Local stars continue to shine

Prep sceneWith the prep basketball season about to be in full force, let’s take a look at where some former metro area players are continuing their athletic careers.

Cayla McMorris, the shooting guard who led Park Center to the Class 3A girls’ basketball championship in 2014, started her first game for the University of Wisconsin and hit the game-winner, leading the Badgers to a win over San Diego State last week.

Seanna Johnson, the guard who led DeLaSalle to three consecutive Class 3A State girls’ basketball championships, is the leading scorer for Iowa State as a junior.

Chase Coley, who led Minneapolis Washburn to state tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014, is currently the third-leading scorer on the University of Iowa women’s basketball team.

Alexis Alexander, one of the top girls’ basketball players ever to play at Champlin Park, is a sophomore reserve guard for South Dakota State University.

Kionda Nicks, the forward who led St. Paul Highland Park to the City Conference title in 2012, is playing in her final year at Concordia University-St. Paul.

Chelsie Kizart, the point guard who led St. Paul Central to back-to-back state tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014, is starting for Cloud County Community College in Kansas.

Quinton Hooker, the former Park Center star who led them to a Class 4A State title and was named Mr. Basketball in 2012, currently starts as a junior guard for the University of North Dakota.

Pierre Conwell, the guard who led St. Paul Johnson to a state tournament appearance in 2013, recently scored 34 points in game as a sophomore at Northeastern Community College in Nebraska.

J.T. Gibson, the 2015 Mr. Basketball winner who led Champlin Park a Class 4A state runner-up finish, is a reserve guard at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Chuckie Smith, the shooting guard who led Minneapolis Washburn to a Class 3A finish in 2012, is a junior at St. Cloud State University.

Dwight Anderson, the shooting guard from Minneapolis Washburn who was the conference MVP in 2012, is a senior at Georgia State.


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