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Posted On: 04/24/18 5:36 PM
The Prep Hoops Proving Grounds are in Minnesota, this weekend. Some of the better teams in the Midwest will compete in an open period event right here in the Twin Cities.
The Field. This weekend the Proving Grounds field is 42 teams deep at the 17u level. Here is the state breakdown: 3 from Nebraska, 19 from Minnesota, 3 from Iowa, 1 from Missouri, 2 from North Dakota, 3 from Illinois, 9 from Wisconsin, 1 from Florida, and 1 from Canada.
Half of the Minnesota top 25 will be in this event including the 4th ranked Fury Wilde crew that finished in the Pitt Jam Fest Elite Eight, 6th ranked Crossfire Belle who just won the Spring Jam in Sioux Falls, 10th ranked Heat MacDonald who was the Midwest Live runner-up in Omaha last week, and 12th ranked Fury Kaupa, 13th ranked Heat Nelson, and 15th ranked Heat Henderson. In addition to the other ranked top 25 teams there is also the Minnesota Bulldogs who had a nice run last weekend in Sioux Falls and could be a team we need to look at as a top 25 squad.
The rest of the field has several names that people are familiar with in Grassroots basketball. Wisconsin Academy, Wisconsin Blizzard, Wisconsin Swing, and Wisconsin Playmakers are traveling east, Iowa Pump N Run and Iowa Prep are traveling north as is the KC Spurs who won the Midwest Live event in Omaha last weekend. From Nebraska one of the Omaha Crusaders teams will be in the Twin Cities at the Proving Grounds, and a pair of North Dakota teams will be in the Minnesota metro as well (ND Attack and ND Phenom).
The Location. Remember the days when Bloomington Jefferson and Bloomington Kennedy seemed to host every Grassroots event in Minnesota? The Proving Grounds are bringing things back to those good old days with the Bloomington locations. The 17u field will be playing their games at Kennedy and those games will start Friday night with a single pool play game starting at 6:30. Friday night has four rounds of games and then on Saturday the 17u kids get a bit of sleep-in before games start around 11am/Noon.
The Talent. As a writer that mainly focuses on Minnesota and the Dakotas I will keep my focus there and let our team of writers from other states talk about their talents.
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Some Local Sleepers to Watch.
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