The Breakdown Tip Off Classic is a week and a half away, and it’s a day that all Minnesota high school basketball fans look forward to. Here are the top ten games at the event! (1). Totino-Grace (1AAA) vs Lakeville…
The Breakdown Tip Off Classic is a week and a half away, and it’s a day that all Minnesota high school basketball fans look forward to. Here are the top ten games at the event!
(1). Totino-Grace (1AAA) vs Lakeville North (2AAAA). The headliner is the Taison Chatman Taison Chatman 6'4" | PG Totino-Grace | 2023 State #35 Nation MN (Ohio State) and Nolan Winter Nolan Winter 6'10" | PF Lakeville North | 2023 State #98 Nation MN (Wisconsin) headliner, the two biggest names in the senior class in the same game. In addition, Tommy Humphries Tommy Humphries 6'5" | SF Totino-Grace | 2023 State #283 Nation MN (Furman) and Jack Robison Jack Robison 6'6" | SF Lakeville North | 2024 State #147 Nation MN (Wisconsin) are in this game as well.
(2). Hayfield (1A) vs Cherry (2A). The Cherry/Hayfield rivalry is budding and this game will be a headliner because they are the top Class A title contenders PLUS Cherry has Isaac Asuma Isaac Asuma 6'3" | PG Cherry | 2024 State #81 Nation MN – a top junior – and he will go against the returning Class A Player of the Year Isaac Matti Isaac Matti 6'1" | SG Hayfield | 2023 State MN .
(3). Holy Family (1AA) vs PEM (2AA). Another 1 vs 2, it’s Boden Kapke Boden Kapke 6'11" | C Holy Family | 2023 State #153 Nation MN (Butler) and Aeron Stevens Aeron Stevens 6'7" | PF Plainview-Elgin-Millville | 2023 State MN (PEM), it’s Kole Hanson Kole Hanson 6'2" | PG Holy Family | 2024 State MN and Kaiden Peters Kaiden Peters 6'2" | CG Plainview/Elgin-Millville | 2023 State MN , it’s two of the state’s better coaches, it’s teams that have depth in addition to top talent. It’s going to be one of the top games of the season.
(4). Wayzata (3AAAA) vs Eastview (4AAAA). The Trojans and the Lightning are two of the deepest teams in the state and in this game you get teams that go 8-9 deep and you get a top junior match-up of Jackson McAndrew Jackson McAndrew 6'9" | PF Wayzata | 2024 State #152 Nation MN and Jonathan Mekonnen Jonathan Mekonnen 6'8" | PF Eastview | 2024 State #178 Nation MN .
(5). DeLaSalle (2AAA) vs Minnetonka (6AAAA). The Islanders and the Skippers are very good guard teams with strong athletes that match-up really well. Love the Andy Stefonowicz Andy Stefonowicz 6'2" | PG Minnetonka | 2024 State MN and Nasir Whitlock Nasir Whitlock 6'1" | PG DeLaSalle | 2023 State MN (Lehigh) match-up, love the defenders that the Islanders have going at the athletes that the Skippers have. And neither team has real big so it’s a perfect match-up.
(6). Orono (3AAA) vs Minnehaha Academy (3AA). So many excellent match-ups including Rolyns Aligbe Rolyns Aligbe 6'7" | PF Minnehaha Academy | 2023 State MN and Brady Wooley Brady Wooley 6'8" | PF Orono | 2025 State MN up front, Isaiah Hagen Isaiah Hagen 6'3" | PG Orono | 2023 State MN and Jerome Williams Jr Jerome Williams Jr 5'9" | PG Minnehaha Academy | 2024 State MN in the backcourt, and a lot of other good guards and wings around them.
(7). East Ridge (5AAAA) vs Osseo (7AAAA). These are top ten teams with depth, with athletes, with top guard play, and with size. The Alex Mattes Alex Mattes 6'3" | SG East Ridge | 2023 State MN (U of Mary) and Trey Smith Trey Smith 6'6" | SF Osseo | 2023 State MN (UMD) match-up is going to draw the most eyes but Ced Tomes and Demari Larkins would also be a lot of fun.
(8). Mahtomedi (4AAA) vs Stewartville (6AAA). Here we have a big group of guards for both teams, Henry Tschetter Henry Tschetter 6'3" | SG Stewartville | 2024 State MN and Will Underwood Will Underwood 6'3" | PG Mahtomedi | 2023 State MN is likely the most interesting battle but both teams have a lot of depth that will make this a great game.
(9). Lake City (4AA) vs Minneapolis North (10AA). Ryan Heise Ryan Heise 6'8" | SF Lake City | 2023 State MN (Upper Iowa) and Maxsamus Wilson Maxsamus Wilson 6'3" | CG Hopkins | 2023 State MN are the seniors, Hunter Lorenson Hunter Lorenson 6'0" | PG Lake City | 2024 State MN and Datrell McCrimmon are excellent juniors, and both teams have depth that go beyond that.
(10). Bloomington Jefferson vs Hopkins. Jefferson and Hopkins are top ten potential teams and they have two of the most exciting players in the state in Daniel Freitag Daniel Freitag 6'1" | PG Bloomington Jefferson | 2024 State #76 Nation MN and Jayden Moore Jayden Moore 6'0" | PG Hopkins | 2026 State MN .