Posted On: 11/16/15 7:00 PM

Conference Commentary

State Contender:  Apple Valley

The Eagles are one of the two favorites as they return their starting line-up from last season.  What is different this year?  Tre Jones and Gary Trent Jr are now nationally ranked talents with Duke offers and Brock Bertram is headed to Buffalo.  All five starters will be better.  That said, they have to replace three college basketball players from their bench so depth must be developed.

Top Ten in State Right Now:  Lakeville North, Shakopee

The Panthers and Sabers are traditionally amongst the best and that will not change.  What does change is that Shakopee lost a lot of backcourt talent and is playing in a tougher section.  As for the Panthers, their yearly challenge against JM in sections is going to be much tougher.  But they will come better this year with more senior experience.  Both are top ten caliber teams right now.  And both have the players to make a run to the state final game.

Potential Top Ten:  Lakeville South

The Cougars have a tough core group of seniors especially around the basket (Martin, Swanhorst, Cuddigan), they have one of the state’s best lead guards in Jack Sorenson, one of

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