Thursday, January 5, 2012
All-State Stock Watch puts up big numbers
By Christopher Parish
Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).
If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.
PTP: Joey King, Eastview, Senior
King was one of the state's top players entering the year — after all, he earned All-State first team honors — but nobody expected this kind of production. King opened the season with a 39-point night against Duluth East and has scored 30 or more points four times. His most recent output was 35-point night in an 80-40 win over Eagan on Tuesday. And his hot start has helped Eastview rise to the top of the POWERADE Minnesota Weekly Rankings.
OTP: Ryan Holthusen, Red Lake, Sophomore
Holthusen has yet to score less than 20 points this season, and his production has helped the Warriors jump out to a 7-3 record. The sophomore guard put together his best night despite his team's loss to Northern Freeze co-op on Dec. 29. He scored 44 points — and took an astounding 40 shots — in a 107-86 loss. He's averaging 32.8 points per game this season.
UTR: Sean Scott, Spring Lake Park, Senior
With his team off to a 9-1 start, Scott should be getting plenty of credit. He's one of the state's leading scorers and he's been a major factor in each of his team's first 10 games. He's dropped 30 or more points four times this season, including a season-high of 33 points three times, the most recent coming on Jan. 3 against Irondale. He's averaging 25.6 points per game this year.