Ryan James

Ryan James

Ryan has been covering high school basketball in Minnesota for the last decade. As a major contributor covering Gopher basketball, high school basketball for Breakdown Sports, and now Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota on the Prep Hoops Network, Ryan has been the leading resource for hoops recruiting throughout the state, as well as the Midwest.

For Northstar Hoops Report and Prep Hoops Dakotas, Ryan is first and foremost the expert on team rankings, prospect rankings, as well as recruiting updates. He also contributes regular editorials covering all aspects of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota high school basketball

Lastly, Ryan has been the JV basketball coach at Minnetonka High School, where he had been on staff for the last 4 seasons. Ryan previously coached at Henry Sibley, Tartan, and Simley since 2002-03. He has also worked with the Junior Wolves program, was a manager at the University of Minnesota under Clem Haskins, and was an all-conference/all-area performer at Austin High School.

  • The Central Lakes Preview

    The Central Lakes Preview

    Last year we picked Willmar to finish seventh out of nine.  What happened?  Willmar ran away with the league.  What happens this year?

    by: Ryan James  Sep 25, 2018

  • Top Ten Frontcourts in Minnesota

    Top Ten Frontcourts in Minnesota

    What can't be taught?  Size.  The game has changed to the point that it's now called a "guard's game" but size is still a luxury that not everyone has.  And skilled/active size?  That's a luxury that coaches will take over anything.  Here are the ten best frontcourts in Minnesota. 

    by: Ryan James  Sep 25, 2018

  • The Rotation: Sioux Falls Christian

    The Rotation: Sioux Falls Christian

    SF Christian grabbed themselves a third place in state trophy last year.  At 24-1 they were hoping for that perfect record but it was a great year.  Another great season is expected. 

    by: Ryan James  Sep 24, 2018

  • The South Dakota Preseason All State Team

    The South Dakota Preseason All State Team

    It's going to be an exciting year in South Dakota watching some of the best players the state has seen in some time.  So, who are the best 15?  The Preseason All State Team for South Dakota?  Here it is!

    by: Ryan James  Sep 24, 2018

  • The Top Ten Backcourts in Minnesota

    The Top Ten Backcourts in Minnesota

    Time to rank the backcourts in Minnesota.  Talent, depth, where is the deepest group of guards?  NHR breaks it down. 

    by: Ryan James  Sep 24, 2018

  • The Big South Preview

    The Big South Preview

    The season is about two months away so it's time to start sorting through the conference previews, starting with the Big Nine.   

    by: Ryan James  Sep 24, 2018

  • Prospect Rankings: South Dakota Initial 2021 List

    Prospect Rankings: South Dakota Initial 2021 List

    The first list of 2021s in South Dakota have been laid down.  Expect a lot of players to step up this winter as many player their first varsity minutes. 

    by: Ryan James  Sep 24, 2018

  • The Big Nine Preview

    The Big Nine Preview

    The season is about two months away so it's time to start sorting through the conference previews, starting with the Big Nine. 

    by: Ryan James  Sep 20, 2018

  • The Rotation: Mandan

    The Rotation: Mandan

    How do you lose a pair of Steckler brothers and their massive numbers, and still have high expectations the next year?  PHD tackles the Mandan Braves today. 

    by: Ryan James  Sep 20, 2018

  • The Rotation: RC Stevens

    The Rotation: RC Stevens

    Last year's third place team RC Stevens lost a lot of seniors, so what is next?  PHD takes our first look at the 18-19 Rapid City Stevens squad. 

    by: Ryan James  Sep 19, 2018

  • Preseason All State: Class B (SD)

    Preseason All State: Class B (SD)

    The Class B level in South Dakota.  The talent level is high, and there are a few schools that feel they have some unfinished business left.  Who are the top players?  PHD runs you through Preseason All State.

    by: Ryan James  Sep 19, 2018

  • Recruiting Report: Matthew Mors (2021)

    Recruiting Report: Matthew Mors (2021)

    Matthew Mors of Yankton has built a strong offer list as well as a nice group of visits for the fall.  Mors is a top 40 level player nationally in his class and could climb even higher. 

    by: Ryan James  Sep 19, 2018

  • Tuesday’s Top Ten: The 2020 Must-See Others

    Tuesday’s Top Ten: The 2020 Must-See Others

    You've looked at Twitter the past two weeks and you know who the top guys in the state of Minnesota are.  But, who are some names you should check out when you stop in the Twin Cities?  Tuesday's Top Ten has the names!

    by: Ryan James  Sep 18, 2018

  • Preseason All State Team: North Dakota Class B

    Preseason All State Team: North Dakota Class B

    This could be one of the more exciting Class B seasons in a long time so we continue our preparation with our Class B All State Team. 

    by: Ryan James  Sep 18, 2018

  • Prep Hoops Top 250 Expo: Week 1 National Standouts

    Prep Hoops Top 250 Expo: Week 1 National Standouts

    The Prep Hoops Expo is the premier fall exposure event being played around the country and these events have included some of the nation's premier talent.  

    by: Ryan James  Sep 18, 2018

  • The Rotation: Bishop Ryan

    The Rotation: Bishop Ryan

    One basket in overtime.  That's what stood in the way of Bishop Ryan from winning a Class B state title last year.  The top Lions return (both are committed to Minot State) and gold is their dream. 

    by: Ryan James  Sep 17, 2018

  • The All Top 250 Expo Team: Minnesota

    The All Top 250 Expo Team: Minnesota

    The Best of the Best from the 250 plus that took part in the Minnesota Top 250 Expo a few weekends back. 

    by: Ryan James  Sep 17, 2018

  • Preseason All State Team: South Dakota Class A

    Preseason All State Team: South Dakota Class A

    One look at the Preseason Class A All State Team and you can see why Tea Area is the big favorite to win the state championship this winter. 

    by: Ryan James  Sep 17, 2018

  • The Rotation: Tea Area

    The Rotation: Tea Area

    The ultra talented Tea Area line-up has a state title and a second place finish to their name the last two years and 18-19 has been the season they'e always dreamed of.  Now is the time!

    by: Ryan James  Sep 15, 2018

  • Preseason All State: South Dakota Class AA

    Preseason All State: South Dakota Class AA

    The Class AA Preseason All-State Team is ready for viewing as we start to get excited for the 2018-19 basketball season.

    by: Ryan James  Sep 14, 2018