2010 Dakota Showcase Preview

The 2010 Dakota Showcase is Thursday through Saturday in Sioux Falls.  Always a popular July warmup for some of Minnesota's best.  Here's a look at this year's edition.

Pool A features the top Comets squad who I expect to come out of the pool.  The main opposition is MN Select II.  Select went 3-2 last weekend in Mankato with both losses to Minnesota Southside.  Levi Abercrombie with a quiet weekend last weekend.  Jack Harrison comes over from the PNR 16s and RJ Dean comes over from Old Skool United for Select.  Comets with Blake Maslonkowski and Simon Krych are too much inside.  But seeing Jayme Moten and Abercrombie in a 3 point shootout would be fun.

Minnesota Wrath is in pool B though a couple of their kids (Jack Klukas and Dylan Stewart) played for the top Select team last weekend.  There's also a WOTN squad in here.  Sounds like it will be the Black team and not the top Gold team.  I likeWrath to win the pool.

Pool C provides a nice challenge for the Comets 16 Elites as they face another hard-nosed squad in Fury Gold.  Fury and Comets 1-2 in this pool.

Pool D has the top Select team with the South Dakota Heat Black squad featuring Casey Schilling and Jalen Voss from the MN side.  MRC Elite also represents Minnesota in this pool.  That's a Minnesota River Conference group.  I'll take Select and SD Heat Black 1-2.

Pool E has Fury Blue and Magic Elite (though I think Ethan Petrill may still be out with a foot type injury).  Fury Blue trying to rebound from a disaster at the state tourney.  7'2 Josh Monroy is part of the SD Heat Rushmore squad in this pool.  Give me Fury to win it and a toss up after that.

Pool F has Mankato champion Minnesota Glory and Fury Blue II.  ECI Prospects and Joe Hanstad in this pool as well.  Anders Broman vs Hanstad at 6:20 PM on Friday in the main gym will be something to see.

Pool G has Comets Seevers and the SW Minnesota Stars in it.  But my pick to win the pool is the top Wisconsin Blizzard team.  6'8 Chris Kading, a North Dakota State verbal, vs the Holt Twins is an attraction to watch.  Cal Skogman is one of the other Blizzard players to watch.

Pool H has Tyler Forsythe from Maple Northwestern representing the WI Terror, Cedric Lang and Zach Horstman from the Dakota Schoolers, the MN Suns 16s playing up along with Magic Superfriends and center Michael Idso.  His matchup with Lang should be a good test. Lang was impressive at the Sabes Invitational.

The 8 pool winners play Saturday for a chance to claim the 2010 championship.

Comets Hanson def Wrath
Fury Gold over Select I
Fury Blue over Glory
WI Blizzard Kellett over Dakota Schoolers

Fury Gold over Comets Hanson
WI Blizzard over Fury Blue

WI Blizzard over Fury Gold

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