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Recruiting: Minnesota

Posted: Friday November 10, 2006 11:59AM; Updated: Monday November 13, 2006 2:42PM
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State Champ: Bradley

Top Minnesota-Produced Recruits: '04-07
Player Pos. Stars School Cl.
Patrick O'Bryant C 2 Bradley '04
Cole Aldrich** C 4 Kansas '07
Isaiah Dahlman** SF 4 Michigan St. '06
Eric Coleman PF 2 Northern Iowa '04
Jon Leuer PF 4 Wisconsin '07
Trevor Mbakwe** PF 4 Marquette '07
Bryce Webster C 4 Minnesota '06
Blake Hoffarber** SG 3 Minnesota '07
Spencer Tollackson C 3 Minnesota '04
Mitch Henke SF 3 Santa Clara '04
** Ranked in RISE's Top 100
Stars is star rating on scout.com
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The Gophers have volume, with a trio of three-star recruits (Blake Hoffarber, Brandon Smith and Spencer Tollackson) and one four-star prospect (Bryce Webster), but the state has produced only three truly "elite" players during this stretch: Patrick O'Bryant, Cole Aldrich and Isaiah Dalhlman. And O'Bryant has to be considered the best of the bunch; he helped take Bradley to the Sweet 16 and was a first-round NBA Draft pick in June. So the title, undoubtedly, has to go to the Bradley Braves.

Outside Player: ???

There isn't one dominant Gopher State invader, but it's clear that whenever it has a decent prospect, such as Aldrich (who picked Kansas), Dahlman (Michigan State) or Jon Leuer (Wisconsin), some of the Midwest's best teams will get in the hunt.

Dragging In-State: Minnesota

The only team that gets heat when an Aldrich or Leuer escapes is Minnesota. St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth are free to focus on what really matters: hockey.

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