I meant to post about this more than a week about but have been busy and just forgot. Ryan James put out an episode of "Talk Gopher Buckets" and talked quite a bit about the 2022 class and how fantastic he thinks it is locally. He stressed how importan Holloman is as a recruit to Minnesota and made comparisons to the Jones kids especially in being a winner and the fact that the other guys love to play with him. He didn't say it directly but the implication was if you get Holloman you get other local kids. Another PG they have offered that is interested is Lipsey from Ames, Iowa. He's playing with D1 Minnesota ( I think) and sounds like he's played well too. I wasn't really clear if Eli King is considered a PG by Ryan or not but, like many others, Ryan guesses he'll likely choose basketball and he's been impressive as well. On the wing, Heide has been injured but he and another kid I can't remember are options there. Perhaps most interestingly was the discussion on Hurlburt from North Dakota who Ryan thinks will be a top 40 prospect at some point in his recruitment and have offers from everywhere. Supposedly he loves Minnesota and the Twin Cities and his brother had a great time here as a student. Reading between the lines the implication was getting an early commitment before he completely blows up would be ideal. He also mentioned Ahjany Lee and someone else as guys who have a lot of potential and could become high major guys. Take it with a grain of salt, but Ryan's big takeaway was there were multiple good options at every level (guard/wing/big) for the Gophers just between Minnesota/North Dakota/Iowa in 2022.
I also found interesting Ryan's experience travelling to watch these teams play in the era of COVID-19. I don't want to derail this thread with talk about that, but you'll hear it later in the episode if you listen.
Certainly helps. In the meantime MSU is stacking top 5 classes.
Yes. Max Christie is really special, complete and is the kind of kid to stay longer than a year.Yeah, are they having their best run of top recruits since Izzo has been there? Stacked seems appropriate. Lots of exciting guys raising their hands to go to Michigan State here lately.
If we are making recruiting bins of "point guard targets", "Wing targets" and "frontcourt targets", where does King fit in?
Is he a point guard? If the Gophers were to secure a commitment from Holloman or Lipsey, would that mean King is out of the picture? And vice versa?
I've always thought of King as more of a two guard and schematically I think he'd fit in great with another point (as he does when he plays with Lipsey) but I understand kids and their handlers think of things differently than that. So I'm curious. Because I'd love to see him and Lipsey in the same recruiting class (provided Holloman doesnt sign here).