With the 2011-12 hoops season set to tip off, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top players in Minnesota.
We’ve broken down the state’s top 20 players into four teams based on their talent, and included a whole lot of others who just missed the cut. Keep in mind, these preseason selections are based on past accomplishments and projected on-court performance in addition to recruit rankings.
For a list of the top senior basketball recruits in Minnesota, click here.
G: Siyani Chambers, Hopkins, 5-11/170, Senior
Lefty point guard with great jumper; verbally committed to Harvard.
G: Tyus Jones, Apple Valley, 6-1/175, Sophomore
Rated the nation’s No. 5 sophomore in the ESPNU 25.
G: Isaiah Zierden, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, 6-2/165, Senior
Creighton pledge averaged 18.8 points per game last winter.
F: Riley Dearing, DeLaSalle, 6-4/170, Junior
Stellar swingman has range from anywhere on the floor.
F: Joey King, Eastview, 6-8/190, Senior
Committed to Drake; averaged 17.6 ppg last season.
G: Anders Broman, Lakeview Christian, 6-1/175, Junior
Youngest in state history to reach the 2,000-point plateau.
G: Marcus Marshall, St. Paul Johnson, 6-2/180, Senior
Missouri State pledge; led the Governors to 57-4 record over two years.
G: Johnny Woodard, Duluth East, 6-4/190, Senior
Highly recruited guard hopes to be ready after shoulder surgery.
F: Sanjay Lumpkin, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, 6-6/175, Senior
Northwestern Pledge can play guard or forward at the HS level.
C: Carson Shanks, Prior Lake, 7-1/225, Junior
His size and raw skill in the post are attracting major programs.
G: Dwight Anderson, Washburn, 6-2/180, Senior
Averaged 16.2 point a night last winter; will likely see production rise.
G: Rashad Vaughn, Robbinsdale Cooper, 6-5/180, Sophomore
Already has offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Minnesota and others.
F: Nick Jorgensen, Hopkins, 6-6/180, Senior
Likely to start averaging 8.5 off the bench for reigning state champs.
F: Nate Kratch, Watertown-Mayer, 6-6/200, Senior
Santa Clara recruit has strength and skill to score in bunches.
C: Kyle Bauman, United South Central, 6-9/240, Senior
Averaged 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last winter.
G: Darrion Strong, Tartan, 6-0/175, Junior
Chicago native is building interest from small schools to major D-I.
G: Jonah Eisenschenk, Rocori, 6-5/180, Junior
Might have the state’s best jumper in the Class of 2013.
F: Tyler Flack, Lakeville North, 6-7/205, Senior
South Dakota recruit is one of the region’s best rebounders.
F: Ater Manyang, Century, 6-6/190, Senior
Averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Panthers.
C: Ian Thiesen, Osseo, 6-9/220, Sophomore
Like Tyus Jones (above), Thiesen attracted D-I interest as a freshman.
Other Top Players
Joel Awich, Tartan, F, Senior
Caleb Baker, Crosby-Ironton, G, Junior
Eli Beachy, Staples-Motley, G, Sophomore
Grant Bell, Little Falls, G, Senior
Damon Benham, Deer River, G, Senior
Brady Boike, MACCRAY, F/C, Senior
Luke Borchardt, Lakeview Christian, C, Senior
Michael Busack, Redwood Valley, G/F, Senior
Ryan Dahl, Holy Family, C, Senior
Dejon Davis, Washburn, G, Sophomore
Michael Ding, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, G, Senior
Will Dunn, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, G, Senior
Nathan Ehnstrom, Aitkin, G, Sophomore
Aric Elton, Spring Grove, G, Senior
Kevin Heysse, St. Cloud Tech, F, Senior
Michael Hoge, Crisby-Ironton, C, Senior
Jake Holt, Windom, F, Senior
Ryan Holthusen, Red Lake, G, Sophomore
Caleb Janson, Pierz, F, Senior
Jared Kadrie, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity, G, Senior
Brandon Kiel, Milaca, G, Senior
Kyle Kilgore, Adrian, F, Senior
Tony Kuplic, Trinity, G, Senior
Zac Lovdahl, Bigfork, G, Junior
Reggie Lynch, Jefferson, C, Junior
Gerald McCarver, Minnehaha, G, Senior
Zach Meyer, White Bear Lake, F, Senior
Michael Mooney, St. Michael-Albertville, G, Senior
Taylor Montero, Cretin-Derham Hall, F, Senior
C.J. Neumann, Cretin-Derham Hall, F, Senior
Brian Nosbush, New Ulm, F, Senior
Donovan O’Dowd, Great River, G, Senior
Jake Pavek, Mahnomen, C, Junior
Austin Pohlen, Grand Rapids, G, Senior
Trent Pollard, Prairie Seeds, G, Senior
Damien Reinke, Becker, C, Senior
Kyle Roy, Four Directions, C, Senior
Casey Schilling, Ellsworth, G, Senior
Thomas Smith, Little Falls, G, Senior
Taylor Stafford, Duluth East, G, Senior
Zach Stahl, Hopkins, F, Senior
Delshon Strickland, Holy Angels, G, Sophomore
Cortez Tillman, Cretin-Derham Hall, G, Senior
Reid Travis, DeLaSalle, F, Sophomore
Andre Wallace, Eden Prairie, G, Sophomore
Preston Weber, Pierz, G, Senior
Michael Wiese, St. Michael-Albertville, G, Senior
Ty’Shaun Williams, Highland Park, G, Senior
Carey Woods, Bemidji, G/F, Senior
Graham Woodward, Edina, G, Junior