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Meet the 2018 Star Tribune All-Metro first team

By Ron Haggstrom, Star Tribune, 03/19/18, 4:30PM CDT


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

From left to right, Daniel Oturu of Cretin-Derham Hall, Jarvis Thomas Omersa of Orono, Tre Jones of Apple Valley, and Gabe Kalscheur of DeLaSalle on Sunday, March 18 in Apple Valley. Not pictured is Jalen Suggs of Minnehaha Academy, who was not available. Star Tribune photo by JERRY HOLT • jerry.holt@startribune.com

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All-metro first team

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

After whom do you pattern your game? One food you cannot resist? Memory of your first great basketball play?
Tre Jones Tyus Jones Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul Chicken Alfredo Making a half-court shot to go into overtime in sixth grade.
Gabe Kalscheur Klay Thompson, C.J. McCollum Wings with ranch This year versus Orono, when I hit four threes to bring us back from 12 down with four minutes left. It was a crazy and unforgettable game.
Jarvis Thomas Omersa No one really. I just use what I’ve learned over the years. Chinese food When I got a steal in the section semifinal game against Minneapolis Henry to put us up four after a 15-point comeback.
Daniel Oturu I don’t really look at one person. I take bits from all the great players at each level. Chinese food When I dunked on this player from Minnetonka, and I got a technical because I was so turned up.
Jalen Suggs Russell Westbrook and LeBron James. Their aggressiveness and ways they can do it all are what impress me the most. Huge fan of seafood I was in first or second grade. We were playing against Lakeville South. We were down two points and had the ball at halfcourt. I got the ball inbounded to me with three seconds to go at the volleyball line and let it go. Ended up going in and we got the win.

Second team

Jarius Cook
Park Center, 6-3, sr. guard
College: North Dakota State
The floor general of a balanced Pirates squad. “A great leader and a good example for our younger players,” Park Center coach James Ware said. 

Michael Jones
Woodbury, 6-5, sr. guard
College: Davidson

A 48-percent shooter from the floor, averaged 25.1 points per game. “The smartest and most hard working player I’ve ever been around,” Royals coach Kent Getzlaff  said.

Zeke Nnaji
Hopkins, 6-10, jr. forward
College: Undecided

Does a little bit of everything for the Royals. “Zeke is a positionless player,” Hopkins coach Ken Novak said. Led the Royals to 26 consecutive victories during one stretch.

Josiah Strong
Champlin Park, 6-2, sr. guard
College: Navy

“After graduating 11 seniors off of last year’s team, Josiah did an outstanding job of leading our young team to a very successful season,” Rebels coach Mark Tuchscherer said.

Calvin Wishart
Delano, 6-2, sr. guard
College: Georgia Southern
Team leader in scoring, assists and steals. Had six 40-point outings this season, two coming in section play.  He will also guard one of the leading scorers on the opposition.

Third team

Courtney Brown, East Ridge, 6-6, jr. forward
Ben Carlson, East Ridge, 6-9, soph. forward
Dawson Garcia, Prior Lake, 6-10, soph. forward
David Roddy, Breck, 6-6, jr. center
Matt Todd, Monticello, 6-1, sr. guard
Tyler Wahl, Lakeville North, 6-7, jr. guard
Odell Wilson IV, Minneapolis North, 6-6, sr. center

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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