The 2021 Minnesota high school boys basketball state finals take place Saturday at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Here’s a look at the top players to watch across all four state title games.
Photo by Kevin Snyder
Top players to watch in MSHSL boys basketball state finals
Class A: Hancock vs. Hayfield, 1 p.m.
G Kody Berget, sr., Hancock
Berget drained six three-pointers as Hancock knocked off Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 65-53 in the semifinals. The 6-foot-1 senior is averaging 14.1 points per game.
F Matt Thompson, jr., Hancock
Thompson is averaging more than 25 points and 10 rebounds as a junior. The 6-foot-7 forward had 20 points and 19 boards in the semifinals.
G Isaac Matti, so., Hayfield
Matti, a 6-foot-2 sophomore standout, is averaging 17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists. The Vikings blew past Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 79-53 in the semifinals.
G Ethan Slaathaug, sr., Hayfield
One of the state’s top uncommitted seniors, the 6-foot-3 Slaathaug poured in 34 points during Hayfield’s semifinal victory. He is averaging 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals.
Class AA: Caledonia vs. Waseca, 3 p.m.
G Austin Klug, sr., Caledonia
The 6-foot-5 Klug scored a team-high 14 points in the semifinals as Caledonia, which hasn’t won a state title since 1997, stunned Minneapolis North 60-55. Klug is averaging 13.1 points and will play college baseball for North Iowa Area Community College.
F Sam Privet, sr., Caledonia
Privet is averaging 13.1 points for balanced Caledonia. The 6-foot-8 senior will play in college for Northern Michigan.
G Ryan Dufault, sr., Waseca
The 6-foot Dufault is averaging 20.4 points for Waseca, which rolled past Fergus Falls 72-58 in the semifinals. Dufault will play Division I college basketball for St. Thomas.
F Andrew Morgan, sr., Waseca
One of five finalists for Minnesota Mr. Basketball, Morgan is averaging 22.7 points this season. The 6-foot-9 big man turned down an offer from Iowa to play for North Dakota State.
F Kyreese Willingham, sr., Waseca
The 6-foot-5 Williamson is a Minnesota State Mankato commit who averages 15 points for Waseca, which is trying to win its first state title since 1918.
Class AAA: Alexandria vs. Minnehaha Academy, 6 p.m.
G Kristen Hoskins, jr., Alexandria
Hoskins filled up the stat sheet with seven points, three rebounds and four assists as Alexandria stormed back to defeat Richfield 66-64 in the semifinals. Hoskins, a 5-foot-11 guard, recently committed to play football for P.J. Fleck at Minnesota.
G Colton Roderick, sr., Alexandria
Alexandria’s leading scorer, the 6-foot-5 Roderick had 12 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block in the semifinals. The Bemidji State signee has Alexandria in the state final for the first time since 1943.
F Prince Aligbe, jr., Minnehaha Academy
Aligbe would put up monster numbers on nearly any other team in the state, but the 6-foot-6 junior is averaging a modest 11.2 points per game for loaded Minnehaha Academy. Aligbe, a four-star recruit, is No. 125 nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings.
G Hercy Miller, sr., Minnehaha Academy
Son of rapper Master P, Miller followed a recent trend among some top-level recruits by committing to HBCU Tennessee State over offers from bigger programs. The 6-foot-3 guard is averaging 11.2 points.
C Chet Holmgren, sr., Minnehaha Academy
The 2021 Naismith Boys High School Player of the Year and the consensus No. 1 recruit nationally, Holmgren put up 25 points and 16 rebounds in Minnehaha’s semifinal rout of 3A power DeLaSalle. The 7-foot Holmgren remains uncommitted and could follow former Minnehaha star Jalen Suggs to Gonzaga.
Class AAAA: Cretin-Derham Hall vs. Wayzata, 8 p.m.
G Tre Holloman, jr., Cretin-Derham Hall
A four-star recruit in the Class of 2022, Holloman checks in at No. 55 nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings. The 6-2 guard also is a coveted football recruit and is averaging 20.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 4.4 steals on the basketball court.
F Jack Plum, sr., Cretin-Derham Hall
The 6-foot-4 senior is averaging 7.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.9 steals for defensive-oriented Cretin-Derham Hall, which defeated Maple Grove 54-42 in the semifinals. The Raiders won the 2018 state championship in their most recent title game appearance.
G Marselio Mendez, sr., Cretin-Derham Hall
Mendez is a three-sport athlete who will play college football for North Dakota State College of Science. The 5-foot-10 senior guard is averaging 9.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals.
G Eddie Beeninga, sr., Wayzata
A 6-foot-1 guard who will play college basketball for Minnesota State-Moorhead, Beeninga is averaging 14.8 points during his senior season for Wayzata, which routed Shakopee 72-43 in the semifinals. Wayzata is one win from claiming its first state title since 1959.
F Carter Bjerke, jr., Wayzata
Bjerke stands 6-foot-9 and has excellent touch around the rim. He holds an offer from St. Thomas and is averaging 14.4 points.
G Camden Heide, jr., Wayzata
One of the state’s top juniors, Heide is a four-star prospect and rated the nation’s No. 97 overall recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-6 swingman is averaging 17.9 points.