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.

  • Recruiting Report: Tony Johnson Jr (2019)

    Recruiting Report: Tony Johnson Jr (2019)

    Point guard Tony Johnson Jr of Eufaula, Alabama is now at Skill Factory in Atlanta where he just grabbed his first high major offer in two years.  

    by: Ryan James  Nov 13, 2018

  • Class A: The Top 5 Gameplan Busters (ND)

    Class A: The Top 5 Gameplan Busters (ND)

    The halves can be long and the point totals can get big in Class A basketball in North Dakota.  What five players will give coaches the biggest headaches?  

    by: Ryan James  Nov 12, 2018

  • Class AA: The Top 5 Gameplan Busters

    Class AA: The Top 5 Gameplan Busters

    Who are the five players that we think will be the toughest to game plan for this winter in South Dakota at the Class AA level?  PHD breaks it down now. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 12, 2018

  • Best Available: The Pacific

    Best Available: The Pacific

    The Pacific Region is next up in our Best Available series putting together some of the elite talents as well as some strong under the radar players together. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 9, 2018

  • Recruiting Report: Kaden Johnson (2020)

    Recruiting Report: Kaden Johnson (2020)

    It's no secret that Minnehaha Academy standout wing Kaden Johnson is a big time football recruit.  Hoops is our game here at Prep Hoops but we see a need to let people know that Johnson is doing with football as well. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 9, 2018

  • Region by Region: Gameplan Busters

    Region by Region: Gameplan Busters

    Who is about to make life a headache for the coaches in Class B basketball of North Dakota?  We give your our Gameplan Busters spot by spot. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 9, 2018

  • Region by Region: Gameplan Busters

    Region by Region: Gameplan Busters

    What players are the biggest threat to bust apart the game plan you’ve been working on all week?  Prep Hoops features the Class A Gameplan Busters today. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 8, 2018

  • Best Available: The Midwest

    Best Available: The Midwest

    With the early signing period just five days away we take a quick look at the best available prospects in the Midwest Region overall, and the best available in each state. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 8, 2018

  • Adam Erickson Adds Briar Cliff Offer

    Adam Erickson Adds Briar Cliff Offer

    As a near six-foot guard last year Adam Erickson helped Harrisburg to a 19-6 season playing both guard spots for the Tigers. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 7, 2018

  • The Class A Power Rankings: top 50

    The Class A Power Rankings: top 50

    The wide open world that is Class A basketball in Minnesota, it should make for an outstanding season with highlights from early December to mid-March.  Here is the early season top 50 to watch. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 7, 2018

  • The Class AA Power Rankings: top 50

    The Class AA Power Rankings: top 50

    The Class AA basketball season is going to be a fun ride.  Minnehaha Academy is going for their third straight title and they will have a nice line of contenders. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 7, 2018

  • Recruiting Report: Ben Carlson adds Xavier offer

    Recruiting Report: Ben Carlson adds Xavier offer

    East Ridge top 40-50 power forward Ben Carlson of the Raptors had Xavier in to see him this evening and the Musketeers extended Carlson a scholarship offer. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 7, 2018

  • The Preseason Power Rankings for Class AAA

    The Preseason Power Rankings for Class AAA

    The Class AAA Power Rankings provide a rough draft of where teams are coming into the season.   Listed 1-63 we give you the preseason power rankings!

    by: Ryan James  Nov 6, 2018

  • The Class AAAA Preseason Power Rankings

    The Class AAAA Preseason Power Rankings

    The Class AAAA Power Rankings are now available at NHR. Are you a top 20 team on the fringe of top ten? Are you in the upper half? Bottom ten?

    by: Ryan James  Nov 6, 2018

  • Recruiting Report: Zeke Nnaji (2019)

    Recruiting Report: Zeke Nnaji (2019)

    Zeke Nnaji finalized his list to five schools, took his five visits, and then another school jumped in at the last minute.  A blue blood program.  So where do things stand now?

    by: Ryan James  Nov 6, 2018

  • Class AAAA: Preseason Top Ten

    Class AAAA: Preseason Top Ten

    Can CDH defender their title? Absolutely!  But there are about 13 others who we would also consider Class AAAA state title contenders entering the season.  Our preseason top ten is named today!

    by: Ryan James  Nov 5, 2018

  • Class AAA: Preseason Top Ten

    Class AAA: Preseason Top Ten

    The streak of DeLaSalle was snapped!  Now, do they have what it takes to start a new stretch of state titles?  In 2018-19 the Islanders clearly do. Here is our preseason Class AAA Top Ten. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 5, 2018

  • Class AA: Preseason Top Ten

    Class AA: Preseason Top Ten

    The Minnehaha Redhawks are going for a third straight state title and right now there is good reason to believe they will be the heavy favorites for gold.  Here is the Class AA preseason top ten. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 5, 2018

  • Class A: Preseason Top Ten

    Class A: Preseason Top Ten

    Class A is wide open once again.  The Tigers of Springfield are the favorite but Section 2A is treacherous and the titles contenders around the state are many. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 5, 2018

  • The Basketball Interview: Nick Hoyt

    The Basketball Interview: Nick Hoyt

    Few returning players in South Dakota High School basketball can match the returning honors of Nick Hoyt of Harrisburg from the 17-18 season. What makes the game special to Hoyt?  Nick explained it to Prep Hoops today. 

    by: Ryan James  Nov 2, 2018