Fall Exclusive Finale: The Late Shift All-Stars
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As anticipated, the Fall Exclusive was a ton of fun. Play wrapped up Friday night at Bloomington Jefferson after a three-week run of games presented by our friends at Jr All-Star that offered established players an opportunity to raise their…
As anticipated, the Fall Exclusive was a ton of fun. Play wrapped up Friday night at Bloomington Jefferson after a three-week run of games presented by our friends at Jr All-Star that offered established players an opportunity to raise their game and a plethora of newcomers the chance to make a great first impression. The sessions were roughly divided by age with the 2027s, 2026s, a couple of 2025s and a single 2024 joining with the top 2028s to make up one group. We’ll call that the Late Shift. The rest of the 2028s, the 2029s and a couple of 2030s joined together for the earlier games which we are now christening Happy Hour.
After three weeks of viewing alongside Prep Girls Hoops scout Ally McGinnis, we’ve selected All-Star squads for both groups. Here are our selections for the Late Shift All-Stars.
– 2028, Duluth Marshall
For us, this was a no brainer. From the moment she steps on the floor, it’s pretty easy to see thatis an elite level talent. She’s fast, strong, an outstanding ball handler and passer and an efficient 3-point shooter. She has a seemingly infinite bag of tricks when it comes to finishing around the rim. We could go on and on. Already standing 5’11 as an eighth grader, Chloe shows an incredible amount of body control and spatial awareness for any player, let alone one who grew this tall, this early. Not to mention, she has a motor that just never stops. For Johnson, the ceiling is as high as high can get.
– 2025, St. James
The big post player from the Minnesota Rise is a testament to what a bit of time, skill work, and a boost of confidence can do for a player. While once purely a back-to-the-basket post, now Madelyn is all over the floor. She’s aggressive, vocal, and can play out on the perimeter or down on the block. Standing a legit 6 feet with a big frame, Malmgren’s size and strength give her a tremendous advantage when it comes to corralling rebounds and fighting through contact around the rim. Her ability to navigate traffic, and use her body for physical advantage, made her a force at the Fall Exclusive from start to finish.
– 2028, Orono
Consistently excellent. That’s how we’d describe Ally’s performances during the Fall Exclusive. The crafty point guard is one of the most skilled 8th graders in the state. Although we haven’t yet ranked the Class of 2028 you can be sure that Ally’s name will be located in the upper echelon of the list when we do. She has elite handles, terrific court vision, a wonderful feel for the game and an innate sense of timing. She can also fire the rock from here, there and everywhere. Moore quarterbacked the gray team featuringand Lauren Robison, all three of whom are going to be standout prospects among the ‘28s.
Hayley Quinn – 2026 River Falls, Wisconsin
The lanky sophomore from River Falls was all over the floor at all times on each of the three game nights. Quinn is fast, long, and can score at every level on the floor. She rebounds the ball well and makes for a good all-around defender. Being on the violet team for the last few weeks, there was no shortage of talent to select from, but it was Hayley who consistently proved herself to be a true impact player on the floor. We were impressed with her ability to seemingly always be in the right place at the right time, not to mention make the correct reads. Although we probably won’t see her play much this high school season, we’re glad Hayley decided to venture across the border for some fall basketball. It was a treat.
– 2027, Benilde-St. Margaret’s
There is so much we can say about Pressley. If we could only say one thing, it would be that she is immensely skilled. And given that Pressley is currently ranked at #2 in the Prep Girls Hoops Class of 2027, it doesn’t surprise us that Watkins put on a show at the Fall Exclusive. An athletic specimen, Watkins is long, tall, strong and fast. She sprints up and down the floor with ease, rebounds the ball well, and has an impressive set of handles. She’s a great perimeter player who can shoot the three at a high percentage, or blow right by you and score at the rim. We’re just glad we’re not the ones who have to guard her.
- – 2024, Anoka
- – 2028, Champlin Park
- – 2028, Rochester Mayo
- – 2027, Delano
- – 2028, Brainerd
- Lauren Robison – 2028, Lakeville North
- – 2027, Prior Lake
- – 2027, Prior Lake
- Macy Castle – 2028, Brainerd
- – 2026, New Ulm
PGH scout Ally McGinnis contributed to this article.