Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fall Hoops Session 1 Preview

Fall Leagues in the metro kickoff this weekend. Here's what to look for.

MBA Fall League
14 teams in this group but tons of talent. Sibley comes in with D1 bigs Mike Rostampour and Jake Kreuser plus uber athletic guard Jordan Jackson to represent the top of class AAAA. Class AAA well represented with DeLaSalle. They feature wing Jalen Jaspers and one of the state's best juniors, Jonah Travis. The Islanders Tri-Metro West rival Minnehaha is also participating. Parker Hines at the point and Taylor Hanson inside are the Redhawks leaders. Breck and Blake also participating. Not to be outdone, the Tri-Metro East is represented with St. Anthony and Josh Pratt. Duluth East makes the trip with senior sharpshooter Dyami Starks and athletic sophomore wing Johnny Woodard.

Champlin Park enters with their nucleus from last year back. That includes point guard Jasper Duberry and post Kyle Zimmerman. I voted Matt Sellers the most improved player of the summer basketball season. The big man joins the Rebels for this fall league. Hoops Training enters a team of SW Minnesota players led by Marshall point guard Caleb Johnson. Orono comes in with their pair of shooters junior Jordan Smith and sophomore Brady Wohler with junior forward Jeremy Borg.

Play begins at Minnehaha Academy Saturday morning bright and early at 8 AM with the last game at 8 PM. Champlin Park vs DeLaSalle is an outstanding opener with Matt Sellers having a little extra motivation in that one after seeing minimal time at DLS last season. Three Henry Sibley games (Hoops Training, Minnehaha and Duluth East) end the day on a high note.

For more insight and resources on boys basketball in the metro, including a full fall league schedule, read my Twin Cities Boys Hoops blog.

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