Tuesday’s Top Ten: The 2020 Must-See Others

High School
Minnesota

Posted On: 09/18/18 6:16 PM

You’ve looked at Twitter the past two weeks and you know who the top guys in the state of Minnesota are.  But, who are some names you should check out when you stop in the Twin Cities?  Tuesday’s Top Ten has the names!

  • We start with Hopkins shooter Kerwin Walton (1).  Walton is a top 150 national level guy with a couple high major offers but he’s also spent his last 12 months playing with top 50 level bigs that sometimes result in Kerwin not being the first name out of people’s mouth.  Very soon he is going to be the next name with double figure D1 offers and maybe double figure major conference offers.  Zeke Nnaji is worth your time at Hopkins, but check out the 6-foot-5 SG too!
  • Another top 200 national name in Minnesota is Gabe Madsen (2) from Rochester Mayo.  There is a different spunk to this young man that we absolutely love.  Played with Wisconsin Playground Warriors outside of the state so you didn’t read about him as much in the Minnesota 16u news but he’s worth your time.  Mid-majors hoping he stays at their level when it comes to the guys coming through his gym.  
  • Who is the next player in Minnesota to get a major conference offer?  I would guess 6-foot-10 Steven Crowl (3) of Eastview High School. At his size Crowl has a nice touch, is well schooled in how to move his feet to defend the high ball screen (his coaches at Eastview and WOTN taught him well), and Northern Iowa is ahead of the game in offering. 
  • One of the bigger sleepers out there in the Midwest is Charlie Katona (4) of Shakopee High School.  If you got your but kicked by the Minnesota Fury this year – and most of you at 16u did – chances are Katona scored in numerous ways.  He’s by far the best player in the state of Minnesota without a D1 offer at the moment.  That won’t last long. 
  • It’s not often that guys at Eden Prairie need somebody to mention them but if you are in the Twin Cities the most efficient trip you can make is EP.  Drake Dobbs (5) is an ultra competitive PG that is very quick (Liberty offered), Austin Andrews (6) is an undersized post with a bigger versatile bag than Santa carries around, Connor Christensen (7) is that worker defender that every program needs one of, and Ariel Bland (8) is totally new to me but the South Carolina transfer is explosive at 6-foot-6. 
  • We know that strong, low post big is not what it was, but Jacob Hutson (9) can do that, and he can move better than you think as well.  Hutson of Edina looks to be in great shape and a few D1s have already slid over to the Hornets nest to see the strong post game with a soft touch that Hutson has.  
  • If you are going down to see Gabe Madsen his brother Mason Madsen (10) gives a lot of the same things that Connor Christensen does.  Good size, growing skill, high court IQ and motor.  Mason is at Rochester Mayo and not too far from there is skilled jumping jack forward Brady Williams of Dover-Eyota and bulldog highly productive guard Noah King at Caledonia.