The St. Thomas jamboree always gets the excitement for the season going and Saturday night several talented players opened their years with strong performances. While the regular standouts like Mike Bruesewitz and Sam Dower made their mark it was also a night for Minnesota to see what type of players guys like Jake Thomas and Jake Kreuser have become.
Here's a quick rundown of ten notable player performances from the jamboree.
Tyler Vaughan, Braham freshman. Minnetonka outlasted the Bombers 52-51 but Vaughan grabbed the spotlight with his scorching hot shooting from beyond the arc. Only a freshman, the latest Vaughan to make headlines in the Braham program has a bright future.
Jonah Dahlman, Braham senior. Jonah is one of the most fun players to watch in Minnesota. He's a 6-foot-3 point guard for the Bombers whose game is very smooth. Jonah was able to get to the lane on the Skippers and make plays for the cities crowd to enjoy.
Peter Crawford, Benilde-St. Margaret's junior. Crawford is like a shorter version of Evansville freshman C.J. Erickson. Peter has those long arms that get several deflections, tips, blocks, and steals plus Crawford is strong on the glass. While nobody will ever be the all around defender that Erickson was Crawford's still pretty good on that end. And Peter's offensive ability is quite smooth and he with a quality looking jumper.
Jacob Thomas, Columbia Heights junior. Thomas was outstanding and he's now moved into the top 2010 prospect position in my mind. Gopher coach Tubby Smith was in the stands to watch Thomas along with two other assistants and Jake rose to the occasion. In a 56-29 win over Henry, Thomas put up 20 points, six rebounds, four steals, and three assists in a shortened 18-minute game. Jake's combination of strength and athletic ability coupled with a pretty shooting stroke had caught high major attention. And if he continues to put forth efforts like the one he did Saturday night the high major offers will be flying in.
Dion Suggs, St. Paul Johnson senior. Suggs might just be the most underappreciated senior in this class. He made another clutch jumpshot late in the game this weekend and Suggs has a great competitive motor. Johnson has a shot at the state title this year and Dion will be the leader throughout.
Sam Dower, Osseo senior. The Orioles struggled at times with the Johnson pressure but they stayed in the game because of Dower. Sam scored every which way this past Saturday night including a memorable flush in the open floor. Johnson's Jordan Pluff went up to challenge the lefty at the rim but Dower had momentum and with a thunderous left hand Sam smashed down on Pluff, 6-foot-3, and the crowd went insane.
Mike Bruesewitz, Henry Sibley senior. The numbers of 16 points and 14 rebounds in an 18-minute game say it all. Bruesewitz highlighted the Sibley versus Washburn scrimmage throughout dominating around the paint plus hitting some jumpers.
Jake Kreuser, Henry Sibley junior. Jake's defense controlled the Millers as Washburn could not get near the rim. In addition to three field goals and some free throws, the seven-foot Kreuser blocked six shots and his presence was a big reason Dylan Hale, Ra'Shede Hageman, and Cedric Martin combined for only nine points in the 45-32 Sibley win.
Mike Fitzgerald, St. Thomas senior. In defeat Fitzgerald produced four three-pointers and 16 points. Against a Hopkins team that has eight or nine future division one players that is quite impressive.
Marvin Singleton, Hopkins sophomore. Singleton led the Royals with four field goals and he played well around the bucket. What's amazing is how much stronger Singleton looks. This is a 6-foot-4 kid who looks more like a Big Ten sophomore linebacker right now than a 6-foot-4 sophomore in high school.