Class B teams from across the State will begin practices on November 28th! The high school football season finished today at the Dakota Bowl and now it is officially high school hoops season. Since we are waiting for practices to…
Class B teams from across the State will begin practices on November 28th! The high school football season finished today at the Dakota Bowl and now it is officially high school hoops season. Since we are waiting for practices to start, let’s take a look at PHD’s Preseason All-State team for Class B!
Check these guys out, this is a loaded list of talent!
Committed to play hoops at Jamestown. 2nd Team All-State last season. Stainbrook averaged 21.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.7 bpg, and shot 83.6% on FT’s. In AAU ball with ND Attack, Stainbrook averaged 16 ppg, 7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2 bpg, and he was the top player on his squad. Stainbrook is a hot 3-point shooter but he will also do heavy loads of scoring inside the arc. Ayden will beat you off the bounce, finish with a slam, and post up on the block. Stainbrook is unguardable when his fade-away jumper is dropping. North Border is going to have a great record this season, will most likely be a Top10 team all season, and the Eagles are PHD’s pick to make State from Region 2. Stainbrook and Cosley are a dynamic duo that is as good of a 1-2 punch that you will find in Class B.
2nd Team All-State last season. He led the Bulldogs to a Region Championship and to the State Tournament. Duffield is an electric player on the basketball court. Last year, Bohden put up 20.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 3.0 spg as a sophomore! Duffield can score in a flash and he can stretch the court with an effective outside jumper. Bohden can make plays on both ends of the court and he is special in transition. Duffield will stuff the stat sheet once again and he will have the Bulldogs ready to defend it’s Region Championship.
He led the Lions to the Region 6 Championship and a State Tournament appearance in their back yard last spring. Feller is a strong guard that can slash & bump by defenders on the way to the rim because of his muscle and toughness. He has no problem finishing after contact. Brady can also fill it up with his jump shot. On paper, Bishop Ryan looks like the favorite once again to win the Region 6 Crown. The Lions will have a ton of talent around Feller, so teams will have a hard time doubling Brady. Look for Feller to lead the Lions to many wins this season and for his numbers to be eye-popping.
He will be one of the best offensive players in North Dakota this season. Last year, Carson averaged 23 ppg, 6 rpg, 4.1 apg, and 3.5 spg. Haerer’s game-high last season was 42 points and he drilled 6 three-pointers in a single game. Carson is a full-package guard as he can score from every level, off the bounce, and in the catch-n-shoot game. Carson is smart as he knows when to attack and when to pull-up. He is also clever about drawing contact and getting to the line. Carson’s shooting range goes way deep and he is a confident shooter. Do not sleep on Haerer as a defender, he is sneaky-quick and has good anticipation. Get ready for a blockbuster season from the Bottineau kid!
He has signed with Minot State to play hoops. Yale missed his junior season of high school hoops because an injury. He was back this past spring/summer with ND Phenom and Carson proved that he is a next-level college ball player. Opposing teams are going to struggle with Yale’s length, size, and mobility. He has put on a HUGE amount of muscle since he last played a high school game. I expect Carson to be a dominant player in the paint and to be a playmaker on the wing. Yale and the Lakers are my dark horse to come out of Region 6. I do not see opposing teams being able to guard Carson with just one defender. Get Des Lacs Burlington and Yale high on your watchlist, they are contenders and Yale is premier player.
The Squirrels went 19-4 last season and they will be even better this year. Central Cass is a Top5 team in the State and they are the favorites to win Region 1. Holzer is the BIG man for CC and he will be vital to the red and white. Holzer is long like a PF but he can do damage from all over the court. He shines as a “stretch 4” and can really give teams fits with his picking-n-popping. His length is a huge asset to CC when it comes to rebounding and rim protection. Holzer is a skilled lefty that scores from all levels, is an improved passer, and an excellent teammate. Get ready for Holzer to put up impressive numbers and for CC to be a top team in Class B.
He put up All-State numbers last season. Kerzmann also made the most 3-pointers in ND last season and was 10th in steals for class B. Connor’s numbers: 23.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.0 spg, 1.4 apg, 52 FG%, and he cashed in 83 threes! Kerzmann is much more than just a deadeye 3-point shooter. He is a lightning quick slasher with blow-by speed. He can get out and run like the wind in transition. Garrison got hot late last year but lost in the Region Semifinals in OT to Shiloh. The Troopers will have a very nice squad this year and Connor will be their leader. Garrison is my dark horse in Region 5 and I will not be surprised if they make some noise in March. Expect Connor Kerzmann Connor Kerzmann 6’1″ | SG Garrison | 2023 State ND to be named to the All-State team this season, he will be the first Trooper to ever get that honor! Make sure you watch Connor this season, you will not be disappointed.
This kid is the real deal! I watched Hagler for the first time live last weekend. He is even better in-person compared to film. Last season, Dane put up nice numbers with 20.5 ppg, 6 rpg, 5 apg, 3 spg, 51% FG, 78% from FT-line. He will only be a junior and Hagler is already a 1,000 point scorer. Dane will truly hurt you from every level. He will stroke the 3-ball, hit mid-range jumpers, finish above the rim, and post up when he has a mismatch. He will also make splashy plays in transition. Dane has an impressive vertical and he can rock the rim! Last weekend I was really impressed with his explosiveness. Hagler is a skilled player and a smart baller. Get ready for some glitzy numbers from Dane and for North Star to challenge 4Winds for a State Tournament birth.
2nd Team All-State last season. Region & State Champions with a perfect 27-0 record! Deng averaged 17 ppg, 8 rpg, 2 apg, 3 spg, 2 bpg, 61% FG, and shot 72% form the FT-line. Deng is a top-notch athlete in North Dakota. He plays above the rim like few can. Deng is dangerous off the bounce and he moves well without the ball. He was a high ceiling as he is still improving. His rim protecting and rebounding are also noteworthy. Deng and 4Winds are going to be tough once again this season. It will be fun to see how Deng handles being “the man”. Expect big things!
HCV lost a few nice players last year and now it will be Brandt’s time to shine for the Burros. Jacob had a very very good AAU season with ECI. He is looking like a big time college prospect with his length, mobility, and skill. The sky is the limit for Brandt. With all of those measurables, Jacob can finish above the rim in a way that will turn your head, sky for rebounds, and protect rim like few can in Class B. His defense is going to be a game changer this season. On offense, Brandt will score with his back to the basket, score on put backs, drill 15-footers, slash-n-score, and smoke triples. Brandt is dangerous and beyond intriguing!
He helped the Titans win 16 games last season but they lost in the Region Semifinals. I think there is a very good chance that Shobe gets the Titans to the Region Championship this season and who knows, maybe even State. Last year, Jake averaged 16.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.1 apg, and 3.5 spg. He has an amazing feel for the game, at times it looks like he is playing at a different speed compared to everyone else. I really like his demeanor on the court. Shobe is a STAR that is going to make a ton of noise this season.
He was a complete DUDE last season. This year, his older brother is gone and Javin will be an All-State player. Look at his numbers from last season: 22.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, and he hit 57 3-pointers. The young Friesz helped Flasher win 18 games last year, so he knows how to win. Javin knows the game well, is a nice athlete, and he has a killer instinct. As a big guard, Friesz has no trouble scoring with defenders in his face. Friesz will be a top dog in B this year.
He is another player that had a phenomenal AAU season. He is very long but his coordination is impressive for his young age. Ouse is athletic and very skilled. His combination of length, mobility, and skill will allow him to do things that most people can only dream of. Karson can do it all on both ends of the floor. The Vikings will be banged up for the first part of the season and Karson will need to carry the team. This kid is a Super-Soph and a must watch player.
He is the most underrated player on this list. People need to watch Thomas, he is a player! Last year, Kia scored 21 points per game. At 6’5″ and with a long wingspan, he can take away passing lanes, deflect, cause TO’s and board up. Thomas also blocks and alters shots with his long arms. He really stands out with his jump shot from deep. Thomas has a fluid and easy shot. He gets his shot off in a hurry but it does not looked rushed. I like how he moves without the ball, spots up, and he lets it fly with confidence. Get to know this kid sooner rather than later, you will like his game!
This kid is a cool customer and bucket machine! Last year, Leas put up 23.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 4 spg, 50 FG%, and shot an impressive 91 FT%. You will not find a better FT shooter in ND. Mitchell is also a 1,000 point scorer. If you have watched him play, than you know that Leas is one of the most skilled players in the state. Mitchell has ball-on-string handles and he is lights out shooter. His jumper is pure and he range goes out to NBA depths. His numbers were good last year, this season they will be amazing.
He is a dangerous offensive player that can light up the defense. Last year, Batke helped the Bison to a 17-7 record and an appearance in Region 6 Championship game. Talan put up sweet numbers with 18.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, and 2 spg. Batke can really impact the game with his jump shot, especially from beyond the arc. If you overplay him, he will make you pay in other areas. Batke and the Bison will be ready to avenge the Region Championship loss this season and Batke will be putting on a shooting display all winter long.
He is committed to Jamestown for hoops. Grossman had a standout AAU season and he proved that he can play with high-level talent. Last high school season, Tate averaged 14.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.2 spg, and 1.1 bpg. Expect those numbers to shoot way up in his senior season. At 6’4″, athletic, and very bouncy, Grossman is going to be a tough matchup for everyone. His highlight reel is going to be unbelievable, Tate is a marvelous finisher and an opportunistic playmaker. Grossman is an underrated player in ND, make sure you take the time to see him play this winter/spring.
He is a stat stuffer to say the least! Cosley dropped these stats last season: 18.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, and 3.4 spg. TJ is a fun player to watch in transition, you will have a hard time finding a faster player than Cosley. He will be one of the elite PG’s in ND this season. TJ is a master at pushing and manipulating the tempo, he is also smart about getting others involved. He is a super effective slasher and he can hit jumpers. TJ is a fierce competitor that will do about anything for win. North Border is high on my list for the top teams in Class B and TJ Cosley TJ Cosley 6’0″ | PG North Border | 2023 State ND in a big reason for that.
1st Team All-State last season. This guard is a numbers machine that wins a ton of games. Last year the Ranchers won 23 games and lost in the Region 8 Championship. The star guard averaged 25 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 4.9 apg, 5 spg, 49 FG%, and he shot 27 3FG%. I am assuming that Tyson’s numbers will go up again this year. If they do and Powers Lake has another high-win season, Enget will have a good chance to be up for Mr. Basketball. Tyson is one of the best rebounding guards in the state. He is a gamer and a PLAYMAKER. If I was a betting man, I would guess that Enget and the Ranchers are back in the Region Championship game this spring. Will the Ranchers get back to State in 2023?
He averaged 20+ ppg as a freshman, he is also a great rebounder. Braaten is going to put up crazy numbers this season. Walker was very very good during the AAU season with ND Phenom. Walker proved that he can score and perform against big/elite athletes from all around the country. He completely took over games at times. He will be a bucket-machine this season. Braaten is a playmaker and a STUD. If you have not watched Walker Braaten Walker Braaten 6’3″ | CG Westhope/Newburg | 2025 State ND player in-person, you have been missing out!