Posted On: 09/7/18 4:34 PM
The best part about the Prep Hoops Top 250 is seeing the stars of the future compete. Many of the top names in Minnesota high school basketball competed at the Expo as young players and we look forward to watching the 2021s tomorrow.
A group of about 70-75 sophomores will be in Burnsville competing on Sunday and the list includes some of the state’s better talents. Here is a quick run through of ten of the standouts that are scheduled to compete.
Erick Burgess of Cristo Rey. Burgess is a talented, big guard that scored nearly a dozen points per game as a freshman and many believe he has the potential to have three more special years.
Devin Burger of Totino-Grace. Devin played junior varsity as a freshman getting him ready for three varsity seasons. Devin is widely considered by many to be a top 20 talent in this class with his skill and competitive nature.
Finn Diggins of Perham. To compete for a team as well coached as Perham is not easy and doesn’t happen often. There have been a few but Diggins was able to score three times a game with 2-3 boards off the bench last season.
Ryan Dufault of Waseca. A big reason the Jays were able to bridge the gap between the talented youth and the returning veterans was the experienced guard play of Dufault. Ryan scored ten points a game and played beyond his years.
Andre Gray of Hopkins. Andre was the guard you saw step on the floor with the Hopkins veterans in summer competitions and score as a talented combo guard. Gray has a maturity that will allow him to be a big asset right away.
Ben Holden of Cleveland. The Clippers used only six players for the most part during last year’s section run and the guy off the bench was strong and physical post Ben Holden. Ben stepped on the floor and their was little drop off as he scored 3-4 times each game.
Teyghan Hovland of Austin. The Austin Packers keep funneling talent through the Packer halls. Hovland – also a talented football player – was tremendous this off-season with the SE Minnesota Lighting scoring in big numbers and making big shots.
Colt Landers of Grand Meadow. He was only a freshman but Landers had his second big scoring year putting up 16 points per game as a freshman. Landers then moved to the 15u year and brought similar consistency.
Francis Nwaokorie of Champlin Park. This is a player we’ve heard a lot about over the middle school years simply abusing people at times around the basket. What has changed? Francis now stands 6-foot-6 and not 6-foot-2 so he’s still able to get things done in the paint.
Kody Williams of Wayzata. How does a guy get in a varsity rotation of eight guys when there are 1,600 boys in the school? You have the physical frame and agility of a mature young man like Williams who scored five points a game and played above his years.