Fall League Review: Minnetonka vs Benilde-St. Margaret’s
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Minnetonka and BSM went head to head recently in the Breakdown Fall League. Here are five things to know from that game. One. Jalen Wilson Jalen Wilson 6'8" | PF Benilde-St. Margaret's | 2025 State MN is Going to Have…
Minnetonka and BSM went head to head recently in the Breakdown Fall League. Here are five things to know from that game.
One.is Going to Have a Monster Year. Last year I felt that he was the best sophomore in the state and I am even more confident that right now will be the best junior basketball player in the state of Minnesota. If I had to describe it in a simple phrase, I would just say he is tougher and more consistent than others. He rebounds, he is always active off the ball, he makes smart plays, and Jalen has a solid core and plays harder than most at his spot. I think he’s going to have a huge junior season.
Two.with the Clutch Return. Kayden going back to Tonka could be the element that has the Skippers playing above expectations. He does things that Tonka has not had when it comes to rebounding, starting the break with an outlet, low post defense, and stuff in that realm. This will free up and you can see in the video here some of the things Wells did, Tonka has not had recently.
Three. Donley’s Ceiling. When you watchin this video you see dribble separation moves into an attack or lift that most good athletes don’t have the ability to do. His lift, agility and quickness are very unique and at times Donley is unguardable. If/When he gets all of that to click with making the right decision each play and helping his team get over the hump of getting to state (it’s been 14 years), the sky is the limit.
Four. Greyson Buckets. At 6’1/6’2 senioris known for his work ethic on the court defending the other team’s best guard and competing hard. With Wells, Cain, , and around few will point to Greyson’s offense but it was Greyson that scored six times in the first half when Tonka was leading. He had a jumper, foul shot makes, a couple attacks and transition scores. When Greyson stopped scoring in this clip, it looked like Tonka stopped scoring. That’s not to say Tonka can’t win unless he is getting 6-7 looks a half, but I am saying it looks like he will give the Skippers another option.
Five. BSM Win. What does a win here by BSM mean? In a fall league game? It basically means you would rather win than lose so there is that. BSM was without Daisy and Keita, Tonka did not look to have Richardson but they had the rest. Playing time in these events can fluctuate between playing only your best to shifting a varsity five in, and then replacing them with a JV five. Hard to tell from an eight minute clip. But if BSM beats a nearly full Tonka team while missing two starters, that is a good thing for them. .