You definetly need to take a look at this team! This Schoolers squad had a fantastic AAU season. This group had success in every event that they competed in. Whenever I talked to coaches or basketball fans about AAU hoops…
You definetly need to take a look at this team! This Schoolers squad had a fantastic AAU season. This group had success in every event that they competed in. Whenever I talked to coaches or basketball fans about AAU hoops in South Dakota, Maschino’s squad was quickly brought up and bragged about. They played very unselfish, scrappy, up-tempo, and an A+ grade of basketball. This team won a ton of games over the AAU campaign and I expect all of the players to have successful senior seasons. Read below for information on Pentagon Schoolers Maschino 17U!
Coach Tyler Maschino comments on his team’s AAU season
“This summer we had tons of success everywhere we played. We went 4-0 down in KC and 5-2 down in Atlanta while taking 2nd place in the Gold Bracket for NY2LA. As a group, we showed we could compete with any team we matched up with in any circumstance.“
Cooper Long Cooper Long 6'3" | SG Lyman | 2023 State SD |6’3 SG| Dell Rapids
-10.4 ppg, 2.2 apg, 2.4 rpb, 1 spg, .5 bpg, 45 FG%, 39 3FG%
-A next-level athlete with great versatility, clutch shooter, tough defender, has a sweet pull-up game, loads of potential
Brayden Pankonen Brayden Pankonen 5'11" | PG Dell Rapids | 2023 State SD |5’11 G| Dells Rapids
-12.4 ppg, 3.3 apg, 4.2 rpg, 2 spg, 42 3FG%
-Lightning quick and a sparkplug, a top 3-point shooter in the region, pesky defender with elite anticipation, great eyes
Parker Stansbury Parker Stansbury 6'4" | SF Harrisburg | 2023 State SD |6’5 SF| Harrisburg
-3.6 ppg, .5 apg, 1.9 rpg
-Felixble, can big a big SG or a small-ball PF, 3-level scorer that can put it on the floor, can drill triples in catch-n-shoot
Randy Rosenquist Randy Rosenquist 6'0" | PG Dakota Valley | 2023 State SD |6’0 PG| Dakota Valley
-13.3 ppg, 4.9 apg, 3.5 rpg, 2.1 spg, .8 bpg, 52 FG%
-A winner in everything that he does, leader and playmaker, State Champion, gamer, excellent finisher, great court vision
Ethan Determan Ethan Determan 6'3" | SG Harrisburg | 2023 State SD |6’2 SG| Harrisburg
-14.8 ppg, 1.8 apg, 2.9 rpg, 1 spg
-Has become a lethal offensive threat, another top shooter in the Midwest, jumper is as smooth as butter, pure scorer
Rilpuou Machol Rilpuou Machol 6'6" | PF Roosevelt | 2023 State SD |6’5 PF| Sioux Falls Roosevelt
-2.8 ppg, .4 apg, 2 rpg
-Grinder & hard worker, physical finisher, always gives intense effort, strong in the paint, team-first forward, plays w/ heart
Steele Morgan Steele Morgan 6'4" | PF Mitchell | 2023 State SD |6’5 F| Mitchell
-6.9 ppg, 1 apg, 5.6 rpg, .5 spg, 56 FG%
-The charimen of the boards, underrated athlete that will WHAM on you, had a standout season, versatile offensive game
Tate Snyder Tate Snyder 6'0" | PG Sioux Falls Christian | 2023 State SD |6’0 G| Sioux Falls Christian
-4.1 ppg, 1.7 apg, 1.9 rpg, .5 spg, 45FG%
-Winner & a leader on the court, timely playmaker with a well-rounded game, hard worker & solid defender, tough PG
Rhett Kloth Rhett Kloth 6'10" | PF Dell Rapids | 2024 State SD (2024) |6’10 C| Dell Rapids
-1.1 ppg, .7 apg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 bpg
-A youngster playing up an age group, was an impact player with his length, improved all season and has a high ceiling
Gage Gasca Gage Gasca 6'7" | C Sioux Falls Washington | 2023 State SD |6’7 PF| Sioux Falls Washington
-.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, .5 spg, .6 bpg
-Stands out doing the dirty work in the paint, protects the rim and boards on both ends, can stretch the floor with triples
Q & A with coach Tyler Maschino
PHD: What is your best memory from this AAU season?
Coach Maschino: “The best memory I had was going down to Atlanta and showing teams from all over the country what a team full of South Dakota kids could achieve as a team. We had multiple coaches of opposing teams compliment the style of play that we played down there!“
PHD: Can you talk about a time your team overcame adversity?
Coach Maschino: “Playing in St. Cloud we were down by 16 at one point in the 2nd half to the Comets Elite and with about 8 minutes left I decided to call a timeout. The team had the look of “we have this under control” and Our PG Randy Rosenquist Randy Rosenquist 6'0" | PG Dakota Valley | 2023 State SD made the comment “we are ready to go now” and we proceeded to come back and win the game and advance to the final 4 in the GPAC Tournament.”
PHD: Who were a few of your hardest workers and what did they do to stick out?
Coach Maschino: “RP Machol – was our hardest worker. He may not have got the most minutes but when he was out there on the court he gave you everything you had. He was the heart and soul of this team.“
“ Tate Snyder Tate Snyder 6'0" | PG Sioux Falls Christian | 2023 State SD – Tate would start on most teams but he excelled as our 6th man and was our spark plug. He did a little of everything and rebounded and defended bigger players consistently.“
PHD: Can you talk about some of your best offensive weapons?
Coach Maschino: “ Randy Rosenquist Randy Rosenquist 6'0" | PG Dakota Valley | 2023 State SD – Best point guard in the state… He made everyone around him better and consistently scored around 15 ppg and 7 apg. When we needed something big he came up with it.“
“ Ethan Determan Ethan Determan 6'3" | SG Harrisburg | 2023 State SD – Leading scorer us all summer long at 16.5 ppg and is one of the smoothest and most efficient scorers I’ve ever coached. Only needs 10-12 shots a game to score 20 ppg.”
“ Brayden Pankonen Brayden Pankonen 5'11" | PG Dell Rapids | 2023 State SD – Our 3-point specialist who was also 2nd in assists and 3rd in scoring. He turned himself into more than just a 3pt shooter, handling the point quite a bit and getting our other shooters and posts the ball in great spots.”
PHD: Who was your best rebounder and why?
Coach Maschino: “ Steele Morgan Steele Morgan 6'4" | PF Mitchell | 2023 State SD – Steele sees the ball off the rimm differently than most guys. He missed 1 tournament and still led the team in rebounding by a decent margin. His hard work and quick 2nd bounce gave us many 2nd chance opportunities.“
PHD: Who improved the most over the season?
Coach Maschino: “ Cooper Long Cooper Long 6'3" | SG Lyman | 2023 State SD – He became such a great defender and took on the role of guarding the opposing team’s best player and 4-man at times. All the while shooting the ball efficiently.“
“ Rhett Kloth Rhett Kloth 6'10" | PF Dell Rapids | 2024 State SD – For a young man playing up an age division, you saw the maturation of his body and skill grow every game. He turned into a pick-n-roll monster who was trying to dunk on everyone. His blocking shots made it tough on guys to get clean looks.“
PHD: When you needed a big bucket, who was your “go-to” player?
Coach Maschino: “Fortunately, we had 3 guys who could get us a bucket at any time and they all knew they could trust each other. Randy Rosenquist Randy Rosenquist 6'0" | PG Dakota Valley | 2023 State SD , Ethan Determan Ethan Determan 6'3" | SG Harrisburg | 2023 State SD , Brayden Pankonen Brayden Pankonen 5'11" | PG Dell Rapids | 2023 State SD .“
PHD: What would you say were your signature wins this season?
Coach Maschino: “I would say beating ND Phenom, MN Comets Elite, Gaine Elite, and Houston Superstars. This group, when challenged never backed down from great competition.“