This week’s column features an outstanding basketball prospect who’s quarterbacking his school’s football team to the Prep Bowl, a running back who did the same for his team, a quarterback who led his team to the state semifinals, four who led their team to an upset victory, and a former prep basketball star who shot the lights out in a recent collegiate contest.
Here are the Fab Five:
1. Grantham Gillard
Two years ago he was an up-and-coming sophomore guard teaming with his senior brother Garrison Gillard (now a sophomore member of the University of Minnesota-Duluth men’s team). Today he is poised to be among the state’s top players, but for now he’s focusing on leading Eden Prairie to a fourth consecutive large-school state football championship as the Eagle’s quarterback. The senior’s 13-yard touchdown run secured a 13-7 victory over Maple Grove last week to earn a spot in the Class 6A Prep Bowl against Totino Grace at TCF Bank Stadium. Continue Reading →
Former Johnson High School basketball star ROOSEVELT SCOTT is on the 2014-15 men’s basketball roster at Arizona State University. The 6’-4” Scott, who last year averaged 17.5 points per game for Indian Hills Community College, led his team to a second-place finish in the NJCAA Division I national tournament and a 33-4 record. He was also named to the all-tournament honors
While at Johnson, Scott teamed with ESTAN TYLER, now at the University of North Dakota after two years at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; MAXIE ROSENBLOOM, who just finished an outstanding career at Bemidji State; current Missouri State University guard MARCUS MARSHALL, JORDAN PLUFF, XAVIER HENRY, DANTE WARLICK, DEMITRI CONWELL, ANTHONY LEE, CHRIS SMITH-BOND, XAVIER BLACK and PRINCE WILLIAMS to lead the Governors to the Class 3A state championship in 2010. Scott did not take an easy path to ASU. When Johnson was completing yet another state tournament appearance in 2009 (they took third that year), Scott was earning his way as sophomore standout on the junior varsity. Continue Reading →
This week’s brief column highlights a former high school boys’ basketball star who had an outstanding first year in college and a former Minneapolis City Conference coach returning home — well, sort of.
MARCUS MARSHALL was named Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year in March. Marshall averaged 10.8 points per game for the Missouri State University Bears. While at St. Paul Johnson, the 6-foot-3 guard led the Governors to three consecutive state tournament appearances, winning the class 3A title in 2010, leading them back in 2011, and finishing third in 2012. Continue Reading →
MARCUS MARSHALL — The former All-State shooting guard from St. Paul Johnson not only won the slam dunk contest at Missouri State’s Midnight Madness, but the freshman is also starting. GABE WALKER — The sensational running back helped St. Paul Central capture its sixth consecutive City Conference title. KACHINE ALEXANDER — The former University of Iowa and Benilde-St. Continue Reading →
The 19th Annual Inner City All Star Classic had its highlights on Father’s Day at Washington Technology Magnet in St. Paul. The game featured some ofthe metro area’s top graduating seniors of color, who were invited to participate based on their outstanding play during the basketball season last winter.
In the girls’ game KIONDA NICKS (St. Paul Highland Park) earned MVP honors,scoring 13 points in leading Team Truth to a 54-47 win over Team Faith, who got 12 from three-point shooting champ OLIVIA ANTILLA (Osseo). Continue Reading →
TAYLOR ANDERSON (Hopkins), PHILLIS WEBB (Osseo), ANULI OKONKWO (Osseo) and JESSICA JANUARY (Richfield) made a name for themselves last March at the girls’ state basketball tournament.
Anderson, a point guard, led the Royals to their second consecutive Class 4A championship. Webb, a shooting guard, helped the Orioles place second in the Class 4A. Okonkwo, a guard, was a major contributor to Osseo’s success. January, also a point guard, led the Spartans to their first-ever appearance and a runner-up finish in Class 3A. The foursome made plenty of noise last weekend at the Boys’ and Girls’ Track and Field Championships at Hamline University, each contributing a record-setting performance. Continue Reading →
The 2012 state boys’ basketball tournament held at the Target Center last weekend will certainly be one to remember.
There were two buzzer-beaters in the Class 3A and4A title games. City Conference teams from Minneapolis and St. Paul placed second and third respectively in Class 3A. A private school power in Minneapolis reemerged as 3A champs, and a new 4A champion was crowned for the first time in three years. Continue Reading →
In the Twin City boys’ basketball championship game at St. Paul Washington High School last Saturdayafternoon, Minneapolis Washburn forward JERRY PRATT didn’t start in the annual intercity contest — but he made sure he was around for its conclusion. The 6-4 senior scored his 25th point by rebounding his own missed layup with 5.5 seconds remaining and scoring as time expired to give the Millers a 90-89 win over St. Paul Johnson, who got a 30-point performance from senior guard MARCUS MARSHALL. Washburn, who also got 15 points each from CHUCKIE SMITH and DEJON DAVIS, 13 from JOSEPH DOBY and nine from DWIGHT ANDERSON, led Johnson, who also got contributions from DE’VONTA DURR (14 points), QUASHINGM SMITH-PUGH (13) and DARIUS WATSON (12), led 60-52 with 13-minutes left before the Governors came roaring back to tie it at the 10-minute mark. Continue Reading →
The only bad thing about high school basketball in the metro area is that there are so many games to choose from and I am unable to make them all. This week I saw three games featuring some of the state’s top players in girls’ and boys’ basketball.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I looked on as Tartan defeated St. Paul Central 60-64 in a nonconference match-up. DARRION STRONG led the winners with 16 points. Continue Reading →