This article is an overview and introduction to the updated 2025 South Dakota Prospect Rankings. These were just updated this morning! It has been a busy summer of basketball with AAU & high school hoops in SD. Who are the…
This article is an overview and introduction to the updated 2025 South Dakota Prospect Rankings. These were just updated this morning! It has been a busy summer of basketball with AAU & high school hoops in SD. Who are the top prospects?
The next Rankings update will come out in late August/ early September. Read below for more info on the updated rankings.
TOP 11 Prospects
1. Ben Brooks Ben Brooks 6'7" | PF Madison | 2025 State SD |6’7 PF| Madison
2. Easton Neuendorf Easton Neuendorf 5'11" | PG Hamlin | 2025 State SD |5’10 PG| Hamlin
3. Bryon Laue Bryon Laue 6'8" | PF Castlewood | 2025 State SD |6’7 PF| Castlewood
4. Markus Talley Markus Talley 6'0" | SG Mitchell | 2025 State SD |6’0 SG| Mitchell
5. Shawn Hammerbeck Shawn Hammerbeck 6'7" | PF Winner | 2025 State SD |6’6 PF| Winner
6. Edison Noll Edison Noll 6'0" | SG Sioux Falls Lincoln | 2025 State SD |5’11 SG| Sioux Falls Lincoln
7. Griffen Goodbary Griffen Goodbary 6'8" | PF Sioux Falls Christian | 2025 State SD |6’5 PF| Sioux Falls Christian
8. Braeden Feeldy Braeden Feeldy 5'10" | SG Harrisburg | 2025 State SD |5’10 SG| Harrisburg
9. Boston Katzer Boston Katzer 6'3" | SF McCook Central-Montrose | 2025 State SD |6’2 SF| McCook Central-Montrose
10. Cole Snyder Cole Snyder 6'0" | SG Sioux Falls Christian | 2025 State SD |5’10 SG| Sioux Falls Christian
11. Maverick Nelson Maverick Nelson 6'2" | SG Sioux Valley | 2025 State SD |6’2 SG| Sioux Valley
**Full 2025 SD Prospect Rankings**
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PROSPECT RANKINGS
How do you guys decide where a player gets ranked? Let me tell you.
North Dakota’s Prep Hoops prospect rankings are compiled by our writers with input from high school, AAU, and college coaches who watch a ton of North Dakota basketball. We put a lot of time and energy into it — probably too much! — and we are as diligent as we can possibly be to get it right. We never intentionally set out to bury a kid or leave them off the list. We try not to be biased — other than favoring kids with talent, grit, and a desire to get better. We work hard at being fair. But at the end of the day, not everyone will be happy, and that’s OK. Rankings are updated three times a year, in October, February, and June. Here are some other important things you should know.
– College coaches have a lot of influence. If there is no clear consensus on the top players in each class, we give them the last word.
– AAU matters. In the winter update, we are obviously adding players who are having great high school seasons. This is the primary opportunity for athletes who don’t play AAU ball to make their mark. It is a reality, however, that players who do not play AAU are greatly diminishing their opportunity to make the prospect rankings. They are also limiting their opportunities to play college basketball since being seen by 10 coaches is statistically less likely to yield the desired result than being seen by 100.
– Most importantly, this list is about college potential, not current performance. Let me repeat that. THIS LIST IS ABOUT COLLEGE POTENTIAL, NOT CURRENT PERFORMANCE. This is the big one, the factor that causes the most consternation, the most misunderstanding, especially among keenly interested parents.