After taking a week or so off from traveling, the Road Show was on the move again and spent the weekend in Minneapolis, MN. More than just the land of 10,000 lakes, Kirby Puckett and Prince, Minnesota is the home to some serious talent -- and University of Kansas recruiting targets -- from the class of 2006.
Saturday afternoon at the Target Center, several of the state’s top players including 6-9 BF/C Bryce Webster from Mendota Heights (MN) St. Thomas were on display at the Gatorad-Timberwolves Shootout.
KANSAS TARGETS, PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE FROM MINNY
Bryce Webster - Over the last couple of months Webster has become one of the most hotly recruited players in the class of 2006, it is easy to see why. After showing glimpses of considerable potential during the summer, the 6-9 BF is starting to put it all together and put together an impressive 17 point and 13 rebound effort in a 56-55 loss to Siox Falls (SD) Roosevelt and Joe Krabbenhoft thanks to two three point plays from Krabbenhoft during the final 24 seconds.
Webster would have loved to have the win, but the loss doesn’t take away from what he showed. Efficient from the field, Webster made 8-11 FG’s and scored in a variety of ways. He hit short jumpers off of the glass, posted and spun by defenders, hit a jump hook and showed more power than he’s demonstrated in the past. Perhaps most impressive is that he’s a young guy who is comfortable going in either direction and he’s got soft hands and soft touch. The only blemish on the afternoon was a rough outing (1-7) from at the free throw line, a place that Webster is usually pretty comfortable.
Afterwards Webster rattled of Arizona, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan State, Minnesota and others as schools he’s interested in. Keep in mind that by age Webster should be a member of the class of 2007. Look for much more on Webster (including several quotes) on Monday.
Isaiah Dahlman - As good as Webster is, he isn’t the most highly regarded junior in the state of Minnesota, that honor goes to Dahlman a 6-6 WG/WF. With his long and slender frame and closely cropped hair, Dahlman doesn’t look very dangerous, but as soon as he takes the court you understand why he’s one of the elite wings in the class of 2006
A lefty who handles the ball proficiently and shoots with range, Dahlman is also athletic and incredibly tough to contain off the dribble. He’s got a little sauce and swagger to his game as well and torched an athletic Compton (CA) Centennial team for 28 points and he could have just as easily hit them up for 40 had his team needed him to. About the only knock on his game right now -- other than the need to add some strength -- is that he hasn’t seen a shot he doesn’t like.
Kansas is pretty familiar with his game and was out to see him -- and even watch him star as a wide receiver for the Braham (MN) High team -- in the fall and is certainly keeping tabs on him. Early word is that Michigan State is doing a tremendous job with him and holds an early advantage over others like Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, and Marquette along with Kansas.
Joe Krabbenhoft - At one time last winter, this 6-6 WF was leaning heavily towards attending Kansas and the Jayhawks were interested. However, a foot injury cost him much of his junior season -- and ultimately his entire summer -- and Kansas moved on to other targets and he committed to Wisconsin.
Fans in Badgerland should be pretty excited about him making his way to campus because Krabbenhoft is a player. Despite limited minutes due to early foul trouble he was able to put together a 27 point, 11 rebound and four assist outing. He hit jump shots, he powered his way into the lane, and he even spent much of the game running the point before delivering two clutch three-point plays during the closing seconds to help his team overcome a late five point deficit. It’s too bad he had to miss last summer because his game doesn’t get the respect it deserves on a national level.
- Total games seen- 135
- Total teams seen- 120
- Total miles traveled- 10,510