Quite a bit is happening or has happened recently on the prep scene. Here are a few such happenings that come to mind.
Craig McDonald, a 6’3” defensive back from Minnehaha Academy who challenged the Minnesota State High School league after he was denied eligibility his senior year, is a redshirt freshman at Iowa State University.
Gabby McCaa, a 6’3” middle blocker/right side hitter who starred at St. Louis Park, is entering her junior year at Boston College.
Chudear Tut, a 6’2” middle hitter from Hopkins High School now playing at Coppin State University, was named the MEAC Freshman of the Year this past season.
Savannah White, a 6’2” senior guard at DeLaSalle who also stars in volleyball at the school, committed to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin.
Amaya Battle, a 5’11” senior at Hopkins, has committed to play at the University of Minnesota.
Chase Carter, a 6’6” senior defensive end from Minnehaha Academy, recently committed to Michigan State University to play football.
Courtney Brown Jr., a 6’6” former East Ridge basketball standout who played two years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has transferred to the University of St. Thomas.
Davon Townley Jr., a 6’7” defensive lineman who starred in basketball and football at Minneapolis North, is a member of the Penn State University football team.
Sherynn Titus, a 5’6” guard who starred at St. Paul Central and played at Iowa Central Community College last year, will continue her athletics and studies at Waldorf University.
Bishop McDonald, a 6’0” defensive back and North St. Paul alum, is going into his final year as a defensive back for the University of Minnesota after two years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Kewrin Walton, a 6’5” standout guard from Hopkins who worked his way into the starting lineup as a freshman at the University of North Carolina, averaged 8.2 points per game this past season.
Kendall Brown, a 6’7” player who had an outstanding career at East Ridge before playing at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas last season while earning McDonald’s All-American honors, chose to play at Baylor University.
Chet Holmgren, a 7’0” center from Minnehaha Academy who is now at Gonzaga University, has won just about every local and national high school basketball award available.
Khalid El-Amin, a three-time state champion at Minneapolis North, NCAA champ at UCONN, and professional basketball player as a point guard, is the new head coach at St. Thomas Academy.
Saldin Wright, a former student-athlete standout at St. Paul Highland Park during the mid-1980s, is the new head coach at his alma mater.
Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.