This is part two of the 17 and Under Pump N Run Spring Classic preview. Pools F-J are looked at in greater detail as Minnesota Preps gives the best information we could in most teams. Tomorrow morning look for a rundown of what to watch in the younger divisions as the 15s competition looks exciting.
Wisconsin Streak Select
Iowa Pump N Run 1
The Contenders - Iowa Pump N Run 1, Wisconsin Streak Select, and Minnesota Southside
The Iowa Pump squad includes the top three returning players from Mt. Pleasant High including 6-foot-6 forwards Blake Vanderberg and Nick Lyon (both averaged seven a game this year) as well as Dubuque Wahlert High guard Jake May who scored 13 points a contest this winter. Also, Sigourney High's second leading scorer Andrew Fritz (14 a game) is here, 6-foot-5 Danvile forward Collin Bartsch (nine a game) is on the wing, and Dubuque Hempstead guard T.J. Johnson will help take care of the ball (seven points a contest).
Five-foot-9 guard Rudy Bentley Jr. leads the Streak Select charge coming off a 13 point per game season at Madison East while Madison West's leading scorer, also at 13 a game, Kwame Latimer will join him in the backcourt. Much of the team consists of contributors to Madison area programs including Kishawn Brown, Quinton Gray, and Malcolm Wilson. A big player for the squad will also be 6-foot-4 Vince Musa who is coming off a 16.2 points per game junior season.
The Southside usually has an Eastview flavor, but this year's dosage is extra strong. Six-foot-8 four man Joey King is one of the top couple Minnesota 2012 prospects at the event and this skilled four man is coming off an 18 point per game season. He will be joined by talented players in Latrell Love from Minneapolis Patrick Henry and Deshawn Patterson from Kennedy, amongst others.
The 6-foot-5 Love is a long armed, active competitor who accumulated double-doubles on a nightly basis (18.5 points and 11.3 rebounds a game) and Patterson is an extremely physical player (he's built like a college running back) who can score in bunches. In their first event the Southside was bounced in the first round of bracket play at the Comets Shootout so they are looking for a better showing this week.
Wisconsin Blizzard Kellett
Minnesota Heat Bui
The Favorite - Wisconsin Blizzard
The Blizzard backcourt includes 5-foot-9 Kewauskum leading scorer Eric Perkins, 6-foot-0 Slinger High leading scorer Kirk Emmer, and 6-foot-2 Hilbert leading scorer T.J. Hemauer. The size is 6-foot-7 Green Bay East third leading scorer Mike Fisher at nine points a game and 6-foot-10 Matt Iverson of Lakeland who scored a dozen a game this season. Also, Jason Miller leads a big group of forwards who were third and fourth leading scorers for their teams this winter. They are heavy junior season contributors who fill roles well.
The Contender - Minnesota Heat
The Heat is led up front by 6-foot-5 power forward Zach Meyer (White Bear Lake), who is a regular double-double threat, and David Simmet (Hill-Murray). Simmet is an immoveable object in the middle that scores at a high percentage once the ball is entered. They also have shooters in Josh Tismer (White Bear Lake, Justin Pahl (East Ridge), Kyle von Schmidt-Pauli (Tartan), Mitchell Kuck (Centennial), and Joe Risinger (Minnetonka).
The Underdog - EOTO Black
Wisconsin Swing Pickarts
Wear Out the Net
The Contenders - Wisconsin Swing, WOTN, Iowa Heat
The Swing's second squad should be led by 6-foot-5 DeForest forward Brandon Staffeil who led his high school at about 14 points a contest. After searching through stats over at Mark Miller's WisHoops.net it was obvious that the rest of the players on this squad were starters and 6th men this year. They contributed as defenders and role scorers as juniors and they should make the second Swing squad a tough out.
WOTN is the only team that was able to defeat Net Gain Sports at the Comets Shootout (an event NGS won) but yet we still don't know their roster and that's pry how they like it. The squad is full of South Suburban workers who were varsity role guys and key junior varsity players. They are dangerous and the Net Gain Sports players will be the first to tell you.
No the Iowa Heat is not Willie Vang expanding into a new state. The interweb did not show much on this team in terms of who they are or what they have so they come to Minnesota a bit of a mystery.
Minnesota Heat Duberry
The Favorite - Wisconsin Starz
A key factor for the Starz will be 6-foot-5 Ethan Grimsled who led 23-2 Seneca with 16.4 points per contest. New Glarus point guard Tyler Kreklow brings his savvy play and near 17 points a contest and Beloit wing and leading 6-foot-4 leading scorer Jon Winston is with the Starz and will be another main contributor. Madison Memorial reserves Thomas Parkman and Ngijol Songolo are here as is athletic Madison East guard Demetrius Durly.
The Underdogs - Minneapolis Gators and Minnesota Heat
The Heat will be led by St. Anthony Village leading scorer Anthony Brama who put up 21.8 points a game in the Tri Metro this winter. At 6-foot-3 Brama went over the 30-point mark seven times this winter including 37 against Concordia Academy.
IMPACTT Basketball (IA)
St. Paul's Finest
Just like yesterday the last pool I was set to preview for the day was full of teams that I couldn't find information on.