Minnesota players have been scattering to camps all over the country including events at Wisconsin, Colorado State, Loyola-Chicago, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State, North Dakota, Northern Colorado, Northern Illinois, Southwest State, Bemidji State, and numerous other places. Today we try and keep up with some of the player news and notes from the events.
COLORADO STATE CAMP
Eight Minnesota players are out at Fort Collins, Colorado taking part in the Colorado State camp in either the team camp portion or the individual skills sessions. Those players include Chad Calcaterra, Jonah Travis, Kevin Noreen, Kyle Noreen, Erik Robertson, Shelby Moats, Aaron Ziman, and Minnesota's adopted son Steve Tecker.
Five or six of these players will not only see Colorado State but also Northern Colorado, maybe Colorado, and they will take part in some Denver U team camp action.
Tecker will leave after the Colorado State camp is over and head to camp at UW-Green Bay. Steve recently added an offer from North Dakota State joining his offers from Drake, Bucknell, and Saint Louis.
Four of the top Minnesota players to go to the Loyola camp were Aaron Anderson, Alec Brown, Peter Crawford, and Jonah Travis. Travis was amongst several of the Pump N Run 16s kids at the camp.
Attendees at the event said that several Illinois Warriors also took part and the competition was very competitive. Travis was stated to be one of the elite three or four 2011 players at the event in terms of production.
Tartan shooting guard Tim Lubke is commonly listed as one of the elite shooters in state and now the interest in his game is starting to reflect that ability. He had a great showing at the North Dakota player camp and interest is coming from several division twos. Tim will be heading down to Southwest State soon for an unofficial visit including tour of the campus and facilities.
HANKS GRABS OFFER, INTEREST
The wondering if Alex Hanks's size as a wing would bother schools at the scholarship level is over, they love him. The St. Cloud Tech star has a competitive motor and toughness (like say a Matt Zager) that schools are just falling in love with. Alex received his first offer from Southwest State after the 6-foot-2 wing attended a camp and/or visited the campus.
PULLEY IMPRESSIVE IN MADISON
Led by a group that consisted of Minneapolis Henry guards Louis Cox and Jordan Hughes, Minnesota's current top 2010 prospect Jacob Thomas, the nation's top football prospect Seantrel Henderson, Chad Calcaterra of Cloquet, Marvin Singleton of Hopkins, and four freshman (Siyani Chambers of Hopkins, Tyler Vaughn of Braham, Darrin Hebert of Cooper, and Zach Stahl of Hopkins) the Panthers first won their pool in three games. They then went on to win three bracket contests taking home the Platinum Division championship and going undefeated.
Also at the Madison event Benilde-St. Margaret's had most of their players (save the injured Darren Glover) and finished in third place of the Gold Division. The talent of Glover, Isaiah Zierden, Kyle Washington, Seth Marx, Evan Battle, Myles Barnes and Peter Crawford will definitely put Benilde-St. Margaret's as the preseason one or two team in class AAA.
Forward Jake White of Chaska is currently hearing the most from Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, and Wisconsin.
Jake Kreuser was injured last week at the Mr. Basketball Mankato event and had to miss a trip to North Dakota State for a camp session and likely an unofficial tour of the school.
The up and coming talent of Chaska finished 3rd in the large school division at the recent La Crosse tournament that is well attended by Midwestern schools. With new coach Randy Jordan the Stillwater Ponies finished 5th.
Did you know that two of top 100 or 120 players in Minnesota are both named Erik Stark? One is from Grand Rapids and one is from Pipestone Area.
Erik Robertson is getting interest from Butler, Loyola-Chicago, New Hampshire, Penn, and Lehigh plus is getting some initial looks from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa State.
Kyle Noreen is getting looks from VCU, Liberty, Northern Illinois, New Mexico, NDSU, Colorado State, Iowa, and Wisconsin according to his AAU coach Jeremy Miller.
Taylor Filipek will be unofficially visiting South Dakota after the Dakota Showcase is completed. An offer is likely.