Apple Valley is back in the boys basketball State Tournament but you won’t see Gary Trent Jr. catching lob passes from Tre Jones.
Trent is the No. 1 player in Minnesota’s Class of 2017, but he’s playing his senior season at Prolific Prep Academy in California. He’s ranked 8th in the country by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
Even without Trent the State Tournament is loaded with the best of the best in Minnesota basketball.
Class of 2017 stars in the tourney include Nathan Reuvers of Lakeville North, Theo John and McKinley Wright of Champlin Park, Brad Davison of Maple Grove and Goanar Mar of DeLaSalle.
Unfortunately for Gophers fans, none of them are going to the University of Minnesota.
- Nate Reuvers – Wisconsin
- Brad Davison – Wisconsin
- Theo John – Marquette
- Goanar Mar – George Mason
- McKinley Wright – Dayton
Class 0f 2018 Gophers?
The Class of 2018 could feature more Gophers, including some playing in this year’s tournament.
Daniel Oturu of Cretin-Derham Hall has verbally committed to Minnesota and DeLaSalle’s Gabe Kalscheur could be next.
The main attraction of next year’s class is Apple Valley point guard Tre Jones. The younger brother of Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones recently told KSTP’s Darren Wolfson that he’s not a lock to go to Duke – and Minnesota is still in the mix.
“I don’t necessarily do everything that my brother does,” Jones told Wolfson. “Whether I do go there or I don’t go there … I don’t even know where I’m going yet.”
Despite what Jones says, 247 Sports predicts he’s a 100% lock to go to Duke. That’s where Tyus went and that’s where his former teammate, Trent, is going next fall. Keep in mind that Trent is already being tabbed as a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, so he might be one-and-done at Duke.
That said, Duke, Arizona, UCLA, Baylor and plenty of other elite programs have offered Jones.
Another name to watch over the next year is Race Thompson. The 6-foot-8 lefty, son of ex-Gophers running back Darrell Thompson, is a four-star recruit by 247 Sports. His team, Robbinsdale Armstrong, is not in the tournament.
While those are the decorated players from Class 4A schools, keep an eye out for Isaac Johnson of Minneapolis North. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard can be electric. He’s committed to play at Western Illinois.
Jalen Suggs is a Class of 2020 kid you have to see to believe. He’s a 6-foot-2 point guard who’s already been offered by Minnesota, Baylor, Iowa State and Georgia Tech, among others, according to Scout.com. He’s also getting big-time offers as a dual-threat quarterback.
Suggs led Minnehaha Academy over Hopkins with a Russell Westbrook-like triple-double this season. He had 40 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
You can see the State Tournament brackets for playing times and locations right here.