Timberwolves Shootout Preview Part II

The Minnesota Timberwolves Shootout features an expanded field with six games as many of the top teams in Minnesota will play on the Target Center court. Yesterday, we looked at the two morning games. Today, we will look at the two afternoon contests.

2006 Gatorade Timberwolves Shootout 10:00 a.m. Duluth East vs. Sioux City East, Iowa 12:00 p.m. Hopkins vs. Webster Groves, Mo. 2:00 p.m. Bloomington Jefferson vs. Madison Memorial, Wis. 4:00 p.m. Braham vs. Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.) 6:00 p.m. St. Thomas Academy vs. Kathleen (Lakeland, Fla.) 8:00 p.m. Henry Sibley vs. Linn Mar (Marion, Ia.)

The third game, scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m., will feature Bloomington Jefferson (8-7) and Madison Memorial with both teams having outstanding big men. Jefferson is led by Cole Aldrich, a top ten junior who committed to Kansas. The Jaguars are off to a 7-1 start after consecutive under .500 seasons. Aldrich has increased his scoring to 15.5 points per game this season. He averaged 13.5 points last year as the Jaguars finished 9-15 and 12.0 points and 8.6 rebounds as a freshman, when Jefferson finished 12-13. Steve Wheeler, who averaged 14.6 points per game last season, is up to 16.9 points. Garrett Augustine, the Jaguars' quarterback, is averaging 6.9 points.  

 

Keaton Nankivil, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound junior, leads Memorial, which won the WIAA Division 1 state championship last March. He played only 13 games last year due to a stress fracture in his right foot, but is averaging 13.9 points per game this season.

Nankivil has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Marquette, Boston College, Wake Forest, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame and Washington State.

 

Jerard Ajami, a senior guard has taken more of scoring load this season as Memorial lost Wesley Matthews, who is at Marquette and Kori Vernon, who is at Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Spartans is off to a 9-0 start and is looking for its third straight conference title.

 

The fourth game, tipping off at 4:00 p.m., will pit two-time defending state Class 2A champions Braham. Braham finished last season 33-0 and was ranked #17 in USA Today's Super 25 rankings by Chris Lawlor.  The Bombers had their 65-game winning streak snapped recently when they lost to Eden Prairie 80-67 in the Bethel Tournament championship game. Braham is paced by Isaiah Dahlman, College Basketball News' choice for Minnesota Player of the Year, who averaged 28 points and six boards per game last season. Dahlman signed with Michigan State.  His younger brother Noah has already received a scholarship offer from Furman. Noah Dahlman averaged 16.4 points (second on the team) and led the Bombers with 9.7 caroms per contest. The younger

Dahlman shined this summer at the Nike Hoops Jamboree and averaged 19.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game as the Howard Pulley AAU team finished 6-1 and runner-ups at the Jerry Mullins High Profile Invitational in Kansas City. The Bombers are off to a strong start, but might miss point guard Josh Vaughan, who signed with North Dakota State, more than expected.

 

Greensboro (NC) Dudley is led by North Carolina signee William Graves, who is averaging 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Robert Johnson is averaging 14.8 points and junior Kenny Belton, who recently committed to Maryland, is averaging 12.5 points per game as they have picked up the scoring load left behind by Kevin Swinton, who is at Wake Forest. The Panthers won the state's AAA championship and was ranked as the top team in the state by Sports Illustrated. .

 

Tickets for all six contests are available for $10 at the Target Center box office on the day of the Shootout.


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