Ryan James

Ryan has been covering high school basketball in Minnesota for 16 years. As a major contributor covering Gopher basketball, high school basketball for Breakdown Sports and Northstar Hoops on the Prep Hoops Network, Ryan has been the leading resource for hoops recruiting throughout the state, and now nationally. 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.

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Alex Conover

In January 2013, Alex Conover joined Northstar Hoops as a writer and lead photographer for Minnesota's comprehensive high school basketball news source. Along with writing recruiting reports, scouting reports and the Player Of The Week award, Alex also works year-round on updating and maintaining the Prep Hoops photo database. Alex is a 2011 graduate of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota who also studied for two years in the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's post-bac graphic design program. He balances his duties at Northstar Hoops with a day job at Minneapolis Public Schools and freelance graphic design and photography projects. His photo work has been published by SLAM Online, Yahoo! Sports, Timberwolves.com, KDWB Radio and more. Alex can be reached on email at alex@northstarhoopsreport.com or on Twitter at @NorthstarAlex.

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Max Wagner

Max remembers becoming obsessed with high school basketball and recruiting in middle school watching the likes of Diamond Stone, Kevon Looney, and Sam Dekker dominate the state of Wisconsin. Originally from Racine, WI and now in the Twin Cities as a student at the University of Minnesota, Max follows the high school hoops scene in both states, with a passion for discovering hidden talents. Max created Fresh Coast Hoops last year as a freshman in college looking to get involved in the high school basketball community in Minnesota. He started the Fresh Coast Hoops YouTube channel as a way to provide exposure to colleges for athletes who otherwise wouldn't have highlight tapes, as well as a way to share the performances of some of the best players Minnesota has to offer. He now brings his dedication to high school basketball to the Prep Hoops team, covering both the Twin Cities and the state of Wisconsin. You can reach Max on Twitter @FreshCoastHoops or by email at Freshcoasthoops@gmail.com.

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