Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Boys HS Season Recap

The state tournament recap is elsewhere. Here we look back over the entire season. First, the consensus all-state (various different all-state, all-metro, Mr. Basketball, etc. etc.) all mushed together, plus my all-state team where it differs. Then the overall top 50 follows.

Consensus All-State and My All-State (where it differs, unless called out, I am in agreement)

1st Team

Siyani Chambers, Hopkins, sr., G--my Player of the Year, my overall state tournament MVP
Tyus Jones, Apple Valley, soph., G--AP Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year
Joey King, Eastview, sr., F
Sanjay Lumpkin, Benilde-SM, sr., F--my 3rd team
Isaiah Zierden, Benilde-SM, sr., G--my 2nd team

2nd Team

Johnny Woodard, Duluth East, sr., G--my 3rd team
Rashad Vaughn, Cooper, soph., F
Reid Travis, DeLaSalle, soph., C
Travis Vaughan, Braham, sr., G
Zach Huisken, Southwest MN Christian, sr., C--my 3rd team

3rd Team

Marcus Marshall, St. Paul Johnson, sr., G--my 1st team
Sean Scott, Spring Lake Park, sr., F--my 1st team
Austin Pohlen, Grand Rapids, sr., G
Mike Tyus, Anoka, sr., G--my 4th team
Quinton Hooker, Park Center, jr., G--not on my 1st through 4th teams

4th Team

Alex Illikainen, Grand Rapids, fr., C
Ian Theissen, Osseo, soph., C
Sander Mohn, Eden Prairie, sr., G--my 4th team
Connor Goodwin, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, sr., C--not on my 1st through 4th teams
Kebu Johnson, Blake, jr., F--not on my 1st through 4th teams

Not Consensus All-State

Anders Broman, Lakeview Christian,  jr., F--my 2nd team
Tyler Flack, Lakeville North, sr., F--my 3rd team
Joey Bartlett, St. Peter, sr., F--my 4th team

Final Top 50

1. Hopkins 30-2--if they play the state tournament 10 times, Hopkins wins 7

2. Osseo 30-2--but they only play it once, and Osseo is Class AAAA champion
3. Lakeville North 30-2--Class AAAA runners-up
4. Eastview 30-2
5. DeLaSalle 26-6--Class AAA champion

6. Minneapolis Washburn 29-3--Class AAA runners-up
7. Benilde-St. Margaret's 27-2
8. Eden Prairie 23-9
9. Apple Valley 23-6
10. Woodbury 24-6

11. Roseville 24-5
12. Chanhassan 23-6
13. Cretin-Derham Hall 19-9
14. Spring Lake Park 23-6
15. St. Paul Johnson 22-9
16. Edina 19-10
17. Champlin Park 18-11
18. Minnetonka 19-9
19. Wayzata 19-8
20. Grand Rapids 25-7

21. Park Center 18-9
22. Austin 23-6
23. Moorhead 18-10
24. Mankato East 25-5
25. Owatonna 22-7
26. Mounds View 18-10
27. Blake 24-4
28. Plainview-Elgin-Millville 27-6--Class AA champion
29. Detroit Lakes 22-8
30. Tartan 20-7

31. Buffalo 17-10
32. St. Thomas 18-11
33. St. Peter 28-2
34. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 33-0--Class A champion
35. Waconia 22-7
36. Duluth Denfeld 21-8
37. Blaine 17-12
38. Southwest MN Christian 28-2--Class A runners-up
39. Willmar 18-9
40. Rocori 18-12

41. Litchfield 26-6--Class AA runners-up
42. Zimmerman 23-5
43. Eagan 15-13
44. Rogers 19-9
45. Delano 22-7
46. Rushford-Peterson 26-6
47. White Bear Lake 15-13
48. St. Michael-Albertville 20-7
49. Perham 29-3
50. Braham 20-3

Next Year

Class AAAA--Apple Valley is the early favorite, yes, even vs. Hopkins, though I would not recommend underestimating Hopkins. All of the other state tournament teams have some talent coming back and will be a contender to return to the tournament, but I doubt if any of them have enough talent to contend for the state title. On paper, in other words, Apple Valley is a pretty solid favorite. I guess I'd make Osseo #3, Park Center #4 and Eden Prairie #5.

Class AAA--DeLaSalle will be loaded next year. It has been rumored that Wally Ellenson's (Minnesota Gophers recruit from Rice Lake, WI) brothers will be following him to the Twin Cities and enrolling at DeLaSalle (2 kids worth about 25 ppg between them). But this of course is just a rumor, like Ricky Rubio's sister coming to Hopkins. Stay tuned. Austin #2 and Grand Rapids #3 should be tough. Maybe Blake #4 and Johnson #5.

Class AA--Here I have no idea what to expect. Wide open. Let's say Litchfield #1 with Fairmont and Melrose following.

Class A--BBE has some talent coming back as does Lakeview Christian, they would be obvious #1 and #2 to start the new season. How about Dawson-Boyd #3, Browerville #4 and Sleepy Eye St. Mary's #5.

All-State--Tyus Jones, Anders Broman, Rashad Vaughn, Reid Travis, Ian Theissen


  1. Grand rapids just a one man gang next year overated! Hopkins barely beat unseeded woodbury not worthy of being number one. Lakeview loses frontline.

  2. Perkins coach of the year??? De lost top 7 players from 2011 team and win state... Never seen a team win state title after that much attrition! THESCOUT!