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Johnson prep star now playing for Arizona State

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 →

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Three top coaches


There are so many great high school basketball coaches in the state that there are too many to recognize. Here are three basketball coaches who deserve a little recognition for their efforts.    

Since becoming head coach in 2000, VERN SIMMONS has put the St. Paul Johnson boys’ program on the map with eight state tournament appearances (2004, ’06, ’07, ’09, ’10, ’11 and ’12) in the past decade. The Governor’s won the 3A title in 2010. Continue Reading →

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State championships not the highest goal of coaching



There are only 25 Blacks listed on the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) list of state boys’ and girls’ basketball tournament head coaches. Louis Boone, who coached Washburn to the 1994 state boys’ title, is one of 17 Black coaches who have appeared in the 100-year history of state tourneys. Winning the tough-from-top-to-bottom Minneapolis City Conference along the way during that championship season was a great preparation for Washburn’s ultimate state championship run, he admits. “Some of our biggest battles were right in the city,” he remembers. His squad finished 27-1. Continue Reading →

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Too many games to choose from



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 →

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