Posted On: 03/1/21 9:59 AM

With the regular season over and the playoffs beginning, here is a look at the latest update and expansion of the class of 2023 rankings in the state of North Dakota:

Full 2023 Rankings List:

A Look at the Top 12

1. Anthony Doppler Anthony Doppler 6'3" | SG Bismarck Century | 2023 State ND (2023) |6-4 G| Bismarck Century

2. Ryan Erikson Ryan Erikson 6'8" | C Bismarck Century | 2023 State ND (2023) |6-8 F| Bismarck Century 

3. Conner Kraft Conner Kraft 6'6" | PF Shanley | 2023 State ND (2023) |6-6 F| Shanley

4. Darik Dissette Darik Dissette 6'3" | SG Minot | 2023 State ND (2023) |6-3 F| Minot

5. Alex Dvorak Alex Dvorak 6'0" | PG Dickinson | 2023 State ND (2023) |5-11 G| Dickinson

6. William Ware William Ware 6'7" | SF Bismarck Century | 2023 State ND (2023) |6-7 F| Bismarck Century 

7. Ethan Manock Ethan Manock 6'4" | PF Wahpeton | 2023 State ND (2023) |6-4 F| Wahpeton

8. Carson Yale Carson Yale 6'8" | PF Des Lacs Burlington | 2023 State ND (2023) |6-8 F| Des Lacs Burlington

9. Bryer Kaczynski Bryer Kaczynski 6'10" | C Wyndmere/Lidgerwood | 2023 State ND (2023) |6-10| Wyndmere/Lidgerwood

10. Ayden Stainbrook Ayden Stainbrook 6'4" | SF North Border | 2023 State ND (2023) |6-4 F| North Border 

11. Carson Bartholomay Carson Bartholomay 6'6" | PF Enderlin | 2023 State ND (2023) |6-6 F| Enderlin

12. Zach Kraft Zach Kraft 6'0" | PG Grand Forks Red River | 2023 State ND (2023) |5-10 G| Grand Forks Red River


How do you guys decide where a player gets ranked? Let me tell you.

North Dakota’s Prep Hoops prospect rankings are compiled by our writers with input from high school, AAU, and college coaches who watch a ton of North Dakota basketball. We put a lot of time and energy into it — probably too much! — and we are as diligent as we can possibly be to get it right. We never intentionally set out to bury a kid or leave them off the list. We try not to be biased — other than favoring kids with talent, grit, and a desire to get better. We work hard at being fair. But at the end of the day, not everyone will be happy, and that’s OK. Rankings are updated three times a year, in October, February, and June. Here are some other important things you should know.

College coaches have a lot of influence. If there is no clear consensus on the top players in each class, we give them the last word.

– AAU matters. In the winter update, we are obviously adding players who are having great high school seasons. This is the primary opportunity for athletes who don’t play AAU ball to make their mark. It is a reality, however, that players who do not play AAU are greatly diminishing their opportunity to make the prospect rankings. They are also limiting their opportunities to play college basketball since being seen by 10 coaches is statistically less likely to yield the desired result than being seen by 100.

– Most importantly, this list is about college potential, not current performance. Let me repeat that. THIS LIST IS ABOUT COLLEGE POTENTIAL, NOT CURRENT PERFORMANCE. This is the big one, the factor that causes the most consternation, the most misunderstanding, especially among keenly-interested parents.

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