Posted On: 06/20/18 12:51 PM
At Park of Cottage Grove the time is now. Time for the Wolfpack to turn the corner, time for Charlie Gorres to stay healthy and show the state what he can do. It’s an exciting time.
“We have good pieces coming back in Dom Block, Rodney Jefferson, Jeremiah Smith and other guys that will be seniors with varsity experience and a couple sophomores with varsity experience,” Charlie told NHR about the 18-19 season. “Our goals for this season are to not just compete in games but win games this year and ultimately make it out of our section and go to state.”
Park won six games last winter and a big part of that was the Wolfpack not having Charlie for ten games. Gorres averaged 20.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 3.1 blocks a game having a massive junior season and proving why he is a top 15 level player in this senior class. With more depth around Charlie and him being healthy the Wolfpack has a chance to reach his goals because they are in Section 3AAAA which is wide open and doesn’t have a ranked team heading into the 18-19 year.
So the 6-foot-5 Gorres is working hard for this final year.
“Before my senior year I want to improve my ball handling and I want to get stronger,” Charlie said.
Gorres is also having a strong year for the 28-5 Minnesota Fury Wilde team that won the SPTS championships, won the Battle at the Lakes tournament, and finished runner-up in the Comets Shootout.
“Some of the top moments for me have been winning the Stanford Pentagon Series and playing against D1 Minnesota (in the Comets Shootout) and hanging with them like we knew we could,” Charlie said. “This summer we want to win a lot, we are going to be playing against very good competition but if we play together we can beat anyone.”
Another task Gorres has in front of him is figuring out where he wants to play his college basketball. Offers there, interest is widespread.
“As of right now I have offers from Minnesota-Duluth, Concordia St. Paul, and Jamestown,” Charlie said. “Schools who have been in contact with me a lot have been Winona State, Mankato State, Southwest Minnesota State, U of Sioux Falls, Augustana, North Dakota State, St. Cloud State, UWRF, and St Thomas.
“I have went on a visit too UMD and I went to the Mankato State camp and I plan to go to the Winona State elite camp and get a tour of campus with coaches, I plan to visit Concordia and some other schools sometime this summer.”
The teams that have offered of course have grabbed Charlie’s attention in a big way. UMD has a new staff but they are still a very attractive option.
“For UMD I really like their program and the direction they are planning to go in, with Coach Wieck coming in this year and the energy and excitement he brings should send UMD in the right direction! And they are renovating there gym which should look amazing.”
Concordia St-Paul is the local option for Charlie who of course lives less than 30 minutes from the school.
“Concordia St. Paul, they have a great school and a great coaching staff with a lot of energy and they are heading in the right direction too,” Charlie said.