This past weekend 43 Hoops traveled to Arkansas playing in the Real Deal on the Hill tournament finishing 4-3 overall. Led by guard Anthony Tucker, Gopher commit Andrew Brommer and defensive dynamo Tarell Clark, the 43 Hoops club has some high expectations this year after three previous seasons of success.
2006-07 Stats at Minnetonka: 17.6 ppg,
On the court Tucker has been the face of the 43 Hoops program and he has a big summer ahead of him. Anthony, 6-fot-3, is a definite mid-major division one player with a beautiful shooting stroke that will quickly catch the attention of college coaches. If he can have dominant scoring games like his section championship performance against Jefferson, if Anthony can show he can consistently penetrate and of he can defend at the national level, major conference schools will come calling.
2006-07 Stats at Rosemount: 16.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg
The progress of Brommer over the year has been something to talk about. At 6-foot-8, Brommer can skillfully score in several ways all the way out to the arc. This is a mobile player who gets out in the open floor and can make plays. He has the size to grab rebounds at the highest point and 43 Hoops coach Chris Carr will look to him to grab a lot of boards this spring and summer.
2006-07 Stats at Minnetonka: 12.4 ppg
CJ is a very unique player who can compete at several positions and give results. His long arms make him a solid rebounder and shot blocker plus CJ runs very well and has a nice shooting stroke for a 6-foot-5 wing. Expect CJ to play anywhere from the three to the five on the floor showing schools his versatility in the areas of defense, rebounding, blocking shots and finishing from 16 feet in.
Shooting guard Tarell Clark
2006-07 Stats at Burnsville: 16.8 ppg, 3.2 spg
Clark thrives defending around the perimeter, creating turnovers and then scoring in the open floor. There are few players as athletic as him and Tarell is what you would refer to as a slasher out of the backcourt. Coach Carr can use him to defend the opposing team's better players as well as get points in many fashions. Clark is surely a mid-major player and if his shot continues to improve more schools will take an even closer look because his athletic ability and defensive pressure will already get him D-1 offers.
Point guard Stoddard Barnhill
2006-07 Stats at Holy Angels: 16.1ppg, 42% 3pt, 52% fg, 61% ft, 4.3 apg
The six-foot Barnhill was the engine of this team last season creating for others and playing strong defense that often resulted in turnovers and baskets on the other end. This is a tough kid who understands the game well and Stoddard's versatile ability provides the right chemistry for Carr's squad.
Combo forward Sedrick McBounds
2006-07 Stats at DeLaSalle: 14.7ppg
McBounds is quickly rising up the list of Minnesota's best 2008 players with his quick bounce off the floor for boards and finishes and his athletic ability to defend and run the floor. Sedrick is also going to get D-1 looks because he plays at DeLaSalle where coach Dave Thorson's teams always understand what it means to defend. McBounds will play a big role for 43 Hoops as he will be the guy asked to stop the opposing team's athletic bigs.
Small forward Anders Halvorsen
2006-07 Stats at Henry Sibley: 16.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 43% 3pt
Halvorsen finished the season with Henry Sibley as the Classic Suburban Conference Player of the Year. This is a 6-foot-8 wing who can stroke the three-pointer and he played a little more of an aggressive game this year. Halvorsen is likely to attend a prep school next season so he will be touring with 43 Hoops giving this team another shooter.
Power forward Joel Armstrong
2006-07 Stats at Stillwater: 17.7 ppg, 10.0 ppg
Armstrong gives the team a solid banger willing to work hard and defend the opposition's big men. At 6-foot-6, Armstrong is a very good rebounder and he can score in several fashions around the basket as he was Stillwater's leading point producer. Joel scored in double figures in all but two games and he scored nine points in both those contests which were slow down affairs.
Point guard Quinton Christian
2006-07 Stats at Como Park: 2.0 ppg
Christian stands around 5-foot-6 but he's a very strong basketball player who will be used to pressure the opposing point guard and ignite the 43 Hoops offense.
Small forward UT Udo
2006-07 Stats at Minnetonka: 5.0 ppg
Udo is a strong wing with a very nice shooting stroke from the outside. UT gives the guards an option to kick to when they penetrate and draw in defenders.