Posted On: 11/30/19 1:10 PM

Basketball season is right around the corner. Teams are firing up practice this week and games will be starting in less than two weeks. With that in mind, here are some things I’m curious about heading into the season:

Which team is the fifth best in the state?

At this point, it seems like there’s a clear top-four teams in Class B: Hillsboro/Central Valley, Richland, Rugby and Four Winds/Minnewaukan. Those teams have practically everybody back from last year, where they were all top-10 teams that looked like state title contenders. 

After that, it’s a bit muddled. Beulah returns two starters from a state tournament team, but graduated practically every other varsity player. New Rockford-Sheyenne is in a similar boat. Thompson returns a solid core of complementary players, but the horses from last year’s run are gone. 

Kindred and Dickinson Trinity are the teams I think can stake the best claims to be ranked in that spot. The Vikings won 20 games last year and return three starters including a potential all-state forward in Gavin Keller. They play elite defense, return two solid perimeter pieces and Keller is a guy who could ascend

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