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Star Tribune boys' basketball top teams to watch

By Star Tribune, 12/05/16, 8:34PM CST


Here's the Star Tribune's top 10 metro boys' basketball teams, selected by staff writer Jim Paulsen:



1. Champlin Park (4A): State’s deepest lineup with two legit superstars in Theo John andMcKinley Wright to lead them.


2. Hopkins (4A): No Amir Coffey, but the cupboard (Ishmael El-Amin, Simon Wright, Zeke Nnaji) is far from bare.


3. Maple Grove (4A): If Tywhon Pickford regains post-injury form, the Crimson will be tough to beat.


4. Lakeville North (4A): Is 6-10 forward Nathan Reuvers ready to step forward and be the go-to guy?


5. Apple Valley (4A): Plenty of replacement parts from last year, but Tre Jones can elevate a team.


6. DeLaSalle (3A): Led by Goanar Mar and Gabe Kalscheur, a sixth consecutive 3A title seems imminent.


7. Cretin-Derham Hall (4A): Junior power forward Daniel Oturu is a 6-9 beast on the boards.


8. Tartan (4A): Should have enough talent in reserve to survive the transfer of Jarvis Thomas.


9. Chaska (4A): Terrific backcourt led by Andrew Kallman and Myles Hanson.


10. Minnehaha Academy (2A): Veteran starting lineup, and no seniors. Freshman Jalen Suggs had 42 points in the opener.


Others: Minneapolis North (1A), Woodbury (4A), Lakeville South (4A), Orono (3A)


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