Wednesday, January 11, 2012
All-State Stock Watch respects the sophomores
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: Ian Thiesen, Osseo, Sophomore
One of the state's top rebounders this season is a sophomore. Thiesen's outstanding work on the boards has been a big reason why Osseo is currently the state's No. 3 team in the POWERADE Minnesota Weekly Rankings. In addition to his points output (13.7 points per game), Thiesen has averaged 9.2 boards a night and has cleared 15 rebounds twice — at home against Blaine and at Andover.
OTP: Trent Pollard, Prairie Seeds Academy, Senior
Prairie Seeds broke a state record last week, scoring the most points in state history during a 165-37 victory over Math and Science Academy. Pollard was the catalyst for the scoring barrage, dropping 37 points in the contest (thus equaling his opponent's total single-handedly). On the season Pollard is averaging better than 22 points per night.
UTR: John Veil, Blake, Sophomore
Veil has established himself as a young star thanks to a combination of timely scoring, excellent passing and the hands of a thief. Veil has amassed some outstanding steals numbers, including two games so far this season with double digits in thefts — 11 steals against Brooklyn Center and 10 takeaways in a game against Cloquet — both wins. He's also averaging 13.1 points and 6.3 assists per game for the 8-1 Bears.