Posted On: 05/12/19 7:11 AM
Maple Grove, MN- With a full slate of games on Saturday, plenty of prospects made their mark in day two of Battle at The Lakes. See which prospects made their presence felt at Maple Grove HS.
Daine Hanson- Illinois T Wolves
Daine Hanson is just scratching the surface of his potential. When he uncovers his full potential, the 6’7″ Hanson will be a special player. Hanson has a chiseled body and was a monster on the boards for the Illinois T Wolves. Aggressive on the glass, he gobbled up rebounds in mass quantities. While his jump shot and back-to-the-basket game could use some work, the potential is still there.
In addition to being a good offensive rebounder, Hanson played a big role on the defensive side of the ball for the T Wolves. Trae Swartz, who had his way with the T Wolves in the first half, was significantly less effective in the second half because of Hanson’s defense.
Jaiden Lee- Illinois T Wolves
Unlike most star players, Jaiden Lee does not demand the ball on every possession. Instead, he patiently waits until his teammates pass him the pill. When Lee does get ahold of the rock, it usually ends in a bucket for the 6’4″ guard. With one of the prettiest jumpers you will ever see, Lee is a volume shooter who has made a habit out of big-time scoring performances. When Lee decides that he wants to score the ball, there are not too many defenders that can slow him down.
Anakin Kelly- Iowa Barnstormers
Anakin Kelly, a 6’2″ guard, has a very high ceiling. Kelly was a constant for the Iowa Barnstormers in their close loss to the Illinois T Wolves. He played with high energy and used his great athleticism to impact the game in many different ways. The guard played tight defense, distributed the ball well, and gave his team some extra juice on offense with his scoring.
Blake Herber- Minnesota Lightning
Following up on Blake Herber’s solid performance at Hard Work Live two weekends ago, Herber impressed with his quickness and his ability to finish plays on Saturday. As a true point guard, he always keeps his head up when he is dribbling and is ready to dish it to an open teammate. Herber is also more than willing to call his own number and drive through the lane. If the 5’10” guard can add a jumper to his already impressive toolbox, he could be unstoppable.
Kortland Johnson- D1 MN Prospects
As a slick ballhandler and a great passer, Kortland Johnson played a key role in D1 MN Prospect’s two wins on Saturday. When Johnson was in the game, D1 MN Prospects looked much crisper as Johnson’s great point guard play often led to open shots.
Trey Lewis- Pure Prep
Playing up an age group, Trey Lewis scored eight points in a devastating 54-50 loss for Pure Prep. The 2022 guard made two threes and converted on two free throws. Lewis’ stats don’t jump off the page, but he played point guard and ran the offense very well for a big chunk of the game.
Nolan Stier- MN Lighting
The best shooter at Maple Grove HS on Saturday was Jaiden Lee, but Nolan Stier gave Lee a run for his money. Finding the bottom of the net on four threes in a win over Team Factory, Stier scored 20 points and was active all game long.