AAU preview: Scouting the Summer Eclipse
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From Friday afternoon through Sunday evening in Bloomington we will be doing what we always do at an AAU tournament – looking for new talent. We’ll also be checking up on the known commodities, including some of the state’s very best prospects. I mean how can you resist the opportunity to watch the highest-level performers when they put on a show. This weekend’s event – the Summer Eclipse – is the second on this summer’s AAU calendar, and the field is much, much stronger than it was last weekend.
Here’s a rundown on some top match-ups including all of the ranked Prep Girls Hoops prospects rostered by each team. Keep in mind that a few of the players listed here may not play due to injury and/or an abundance of caution some families are exercising during the COVID-19 situation. If your time is limited and you want to watch some of Minnesota’s best, we would recommend these games.
Fury 2023 UAA vs Comets 2023 Elite (4:45 p.m. on Kennedy court 2)
This game features a loaded Fury freshman squad that includes nine players in the state’s top 20 incoming sophomores. Led by #4-rankedof Chaska, Matt Froehle’s squad also includes #6 (Eden Prairie), #7 (St. Paul Como Park), #11 (Hutchinson), #12 (Mankato West), #15 (Holy Family), #16 (Wayzata), #17 (Chaska), #20 (Mahtomedi) and #29 (Red Wing). The Comets may not be as deep, and their roster may not be bedazzled with as many starry gems, but 2023 #5 of Becker is worth the price of admission alone. Westin is blowing up right now as she transforms into one of the state’s most dynamic prospects. Her Becker teammates #44 and #82 form the backbone of Barry Peterson’s team.
Stars 2024 Gardner vs Suns Bluestar 2024 (6:00 p.m. on Kennedy 2)
The class of 2024 has not yet been ranked but it doesn’t take a genius to see which players on these two squads have a pretty good shot at making the list. We watched the Stars play last weekend and attended their practice on Tuesday night in St. Paul. There’s no question that Clayton Gardner’s team has some terrific talent, including Eastview teammates Savanah Gardner, Lauren Machacek and Vanessa Wright. Guardsof St. Louis Park and Ellana Keaveny of Waconia are among the other budding stars. The Suns are led by 6th grade standout Tori Oehrlein of Crosby-Ironton, who is playing two years up and is turning heads. The Suns include talented guards Nicole Maenke of Shakopee and of Andover plus impressive forward Lila Posthuma of River Falls, Wisc.
Fury 2021 UAA vs Comets 2021 Elite (4:45 p.m. on Kennedy 2)
This is a rivalry that goes back a long way now and a game that will include no less than nine Division 1 commits if everyone shows up for Saturday’s tipoff. The Fury lineup includes high-major signees #2-rankedof Farmington (NC State), #5 of Duluth Marshall (Utah) and #12 of Watertown-Mayer (Minnesota). Other D1 commits include #7 of Chaska (Lehigh), #18 of Stillwater (Omaha), #24 of Glencoe-Silver Lake (Eastern Illinois) and #38 of Prior Lake (Southern Utah). The Comets boast two D1 commits, including scrappy guard #14 of Albany (SDSU) and #21 of Becker (Eastern Illinois). Top available prospects include #39 (Parkers Prairie), #52 (Becker), #73 (Becker), #74 (Northfield), #129 (Becker) and #137 (Alexandria).
Southern Minnesota Fury 2022 vs Stars 2022 Bjorgaard (6:00 p.m. on Kennedy 6)
This encounter features a long list of solid D2 and D3 prospects. The Fury are led by crafty point guardof Austin, who is rated at #67 in the class. Other talented prospects include , #82 (Goodhue), #85 (Albert Lea), #90 (Dover-Eyota), #104 (Blooming Prairie), #105 (Owatonna) and #106 (Austin). Be sure to watch Iowa import Carlee Rochford of New Hampton wearing jersey #35 and Minnesota’s #59 2023 of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva. The Stars are led by forward of Waconia, rated #40 among Minnesota’s incoming juniors. She’s joined by #43 (Hastings), #60 (Spring Lake Park), #63 (Champlin Park), #77 (Lakeville South), #81 (Elk River), #86 (Shakopee), #92 (Centennial) and #115 (Shakopee),
Metro Stars 2023 Wiese vs Minnesota Fury 2024 UAA (10:30 a.m. on Kennedy 4)
After her performance last weekend in Iowa it seems all the talk this week has been about 2024 prospectof Benilde-St. Margaret’s. She is among the many highly-regarded prospects in the lineup for Fury 2024 UAA, who we’ll see on Sunday morning. The equally-impressive (New Prague) should be on hand along with the likes of Claire Stern (Maple Grove), Marisa Frost (Centennial), Ava Cossette (Maple Grove), (St. Michael-Albertville) and more. The Fury will meet up with Metro Stars Wiese, who are led by one of the most exciting small point guards in the state in #33 of Eden Prairie. She’s joined by #37 (Hopkins), #46 (Maple Grove), #49 (Orono), #54 (Stillwater) and 2023 #84 (Orono).
Stars 2021 DeSart vs Southern Minnesota Fury 2021 (4:45 p.m. on Kennedy 4)
Our final game to see this weekend at the Summer Eclipse is between two solid 2021 squads that boast a number of impressive D2 and D3 prospects. Just one has made a college commitment to date. That would be #59of St. Agnes, the Stars DeSart forward who is headed for D2 Wayne State in Nebraska. The Stars other stars include #50 (Shakopee), #78 (Shakopee), #83 (Andover), #89 (Norwood-Young America), #93 (Blake), #96 and #148 (New London-Spicer). Southern Minnesota Fury are led by talented guard of Plainview-Elgin-Millville, the #78 player in the class. She’s joined by #88 (Blooming Prairie), #105 (Red Wing) and #120 (Kasson-Mantorville).