'Big Three' prep basketball standouts dazzle recruiters

  • Article by: Amelia Rayno , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 6, 2013 - 12:08 PM

 

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summer12Nov. 5, 13 9:08 PM

They can all play one year and go pro. Don't come to Minnesota.

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farkelsteinNov. 5, 1310:48 PM

go out of state and be a traitor. just don't bother to come back.

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nycminnyNov. 6, 13 4:14 AM

There are aspects of this article, that as a Gophers fan, I find depressing. One of which is how few of those in-state players actually played for MN. It's such a shame. But in this ESPN, big money college sports era, what matters most are the superficial things. I have no doubt these kids could play under any competent coach and end up playing in the NBA. But they'd rather play at an institution which regularly lands kids just like them, instead of playing for their home state, in the top college basketball conference in the country. These kids truly have an opportunity to be apart of something special - to instantly become one of top teams in the Nation. To play in front of their family and friends and the people of the state who have supported and taken so much pride in them. They have an opportunity to be heros in a state that remembers and supports their heros forever - which will be a priceless commodity in the years to come when their playing days are over. Instead, it appears they will chose to become another number at institutions that stack top recruits like cord wood. They truly are missing what is an chance to be remembered forever.

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rag5122Nov. 6, 13 6:15 AM

Only one of the three - Reid Travis will officially become a Gopher this coming Friday. Go Gophers!

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neilgdNov. 6, 13 6:21 AM

A little surprising, when past Minnesota-grown stars were brought up, there was no mention of a fairly well-known kid from Hibbing named Kevin McHale who played for the U of M, and...if memory serves me correctly...the Boston Celtics.

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murphydogNov. 6, 13 6:40 AM

They have an opportunity to be heros in a state that remembers and supports their heros forever - which will be a priceless commodity in the years to come when their playing days are over. Instead, it appears they will chose to become another number at institutions that stack top recruits like cord wood. They truly are missing what is an chance to be remembered forever---- So true nycminny, look how many who chose to leave early didn't reach the potential the could have if they had stayed.

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iceman3Nov. 6, 13 7:09 AM

Classic. Strib includes Vaughn as if he's still here. No recruiter that I know of is seeing any of his games in Minnesota. LOL. No, he made his choice, and then....funny the only program interested in him are Minny, and Iowa State (who already knew of him when he lived here) and UNLV, the school in his hometown. Guess that move wasn't so effective, eh Rashad?

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joe_mnNov. 6, 13 7:16 AM

what happened to last years #1 high school guard? new rule is they must play 1 yr of college ball? or is that wrong? no more high school straight to pro deals anymore?

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jaytee1Nov. 6, 13 7:25 AM

@murphydog is right on...the U would be the legacy choice for any of the three. HOhever, having seen two of the three play, I am most impressed with Travis and it is clear that he has had far better coaching. While dominant,he is surrounded by other skilled players and so must play a team game. Tyus Jones is far and away the best player on Apple Valley's team and simply carries the entire load. Haven't seen Vaughn but as he left for LV, I am guessing he wanted to have better teammates. At the end of the day, I would personally rank Travis ahead of the other two as a more prepared and all around player. I hope he picks the U and gives his family a chance to see him play every game rather than split time between Harvard (where his bro goes) and Stanford or Duke.

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nomedsNov. 6, 13 7:57 AM

nycminny, I agree with you totally. In addition, do they want to be a small fish in a big pond playing for a school that is heavily stacked with talent, or be a big fish in a small pond and make a name for themselves. Look what has happened to Lindsay Whalen for example. Had she played for the U of Conneticut or Tennessee, she might never have been in the WNBA. Also, look at Horvath (Duke) Who? and Dahlman (Michigan State) Who? How many big name Minnesota high school recruits went elsewhere and made a big name in the NBA?

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