The Spring Jam Preview

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Posted On: 04/18/18 4:49 PM

This weekend in Sioux Falls the annual Spring Jam will be played with teams from the surrounding states joining for a solid event.  PHD breaks it down today.

Who: The 17U level has two divisions, blue and orange.  The Blue Division has nine teams, and the Orange Division has five teams.  Blue has three pools while the Orange is a round robin event.

The first 17U Blue Division pool has the Pentagon Schoolers playing in their first event of the year and they will take on the North Dakota Phenom (their first event) and the Minnesota Bulldogs which is a team that we know nothing about at this time.  The second pool is led by the 7th ranked team in Minnesota Crossfire Belle, Wisconsin Playmakers Eberheart, and the Nebraska Bison which is traditionally one of Nebraska’s top five teams.  The third pool oddly enough is all Minnesota teams that are pretty good: 6th ranked Comets K, 17th ranked D1 Minnesota Rise, and the Southwest Minnesota Stars who haven’t played yet this year but won the 16u Northstar Hoops Report state championship last June.

The Orange Division has a very good North Dakota Attack team that was 4-1 in St. Cloud and has a very talented group.  They are in the Orange Division with ECI Select (who played and lost to the North Dakota Attack two weeks ago), Brandon Valley, Arete, and a solid South Dakota Crush squad.  A solid round robin.

The 16U level has twelve teams all in one division.  There is a strong group of PHD area teams which includes the Alliance from the eastern part of North Dakota, North Dakota Attack, ECI Select, BBA Force, and Pentagon Schools.  From Minnesota is 14th ranked Crossfire Pederson and 16th ranked West Central United plus Southwest Minnesota Stars who haven’t played as of yet.  Filling out the event will be two DTA teams, a Wisconsin Playmakers team, and the NBDA Bison.

The 15u Orange level has seven teams from the Dakotas (ECI, Brandon Valley, BBA Force (two teams), Bison Gold, Venon Regional, and the North Dakota Attack) plus Crossfire Stone.  Then in the Orange Division we have a dozen squads broke up in four pools of three.  Pool A is the Dakota Schoolers, North Dakota Attack Green, and the 12th ranked team in Minnesota, West Central United.  Pool B has 5th ranked Crossfire Bartsch, Next Level Academy, and NBDA Bison.  Pool C is Minnesota’s 14th ranked team Fury Syverson, North Dakota Phenom, and ECI.  Pool D is the Southwest Minnesota Stars in their first event, Dakota Wolves, and BBA Force.

What: This weekend is one of two NCAA open periods in April which means that division one programs can come to the event if they want to see talent at the event.

When: The event is this Saturday and Sunday.

Where: The Sanford Pentagon.

Why: Go to watch talent.  College coaches can look at the following players who rank as our “Prospects to Watch” at the 17U level this weekend:

  • Trey King (6-0, Irene Wakonda) of Pentagon Schoolers.  Trey is a first team all state player in Class B South Dakota.
  • Justin Hohn (6-1, Tea Area) of Pentagon Schoolers.  Hohn is the PG of a team that won state last year, third this year.
  • Boden Skunberg (6-4, Jamestown, ND) of Pentagon Schoolers.  Boden is the top prospect in North Dakota’s 2020 class.
  • Elijah Kline (6-6, Mandan) of Pentagon Schoolers.  A 2020 who was a double-double guy for Mandan, a top ND team.
  • Andrew Bergan (6-7, Aberdeen Central) of Pentagon Schoolers.  A top 2020 prospect in South Dakota.
  • Logan Heim (6-8, Dell Rapids) of Pentagon Schoolers.  One of the better big men prospects in the 2019 SD class.
  • Kiir Mabor (Fargo South) of North Dakota Phenom.  A post season honored player from North Dakota.
  • Cade Goggleye (6-1, North Woods) of Comets K. Cade was named junior all state this year taking his team to the title game.
  • Jackson Jangula (5-10, St Cloud Cathedral) of Comets K.  Coming off a great weekend in St. Cloud.
  • Nick Schaefer (6-3, St. Cloud Cathedral) of Comets K.  Nick is one of the better shooters at state.
  • Michael Ziermann (6-2, Lester Prairie) of Comets K.  The playmaker from Lester Prairie that scored around 20 a night.
  • DeVonne Harris (6-5, Big Lake) of Comets K.  A FCS level football prospect who is a solid interior hooper too.
  • Trey Hungerholt (6-2, Leroy-Ostrander) of D1 Rise.  Trey put up huge numbers this winter and is a tough PG.
  • Jake Kettner (6-3, MN Valley Lutheran) of D1 Rise.  Jake is likely the top 2019 prospect in the Blue Division.
  • Andrew Quade (6-0, Westbrook-WG) of D1 Rise.  Second leading scorer for the Rise up in St. Cloud.
  • Cole Elrod (6-4, Spectrum) of Crossfire Belle.  Elrod has been putting up big high school numbers his whole career.
  • Owen Boerema (6-4, Litchfield) of Crossfire Belle.  Owen is a top 50 level player in Minnesota coming off an 18ppg game year.
  • Reegan Nelson (6-3, Melrose) of Crossfire Belle.  Scored 16 a game for a three loss Melrose teams.
  • Preston Keaveny (6-0, Melrose) of Crossfire Belle.  Did the exact same thing that Nelson did, they are a great pair.
  • Ty Roelofs (6-2, Wilmar) of SW MN Stars.  Ty was a key piece to the fantastic Wilma season.
  • Carter Hansen (6-1, RTR) of SW MN Stars.  Hansen is coming off a great March for the Class A state champs of Minnesota.
  • Bentley Boike (6-3, Dawson-Boyd) of SW Mn Stars,  Scored 18 points a game this winter.
  • Matt Onken (6-5, Marshall) of SW MN Stars.  Onken is a tough, physical, dependable big for his team.
  • Macauley Young (6-9, Shiloh Christian) of ECI Select.  A 6-9 center that put up 16/12 this winter for a state team.
  • Ben Bohl (6-2, Bishop Ryan) of ND Attack.  Ben was a first team all state Class B player in North Dakota.
  • Dalton Albrecht (6-7, Grafton Area) of ND Attack.  Dalton is one of the best 3-4 prospects in North Dakota’s senior class.
  • Cadyn Schwabe (5-10, Thompson) of ND Attack.  Cadyn had an excellent first event in St. Cloud playmaking.
  • Hayden Overby (6-5, Thompson) of ND Attack.  Surprised some people in St. Cloud with what he was able to do against a good level of opponents.