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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: