Posted On: 08/18/19 9:30 AM

The Mandan Braves looked like a state title contender through portions of last season. Things ended tenuously as they lost three straight to end the season including two in upset fashion at the state tournament. Still, a second straight state tournament appearance was a positive. And while the Braves lose two double-figure scorers, there’s plenty of cause for excitement heading into the winter of 2019-20.

GO-TO GUY: Elijah Klein

Klein is arguably the best big man in the state and after averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds as a junior, he’s established himself as the clear go-to guy for the Braves. At 6-foot-7, Klein has a tantalizing combination of skill, athleticism and strength and his teammates aren’t going to forget about him because he’s the clear featured man. He didn’t play AAU full time this summer but he was apparently dominant in Mandan’s team camp circuits. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him lead the WDA in scoring and contend for the Player-of-the-Year.

BREAKOUT CANDIDATE: Jayce Lowman

In reality, just about anybody that figures to see minutes for the Braves next winter is a breakout candidate given only three regular rotation guys are back. Lowman heads into his junior year

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