5 to watch in the 2011 recruiting period

Here are 5 names that have a chance to be noteworthy stockraisers this July.

Joey King - MN Southside
Maybe the player with the most pressure this July. He played well against SW MN Stars at the spring PNR Tourney and was up and down in Iowa. He gets a great opportunity in Milwaukee at the 1st NY2LA event. A win in pool play is a must and will propel them into the platinum bracket. This is the 1 month where his interest level will be crystalized.

Johnny Woodard - Net Gain Sports
Woodard starts his summer where it "ended" as Net Gain returns to Milwaukee to open July. When he last played before Memorial Day it was in Milwaukee where he injured a shoulder and was thought to be done. He's since been cleared and after the outstanding spring he had, it would have been a shame to see him sit out. He has the most college ready body in the class. Using that body, he's also demonstrated that he's as good a finisher as anyone in the class as he can take contact and still score. Continued quality play should have high majors after him.

Nate Kratch - 43 Hoops
Has been outstanding all spring for coach Al Harris and the D1 offers have started to come as Jacksonville and Nebraska-Omaha are on board (how cool would a front line of Krych and Kratch sound?). More athletic than he looks and has shown the ability to swat shots. Expect his stock to rise during this period during a tough schedule in Indianapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Louis.

Siyani Chambers - Howard Pulley Black
He's rebounded nicely after a tough start to the spring. He's a quality leader and has good basketball IQ. Will his size be an issue for high D1 schools? He has the ultimate platforms to show as he'll be at the Lebron James Skills Academy and the Peach Jam during the opening period.

Carson Shanks - MN Select White 16U
Ignoring the fact that its totally ridiculous that I at a hulking 5'3" am projecting results for a 7 footer, let's get a 2013 kid in here. The size and the potential have shown and he's played well recently, specifically at the Gopher Team Camp. Will get plenty of looks because you can't teach size. With a quality July, interest would skyrocket.

10 more to watch
Tyler Flack - MN Select White
Kyle Bauman - MN Select White
Isaiah Zierden - Howard Pulley Black
Zach Stahl - Howard Pulley Black
Wally Ellenson - MN Pump N Run
Sanjay Lumpkin - MN Pump N Run
Zach Huisken - SW MN Stars
Casey Schilling - Dakota Schoolers
Ater Mangyang - Net Gain Sports
Tyler Vaughan - MN Comets


  1. No Mn Heat players? After this weekend I expected to see at least Justin Pahl's name on this list

  2. Hard to argue that one with the way he played in Iowa and last weekend.

  3. I might have included Shawn Bear from Team GetShook on that list, but it looks like their team fell apart so far in Indy (per their coach) which helps him not.

    Also- This would have been an important few weeks for Kyle Washington from Pulley Black, but now that he has a 2013 behind his name, He gets a lot more time to raise his stock. He has improved immensely this summer, and I think the extra year of footwork and growing will be great for him.

  4. From the word on the street this kid named Bryce Williams at the hoosier shootout dropped 8 Three pointers with 33 points the first game with a win, then the other 2 games he had 20+ points.. and yet he's still not on the list.

  5. Do you forget that this list was written BEFORE the games? You would rather I put a kid from a 2nd team that no one follows who's gotten no publicity on the list rather than any of the names I included. Stop.

    If Washington were still a local kid I would have included him.

  6. Heh! I figured he'd lost some Twin Cities points for the prep school thing.

    Your two Tylers are off to a great start!


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