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Meet the 2019 Star Tribune All-Metro first team

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 03/18/19, 6:00PM CDT


Scroll down to see who made the second and third teams as well.

From left to right: Jalen Suggs, Minnehaha Academy; Tyler Wahl, Lakeville North; Zeke Nnaji, Hopkins; David Roddy, Breck, and Tyrell Terry, DeLaSalle. Photo: RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII ¥ richard.tsong-taatarii@startribune.com

All-Metro first team

All-Metro first-team members sound off on….

Most memorable place I’ve played Most under-rated skill Favorite thing to do when not playing basketball
Zeke Nnaji Playing at home vs. Wayzata during a double-header My passing Play the piano and make music
David Roddy Hallenbeck Hall (St. Cloud State) for the section final. I’ve been there three times and it get better every time. My vocalness on the court. I talk a lot on the court, especially on defense. Playing football with my close friends
Jalen Suggs Argentina Leadership Play football or hang out with friends
Tyrell Terry Target Center Passing Play the PS4 
Tyler Wahl Target Center Rebounding Bowling with friends

All-Metro second team

Ben Carlson
East Ridge, 6-9, junior, forward
College: Undecided
Excellent size, strength with great anticipation, an elite rebounder and great finisher. Averaged 16.6 points, 11.3 rebounds per game.  

Dawson Garcia
Prior Lake, 6-9, junior, forward
College: Undecided
Played at Metro Player of the Year-level until an injury forced him to miss 12 games. Long and athletic, finishes at the rim, passes out of the double-team, hits the three-pointer.

J'vonne Hadley
Mahtomedi, 6-6, junior, shooting guard
College: Undecided
Blossomed into a deadly long-range shooter, averaging 27.9 points per game (high of 52). Lead the Zephyrs to first state tournament since 1961.

Antwan Kimmons
Tartan, 6-1, senior, guard
College: Idaho State
Explosive off the dribble with a high motor, averaged 21 points, six rebounds, five assists per game. Set school single-game scoring record with 45 against Edina.

Cole Nicholson
Chaska, 6-6, senior, power forward
College: Northern Colorado
Fundamentally sound, exceptional footwork, nearly unstoppable in the low post. Averaged 22 points, nine rebounds, with a 51-point effort against Cooper. 

All-Metro third team

Jamison Battle, DeLaSalle, senior, forward

Courtney Brown, East Ridge, senior, forward

Kendall Brown, East Ridge, sophomore, guard

Dajuan Carter, North St. Paul, senior, guard

Dain Dainja, Park Center, junior, post

Drake Dobbs, Eden Prairie, junior, guard                   

Jack Middleton, Edina, senior, guard

How the team was chosen

The Star Tribune’s all-metro teams and Metro Player of the Year were chosen based on nominations from metro-area coaches, conversations with a panel of coaches and staff observations.

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