Minnesota State High School boy’s basketball kicked off over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend featuring 12 of Minnesota's best basketball programs.  Due to the weather, the Marshall vs. Blaine game was rescheduled.  The event featured two of the top teams in class 3A: DeLaSalle and Waseca, which is a rematch of last year's state championship game in which DeLaSalle won 63 - 56.  You can’t talk about Minnesota basketball history and not mention the great tradition of DeLaSalle boy’s basketball who won their 24th State boys basketball title last March and at one point winning 6 straight championships in a row.  

The Breakdown wasted no time in matching up the top Power house teams in the state on opening night.  Park Center vs. Hopkins in a game that featured loaded rosters and elite college prospects on both sides. They did not disappoint the fan base with electric dunks, great shooting and a fast paced tempo.  Park Center came into this game as arguably the number one team in the state at 4A as far as talent goes.  However, they came up short finishing 3rd in the 4A state tournament this past March.  Hopkins was the boy’s 4A Minnesota state champions last season and is coached by Ken Novak Jr.  who has coached in 16 boys' state tournaments, tied for the most all-time, and his teams have won seven championships.   

As we break down some of the top prospects and team match ups from the Breakdown Big 12 Classic.

6’10” Dain Dainja - 28 points & 20 Rebounds    

6’10” Dain Dainja - Park Center looked like a team that played a month of basketball already.  Park Center is a team that you will see at the Target Center in March.  Coached by James Ware who was a former D1 College Coach, has Park Center looking like mid-season form.  Park Center is a senior lead team with 6’10” Baylor signee Dain Dainja who is the engine of the Park Center team.  He is a dominant scorer who scores from the post, the wing and creates in transition.  Dain showed why he was Hoop Stars Media choice for - MVP of the Big 12 Classic as he finished with 28 points & 20 rebounds.  Simply put, unstoppable!  

6’5” - Detavius Frierson - Detavius is the most athletic athlete in the state of Minnesota that plays above the rim on every play.  He finished the game against Hopkins with 12 points.  At 6’5” he can guard multiple positions at the high school level.  He attacks the paint aggressively and spends a lot of time at the free throw line.  He handles the ball well from the perimeter which allows him to create for others.  As he continues to develop his jump shot over the season, his stock will keep rising.  Detavius is currently an unsigned senior 

#34 - 6’3” - Joshua Brown - Joshua Brown holds a D1 offer from Denver and many D2 offers.  Joshua shot the ball well from the three point line and finished the game with 18 points mostly from long range.  His long range shooting kept the floor balanced for Park Center to attack off the dribble.   

#33 - 6’9” - John Grigsby - John is new to the Park Center team as an out of state transfer from Colorado who is a great addition to the Park Center team.  At 6’9” Park Center now has a College size front court.  Against Hopkins he finished with 8 points, but you can clearly see why he is a great addition to the team.  His ability to shoot at that size will take many bigs away from the basket.     

Hopkins graduated many seniors that helped lead them to a state title last year.  Hopkins is young in the experience category, returning one starter from last year’s team in Kerwin Walton.  They may be short on experience but not short on talent.      

6'5" - Kerwin Walton - Kerwin is a high major D1 player who holds offers from Minnesota, Arizona, Baylor, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Iowa State.  Kerwin finished the day with 32 points and showed why he is considered among Minnesota elite.  At 6’5” Kerwin showed and displayed efficiency in shooting with great depth.  His ball handling has improved from last year and is creating more shot opportunities off the dribble this season.  He ended the game with the best play of the day, a monster dunk over 6’10” Dain Dainja.  The best 2020 shooting guard in the state.       

6’5” - Xavier White - is a new player to the varsity level and is a player to watch.  He has a smooth game that stood out and was never able to be sped up based on pressure. He played with a pace to his game, which is rare for new players with first year varsity experience playing against the state’s top team.  He shot the ball from the 3 point line hitting 4 3’s and rebounded well as a wing and pushed the ball in transition.  Xavier White is a player that will land on many people's radar this high school season. 

6’4” - Andre Gray will be a big surprise for Hopkins this season, as he will be asked to step into a new role this season as a primary player for the Royals.  Andre is a top ten player in the class of 2021 and on many mid major boards as a college prospect.  He is a combo guard with that keeps pressure on the defense and stays in attack mode.  His strongest attribute is that he plays above the rim and defends guard position very well.

6’9” Andrew Morgan - He is a strong physical Forward/Center that commands his space around the basket, runs the floor well and has many scoring moves with a soft touch around the basket.  Defensively he defends his position very well.  His body is College ready and holds a D1 offer from North Dakota State University.  He is a prospect that is on a state contender team, his stock will rise as he moves into mid-season form.  Andrew finished the game with 24 points against DeLaSalle.    

6’6” Cade Haskins - DeLaSalle keeps reloading every year with talented basketball players, as that’s what good programs do.  6’6” Cade Haskins was a standout performer at this year’s Breakdown Big 12 Classic scoring 26 pts.  During a stretch in the first half Cade accounted for 12 straight points against Waseca and doing it all from behind the arch.  He is a deadly shooter that caught fire and will be hard to game plan for as he constantly moves well without the ball.   

In the Prior Lake vs. East Ridge game it was a game that displayed two of the most polished basketball players that will come from the state of Minnesota and both will be playing in the neighboring state of Wisconsin.  6’10” Dawson Garcia will attend and play at Marquette and 6’10” Ben Carlson will play at Wisconsin University.  

6’10” - Dawson Garcia - is the most complete and polished basketball player coming from the class of 2020.  Garcia was a matchup problem all night for East Ridge.  Dawson was able to score at will inside and outside.  He was able to attack off the dribble, catch and shoot and great finishes in transition.  It’s hard to find a weakness in his game at this stage in his game.  

6’8” - Malcolm Jones - Is a strong PF in the class of 2022 and was a workhorse around the basket with nice finishes and rebounding.  He finished with 17 points and is a nice compliment to Dawson Garcia which allows him to roam the perimeter.  Jones is a prospect to watch to see how his skills mature this season.

6’10” Ben Carlson - Is as strong as it gets, he finished the day with 19 points and he had to earn them the hard way against Prior Lake with most of his point production coming on the inside and free throw line.  Ben was up for the task, he is a highly skilled player that can play the perimeter but he did whatever his team needed to compete.  Wisconsin University will be getting a smart player on both ends of the floor.   

Cretin-Derham Hall played Eden Prairie, two teams that were featured on the HoopStars Media pre - season top ten team.  Eden Prairie starting the season off at number 2 and Cretin-Derham coming in at number 6.  Two teams that have placed many players in the College ranks.  Eden Prairie pulls off the win 56 - 46 after tailing majority of the game.  Cretin jumped out the gate with strong play from Elite 2022 guard Tre Holloman who finished with 16 points and is being heavily recruited by many power 5 conferences such as Minnesota, Michigan State and Baylor.

Tre Holloman is 6’2” but plays much bigger than that, his presence is felt throughout the game as he is the true definition of a floor general that possesses an up tempo style of play, court vision, strong pressure defense, leadership and the ability to finish and play above the rim.  Tre will be a player that changes the face of MN basketball as he grows in his game.  He will lead a Cretin team that is currently defining what its team identity will be.

Eden Prairie is a senior lead team and have all the pieces in place to be the Minnesota state champions in March at the 4A level.  Drake Dobbs is a 6’1” Point Guard in the class 2020 who has committed to play at Liberty University.  Drake is the heartbeat of the Eden Prairie team.  He is a steady guard that plays with pace and controls tempo and plays at his own pace.  His point guard play was the difference between a win and loss against Cretin-Derham Hall as he interested himself at the right time to take control of the game and a successful outcome.  Eden Prairie is a team we expect to see at the state tournament in March.