Minnesota is becoming the new hotbed for division one coaches which was predicted by this site several years ago. We hate to be the one that told you so, but we told you so! Minnesota has produced tremendous national talent over the years. The Big Three (Tyus Jones, Rashad Vaughn, and Reid Travis) banged down the door with stellar performances on the National Stage. We can't forget those that came before them such as Roosevelt Scott (Arizona State), Marcus Marshall (Missouri State), Sayani Chambers (Harvard) Estan Tyler (UND), Renard Suggs (Washington State) and many more will mention in later articles.
Last night we got a chance to witness the future at Minnehaha Academy. It begins with a 6'6" freshmen Javonni Bickham. This talented big man is just fifteen with the skills of a two guard. Bickham is special. That is the reason why he has division one coaches already positioning themselves for his services. This kid played like a man among boys hitting 26 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in season debut. Here is what is even more remarkable, Bickham knocked down 3 three pointers well beyond the arc going 3 for 5. Bickham has the speed, agility and skills to play positions two through five. Remember, Bickham is only fifteen and 6'6" which means he is still growing. He is in a special class with Marvin Bagley who has offers from UCONN and Arizona State, just to name a few.
Bickham led the way, but he had assistance from Jake Richardson. Richardson chipped in 15 and showed athleticism necessary to impact games for the Redhawks. Richardson is very athletic wing and comes from one of the most athletic families in Minnesota. We wonder what this kid would look like on a football field? Definite major prospect with the tools to become a pro!
We got a chance witness the emergence of two middle-schoolers, Tyrell Terry and Jalen Suggs, who made their Varsity debut in stunning fashion. The last time we remember a tandem impacting a varsity game at such a young age was Khalid El Amin and Chris Rainy when they played for Minneapolis North as middle- schoolers! Both went on to high division one programs. El Amin went on to the pros.
Tyrell Terry is a special type of guard. We will give him the title of a Ball Guard! Get used to the term. A Ball guard is a point guard that can make plays for team mates and score at will. Terry is just that type of guard. He is a point guard that can get buckets. In his varsity debut he scored at will before going down with injury.
Jalen Suggs, who is just a seventh grader made his presence known with stellar defense, assists and buckets. Suggs is a basketball player! Suggs has a chameleon presence on the game of basketball. He is what coaches covet. His game transforms into whatever is needed to win. Suggs came into the game when it was close. His impact was immediately felt as Minnehaha pushed the lead to a comfortable margin. This probably explains why division one coaches have already began their pitch for the phenom. Suggs is probably the youngest player in Minnesota history to receive documented attention from division one coaches. Suggs already has offers with plenty more to come.
There are three programs worth watching with young talent. They are Minnehaha Academy located in Minneapolis, Minneapolis North High School and Cretin who has a nucleus of players that performed well on the AAU circuit playing for the Howard Pulley Panthers. This leads us to one last thing. This hotbed was created because of programs like Howard Pulley and Grassroots headed by Brian Sandifer. Those two programs send players to division one programs on a yearly basis. When you see them you must tip your hat to them. They make things happen! Coaches don't leave Minnesota without visiting them. Trust us...we know! Myrecruitez and the entire Metro Area salute you!