Summer Slam: 5 Reasons for D1s to stop by

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Dakotas

Posted On: 07/13/18 9:50 AM

Tonight at 9pm when the South Dakota Attack tip off against the Minnesota Matrix (9th ranked 16u in MN) there will likely be some D1 schools watching Matthew Mors.  Mors isn’t the only reason to head to Sioux Falls for D1s.

Today we give D1 coaches five reasons to find a way to Sioux Falls and of course it starts with the Yankton 6-foot-7 forward.

OneMatthew Mors of SD Attack.  If you see a high major school at the Sanford Pentagon the next three days he will likely have made a trip to Sioux Falls to see Matthew.  Seeing as Matt is a 2021 the schools may not get there until the very tail end of their trip as schools of course have 2019 and 2020 classes to fill.  But Creighton has offered and Omaha is close to Sioux Falls so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them watching Mors and the same could be said for Joe Krabbenhoft of Wisconsin who is from Sioux Falls and of course never minds a trip home.  The South Dakota Attack has a really tough first game playing Minnesota Matrix plus Fury Kline has a good opponent for Mors as well.

TwoJacob Hutson of Fury Kline. The Edina 6-foot-9 big has had a wonderful year leading Minnesota Fury to a 25-8 record and a ranking of sixth in Minnesota.  Davidson, Princeton,  and Northern Iowa are three of the many schools that have been in contact with Hutson who has been immovable in the paint.  Hutson’s soft touch has his team playing very well opening up the court to all.  Minnesota’s 2020 crop of talent is huge up front with several prospects and Hutson is one of them.

Three.  Sticking with the 2020 kids, another name to watch is Boden Skunberg, a 6-foot-4 Jamestown wing playing up on the Pentagon Schoolers 17u team.  The Schoolers player their first game at just after eight o’clock.  The smooth skill in a big frame finished off by the feathery touch has led to offers from Jamestown, Valley City State, University of Mary, and Concordia-St. Paul plus interest from North Dakota State and the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Boden and 6-foot-6 Elijah Kline of Mandan are excellent prospects for the Schoolers, and both are from North Dakota. Boden was offered by Northern State on Monday.

Four.  Nine guys have earned their way to a D1 offer so far in Minnesota’s 2019 class.  There will be more, but it could be one of many.  Usually when players earn several NSIC offers in a summer it sends low major programs to the gym to see what the fuss is about.  That regular occurrence could lead to 6-foot-5 Maleeck Harden of Moorhead (MN) and the ECI Prospects to more D1 looks than people expect.  Harden was outstanding at NDSU Elite Camp (NDSU is full scholarship wise through 2019 though) and schools love their 6-foot-5 wings with agility and skill.  Harden is just scratching the surface of his talent and if the right guy sees him it’s possible.

Five.  College basketball has changed.  It’s positionless now meaning production in 17U hoops is valued more than it was, and size/athletic ability while still important, have taken a bit of a step back (athletic ability less than size of course).  And when you are talking production, who is more productive for Tea Area and South Dakota Attack than Noah Freidel?  Huge high school numbers leading his team to the state title game despite injury and Noah is as skilled and competitive as they come.  Based on the crowds watching it’s usually the NSIC and not USD or SDSU, but maybe they watch Noah this weekend and give him the look he’s earned!