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Former St. Paul Johnson stars represent at Division I level

Estan Tyler

Prep sceneThe St. Paul City Conference isn’t actually recognized as a hotbed talent pool when it comes to high school basketball in the state of Minnesota. However, one school, St. Paul Johnson, had three former boys’ basketball players competing at the Division I level this past season. Continue Reading →

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All-Star Classic girls’ games feature future stars



In 1994, the first Inner City All-Star Classic (ICASC) basketball game was played in the gymnasium of Richard R. Green Central Park Community School in Minneapolis. The game featured the top senior boys’ basketball players of color in the metro area. In 2001, at the urging of late community activist KWAME MCDONALD, a girls’ game was added. McDonald, who passed away in October 2011, felt the game was needed after former Minneapolis North standouts TAMARA MOORE and MAURI HORTON held their own in the boys’ games in 1998 and 1999 respectively. Moore, who was named Ms. Basketball in 1998, starred at Wisconsin before playing in the WNBA for six years. Continue Reading →

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A weekend of hoops and a college commitment

This past weekend I witnessed a classic high school boys’ basketball game, watched three former all-metro

players in NCAA Division I action, and learned that one of the state’s top football players made a collegiate commitment. Check this out!  

Friday, January 6, 2012: 

Sophomore center IAN THEISEN’S freethrow with 1.6 seconds left gave Osseo a 70-69 victory over Park Center in a classic Northwest Suburban boys’ basketball matchup. The game, which was played at Osseo, ended in dramatic fashion. Junior guard QUINTON HOOKER, who finished with 28 points, tied the game by calmly netting a three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Osseo, who also got 15 points from junior guard BRIDGE TUSLER, worked the ball around before Theisen was fouled. Continue Reading →

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Pops would have been proud



My father KWAME MCDONALD never let an opportunity slip by when it came to supporting the youth of St. Paul. This past month I did a little traveling to support some former prep stars as they embark on their college careers. Here is a short summary of my travels:

Saturday, November 5: Traveled with former St. Paul Central boys’ basketball standout RONNIE SMITH (1976) to watch his son CAMERON, a point guard for the JV men’s basketball team at Waldorf College (Iowa) and a former St. Continue Reading →

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