This year's Pump N Run Spring Classic is somewhat set up like a Iowa/Minnesota/Wisconsin border battle. Half of the ten pools have teams from all three states and all ten pools have at least a Minnesota squad taking on a Wisconsin team. The state of Wisconsin is bringing so many quality squads it's reminding locals of how the state of Minnesota descends on the Jayhawk Invitational.
Minnesota Pump N Run
Wisconsin Blizzard - Emory
Minnesota Heat - McDonald
The Favorite - Minnesota Pump N Run
With Wally Ellenson and Sanjay Lumpkin headlining the host squad the maroon and gold of the Pump and Run will be tough to defeat. Ellenson is the event headliner while Lumpkin just added himself a Big Ten offer from Bill Carmody and Northwestern this evening. Carnell Sheppard is a steady point who can also hit with range, Will Dunn is a tough and skilled competitor with a jumper, and Nick Jorgenson is a dependable shooter.
The Contender - Wisconsin Blizzard
Six-foot-3 Alex Bailey averaged 14 a game at Sturgeon Bay this winter, six foot guard Drew Binversie produced a dozen a contest for Valders, and the rest of the squad were essential role players for their teams this past season.
The Underdog - Minnesota Heat McDonald
This Heat squad is a combo of role players from Osseo, Fridley, and Richfield. A lot of tough working players looking to improve.
Wisconsin Swing - Litscher
The Favorite - Wisconsin Swing
The Swing squad includes four of the top five scorers from Germantown who finished 24-2 losing at state. The big name is Zak Showalter who put up 19.2 a game for the Warhawks while 6-foot-7 Dan Studer and 6-foot-9 Luke Fischer were the team's size. Sean McGann, David Neis, and Cory Vaassen all led their teams in scoring, and 6-foot-7 Nick Fuller is a double-double guy from Sun Prairie who scored 19 a contest.
The Underdogs - EOTO Gold/Minnesota Premiere
Little is know about EOTO but talented Dwight Anderson of Minneapolis Washburn (who scored 16.2 points a game for the Millers) is expected to be with them this weekend. Three players from St. Peter are on the Premiere including second leading scorer (14 points and seven rebounds a game) Ben Rosburg who stands 6-foot-5. The Premiere also has talent from Madelia, Blue Earth, Maple River, GHEC, LCWM, St. Clair, and two from Mankato Loyola.
Southwest MN Stars
Fox Valley Fire
Minnesota Heat Biwan
The Contenders - All Three
Led by Zach Huisken of Southwest Minnesota Christian who has D1 offers from South Dakota State, South Dakota, Northern Iowa, and Drake, the Southwest Stars come up to the Twin Cities bringing much interest from the local basketball community. The team also has stat stuffer Casey Schilling, 6-foot-7 Kyle Kilgore, and the twins from Windom Jake Holt and Lee Holt. College coaches definitely want to see what this squad can bring.
We don't know to much about the Fox Valley Fire but they do have talented Brandon Tyler who is a 6-foot-4 wing from Omro who has low major division one interest. The Fire are usually a talented squad and we expect them to compete as usual.
The Heat Biwan includes the top three scorers from Hastings in 6-foot-4 Quintain Weaver, Ellis Williams, and Darius Wilkerson, three of the top six players from the Totino-Grace rotation including Sam Meyer who put up a dozen a game, and Forest Lake's third leading scorer (at 11 points a game) Tyler Rosenberger. The team has size in 6-foot-7 Lincoln Howard from Osceola, Wisconsin and 6-foot-9 Nick Carr from Totino-Grace.
Team Get Shook
Iowa Pump N Run 2
The Favorite - Wisconsin Blaze
In the backcourt the Blaze have the top two players from 19 win Antigo in Jake Erickson and Andreas Ezer as well as 18 point per game scorer Mitch School. Six-foot-5 players Austin Donahoe (18 a game), Elijah Hinze (16 ppg), and Derek Baker (19 ppg) will also play essential roles. In the middle 6-foot-11 Kyle Bartz will be a presence.
The Contender - Iowa Pump N Run 2
Six-foot-5 center Clayton Robinson put up 13.5 points and 11.5 rebounds a game so he's a force to be dealt with for the Iowa Pump N Run second squad. Also, West Hancock's top duo of 6-foot-4 Jacob Patterson and 5-foot-9 Gerardo Iberia bring their games. Patterson scored 12.7 points a contest for West Hancock while Iberia led with 17.9 points and six assists a contest. Six-foot-3 Elliott Remick is coming off a 15 point a game junior season and Brian Hagedorm scored 10.5 a contest at IMS.
The Underdog - Team Get Shook
Team Get Shook can pull an upset, they showed that at the Comets Invitational defeating the top Minnesota Fury squad. Park Center senior jumping jack Kevin Handy is inside for Get Shook while Richfield scored Shawn Bear is a name to find on the outside.
Minnesota Magic Maroon