Way too early look at 2019-2020 ESD

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Way too early look at 2019-2020 ESD

Postby CSDsportsfan1 » March 20th, 2019, 10:51 am

With the end of the basketball season, it seems like a good time to get an early look at some of the players that will be making an impact on the ESD next year. (classes listed for players are 2019-2020)

Aberdeen Central - The Eagles struggled this year but return two big pieces in 6'7" Andrew Bergan (Sr) and 6'8" Reece Burkhard (Jr). They will provide a formidable inside-outside combo but the biggest question will be if the the Blue and Gold can get guard play to compliment the twin towers.

Brandon Valley - The defending class AA champs will lose some important players (Cooper Olthoff, Nate Keegan and Evan Talcott) but the cupboard is not bare for next year's Lynx. Jackson Hilton (Jr) was an all-conference selection and is one of the more dynamic players in the state. Add in junior-to-be and top reserve Joe Kolbeck and rising senior big man Gavin Terhark, and BV has a very good nucleus to start defense of their title.

Brookings - Graduation hits the Bobcats hard but they will look to build around sharpshooter Trent Brocksieck (Sr). With experienced vets like Jonah Dobbs (Sr) and Theo Burns (Sr) returning, Brookings will be competitive.

Harrisburg - The Tigers lose their top two players in Nick Hoyt and Blair Slaughter to graduation along with five others, but will look to build around big man Brayden Phipps (Jr) next year. Harrisburg has a lot of depth in their sub-varisty program so they will likely have players but it may time some time for them to gel.

Huron - The Orange and Black return their top two scorers in rising seniors Kobe Busch and Teegan Evers. They will also have a lot of experienced players returning in Nathan Boehrns (Sr), Cooper Fryberger (Sr) and Derrick Siemonsma (Jr). Look for the Tigers to build on their 7th place finish at this year's state tourney.

Mitchell - Even though the Kernels have only won two games in the past two years, this is a team on the rise. They lost a number of games by single digits and put a real scare into some top teams like Sioux Falls Lincoln and Huron. Look for leading scorer Cade Hinker (Soph) and Carter Jacobsen (Sr) to lead the way, and point guard Ben Helleloid (Jr) and big man Zane Alm (Jr) will help out.

Pierre - The Governors have been down for two years but there should be optimism in the capital city as they only lose two players to graduation. Look for all-conference big man Grey Zabel (Sr) to be the leader along with swing man Garrett Stout (Sr).

Watertown - No team loses more to graduation than the Arrows as nine players will be missing from this year's roster. Jack Ferguson (Sr) is the only returning big man at 6'3". The rest are guards highlighted by senior Cooper Heiser. Could be a down year for the Purple and Yellow.

Yankton - It all starts with returning Gatorade Player of the Year Matthew Mors (Jr) who will be complimented by senior Cooper Cornemann. These two might be the best one-two punch in the state next year. Add in 6'8" senior Hunter Kortous and the Bucks will likely be playing for the big trophy on the final night of the state tourney.
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Re: Way too early look at 2019-2020 ESD

Postby John Deere Jockey » March 20th, 2019, 12:27 pm

Nice rundown. Senior to be Evan Falconer will be the top returning Arrow.
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Re: Way too early look at 2019-2020 ESD

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