Posted On: 02/14/19 4:06 PM

When NHR puts together the many post-season honors I want nothing more than to have an All-State Defensive Team. Selecting the group is a massive challenge so today we start brainstorming. 

We start by throwing out an argument.... "who can change a game more, a shot blocker or a ball pressure defender?"

I would argue that the shot blocker changes the game the most.  Especially an agile shot blocker.  If you have watched Minnehaha Academy play you will see how their team can hit the passing lanes heavier and take more chances because the players know that Chet Holmgren is behind them swatting 6-7 shots a game.  In addition to the blocks Holmgren is also contesting several more attempts and forcing players that often attack to either take an uncomfortable 16 footer or to simply pass the ball. 

Holmgren is the best shot blocker in maybe 20 years but there are several others.  Robert Jones blocks just over three a contest for Prior Lake.  Athletic forwards David Roddy and Charlie Gorres also block about three game using their timing and athletic ability while East Ridge junior Ben Carlson has become the all time leading shot blocker at his school. Carter

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