Minnesota's 2010 class of basketball players produced three true centers that are all currently playing basketball at the D1 level plus a number of other bigs (who may play the five in college) received scholarships as well. This year's class of Minnesota centers is led by Simon Krych of St. Cloud Apollo.
Last season skyscrapers like Chad Calcattera (Cloquet to Colorado State), Jake Kreuser (Sibley to Lafayette), Alec Brown (Winona to UWGB), and Seantrel Henderson (CDH to Miami for football) headlined a big group of center prospects in the 2010 class.
This year the centers are shorter and not as many will receive college scholarships right out of high school although a few could. Simon Krych of St. Cloud Apollo has already signed with the University of Mary and at 6-foot-8 has been playing center for Apollo, Holdingford, and the Minnesota Comets over the past four years. Krych is long, he has decent offensive skill, and he runs well.
Another center prospect working his way up the list is Rochester Mayo's Michael Idso who has looked improved this fall at the Minnetonka Fall League. Idso has a nice touch, he's increased his range, and on the block he simply looks stronger in holding his position.
Six-foot-9 Matt Borowicz is a load inside that is tough to move. In a patient halfcourt game opposing defenders get worn out trying to move him and as the game moves on, the deeper position Borowicz gets the more he punishes with his short game.
Six-foot-9 Jacob Peterson is surely the most improved. This big has made vast strides recently and his shooting touch seems to float out to about the elbow. Playing with Hopkins he will only get better and could work his way into a scholarship.
Dane Schmid of Mahtomedi was one of the state's top shot blockers last year in terms of numbers and you can expect that to happen again. The 6-foot-9 Zephyr swatted 88 shots including 13 against Hill-Murray plus scored 6.8 points a game.
Also putting in work on the low block have been 6-foot-9 Andrew Hanson of Columbia Heights, 6-foot-9 Mike Hudson from Holy Angles, 6-foot-9 Dan Flesher of Mound-Westonka, 6-foot-6 Chris Bond-Smith of St. Paul Johnson, 6-foot-7 Jalen Voss of Worthington, 6-foot-7 Sam Peterson of Roseville, and Ian Nelson of Duluth East who is a complete bull and could do that for some college programs. Ian's about 6-foot-5 or 6-foot-6 so prospect wise he falls down a list but production wise in terms of numbers and results he's top five or six.
Wisconsin football commit Tyler Marz has suffered an injury to his leg so his status for the year is unclear plus he's a football commit anyway who won't play college hoops so we left him off the list.
SENIOR CENTER PROSPECT RANKINGS
1. Simon Krych, St. Cloud Apollo
2. Michael Idso, Rochester Mayo
3. Jacob Peterson, Hopkins
4. Dane Schmid, Mahtomedi
5. Matt Borowicz, Stephen-Argyle
6. Jalen Voss, Worthington
7. Andrew Hanson, Columbia Heights
8. Chris Bond-Smith, St. Paul Johnson
9. Ian Nelson, Duluth East
10. Sam Peterson, Roseville
11. Dan Flesher, Mound-Westonka
12. Mike Hudson, Holy Angels