Photo: Alex Conover Prep Hoops MN

Posted On: 10/12/20 7:32 PM

We continue our league previews by stepping into the IMAC, the six team league of private schools in the metro. 

 

Conference Commentary

State Title Contender - Minnehaha Academy

Odds are that had there been a state tournament we would be talking about Minnehaha Academy’s 4th straight state title, and looking for a fifth.  While that may have been unfair to some other quality teams - DeLaSalle, Marshall (Mankato East, Totino-Grace, and Waconia are the other Top 6 ranked Class AAA teams but they were all knocked out in section title games) - the reality is Minnehaha Academy was the favorite.  And they will enter this season the Class AAA favorite with three starters returning (Chet HolmgrenChetHolmgren7'0" | CMinnehaha Academy | 2021State#1NationMN, Prince AligbePrinceAligbe6'6" | SFMinnehaha Academy | 2022State#39NationMN, Hercy MillerHercyMiller6'3" | PGMinnehaha Academy | 2021State#195NationMN) and three bench players back ready for starting roles (Chase CarterChaseCarter6'6" | PFMinnehaha Academy | 2022StateMN, Donovan SmithDonovanSmith5'9" | SGMinnehaha Academy | 2022StateMN, and Isaiah DavisIsaiahDavis6'3" | SFMinnehaha Academy | 2021StateMN).  

Top Ten in State - Blake

This is the season Blake has been priming for.  Robert Grace IVRobertGrace IV5'10" | PGBlake | 2021StateMN is one of the fastest players in the state of Minnesota - and he would get some votes as the fastest - plus his long time running mates Chet HolmgrenChetHolmgren7'0" | CMinnehaha Academy | 2021State#1NationMN, Prince AligbePrinceAligbe6'6" | SFMinnehaha Academy | 2022State#39NationMN, Hercy MillerHercyMiller6'3" | PGMinnehaha Academy | 2021State#195NationMN) and three bench players back ready for starting roles (Chase CarterChaseCarter6'6" | PFMinnehaha Academy | 2022StateMN, Donovan SmithDonovanSmith5'9" | SGMinnehaha Academy | 2022StateMN, and Isaiah DavisIsaiahDavis6'3" | SFMinnehaha Academy | 2021StateMN).   Top Ten in State - Blake This is the season Blake has been priming for.  Robert Grace IVRobertGrace IV5'10" | PGBlake | 2021StateMN is one of the fastest players in the state of Minnesota - and he would get some votes as the fastest - plus his long time running mates Gabe GanzGabeGanz6'1" | SGBlake | 2021StateMN and Jasper LiuJasperLiu6'1" | PGBlake | 2021StateMN are back as well. Throw in Theo Lui and you have a four guard/wing attack that will spend much of the season ranked in the top ten.  Compete with Most - Providence Academy, Breck If the Lions can get something out of their frontcourt, they have a backcourt that can surely make nights tough for opponents.  Liam CarneyLiamCarney6'2" | PGProvidence Academy | 2022StateMN is a scorer that is capable of explosive numbers after a great summer and fall of play.  Sam Schroeder and Jimmy Fafinksi are solid returning backcourt members as well.  I expect a big step forward for Breck.  They have a really nice backcourt duo in speedy defender Jared Morton and shooter Jimmy KochJimmyKoch6'2" | PGBreck | 2022StateMN.   Rebuilding - St. Paul Academy, Mounds Park Academy SPA isn’t rebuilding as much as they are a big unknown.  Outside of the top player on the team - Adam HolodAdamHolod6'1" | SGSt. Paul Academy | 2021StateMN - the Spartans lost the majority of their rotation from a 16 win team.  They will stay competitive with a lot of the teams on their schedule but so much of the rotation has to be rebuilt.    19-20 Conference Predictions Minnehaha Academy (played just three conference games last year) Blake Providence Academy Breck St. Paul Academy Mounds Park Academy   Preseason All IMAC First Team Prince AligbePrinceAligbe6'6" | SFMinnehaha Academy | 2022State#39NationMN of Minnehaha Academy (Jr) Robert Grace IVRobertGrace IV5'10" | PGBlake | 2021StateMN of Blake (Sr) Chet HolmgrenChetHolmgren7'0" | CMinnehaha Academy | 2021State#1NationMN of Minnehaha Academy (Sr) Hercy MillerHercyMiller6'3" | PGMinnehaha Academy | 2021State#195NationMN of Minnehaha Academy (Sr) Donovan SmithDonovanSmith5'9" | SGMinnehaha Academy | 2022StateMN of Minnehaha Academy (Jr)   Second Team Chase CarterChaseCarter6'6" | PFMinnehaha Academy | 2022StateMN of Minnehaha Academy (Jr) Isaiah DavisIsaiahDavis6'3" | SFMinnehaha Academy | 2021StateMN of Minnehaha Academy (Sr) Gabe GanzGabeGanz6'1" | SGBlake | 2021StateMN of Blake (Sr) Jasper LiuJasperLiu6'1" | PGBlake | 2021StateMN of Blake (Sr) Jaren MortonJarenMorton5'11" | PGBreck | 2021StateMN of Breck (Sr)   Third Team Liam CarneyLiamCarney6'2" | PGProvidence Academy | 2022StateMN of Providence Academy (Jr) Adam HolodAdamHolod6'1" | SGSt. Paul Academy | 2021StateMN of St. Paul Academy (Sr) Jimmy KochJimmyKoch6'2" | PGBreck | 2022StateMN of Breck (Jr) Theo LiuTheoLiu6'3" | SFBlake School | 2022StateMN of Blake (Jr) Mercy Miller of Minnehaha Academy (Fr)   Fourth Team Jimmy Fafinksi of Providence Academy (Jr) Trent FinneyTrentFinney6'4" | PFMinneahaha Academy | 2021StateMN of Minnehaha Academy (Sr) DeWayne GivensDeWayneGivens6'0" | PGMinnehaha Academy | 2023StateMN of Minnehaha Academy (Soph) Dhruv Muppidi of Mounds Park Academy (Sr) Sam Schroeder of Providence Academy (Sr)

Minnesota All Access Pass

Subscribe to Prep Hoops Minnesota to get access to all premium articles and prospect rankings for as little as $2 per week with an annual subscription!