The AAU season has wrapped up and football practices have started! This means one thing, the basketball season will be here before we know it! Time to take a look at the best of the best in Class B. The De Smet Bulldogs are the reigning champs and they will be one of the best again in B. Who does PHD think should be in the preseason Top 10?
This is our first sort-through of Class B basketball in SD for the 2022-23 season. We will have another Power Ranking update late in the fall before the season beings. See below for the Top 10 in B.
#1. White River
2021-2022 Record: 21-3 (3rd Place at State)
Team Comments: Legendary coach, Eldon Marshall makes getting to the State Tournament his living!
The Tigers have the best player in Class B w/. A scoring machine that can single-handedly win games.
will have a huge season, a facilitator, creator, & playmaker. Expect big things from the junior PG.
A nice supporting cast with skilled players that know how to win. They will be one of the most entertaining teams in SD.
Key Players: , , , , TJ Beardt,
#2. Aberdeen Christian
2021-2022 Record: 21-5 (7th Place at State)
Team Comments: A new coach this season for ACS w/ Matt Rohrbach. Expect a seamless transition for the Knights.
They bring back the entire starting lineup with experienced players, have been to the State Tournament multiple times.
& w/ be a dynamic scoring threat on offense. Few teams can match that offensive firepower.
Isakson, Brennan, Clark are also talented pieces that know their role & will give team problems. Likely the best start 5 in B.
Key Players: , , , , Kaden Clark, Abe Holscher, , Joey Johnson
#3. De Smet
2021-2022 Record: 25-1 (State Champions)
Team Comments: Another legendary coach, Jeff Gruenhagen is no stranger to winning Championships!
the best BIG in B. Will be an automatic double-double, a man amongst boys, a dominant force!
Teams will be forced to double Wilkinson, this will result in many open looks and great opportunities for the Bulldogs.
Look forto have a breakout season and to be the lead guard. Plenty of other talent on the De Smet roster.
Key Players: , , , George Jensen, , , Tom Aughenbaugh
2021-2022 Record: 18-8 (6th at State)
Team Comments: They will be looking to make a follow-up to their great State Tournament run last season.
will be back from injury & ready to take names! Going to be a STUD. Tough matchup & star athlete.
& will make a tough combo in the backcourt for the Warriors. Will provide a nice scoring punch.
, the best BIG in B not named Wilkinson. A force to be reckoned w/. Will get teammates many open looks.
Key Players: , Booker Schooler, , , Jackson Schofield, Bowen Ryan,
2021-2022 Record: 11-12 (Lost in Region semifinals)
Team Comments: averaged 18.3 ppg, 9 rpg, 2 apg, 2 spg, 45 FG% last year. He will be an elite player in B.
The Huskies return all 5 starters and they will be ready to take the next step.
Key Players: , , Jaxon Koch
#6. Lower Brule
2021-2022 Record: 22-4 (2nd at State)
Team Comments: An experienced team that is full of skilled players. Another excellent coach with Brian LaRoche.
is an exceptional shooter that can score in a hurry. Silky smooth with the rock. Lights out from deep.
is dynamic in the open court and a playmaker in transition. A lefty 3pt-bucket getter, a true baller.
The Sioux will have a two-headed monster with LaRoche & Thigh. Get ready for another trip to State.
Key Players: , .,
#7. Dell Rapids St. Mary
2021-2022 Record: 15-6 (Lost in Region quarterfinals)
Team Comments: When the Cardinals had their full squad together this summer they looked like a very tough team.
They lost 1 starter and 1 contributor but bring everyone back. They are also a well-coached squad.
and are primed for a big season. Both All-Conference last year, expect them to be impressive.
is a big addition to this team. Cards will be guard-heavy, play fast, and get up & down in a hurry.
Key Players: , , , , , Trimmier Hanson
2021-2022 Record: 14-8 (Lost in Region semifinals)
Team Comments: is a top talent in South Dakota regardless of class. All-State multiple seasons.
Last season stats for Mitchell, 19.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1 apg, 1.2 spg, 2.2 bpg, 51 FG%, 28 3FG%, 68-89 on FT’s, 76 FT%.
Mtichell will be on the top of every opposing teams scouting report. He will still produce!
Thomas, Kenzy, and Klundt are 3 youngsters to keep your eyes on for the Gorillas.
Key Players: , Gannon Thomas, ,
2021-2022 Record: 13-8 (Lost in Region quarterfinals)
Team Comments: is coming off a very nice AAU season. He will be a DUDE. Exceptional athlete!
will provide the muscle and be an anchor on the inside. A horse on the glass and a very tough BIG.
Key Players: , Tye Merril, , Trace Ortman, Will Ortman
#10. Harding County
2021-2022 Record: 16-6 (Lost in SoDak 16)
Team Comments: The Ranchers had a very nice season in 2021-2022 but came up a game short of the State Tournament.
was fantastic last season and put up good enough numbers to be an All-State Player. Expects big things!
, , and will make up a scary 3-headed monster for the Ranchers.
Key Players: , , , Gage Gilbert, Braden Routier, Brennan Glines.