New Names on Varsity
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PHD is greatly anticipating the coming high school season. This fall, we will preview the North and South sides of the Dakotas. In this piece, we are looking at Fresh Faces and/or New Names on varsity. Some of these players…
PHD is greatly anticipating the coming high school season. This fall, we will preview the North and South sides of the Dakotas. In this piece, we are looking at Fresh Faces and/or New Names on varsity. Some of these players will be brand new to varsity, have an increased role, are coming back from injury, or we think that they will be a new impact player this year. See below for info on 20 ballers from NoDak & SoDak.
New Names on Varsity
(2027) |6’4 SF| Huron
This youngster has a bright future and a high ceiling in basketball! PHD will not be surprised if he starts for the Tigers this season. He has all the prices to make him an effective player at the AA level, despite Porisch only being a 9th grader. Anderson is an athletic kid who can play inside & out. He is quick off the bounce, can drill the 3-ball, and is super coachable. Porisch is engaged on the defensive side of the ball and he boards up. Anderson will be a player to watch this winter!
Austin Terveen (2025) |6’3 G| &(2025) |6’3 G| O’Gorman
The Terveen twins impress me more and more every time I watch them. They stood out in AAU, caught my eye at Warwick Elite Camp, and impressed me at the PH Expo. Austin and Caleb will be impact players for the Knights this year. They will be a potent combination for opposing teams to match up with. They can both hit from deep, slash to the cup, crush from mid-range, score above the rim, and dish assists. They sat on the bench(on varsity) last year, so they have yet to prove themselves under the bright lights. However, I think Austin and Caleb are going to put on a show this winter and every basketball fan in SD will know about the Terveen twins by March. As you can tell, PHD thinks highly of Austin and Caleb!
(2026) |6’3 F| Dickinson
DHS will look a little different this year. They will have many new faces on the varsity floor. You should certainly expect Mr. Wolf to be one of them! Cameron has all the tools and skills needed to be an effective offensive player. He shoots it well, has nice ball skills, and he does serious work on the glass. Wolf does not have a real weakness and he should hold his own, if not excel on varsity this season.
(2024) |6’2 F| Central Cass
He came off the bench for the Squirrels last year. CC had a magical season, went undefeated, and won the State Championship. When something like that happens, everyone on the team has to excel at their role. Maasjo is a good example of that. Carter is a physical interior player who does the little things to help his team. This year, the Squirrels will rely on Maasjo’s physicality on the block, especially when they play opponents with good size.
(2024) |6’0 G| Fargo North
He suffered an ACL injury in football last fall and missed all of the basketball season. However, Hannestad will be back and ready to make an impact for the hoops season. I know Carson as a shooter, in his sophomore year, he had some impressive games from beyond the arc. He has varsity experience, but with him missing last season, we figured Hannmestad would still qualify as a Fresh Face. Carson is a strong and mobile player who guards well. He stretches the floor with his shot and can make plays off the bounce. North has a ton of weapons, adding in Hannestad makes them that much scarier!
(2024) |6’4 PF| Wahpeton
His role on varsity last year was being a bench cheerleader and he accepted that role and absolutely crushed it! It will be a little different this year! Cooper is a great teammate. His energy on the bench as a junior carried over to everyone on the team last year and he continues that today in the Huskie preseason open gym sessions. Klosterman is an undersized post player but his ability to knock down the open 3 has improved immensely over the offseason. His confidence in shooting the 3-ball is sky-high. Cooper’s three-point shooting coupled with his ability to shot fake and get to the rim or dish to the open shooter will make him a solid player for Wahpeton this season. Klosterman is not a great leaper but his ability to use his body to get into position to rebound will be crucial for the Huskies this season. Cooper is one of the most unselfish team players that coach Ralph has ever coached. He truly believes WE>ME!
(2026) |6’0 G| Dickinson
The Midgets will be a new-look team this year and they will have plenty of youngsters playing varsity. The youthful Glasser will be ready for it! Dylan is a natural basketball player with smart and skills. I think he will do a nice job as a role player this season but if he gets clean looks, he will certainly hit shots. He will also play hard and create looks for others.
(2025) |6’1 G| Devils Lake
The Firebirds are loaded with high-end talent, size, shooters, athletes, and hard workers. They also have quality role players and that is what takes to be great! Peters will be a key cog in the DL high-powered offense. Garrett was a leader on the Devils Lake squad last season. He can score the rock from anywhere on the court and he flies up and down the court like a bird of prey. Look for Garrett to step in when the Firebirds need him and Peters will certainly be another scoring option for this daunting DL team.
(2026) |5’10 G| Sturgis
This youngster is a nice-looking player with intrigue. Rock is a point guard and the Scoopers are excited about his potential. Hayden is a fantastic shooter who will knock down buckets when given the opportunity. Look for Rock to be an opportunistic baller off the bench for the Scoopers.
Hudson Kempf (2025) |6’0 F| Elk Point-Jefferson
He is a solid shooter and an extremely strong/tough guy who has the ability to help the Huskies on the floor this year. If he can improve his footwork in the post and his defensive ability, he could see a good amount of extended minutes for EPJ. If things go as planned, Kempf will help extend the floor for the Huskies because of his ability to knock down shots.
Jace Narum (2024) |6’1 G| Central Cass
Narum was primarily a JV player for the Squirrels last season but he will be asked to take on a larger role this year. He certainly knows what it takes to win games! Jace is a natural athlete with good instincts and Central Cass is excited to see how he can impact the team in his senior season.
(2026) |5’11 G| Fargo South
I like the looks of this kid’s game. Barjolo is a big and strong guard who can handle, score, and create. The Bruins could be scary and they are a dark horse to make it to State. Josh is an up-and-coming point guard with quality athleticism. He has a nice pull-up jumper and is a very determined basketball player. The Bruins are looking for Barjolo to be a defensive stopper! I will be keeping close eyes on South early in the season to see how much burn the young sophs are getting.
(2025) |6’0 G| Four Winds-Minnewaukan
This smooth shooter could possibly crack the starting lineup for this veteran 4Winds squad. Longie has sharp offensive tools and he plays aggressively on defense. Keilan had a great summer of basketball. He can produce buckets in a hurry and light up the scoreboard. Longie is a little streaky yet, but if he can get consistent with his game, he could really the Indians.
(2025) |6’2 SG| Elk Point-Jefferson
Landon has the ability to play some big minutes for the Huskies. Johnson has a high motor and he will need to improve his defense and jump shooting ability. Overall, Landon can get out in open space, run, defend quicker/stretch guys and he rebounds well. The Huskies expect Johnson to get quite a bit of burn this season.
Luke Schmitz (2026) |6’0 G| Elk Point-Jefferson
He is as gritty and tough as they come! Luke has an underrated jump shot and is extremely strong down low rebounding and finishing. Mr. Schmitz is not intimidated by anyone and he will look to defend bigger and possibly stronger guys throughout the year for the Huskies.
Nick Schmitz (2026) |6’0 G| Elk Point-Jefferson
Nick has an effective and accurate jump shot. He is also a gritty player. There are very few kids on the floor that play as hard as Schmitz. The Huskies will need Nick to improve his defense and finishing around the rim but expect him to see some time for EPJ this year.
(2025) |6’8 C| Sturgis
He is a bit of a project as a raw player, but man, having a 6’8″ role-player must be nice! Schaffer will provide a strong presence down low and I imagine he would alter some shots with all that length. He should also be able to collect rebounds with his sheer size. Noah could be a force to be reckoned with. Expect Schaffer to be a solid contributor for the Scoopers.
(2026) |5’7 G| Hankinson
He is a young Pirate with the potential to be a nice player in the near future. Falk will likely start the year playing a little JV but also play all of the varsity games. Parker is known as a smooth player with a nice jumper. As a frosh he put up quality numbers on JV. His fundamentals and skills are solid. The best thing I have heard about Falk is that he never gets too high or too low and just moves on to the next play. The Pirates have some talented young guards. Keep track of the backcourt at Hankinson.
Wyatt Herrity (2025) |5’10 G| Elk Point-Jefferson
He has the ability to earn some minutes for the Huskies this year if he can improve his ball handling and lateral quickness. Herrity has a very good jump shot and has the ability to stretch the floor with his shooting. If he can improve his vision and ball handling, Wyatt will see some extended time for EPJ.