St. Thomas Jamboree features top local talent

St. Thomas Academy will host its annual basketball jamboree Saturday, which will feature some of the best teams and players from the state. Gopher fans can watch recruiting targets junior center Bryce Webster from St. Thomas Academy, junior forward Corey Johnson from Duluth East, junior forward Isaiah Dahlman, sophomore center Cole Aldrich of Bloomington Jefferson and sophomore forward Trevor Mbakwe of Henry Sibley.

The games will start 3:00 p.m. with the games containing two ten-minute stop-time quarters. There will be a total of eight contests. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.


St. Thomas Academy Jamboree Schedule:


3:00pm - Breckenridge vs. Henry Sibley

3:45pm - Benilde St.Margaret's vs. Blaine
4:30pm - Holy Angels vs. Minneapolis Washburn
5:15pm - Duluth East vs. Bloomington Jefferson
6:00pm - Tartan vs. De LaSalle
6:45pm - Minneapolis North vs. St. Paul Johnson
7:30pm - Hopkins vs. Richfield
8:15pm - St.Thomas Academy vs. Braham
Breckenridge finished 13-10 last season, but returns four double-figure scorers. Seniors Tony Bogenrief (12.5 ppg (points per game), 5.1 rpg (rebounds per game), Bobby Perry (13.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Brent Summerville (10.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and junior Mike Herrick (13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg) lead a balanced and quick team that should be the top team in the Section 8AA.
Henry Sibley was just 11-16 last season, but has one of the top players in the 2007 Class in forward Trevor Mbakwe.
Benilde-St. Margaret's was also only 11-16 last year, but return two double-figure scorers in Mike DesLauriers (11.5 ppg) and Bennett Lang (11.1). The Red Knights also welcome back Bill Cloak (9.3 ppg) and Alex Thomas (6.9 ppg). They are a good shooting team and athletic, but lack bulk and size.
Blaine finished 24-5 last season and advanced to the state tournament. The Bengals must replace Patrick O'Bryant, who signed with Bradley and Steve Moore, who signed a football scholarship. They are led by forward John Kreklow, who is getting mid-major attention.
Holy Angels was 22-10 last season and advanced to the state tournament. They return six of their top nine players and are led by seniors Isaiah Goodman (10.6 ppg), Nathan Phillips (8.8 ppg) and Shamir King (6.6 ppg)
Minneapolis Washburn was just 7-16 last season, but returns 6-foot-5 senior Nick Carr.
Duluth East finished 23-6 last season, losing to Blaine in the Section 7AAAA finals. They return Cory Johnson, who is one of the top juniors in the state. He averaged 22.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season.
Bloomington Jefferson was 12-13 last season, but returns Cole Aldrich, a 6-foot-9 sophomore center who is considered one of the top big men in the country Class of 2007. Senior point guard Yousuf Lakenwal averaged 7.0 points per game.
Tartan finished 25-5, losing to Class AAAA runner-up Burnsville in the first round of the state tournament. They return Valparaiso signee Urule Igbavboa, who averaged 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds and junior point guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe. The Titans also have Jay Thomas, a first-team All-State running back who committed to Minnesota.  
De LaSalle finished 18-9 last season. They will be without standout junior Cameron Rundles, who suffered a shoulder injury playing football. Fellow backcourt member Travis Bledsoe will be asked to carry more of the load with the loss of Rundles.
Minneapolis North was a young team that finished 15-13 last season. They return two-sport standout Ricky Batsell-Parks and add Minneapolis South transfer P.J. Hill. Romain Martin and Jared Moore will firepower to an athletic team that lacks size.
St. Paul Johnson finished 22-9 and fourth in the Class AAAA Tournament. They are led by 6-foot-2 widebody Walter Haynes (18.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg) and 6-foot-7 junior Meechie Haynes (7.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
Hopkins finished 27-2, losing twice to state champion Chaska. They lost their top two players in Mitch Henke, who signed with Santa Clara and Jadee Jones, who inked with Furman. They do welcome back Andrew Henke, who will play for the Air Force and Arden Skoglund, who signed with Valparaiso.
Richfield was ranked #1 in Class AAA before being beaten by crosstown rival Holy Angels 47-46 in the Class AAA Section 3 semifinals. The Spartans finished 21-5. They are led by Ray Brown (19.1 ppg), who signed with Bradley and Travis Brown (15.5 ppg), who inked with Northern Iowa.
Host St.Thomas Academy (17-10 last season) finishes the Jamboree. The Cadets are led by junior center Bryce Webster (16.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg). Webster is one of the country's top big men in the Class of 2006.
Braham won the Class AA crown (31-2) and some observers feel that they might be the top team in the state this year. They are led by Isaiah Dahlman, who is one of the top juniors in the country. He averaged 26.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Josh Vaughan averaged 14.4 points and 7.4 rebounds and signed with North Dakota State. Noah Dahlman averaged 12.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a freshman last season.

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