Unknowns and Undervalued

Posted On: 05/23/19 5:58 PM

The Havoc in the Heartland brought us a new top squad in the Hard Work Region.  We break down the Hard Work Region Power Teams, now!

The Power Five!

Peoria Area Elite (1). We have a new team on top of this list and it’s Peoria Area Elite, the 6-0 champion of the Havoc this past weekend.  Myriece Byrd, Emaryon Byrd, Rolando Brown, and Chris Williams have been a nasty trio that teams weren’t able to spread out and defend in Indy.  Peoria Area Elite defeated Wisconsin United and MBA in close games while thrashing six others on the way to championship gold. 

Wisconsin Playground Club (2).  At 8-4 in UAA play and a final four finish in the Battle at the Lakes it’s been a pretty good year for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors.  Mason Madsen and Gabe Madsen have proven to be a step better as prospects than many may have believed while Johnathan Davis is playing like a guy who should have four stars next to his name.  The PGC has the talent to be a top 25 team in the nation and we expect them to battle their way back to that spot come July.  

South Dakota Attack (3).  Matthew Mors was one of the elite players on the Prep Hoops Circuit in April but he didn’t play with the team in Battle at the Lakes.  How did that go with Kobe Busch in the leading role?  You may have heard about the Northern Lakers beating two teams on this list this past weekend, the Attack beat them with Mors running track back home.  The Attack also defeated one of Iowa’s best teams The Martin Brothers at the Battle before losing to the #1 team in the nation, D1 Minnesota. The Attack remain the best team in South Dakota at the 17u level. 

Minnesota Fury Zurn (4).  Fury Zurn currently sits at 23-3 on the season after playing six straight weekends.  The Fury is an undefeated 10-0 in the SPTS league plus they went undefeated in Madison during Hard Work Live.  Add in three Final Four finishes and it’s been a strong spring for the power blue and gold.  Point guard Nathan Heise was offered and committed to Northern Iowa, Brady Williams has picked up options, and Charlie Katona’s last month has been outstanding.

Minnesota Heat Vang (5).  Since going 3-1 in the Prep Hoops Circuit event in Madison, Heat Vang has split their games in the SPTS league.  And along the way Park Center shooter Josh Brown is starting to receive some attention at the division one level.  The 6-foot-3 Brown was a top five scorer for the state’s third place finisher at Class AAAA and since then he has taken off as the Heat Vang top option.  


Next Five

Team Factory Gold. Minnesota, TCU, Arizona State and Virginia Tech have joined Wisconsin and Nebraska in showing interest in Chucky Hepburn who has been the 16U Prep Hoops Circuit MVP.  

Minnesota Rise.   The Rise made the Battle at the Lakes Elite Eight with a strong run led by Wyatt Olson (who was injured in the Fury event las weekend). 

The Work Foundation.  Trio of Brian Brooks, Scott Lanier, and Deshaun Glover are making a name for themselves!

Minnesota Matrix.  Currently 20-6 overall on the season after five events played.  

MBA.  The Michigan Basketball Academy made the Havoc finals with a 6-1 record led by Jeremiah Pittman.