By: Aaron Edwards
Minnesota continues to produce high caliber prep basketball prospects at all positions, this class is primed to set a new bar for the talent pool in Minnesota after the 2017 class had 18 division 1 offed players. Led by one of the top point guard prospects in the class nationally Apple Valley’s Tre Jones and a host of D1 prospects, Cretin Derham Hall Minnesota Gopher commit Daniel Oturu, high flyer Orono forward Jarvis Thomas Omersa and Lakeville South wing Shae Mitchell.
Tre Jones 6’2 PG Apple Valley, Howard Pulley
Apple Valley’s point guard Tre Jones is the top prospect in Minnesota 2018 class without question and one of the elite lead guard prospects in the class nationally. Over the last year Jones has been nothing short of five star caliber play with his debut in the EYBL leading Pulley to a 11-0 start, 14-2 record and a Peach Jam bid as the starting point using play making as well as elite defense. During the high school season Jones took his game to a new level as well as his scoring averaging 23ppg, even more impressive is the impact he had on his team over the course of the season. Apple Valley first loss was to Champlin Park early in the season, second loss was to Maple Grove late in the season, Jones would lead Apple Valley to victories over both during the state tournament to win it all while having the least amount of talent of any 4A team in the state tournament. Jones is a 99% lock going to Duke and his pedigree is undeniable, Tyus 2.0 bigger, a elite defender, faster, stronger than his older brother NBA Timber Wolves point guard Tyus Jones was going into is final spring campaign. If anyone questions if Tre Jones is the real deal look out for him this summer on Howard Pulley in the EYBL.
Jarvis Thomas Omersa 6’9 PF Orono, Howard Pulley
The name of game is athleticism and few prospects in the class nationally can play above the rim like high flyer Jarvis Thomas Omersa AKA (JTO). Thomas-Omersa is on his way to the national radar with the opportunity to breakout on the EYBL where athleticism reigns supreme with Howard Pulley. Already holding multiple high major conference offers Thomas-Omersa is primed for more offers this spring after a very productive high school season averaging a 16ppg and 10rpg. One of the youngest players in the class Thomas-Omersa will not turn 17 until well after the AAU season is over, showing he has plenty of upside and possibly unlimited potential.
Both Gach 6’6 G Austin, D1 Minnesota
Few prospects have the size, skill set and athleticism at the guard position that Austin combo guard Both Gach possesses. One of the most impressive junior performers during this high school season Gach was elite level defender, averaged 18+ppg and led his team to the state championship title game. Over the last year Gach has put together an elite skill set of ball handling, finishing ability above the rim and play making, playing the point guard during the high school season. Already having good size at 6’4, great athleticism, perimeter shooting and ability to take defenders off the dribble last spring Gach has elevated to 6’6 with a much higher pedigree skill set putting it all together. Gach has a high major potential and will be a be one of the premier guards from Minnesota playing on the Adidas Up Rising circuit with D1 Minnesota.
Race Thomson 6’8 PF Armstrong, D1 Minnesota
The most skilled scorer at the forward position in the class Race Thompson can get buckets with anyone in high school basketball. Thompson was one of the most productive prospects in the state this season averaging 20ppg and 9rpg displaying a high level inside outside game. One of the most dynamic offense forward skill sets in the class nationally Thompson can score anywhere on the court with his combination of perimeter shooting and strength scoring in the post. Thompson will be counted on to provide front court firepower for D1 Minnesota this summer and already holding multiple high major offers he should continue to demand attention from high major programs.
Javonni Bickham 6’6 F Minnehaha Academy, Grassroots Team Sizzle
One of the most skilled, versatile and complete prospects in the class Javonni Bickham has all the tools. Coming after a state championship run during this high school season averaging 15ppg and 9rpg Bickham is primed for a breakout summer campaign. Bickham has ability to impact the game in all phase at a high level with his ball skills, play making, basketball IQ and defensive versatility. Already having multiple mid major offers coming into the spring season healthy is ready to display his full skill set, demanding more interest on the Under Amour Circuit with Team Sizzle.
Daniel Oturu 6’10 PF/C Cretin Derham Hall, Howard Pulley
Daniel Oturu is the top forward post prospect in the class ,a class that is loaded with front court talent because of his ability to impact the game on a high level inside on both sides of the ball. What makes Oturu so special is that he continues to develop at rapid pace and is the most improved player in the class over the course of the last two season. Oturu was a dominate force throughout this high schools season putting up 19ppg and 16rpg. Oturu does not just put up numbers his impact makes his team better, during this past high season Oturu led Cretin to unexpected section championship and state tournament bid. The Gopher commit is one of the premier post defenders in the class nationally as shown last summer at the Nike 100 Camp, Oturu will play a major role for Howard Pulley inside this spring.
Adam Trapp 7’2 C Esko, Playground Elite
Adam Trapp is the top pure post prospect in the class and one of the elite center prospects in the Midwest. Tapp has elite size, is an elite level post defender and rim protector. Trapp had one of the greatest impact on his team this season leading Esko to a 23-3 record, averaging 17ppg and run to the section finals. Trapp will be playing major minutes for Play Ground Elite this spring in the EYBL. Trapp holds multiple high major conference offers, look for him to add to this list over this summer.
Shae Mitchell 6’6 SF Lakeville South, D1 Minnesota
The most athletic wing in the class and one of the premiere athletes in the class nationally Shae Mitchell has great athletic potential. After a healthy and productive high school campaign averaging 16ppg, Mitchell should be able to open up the major recruiting doors this spring. A prospect who has yet to reach the production of some of the other high caliber prospects, makes up for it with high major potential. Mitchell possess all the physical attributes needed to become a contributor at a high major program. Already having great interest from many high major programs and a offer from Drexel, Mitchell should become a major target over the summer.
Gabe Kalscheur 6’4 SG De La Salle, Howard Pulley
Gabe Kalscheur is the premier shooting guard prospect in the class and is as skilled a shooter as any prospect in the class. Kalscheur played a major role for 6 time consecutive state champion Minneapolis De La Salle averaging 18ppg Kalscheur has a almost complete scoring guard skill set with his combination of perimeter shooting range, ability to space the floor and move without the ball to get open, along with his high basketball IQ and pedigree. Coming into the spring with multiple division one offers, his third consecutive state championship and a returning season in the EYBL Kalscheur is primed to be high major target this summer.
Goodnews Kpegeol 6’5 SG North St. Paul, Howard Pulley
One of the most complete prospects in the class Goodnews Kpegeol possess a high caliber skill set on both sides of the ball. One of the leading scores in the state averaging 21ppg this year Kpegeol can attack of the dribble and finish with the best of them. Thriving at turning defense to offense Goodnews is one of the premier perimeter defenders in the class. Goodnews rebounds and can make plays at high rate as well for a scoring guard. Goodnews finished last spring playing on the EYBL showing great potential, now with a full EYBL season ahead and live periods, Goodnews stock should rise to a all time with growing interest already from many division one programs.
Joseph Hedstrom 6’10 C/PF Hopkins, Comets
Joseph Hedstrom one of the top post prospects in the class is a skilled post with great tools. Hedstrom ability to have a great impact inside on both sides of the ball with his shot blocking, finishing at a high rate and rebounding gives him value. Playing major minutes this season for Hopkins Hedstrom showed great potential and good production. Hedstrom has all the physical attributes needed to be a post contributor on a high level in a high major conference. Coming into this spring healthy with a full varsity season under his belt, already holding multiple regional division one offers, look for Hedstrom to demand some major recruiting attention playing for the Comets.
Beijan Newbern 6’2 PG Cooper, Select
One of the most skilled point guard prospects in the class Beijan Newbern has a high caliber combination of skill, size and athleticism at the point guard position. Newbern was one of the most productive point guard prospects in the state this season averaging 20ppg showing ability to score and facilitate at a high level. Injured early in the spring last year Newbern is primed to make the most of this summer with Select. At this point Newbern might be the most under rated prospect in the class and should become a priority for regional division one programs across the Midwest. If Newbern plays his game in front of the right coaches no telling what level of program or conference he could end up in.
Micheal Schaefer 6’6 SF St.Cloud Power House Hoops
One of the top scorers and best shooters in the state Michael Schaefer is one the most offensively complete prospects in the class. One of the most productive prospects during this season Michael Schaefer put up big-time numbers averaging 21ppg, 11rpg, leading St.Cloud Cathedral to a 22-4 record and I run to a state tournament third place finish. Schaefer can score on all three levels, shoots a high percentage from the field and can drive and attack of the dribble. Schaefer has major game and should be able to land some division one offers this summer playing with Power House Hoops.
Christian Kelly 6’4 SG Columbia Heights 43 Hoops
One of the most versatile and complete wing guard prospects in the class Christian Kelly does many things at a high level and impacts the game in all phases. Kelly played a major role this High School season for Columbia Heights helping them reach the state tournament semi-finals. Kelly possesses great versatility on both sides of the ball his ability to score on all three levels, make plays, rebound and defend multiple positions. Kelly should gain some mid major interest this spring while playing with 43 hoops.
Damani Hayes 6’4 SG Mankato East Grassroots Team Sizzle
One of the most complete shooting guard prospects in the class Damani Hayes has a high level scoring guard skill set. Hayes has a great combination of size, ball skills, athleticism and perimeter shooting range. Hayes was one of the most productive prospects in the class during this high school season averaging 20ppg. One of the most improved prospects in the class over the last 2 years Hayes has the ball handling to be the primary ball handler, high level three point shooting touch, the strength and athleticism of a wing. Look for Hayes to make some major recruiting noise demanding more interest on the Under Amour Circuit with Team Sizzle.
Jarius Cook 6’3 SG Park Center, Power House Hoops
One of the top shooting guard prospects in the class Jarius Cook has one of the highest caliber shooting guard skill sets in the class. Cook has great movement without the ball, deep shooting range behind the ark and great athleticism. One of the more productive prospects in the class this season Cook averaged 15ppg and help lead Park Center to a 20-6 record. One of the most improved guards in the class over the last yaer look for Cook to have a major recruiting breakout this summer playing with Power House Hoops.
Matt Todd 6’1 PG Monticello, Comets
Matt Todd is one of top scoring point guards in the class and one of the leading scorers in the state. One of most skilled shooters in the class Matt Todd was one of the most productive prospects in the state averaging 26ppg this season. Todd has elite ball handling, shooting off of the dribble and perimeter shooting range. A prospect who is primed to have a breakout summer campaign Too will be playing a major role for the Comets this summer.
Calvin Wishart 6’1 PG Delano, D1 Minnesota
Few point guard’s in the class can turn it on like Delano point guard Calvin Wishart with his ability to take over games at times with scoring. Wishart was one of the leading scorers in the state during this past 2 season averaging 27ppg game this season. Wishart has a very high caliber scoring point guard skill set, able to attack off of the dribble to create opportunities for himself and others. Wishart coming into this spring already with interest from many division one programs look for his recruitment to reach to a new level this summer.
Sy Chatman 6’8 F Cretin Derham Hall, Howard Pulley
One of the most skilled and versatile front court prospects in the class Sy Chatman has a high caliber front court skill set. Not many prospects grow 3 inches in eighteen months but Chatman hit a growth spurt and is only 16 years old during this spring. Chatman played a major role for Cretin Derham Hall making contributions in all the phase of the game that don’t show up in the score sheet but gets win. Chatman is the best front court zone defender in the class able to make plays in the passing lanes, anticipate plays on defense with size and athleticism to make plays on the ball on the perimeter as well in the paint. Chatman has great offensive versatility with his perimeter mid-rage shooting, ability to finish above the rim and make plays for others. Chatman has great potential and has a opportunity to make some major recruiting headway this spring play for Howard Pulley on the EYBL.
Deundre Roberson 5’11 PG Columbia Heights, 43 Hoops
The most explosive athlete at the point guard position Deundre Roberson is one of the top scoring point guards in the class. One of the most productive point guard prospects in the class this season Roberson averaged 18ppg and help lead Columbia Heights to the state tournament semi-finals. Roberson has an elite first step, explosiveness around the rim and can finish in traffic. A prospect who makes wow plays Roberson is sure to gain some major recruiting interest this spring playing with 43 Hoops.