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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 Holmgren Chet Holmgren 7'0" | C Minnehaha Academy | 2021 State #1 Nation MN , Prince Aligbe Prince Aligbe 6'6" | SF Minnehaha Academy | 2022 State #39 Nation MN , Hercy Miller Hercy Miller 6'3" | PG Minnehaha Academy | 2021 State MN ) and three bench players back ready for starting roles ( Chase Carter Chase Carter 6'7" | PF Minnehaha Academy | 2022 State MN , Donovan Smith Donovan Smith 5'10" | PG Minnehaha Academy | 2022 State MN , and Isaiah Davis Isaiah Davis 6'3" | SF Minnehaha Academy | 2021 State MN ).  

Top Ten in State - Blake

This is the season Blake has been priming for.  Robert Grace IV Robert Grace IV 5'10" | PG Blake | 2021 State MN 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 Holmgren Chet Holmgren 7'0" | C Minnehaha Academy | 2021 State #1 Nation MN , Prince Aligbe Prince Aligbe 6'6" | SF Minnehaha Academy | 2022 State #39 Nation MN , Hercy Miller Hercy Miller 6'3" | PG Minnehaha Academy | 2021 State MN ) and three bench players back ready for starting roles ( Chase Carter Chase Carter 6'7" | PF Minnehaha Academy | 2022 State MN , Donovan Smith Donovan Smith 5'10" | PG Minnehaha Academy | 2022 State MN , and Isaiah Davis Isaiah Davis 6'3" | SF Minnehaha Academy | 2021 State MN ).   Top Ten in State - Blake This is the season Blake has been priming for.  Robert Grace IV Robert Grace IV 5'10" | PG Blake | 2021 State MN 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 Ganz Gabe Ganz 6'1" | SG Blake | 2021 State MN and Jasper Liu Jasper Liu 6'1" | PG Blake | 2021 State MN are back as well. Throw in Theo Liu Theo Liu 6'3" | SF Blake School | 2022 State MN 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 Carney Liam Carney 6'3" | PG Providence Academy | 2022 State MN 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 Koch Jimmy Koch 6'2" | PG Breck School | 2022 State MN .   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 Holod Adam Holod 6'1" | SG St. Paul Academy | 2021 State MN - 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 Aligbe Prince Aligbe 6'6" | SF Minnehaha Academy | 2022 State #39 Nation MN of Minnehaha Academy (Jr) Robert Grace IV Robert Grace IV 5'10" | PG Blake | 2021 State MN of Blake (Sr) Chet Holmgren Chet Holmgren 7'0" | C Minnehaha Academy | 2021 State #1 Nation MN of Minnehaha Academy (Sr) Hercy Miller Hercy Miller 6'3" | PG Minnehaha Academy | 2021 State MN of Minnehaha Academy (Sr) Donovan Smith Donovan Smith 5'10" | PG Minnehaha Academy | 2022 State MN of Minnehaha Academy (Jr)   Second Team Chase Carter Chase Carter 6'7" | PF Minnehaha Academy | 2022 State MN of Minnehaha Academy (Jr) Isaiah Davis Isaiah Davis 6'3" | SF Minnehaha Academy | 2021 State MN of Minnehaha Academy (Sr) Gabe Ganz Gabe Ganz 6'1" | SG Blake | 2021 State MN of Blake (Sr) Jasper Liu Jasper Liu 6'1" | PG Blake | 2021 State MN of Blake (Sr) Jaren Morton Jaren Morton 5'11" | PG Breck | 2021 State MN of Breck (Sr)   Third Team Liam Carney Liam Carney 6'3" | PG Providence Academy | 2022 State MN of Providence Academy (Jr) Adam Holod Adam Holod 6'1" | SG St. Paul Academy | 2021 State MN of St. Paul Academy (Sr) Jimmy Koch Jimmy Koch 6'2" | PG Breck School | 2022 State MN of Breck (Jr) Theo Liu Theo Liu 6'3" | SF Blake School | 2022 State MN of Blake (Jr) Mercy Miller of Minnehaha Academy (Fr)   Fourth Team Jimmy Fafinksi of Providence Academy (Jr) Trent Finney Trent Finney 6'4" | PF Minneahaha Academy | 2021 State MN of Minnehaha Academy (Sr) DeWayne Givens DeWayne Givens 6'0" | PG Minnehaha Academy | 2023 State MN of Minnehaha Academy (Soph) Dhruv Muppidi of Mounds Park Academy (Sr) Sam Schroeder of Providence Academy (Sr)

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