January 26, 2007

Border Battle Preview

Next Saturday five of Minnesota's top teams will take the court against five teams from Wisconsin in a set of games that will include teams from all classes. A pair of Marquette recruits (Trevor Mbakwe and Scott Christopherson) will be showcased as will Gopher commit Al Nolen Jr. and Wisconsin recruit Keaton Nankivil. This will be the inaugural Border Battle that will next year take place in Madison, Wisconsin and its put on by the Breakdown.

Noon -- St. Bernard's of St. Paul (MN) vs. Randolph (WI)

St. Bernard's features 6-foot-7 Marquette recruit Trevor Mbakwe who is ranked among the top 100 players in the country by several national recruiting services. Trevor is averaging 21 points and 13 rebounds a contest and right behind him is 6-foot-1 senior guard Chad Jones scoring 13.6 points a game. Rounding out the senior scoring trio is 6-foot-5 forward Pat Cassidy who is scoring 12 points a contest and is being recruited by several division two schools. St. Bernard's recently defeated Wauwatosa West and Milwaukee Marquette at the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout. St. Bernard's is ranked first among Minnesota Class A schools (smallest division) currently with a 12-0 record.

Randolph is ranked number one among WIAA Division 4 schools and features 6-foot-4 senior Dan Tillema (Minnesota-Duluth), 6-foot-3 junior Bryan Johnson and 6-foot-8 freshman Kyle Kelm. Tillema will play college basketball at Minnesota-Duluth while Johnson is being recruited by a number of NCAA Division II and III schools. Randolph's streak of four straight Division 4 titles was broken last season. The Rockets boast freshman Kelm, who already has a scholarship offer from UW-Milwaukee.

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