Posted On: 06/1/21 9:29 PM

The school year is in the rearview mirror for most of us. The players that are hooping in AAU have finished the AAU spring campaign. This is is a perfect time to update our prospect rankings. Players will have a busy June and July with team camps and more AAU. Here is a look at the latest update and expansion of the class of 2022 rankings in the state of North Dakota:

Full 2022 Rankings List:

A Look At The Top 12 Prospects

1. Joe Hurlburt Joe Hurlburt 6'10" | PF Enderlin | 2022 State #93 Nation ND |6-9 F| Enderlin/D1 Minnesota

2. Treysen Eaglestaff Treysen Eaglestaff 6'5" | SF Bismarck | 2022 State ND |6-5 F| Bismarck/D1 Minnesota

3. Trey Brandt Trey Brandt 6'1" | PG Beulah | 2022 State ND |6-1 G| Beulah/Pentagon Schoolers

4. Carson Hegerle Carson Hegerle 6'3" | SG West Fargo | 2022 State ND |6-3 G| West Fargo

5. Zander Albers Zander Albers 6'5" | PF Bismarck Legacy | 2022 State ND |6-5 F| Bismarck Legacy

6. Michael Nhial Michael Nhial 6'7" | SF West Fargo Sheyenne | 2022 State ND |6-7 F| West Fargo Sheyenne/Team Sizzle

7. Gus Hurlburt Gus Hurlburt 6'9" | PF Enderlin | 2022 State ND |6-9 F| Enderlin/D1 Minnesota

8. Ian Motschenbacher Ian Motschenbacher 6'1" | PG Fargo Davies | 2022 State ND |6-1 G| Fargo Davies/ECI

9. Paul Olson Paul Olson 6'3" | SF Kindred | 2022 State ND |6-3 F| Kindred/ECI

10. Eric Wentz Eric Wentz 6'2" | SG Minot | 2022 State ND |6-2 G| Minot/ECI

11. Dominic Dosmann Dominic Dosmann 6'8" | PF WF Sheyenne | 2022 State ND |6-8 F| West Fargo Sheyenne/ECI

12. Paine Parks Paine Parks 6'3" | SF Grand Forks Red River | 2022 State ND |6-3 G/F| Grand Forks Red River/ECI


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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