Posted On: 06/25/18 1:42 PM

Edina guard Jack Middleton had a tremendous weekend at the Breakdown Summer State Tournament showing not only that he can defend and shoot at a high level, but score and rebound with some of the best.

“I want to improve my playmaking and ball-handling for my senior year so I can get as many people as I can involved,” Jack told NHR recently.

This weekend he was true to his words.  Playing against Rochester John Marshall, East Ridge, and Prior Lake – all times with division one offered nationally ranked players – Middleton put together some tremendous performances leading his team.

Against the Raptors Jack had a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds.  Against Matthew Hurt the Edina guard was able to give his team 24 points and facing the size of Garcia and Jones, Jack scored 26.  Middleton did all of this while getting others involved and competing hard.

“Next year should be a good year for us,” Middleton said.  “We are bringing back guys like Jacob Hutson, Zach Kloos, and Charlie Haff. I think we will surprise some people.”

We think so too.  Jack is playing for Minnesota Fury Wilde team that has also surprised teams by going 28-4 through seven events.

“Some of the top moments for my 17U season are going far in the Pitt Jam Fest and beating teams we weren’t supposed to beat,” Jack explained.  “We want to win as many games as we can by playing as a team.”

Competing within the framework is something that the Fury does well, and something colleges love about Middleton.  This weekend in St. Cloud, Jack will be playing in front of several programs at the GPA.

“I have been talking to Minnesota State-Moorhead, Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State-Mankato, USF, St. John’s, St. Thomas, NDSU, and Air Force,” Jack said. “I am waiting until after AAU in July to take more visits.”

Coaches from the Dragons, Huskies, Mavericks, Cougars, Johnnies, and Tommies watched Jack play on Sunday.