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Border Battle Preview
12:45 p.m. – Eden Prairie (12-3 and plays Tuesday and Thursday) vs. Manitowac Roncalli (12-3 and plays Tuesday and Thursday)
2:15 p.m. – Hopkins (12-2 and plays Tuesday and Thursday) vs. De Pere (13-2 and plays Tuesday and Thursday)
3:45 p.m. – DeLaSalle (13-1 and plays Thursday) vs. Appleton West (8-8 and plays Tuesday and Thursday)
5:30 p.m. – Osseo (13-2 and plays Tuesday and Thursday) vs. Hudson (5-11 and plays Tuesday and Friday)
7:00 p.m. – Prior Lake (10-5 and plays Tuesday and Friday) vs. Rice Lake (13-3 and plays Tuesday and Friday)
8:30 p.m. – Apple Valley (14-1 and plays Tuesday and Friday) vs. Madison Memorial (15-1 and plays Friday)
Mahtomedi is fighting for first place in the competitive Classic Suburban Conference this season. The Zephyrs are led by 6-foot-4 senior Zach Lindquist, who is averaging a team-high 19.0 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. He recently committed to the Air Force Academy. Six-foot-6 senior Nuni Omot adds 13.4 points and 7.5 boards.
Eau Claire Regis is paced by 6-foot-4 sophomore Billy Wampler, who is averaging a team-high 15.1 points per game. Nick Stanke, a 6-foot-3 senior, adds 12.5 points per contest.
Eden Prairie finished in fourth place in the Class 4A tournament last season. The Eagles were runner-ups in 2011 and finished fourth in 2010. They were 76-19 in that three-year period. They are led by junior point guard Andre Wallace, who has an Oregon State offer and is averaging 15.5 points per game. Junior Anthony Anderson and senior guard Grant Shaeffer add 12.1 points each.
Manitowac Roncalli is led by 6-foot-2 senior point guard Nate Lassila, who is averaging a team-high 18.9 points per game. Nick Stelzer, 6-foot-2 junior, adds 12.4 points per contest for the Jets.
Hopkins has posted an impressive 91-5 during that period with two state titles in the past three years The Royals have a balanced attack with five players averaging near double figures. They are led by junior outside threat Jake Wright with 17.8 points per game. Senior Jamal Davis, the team's lone returning starter, adds 12.2 points. Junior point guard Kamali Chambers has filled in for older brother Syani, who is at Harvard and is contributing 11.5 points. Nick Johnson (9.8) and freshman Amir Coffey (8.7) complete the starting lineup. Coffey already has been offered a scholarship by Iowa State and Penn State. He is the son of former Minnesota Gopher Richard Coffey.
De Pere, ranked #6 in Division I, is led by 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Brevin Pritzl, who is averaging a team-best 16.5 points per game. He has scholarship offers from Green Bay, Milwaukee and Toledo. Senior Adam Beyer, who signed with Division II Augustana, adds 14.5 points.
De La Salle won the 2012 Class AAA state title. They are led by junior Reid Travis, who is ranked #29 in the Class of 2014 by ESPN. He had 20 points and 18 rebounds in the state title win over Washburn and had 57 points and 36 rebounds in the three games at the state tournament. Travis is off to an excellent start this season, averaging 28.6 points per game. He scored 30 or more points in his first five games and has reached that mark seven times this year. He has already received a scholarship offer from Minnesota, Michigan State, USC, Iowa State and Harvard, among others. The outstanding quarterback has a football offer from Boston College. Senior outside shooter Luke Scott adds 14.2 points per game. Sophomore point guard Jarvis Johnson already has scholarship offers from Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Creighton and adds 8.0 points. Fellow sophomore Sacar Anim has already attracted Division I interest and is contributing 7.4 points per contest.
Appleton West is paced by Jake Verhagen, a 6-foot-6 post player who signed with Eastern Illinois, leads the Terrors with an average of 11.8 points per game. Six-foot-5 junior Matt Reader adds 11.4 points.
Osseo is the defending Class AAAA champion. They are led by 6-foot-9 junior Ian Theisen, who is averaging 16.4 points per game. Wheeler Baker adds 16.0 points and Mr. Football winner Bridge Tusler contributes 14.1 points.
Hudson is led by 6-foot-6 junior forward Alex Herink, who is averaging a team-best 17.5 points per game. He has offers from North Dakota State and South Dakota State. Guard Matthew Sparstad adds 14.4 points.
Prior Lake is led by junior point guard Jon Sobaski, who is averaging a team-high 16.4 points per game. He has offers from South Dakota and North Dakota State. Utah State commit Carson Shanks adds 9.7 points per contest.
Rice Lake finished 23-2 last season, losing to eventual state champion Onalaska in the section semifinals. They lost current Gopher freshman Wally Ellenson, but return his two younger brothers. Henry Ellenson, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound sophomore, has offers from schools such as Baylor, Georgetown, Iowa State, Marquette and Minnesota and is averaging 20.4 points per game. He has three games of 30 or more points per game. Senior Ellwood Ellenson adds 10.8 points. The Warriors are 8-0 in Big Rivers Conference play after going undefeated in league action last season as they won the conference title for the first time since 2006-07.
Apple Valley returns four starters from a 23-6 team that lost to Eastview in the Section 3AAAA finals and are led by ESPN's number one player in the Class of 2014, Tyus Jones. The talented point guard has been a starter since he was in eighth grade. He is averaging 20.2 points per game. Apple Valley showed that they are not a one-man team as they recently defeated perennial power Hopkins, despite Jones playing just five minutes due to back spasms. Senior Dustin Fronk, who is one of the state's top three-point threats, is averaging 17.0 points per game. Dennis Austin, who adds 12.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, is an effective inside scorer, despite a lack of size. Six-foot-ten freshman center Brock Bertram is a strong inside presence who is averaging 10.1 points and 8.1 rebounds. Senior Harry Sonie is another good outside threat who adds 9.8 points per game.
Madison Memorial finished 25-2 last season, losing to Germantown in the Division I semifinals. They have made the state tournament nine straight years, the longest streak since the 1920. The Spartans are ranked #2 in Division I this season and are led by Jester Weah, a 6-foot-4 senior who is a Pittsburgh football commit, who is averaging 12.7 points per game and Julian Walters, a 5-foot-11 senior guard, who adds 11.7 points per contest.
Previews written and provided by Chris Monter of College Basketball News. Check College Basketball News for recaps of the Border Battle or on Twitter @Collegebbnews.
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