (East Ridge)
#22 ESPN
#28 Prep Hoops

Treyton Thompson (Alexandria)
#145 Prep Hoops

Riley Mahlman (Lakeville South)
#194 Prep Hoops

Davon Townley (Minneapolis North)
#243 Prep Hoops

Prep Hoops Minnesota Rankings (subscribers only)
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Class of 2021 Watchlist

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

2019 Division 1 and 2 Commitments

Class of 2019 Division 1 and 2 Commitments
PlayerHigh SchoolCollege
Brandon AdelmanNew London-SpicerSt. Cloud St (D2)
Jamison BattleDe La SalleGeorge Washington
Jacob BeeningaWayzataMinnesota-Moorhead (D2)
Courtney BrownEast RidgeWisconsin-Milwaukee
Noah ChamberlainSt. Thomas AcademySW Minnesota St (D2)
Noah ChristensenBreckenridgeNorth Dakota State
Isaac FinkSpringfieldAugustana (D2)
Charlie GorresPark of Cottage GroveMinnesota-Duluth (D2)
Alex JohnChamplin ParkMissouri Western St (D2)
Matt JohnsonFergus FallsU of Mary (D2)
Robert JonesPrior LakeDenver
Jaeden KingCretin-Derham HallAugustana (D2)
Western Illinois
Antwan KimmonsTartanIdaho State
Jack MiddletonEdinaMinnesota-Duluth (D2)
Logan NagorskiBig LakeU of Mary (D2)
Cole NicholsonChaskaNorthern Colorado
Baden NoennigMayer LutheranUpper Iowa (D2)
Bennett OttoChamplin ParkAugustana (D2)
Sam SchwartzWhite Bear LakeSW Minnesota St (D2)
Andy StaffordHopkinsSW Minnesota St (D2)
Tyrell TerryDe La SalleStanford
Regan TollefsonChanhassenU of Mary (D2)
Tyler WahlLakeville NorthWisconsin

Class of 2020 Division 1 and 2 Commitments
PlayerHigh SchoolCollege

2018 Holiday Tournaments

Here's a list of the 2018 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 27-29
Hopkins, Minnehaha, St. Paul Johnson and others

Calvin Christian, Dec 27-29
Hmong Academy, International School, Liberty Classical Academy, MN Transitions, South Ridge, West Lutheran, Calvin Christian and 1 other

Trinity, Dec 27-29
Bloomington Kennedy, Cristo Rey, Minneapolis Washburn, St. Anthony, St. Paul Harding, St. Paul Prep/HSRA, St. Paul Washington and Trinity

2-Day Tournaments

Bethel Tournaments
Centennial, Roseville and 6 others.  Tournament is 2 groups of 4

Coon Rapids, Dec 27-28
St. Agnes?, St. Paul Humboldt, Simley and Coon Rapids

East Ridge, Dec 27-28
Eastview, New Prague, Rosemount and East Ridge

Eden Prairie, Dec 27-28
Chaska, Edina, Shakopee and Eden Prairie

Hastings, Dec 27-28
Irondale, Prescott (WI), Stillwater and Hastings

Lakeville North, Dec 27-29
Austin, Henry Sibley and Lakeville North.  Format is 3 day round robin

Mounds Park Academy, Dec 27-28
Mounds Park Academy plus 3 others

North Lakes Academy, Dec 28-29
Bethany Academy, Lakes International Language Academy, Twin Cities Academy/Great River and North Lake

Providence Academy, Dec 27-28
Legacy, St. Agnes, Spectrum and Providence.  2 set games so Legacy and Spectrum don't play each other.

South St. Paul, Dec 27-28
Breck, Community of Peace, New Life Academy and South St. Paul

Tartan, Dec 27-28
Chisago Lakes, Farmington, Fridley, Park of Cottage Grove, Spring Lake Park, Superior (WI), White Bear Lake and Tartan.  Tournament is 2 groups of 4.

University of St. Thomas, Dec 27-28
Benilde-St. Margaret's, Cretin-Derham Hall, Holy Angels, St. Thomas Academy, Waconia, Wayzata (not a tournament format, just 3 games each day)

OTHER METRO AREA TEAMS
  • Andover, Chanhassen and Minneapolis Henry? at Hibbing Tourney
  • Anoka at Perham Tourney
  • Apple Valley, Brooklyn Center, Blake, Champlin Park, Robbinsdale Cooper, Forest Lake, Minneapolis Henry?, Lakeville South, Maranatha Christian, Maple Grove, Minneapolis North, Minnetonka, North St. Paul, Osseo, Park Center, Prior Lake, Minneapolis Roosevelt, St. Louis Park, St. Paul Central and Totino-Grace at Granite City Classic (St. Cloud)
  • Columbia Heights, Mahtomedi, Robbinsdale Cooper, St. Croix Prep and Woodbury at Rochester Rotary Classic 
  • Concordia Academy at St. Cloud Cathedral Tourney
  • De La Salle at Mike Miller Classic
  • Heritage Christian and Hill-Murray at Fergus Falls Tourney
  • Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity at Glencoe-Silver Lake Tourney
  • St. Croix Lutheran at Bethany Lutheran Tourney

2018-2019 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.

2018-2019 LOCAL POLLS

Minnesota Basketball News 
Polls TBA

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    Class AAA
      Class AA
        Class A

          2018-19 Conference and Section Previews

          My previews of the Twin Cities metro area conferences and sections for the 2018-2019 season.

          Conferences
          Sections
          IMACNW Suburban (10/24)
          4A (10/29)2AAAA (11/7)
          Lake (10/23)St. Paul City
          4AA (10/30)3AAAA (11/8)
          Metro EastSouth Suburban (10/25)
          5AA (10/31)4AAAA (11/9)
          Metro West (10/22)Suburban East (10/26)
          3AAA (11/1)5AAAA (11/12)
          Minneapolis CityTri-Metro
          4AAA (11/2)6AAAA (11/13)
          MCAATwin Cities Athletic
          Division 1
          Division 2

          6AAA (11/5)7AAAA (11/14)


          Independents
          1AAAA (11/6)8AAAA (11/15)
          What to watch in 2018-2019 (11/16)

          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.

          2018 Fall Schedule

          Fall Exposure Camps
          • Prep Hoops Top 250 Expo - Sunday Sept 9 at Burnsville HS
          • Minnesota Comets Fall Exposure Camp - Sunday Sept 23 at Sauk Rapids HS
          • Minnesota Select Showcase - Sunday Sept 30 at Burnsville HS  
          2018 Fall League Schedule
          WeekSaturdaySunday
          Sep 8/9
          The League
          MYAS
          Sep 15/16Magic

          The League
          Breakdown Early League
          Magic
          MYAS
          Sep 22/23MBA (Cooper)
          Magic
          The League
          Breakdown Early League
          Magic
          MYAS
          Sept 29/30MBA (Cooper)
          Magic
          The League
          Breakdown Early League
          Magic
          MYAS
          Oct 6/7MBA (Cooper)
          Magic
          Magic
          MYAS
          Oct 13/14MBA (Burnsville)
          Magic
          Magic
          MYAS Fall Championships
          Oct 20/21MBA (Holy Family)Breakdown
          MBA Session 2
          MYAS
          Oct 27/28MBA (Holy Family)Breakdown
          MBA Session 2
          MYAS
          Nov 3/4MBA (Holy Family)Breakdown
          MBA Session 2
          MYAS
          Nov 10/11
          Breakdown
          MYAS

          League Notes:
          • The League is run by Hardwood Elite and held Sunday Nights in September at Eden Prairie. Games are at 5 and 6 PM.
          • Breakdown Early League is at Champlin Park
          • Breakdown Fall League will have 5 sites for metro area teams.  They are Bloomington Jefferson, Bloomington Kennedy, Hopkins, Park of Cottage Grove and St. Michael-Albertville
          • Magic Fall League is held at Bloomington Jefferson and Bloomington Kennedy.
          • MYAS uses multiple locations throughout the metro. Those sites and teams vary from week to week.

          2018 Division 1 and 2 Commitments

          Class of 2018 Division 1 and 2 Commitments
          PlayerHigh SchoolCollege
          Justin BalcomeAlexandriaNorthern State (D2)
          Jordan BelkaRogersNorthern State (D2)
          JaVonni BickhamMinnehaha AcademyDenver
          Nick BieniekAnnandaleBemidji State (D2)
          Max BjorklundOronoBemidji State (D2)
          Sy ChatmanCretin-Derham HallMassachusetts
          Jarius CookPark CenterNorth Dakota State
          Damani HayesMankato EastSouth Dakota School of Mines (D2)
          Joe HedstromHopkinsWisconsin (4 for 5)
          Michael JonesWoodburyDavidson
          Tre JonesApple ValleyDuke
          Trever KaiserDassel-CokatoU of Mary (D2)
          Gabe KalscheurDe La SalleMinnesota
          Noah KannegiesserHancockConcordia-St. Paul (D2)
          Owen KingCaledoniaSouth Dakota State
          Bjorn KnutsonByronBemidji State (D2)
          Cody LandwehrSauk Rapids-RiceBemidji State (D2)
          Ryan LarsonCretin-Derham HallWofford
          Luke MartensApple ValleyWinona State (D2)
          Ray MitchellBlaineIdaho
          Shae MitchellLakeville SouthUW-Milwaukee
          Beijan NewbernMaranatha ChristianMontana St-Billings (D2)
          Jarvis OmersaOronoMinnesota
          Daniel OturuCretin-Derham HallMinnesota
          Jake PhippsAnokaSW Minnesota State (D2)
          Mitch PlombonSt. Cloud CathedralWinona State (D2)
          Nate RundFergus FallsMinnesota-Moorhead (D2)
          Michael SchaeferSt. Cloud CathedralAugustana (D2)
          Steele SenskePark ChristianBemidji State(D2)
          Josiah StrongChamplin ParkNavy
          Eric TiedmanJordanAugustana (D2)
          Adam TrappEskoSouth Dakota School of Mines (D2)
          Odell WilsonMinneapolis NorthNorth Dakota State
          Calvin WishartDelanoGeorgia Southern
          Ethan YousoVirginiaMinnesota-Duluth (D2)

          2017 Holiday Tournaments

          Here's a list of the 2017 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 21-23 (Final Day is 12,2,4 and 6 PM)
          St. Paul Johnson vs Fridley - 4 PM
          Hopkins vs Schaeffer Academy - 8 PM
          Minnehaha vs Mayer Lutheran - 2 PM
          Eastview vs Minneapolis Southwest - 6 PM

          Calvin Christian, Dec 27-29 (12,2,4 and 6 PM)
          West Lutheran vs Hiawatha Collegiate
          Liberty Classical Academy vs MN Transitions
          Learning for Leadership vs AFSA
          Chesterton at Calvin Christian

          Trinity, Dec 27-29 (2:30, 4:00, 5:30 and 7:00)
          St. Paul Harding vs St. Agnes
          Bloomington Kennedy vs St. Paul Prep/HSRA
          St. Paul Washington vs Cristo Rey
          Minneapolis Edison at Trinity

          2-Day Tournaments

          Hamline, Dec 21-22 (6 and 8 PM)
          Thursday - Dec 21
          Breck vs Walden Grove, AZ
          Wayzata vs Orono

          Friday - Dec 22
          Orono vs Walden Grove, AZ
          Wayzata vs Breck

          Bethel Tournaments, Dec 27-28
          Group 1:
          St. Louis Park vs Eagan - 12/27 6 PM
          Totino-Grace vs Roseville - 12/17 7:45 PM
          3rd place - 12/28 4:15 PM
          1st place - 12/28 7:45 PM

          Group 2:
          St. Paul Central vs Bloomington Jefferson - 12/27 2:30 PM
          Mounds View vs Maranatha - 12/27 - 4:15 PM
          3rd Place - 12/28 2:30 PM
          1st Place - 12/28 6 PM

          Coon Rapids, Dec 28-29
          Minneapolis South vs St. Croix Prep - 5 PM
          Simley at Coon Rapids - 7 PM

          Eden Prairie, Dec 27 and 29
          Day 1 - Dec 27
          Shakopee vs Edina, 6 PM
          Chaska at Eden Prairie, 7:30 PM

          Day 2 - Dec 29
          Shakopee vs Chaska, 6 PM
          Edina at Eden Prairie, 7:30 PM

          Hastings, Dec 28-29
          Farmington vs Irondale - 5 PM
          Prescott (WI) at Hastings - 7 PM

          Lakeville North, Dec 28-29 
          Forest Lake vs Austin - 6 PM
          Henry Sibley at Lakeville North - 7:45 PM

          Minneapolis North, Dec 27-28
          Brooklyn Center vs Cleveland - 5:30 PM
          Minneapolis North vs Comer Prep (IL) - 7 PM

          Mounds Park Academy, Dec 27-28 (5 and 7 PM)
          Math and Science Academy vs Spectrum
          Nova Classical Academy at Mounds Park Academy

          North Lakes Academy, Dec 28-29 
          Charter Stars vs Christian Life
          New Century Academy at North Lakes

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

          University of St. Thomas, Dec 27-28
          Dec 27
          Holy Angels vs Waconia - 4:30 PM
          Wayzata vs Maple Grove - 6:15 PM
          St. Thomas Academy vs Hopkins - 8:00 PM

          Dec 28
          Holy Angels vs Maple Grove - 4:30 PM
          Hopkins vs Waconia - 6:15 PM
          St. Thomas Academy vs Wayzata - 8:00 PM

          OTHER METRO AREA TEAMS
          • Anoka at Perham Tourney, Dec 27-28
          • Burnsville and Minnetonka at Owatonna Tourney, Dec 27-28
          • Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity at Glencoe-Silver Lake Tourney - Dec 27-28 
          • Richfield and Park at Grand Rapids Tourney, Dec 27-28 
          • Legacy at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Tourney, Dec 27-28
          • Concordia Academy at St. Cloud Cathedral Tourney, Dec 27-29  
          • Stillwater at Buffalo Tourney,  Dec 28-29
          • Andover, Chanhassen, Osseo and Minneapolis Henry at Hibbing Tourney, Dec 28-30
          • Columbia Heights, East Ridge, Mahtomedi, Minneapolis Washburn, Robbinsdale Armstrong, Robbinsdale Cooper and White Bear Lake at Rochester Rotary Classic, Dec 28-29
          • New Life at Cannon Falls/Randolph Tourney, Dec 29-30
          • Apple Valley, Champlin Park, Cretin-Derham Hall, Lakeville South, Minnehaha, Park Center and Woodbury at Granite City Classic (St. Cloud), Dec 29-30  
          • Prior Lake, Prairie Seeds and De La Salle at Mike Miller Classic, Dec 28-30
          • Heritage Christian Academy at Esko Tourney, Dec 29-30
          • Tartan at St. James Tourney, Dec 29-30

          2017-2018 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.

          2017-2018 LOCAL POLLS

          Minnesota Basketball News 
          Final Poll (3/7/18)

          Class AAAA
          1. Cretin-Derham Hall (1)
          2. Hopkins (2)
          3. Apple Valley (3)
          4. Lakeville North (4)
          5. East Ridge (5)
          6. Rochester John Marshall (6)
          7. Park Center (7)
          8. Champlin Park (8)
          9. Eden Prairie (NR)
          10. North St. Paul (9)
            Dropped Out: Tartan (10)
          Class AAA
          1. De La Salle (1)
          2. Austin (2)
          3. Mankato East (3)
          4. Orono (4)
          5. Waseca (5)
          6. Marshall (6)
          7. Columbia Heights (7)
          8. St. Thomas Academy (8)
          9. Willmar (9)
          10. Robbinsdale Cooper (NR)
            Dropped Out: Mahtomedi (10)
          Class AA
          1. Minneapolis North (1)
          2. Minnehaha Academy (2)
          3. Perham (3)
          4. Caledonia (4)
          5. Brooklyn Center (5)
          6. Lake City (7)
          7. Melrose (8)
          8. Eden Valley-Watkins (10)
          9. Annandale (NR)
          10. Holy Family Catholic (6)
            Dropped Out: Breck (9)
          Class A
          1. Springfield (1)
          2. North Woods (2)
          3. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (3)
          4. Cass Lake-Bena (4)
          5. Mayer Lutheran (5)
          6. Westbrook-Walnut Grove (7)
          7. Hancock (9)
          8. BOLD (10)
          9. Minneota (8)
          10. Parkers Prairie (NR)
            Dropped Out: Hinckley-Finalyson (6)

          2017-18 Conference and Section Previews

          My previews of the Twin Cities metro area conferences and sections for the 2017-2018 season.

          Conferences
          Sections
          IMACNW Suburban
          4A2AAAA
          LakeSt. Paul City
          4AA3AAAA
          Metro EastSouth Suburban
          5AA4AAAA
          Metro WestSuburban East
          3AAA5AAAA
          Minneapolis CityTri-Metro
          4AAA6AAAA
          MCAATwin Cities Athletic
          Division A
          Divisions B and C

          6AAA 7AAAA


          Independents
          1AAAA8AAAA
          What to watch in 2017-2018

          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.

          2017 Fall Schedule

          Fall Exposure Camps
          • Minnesota Comets Fall Exposure Camp - Sunday Sept 10 at College of St. Benedict
          • Prep Hoops Top 250 Expo - Saturday Sept 23 at Colin Powell Center
          • Minnesota Select Fall Exposure Camp - Sunday Oct 1 at Lakeville South HS 
          2017 Fall League Schedule
          WeekSaturdaySunday
          Sep 2/3
          The League
          Sep 9/10MagicThe League
          Magic
          MYAS
          Sep 16/17Magic

          The League
          Magic
          MYAS
          Sep 23/24Magic

          The League
          Magic
          MYAS
          Sept 30/Oct 1Magic
          MBA Session 1
          Magic
          MYAS
          Oct 7/8Magic
          MBA Session 1
          Magic
          MYAS Fall Championships
          Oct 14/15MBA Session 1MYAS
          Oct 21/22
          Breakdown
          MBA Session 2
          MYAS
          Oct 28/29
          Breakdown
          MBA Session 2
          MYAS
          Nov 4/5
          Breakdown
          MBA Session 2
          Nov 11/12
          Breakdown

          League Notes:
          • The League is run by Hardwood Elite and held Sunday Nights in September.  New location this season is Eden Prairie.
          • 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, Park of Cottage Grove and St. Michael-Albertville
          • MBA Session 1 is at Lakeville South
          • MBA Session 2 is at Holy Family.
          • MYAS uses multiple locations throughout the metro. Those sites and teams vary from week to week.

          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
          Jack HutchinsonMaple GroveIowa State (walk-on)
          Ethan IgbanugoLakeville NorthNorth Dakota (walk-on)
          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.