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    Mid Season Review

    The season mid-point is fast approaching.  It is time for the mid-season report, complete with some young players to keep your eye on, surprises, and rankings for each class.

    Everybody has heard about the 8th grade phenom from Yankton, Matthew Mors.  Barring injury, this young player is destined to be a 5 time first team AA all state player!   This is unheard of …. In any class.   But, there is another 8th grader playing in Dell Rapids who is tearing it up for the Cardinals, Connor Libis.  There is only about 15 inches height difference between Mors and Libis.  That is plenty to keep the 5’3 Libis off recruiter’s radar.  Mors will be hotly recruited …. Libis will not.   Mors is playing AA ball …. Libis is playing in Class B.  Still, keep both young players on the radar and watch them develop over the next five years. 

    6’4 freshman Kobe Busch from Huron is another youngster to remember as he is contributing as a freshman for the Tigers.  He played on the SD attack with several other class of 2020 elite and the 2021 special player: Mors. 

    Sioux Valley started an 8th grade point guard last year.  Max Nielson is one of the best in the class of 2020 …. He also played on the 15U boys SD Attack with Busch and Mors.

    Clark Willow Lake’s Jacob Prouty is the next in the seemingly never ending line of outstanding players for the Cyclones.  The sophomore is one of the best Class A players. 

    6’4 Noah Freidel of Tea is arguably the best Class A player in the class of 2019.

    Corey Brown leads a young Pine Ridge team and is also in the discussion of top Class A sophs.

    Todd County has a pretty good sophomore putting up big numbers: Aiden Bizzardie is averaging 20 ppg.

    Highmore Harrold sophomore Jharett Bloomenrader is a prolific scorer. 

    6’3 sophomore Sawyer Schultz is the best player on a very good Bridgewater Emery team.  He is one of the best sophs in the state.

    6’4 freshman Luke Wells of Crow Creek is another very good player to watch. 

    6’2 sophomore guard Jack McCabe from Dakota Valley is poised to become the next really good guard out of Dakota Dunes. 

    Freshman Josh Arlt and sophomore Quincy Ihnen are playing big minutes and contributing for Lennox.

    Kayden Verley from Canton also played on the 15U SD Attack team and is a freshman to watch develop.

    Connor LeBrun is a soph playing in the shadow of “the other LeBrun” for Flandreau but he is a scorer in his own right.

    The biggest surprises this season:

    Brookings led by a strong senior class is 4-1 after losing in overtime to Huron this past weekend. 

    Matt Mors, the 6’6 Yankton 8th grader, used his 7th grade year as a varsity orientation.  Don’t get me wrong …. I know he is a big talent …. He will be the most talked about boys player for the next five years.   But, to dominate AA basketball like he has … wow!

    Flandreau is better than expected.  Dylan LeBrun has a good supporting cast.   The Fliers are 7-1 after their loss to Sioux Valley in the Big East Conference tournament championship game.   They are third in seed points in the ultra-competitive Region 3.

    Vermillion is hot out of the gate and surging at 9-0 with the addition of Kentucky transfer AJ Plitzuweit to the rotation.

    People …. Who I thought had a clue …. Are still nay saying the Sweet 16.  Two comments on that: 1.The seeding process is critical in optimizing Sweet 16; 2. I wish Class B would adopt the Sweet 16.

    Elk Point Jefferson is a pair of three point losses (Madison and Roncalli) away from being undefeated.   The Huskies were not on my radar. 

    How bad Custer appears to be …. 2-7 with a win over Standing Rock ND and Hill City.

    Langford is dangerous with two stars (Chance Olson and Mason Larson) and good complementary players and a great coach.  They are 8-0 and face their region competition, Warner, on the road this week.

    Warner’s win streak was stopped at 28.

    Bodee and Kade Gross are big time players for Colman Egan.  Varsity players since their 8th grade season, they are helping carry championship football mojo into the basketball season.   The Hawks are 5-2. 

    White River looks very average even with the addition of Sully Buttes transfer Donnie Yackley.   The Tigers are 5-2. 

    Class AA

    1. RC Stevens

    2. O’Gorman

    3. Brandon Valley

    4. Washington

    5. Sturgis

    HM: Brookings, Lincoln, Yankton, Huron, Aberdeen Central

    Class A

    1. St Thomas More

    2. Vermillion

    3. Madison

    4. Sioux Valley

    5. Sioux Falls Christian

    6. Flandreau

    7. Dell Rapids

    8. Chamberlain

    9. Roncalli

    10. Red Cloud

    HM: Sisseton, Groton, Clark Willow Tea, Dakota Valley, Mount Vernon Plankinton, Tri Valley, Miller, Little Wound, Pine Ridge

    Class B

    1. Bridgewater Emery

    2. Langford

    3. Wolsey Wessington

    4. Corsica Stickney

    5. Warner

    6. Chester

    7. White River

    8. Colman Egan

    9. Sully Buttes

    10. Sanborn Central Woonsocket

    HM: Potter County, Lower Brule, Scotland, Parker, Colome, Wall, Harding County

    4 Responses

    1. Skippy Says:

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      I enjoy how you are already a college recruiter for a 5'3 8th grader. Hopefully he doesn't see this and give up all hope. SMH.

    2. Skippy Says:

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      I do enjoy your write ups, just not the comments about not being recruited because of his size and class B basketball. I do hope Connor uses this type of stuff as motivation. I sure would!

    3. JACKALOPE Says:


      If you have followed my blogs and posts over the years, you might agree that I generally steer away from posting negative trash about high school basketball players. Maybe I am getting a bit more edgy as I get older. But, my comments about young Mr. Libis are not meant to be "trash talking" him. He might end up being the most hotly recruited player in his class. He might not even want to play college basketball. My comparison and contrast between Libis and Mors is meant to show how different two 14 year old kids (or however old they are) can be and even with the differences, they STILL excel at the sport of basketball.

    4. Skippy Says:

      Thanks for commenting on that. I believe you didn't mean anything by it as well. Carry on for the love of SD Hoops. We really do have very young and talented kids in SD right now. The future of SD hoops is bright!!!

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