Minnesota Timberwolves Shootout Recaps

The Minnesota Timberwolves Shootout featured an expanded field. The Minnesota squads finished 4-2 after going 4-1 last season. Fourteen future NBA players and over 130 major Division I players have participated in the Shootout. The following is a recap of the six games.

Duluth (MN) East defeated Sioux City East 64-45 in the opening game of the Minnesota Timberwolves Shootout as 6-foot-6 senior Cory Johnson, who signed with Iowa State in the early signing period, finished with 23 points and eight rebounds. He made 10 of 17 shots from the field. The Greyhounds led 30-18 at halftime and cruised to their second consecutive Shootout win. They defeated Randolph (WI) High last year.


D.J. Wright, a 5-foot-11 senior guard, added 11 points as the Greyhounds improved to 11-1. Six-foot-7 senior Ben Heggestad, who is getting some Division II and III looks, was sidelined with an ankle injury. The Greyhounds moved down to Class AAA this season, which should help their chances of advancing to the state tournament.


Roman Gentry scored 11 points for Sioux City East, who fell to 8-2 with the loss. Gentry committed to Northern Iowa, but decided to re-open his recruitment in August. USC watched his performance. Unfortunately, Gentry was just three of 14 from the field. New Mexico is expected to visit him Tuesday and Purdue will be in attendance Friday. Gentry is also hearing from Illinois state and Nebraska. Gentry, a 6-foot-5 senior who transferred from Sioux City West last year, is averaging 23.4 points per game as the Black Raiders finished 21-4 and third in the Class AAAA state tournament last season.



Defending Class AAAA champion Hopkins cruised to a 78-49 win over Webster Groves (MO) High in their first game at the Target Center since their 73-60 double-overtime win over Eastview in the Minnesota Class AAAA championship game. Blake Hoffarber, who won an ESPY for Play of the Year with his miracle shot to send the Eastview game into a second overtime, was not expected to play due to an ankle injury. However, Hoffarber made six of 10 three-pointers, including five in the second half, to score a game-high 24 points as Hopkins improved to 10-2.


Steven Duncan, who was 9 of 12 from the field, added 22 points and Purdue signee Dan Vandervieren finished with 10 for Hopkins, who are 6-0 with Vandervieren in the lineup. Vandervieren recently returned from a six-game MSHSL suspension as the Royals lost their only two games of the season during his absence. He made all five shots from the field


Webster Groves, who advanced to the Missouri quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Poplar Bluff and McDonald's All-American Tyler Hansborough and finished 25-5 last season, was without three-year starter 6-foot-4 Adrian Clayborn (13.9 points per game). The standout linebacker prospect who committed to Iowa, recently left the team. Six-foot-1 Justin Taylor, who is hearing from most of the Division II schools in Missouri, had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Statesmen who fell to 12-3. However, he was just 5 of 16 from the field as Webster Grove made just 16 of 52 shots from the field



Bloomington Jefferson defeated Madison (WI) Memorial 56-54 in overtime after seeing Memorial rally from a 16-point deficit. Jefferson led 45-29, but the Spartans went on a 18-0 run. Jake Dammann hit an off-balance jumper from the baseline with 1.2 seconds left in overtime to seal the win for the Jaguars. Kansas commitment Cole Aldrich made five of six field-goal attempts to lead Jefferson with 13 points. Steve Wheeler, who recently committed to Division III power Amherst, had 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds.


Jerard Ajami, who signed with Northern Michigan, led Memorial (10-1) with 18 points. However, he was just six of 20 from the field. Six-foot-eight junior Keaton Nankivil had 17 points. Nankivil has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Marquette, Boston College, Wake Forest, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame and Washington State. Six-foot-6 junior Jeronne Maymon added 10 points.



Two-time defending state Class 2A champions Braham defeated Greensboro (NC) Dudley 78-74 in overtime as brothers Isaiah and Noah Dahlman combined for 50 points and 25 rebounds. Isaiah Dahlman, who has signed with Michigan State, had 30 points and 13 rebounds and junior Noah had 20 and 12. Isaiah was 12 of 25 from the field, while Noah made nine of 11 field-goal attempts. Alex Thiry, who sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer, added 12 points.


The Panthers fell to 13-3 as they lost their second straight game to a Minnesota team. Dudley fell to Minneapolis De LaSalle 47-46 on Friday. North Carolina signee William Graves scored 28 points as he made 12 of 24 shots from the field. Robert Johnson made seven of nine shots as he finished with 15 points and junior Kenny Belton, who recently committed to Maryland, also added 15 points in the loss.


The Bombers made a comeback. Graves hit a three-pointer to put the Panthers up 56-53 before Thiry forced the overtime session. Dudley jumped out to a four-point lead in overtime, but Noah Dahlman sank consecutive three-pointers to lead the Bombers to the victory.



Lakeland (FL) Kathleen defeated an undermanned St. Thomas Academy squad 70-56. The Cadets were without Bryce Webster, a 6-9, 255-pound senior center who signed with Minnesota, who was sidelined with an ankle injury that he suffered Friday in a 65-59 loss to Henry Sibley.


Sophomore point guard Miguel Paul led Kathleen with 17 points. Juniors Terrance Howell and Idell Bell had 15 and 14 points, respectively.


J.B. Corte made five of seven three-pointers as he had 19 points and David Hicks added 17.



Marion (IA) Linn Mar made 29 of 53 (55%) from the field and nine of 17 shots (53%) from three-point range as they defeated Mendota Heights (MN) Henry Sibley 76-63 in the final game of the Timberwolves Shootout.


Wisconsin signee Jason Bohannan became the school's all-time leading scorer as he finished with 23 points. He made four three-pointers as he made nine of 22 shots from the field. Jordan Printy  made eight of 16 from the field as he scored 20 points. Grant Gibbs and Andrew Reck combined for seven of eight shooting as they scored 10 points each off the bench.


Henry Sibley was led by Trevor Mbakwe, who had a game-high 29 points and 12 rebounds. He made 10 of 16 shots from the field and made nine of 13 from the line. Six-foot-6 junior Anders Halvorsen and outside shooter Peter Leslie, a six-foot sophomore, added 10 points each for the Warriors. Sibley was without second leading scorer Brook Zins, who recently underwent surgery for a punctured lung. Zins, who is averaging 10.9 points per game, is expected to miss three weeks.


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