Sabes Foundation Invitational Preview
Royce White leads Howard Pulley
Royce White leads Howard Pulley

Posted May 11, 2007


The 7th Annual Sabes Foundation Basketball Invitational will be held at Bloomington Jefferson this weekend. Teams from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota and Wisconsin will participate. Several nationally ranked players will compete, including many of Minnesota’s best. The event will include 17U, 16U and 15U teams and starts Friday and goes through Sunday.

POOL A

1. Howard Pulley Black

2 East Troy Hoops

3. ECI - Elite

4. Team Missouri

Howard Pulley Black is off to one of their best starts in recent memory. They started the spring by winning the Boo Williams Bronze division, advancing to the Final Four of the Kingwood Classic and finishing second at the Jayhawk Invitational.

They are led by Wisconsin commits Jordan Taylor of Benidle-St. Margaret and Jared Berggren from Princeton. Two outstanding sophomores Royce White and Rodney Williams Jr. have received offers from Minnesota. Armond Battle has offers from Wisconsin Green Bay, Western Michigan, Fairfield, Creighton and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Howard Pulley is expected to be without Angelo "Bear" Johnson, who signed a letter of intent with USC to play next season for the Trojans.

ECI-Elite is led by Leif Nomeland, a 6-foot-8 big man from Osakis. He led the Silverstreaks to a 3-11 mark and a third-place finish in Class A state tournament. They finished 22-6 this past season. Nick Conzeimus, 6-foot-7 power forward, paced Breckenridge to a 19-10 mark and he was named to the Heart O' Lakes All-Conference team. Casey Sussenguth, a 6-foot-5 player from Willmar, is the younger brother of North Dakota State sophomore Sam.

Team Missouri finished 0-3 in pool play at the Jayhawk Invitational last weekend. They are led by Missouri State commit Isaiah Rhine, a 6-foot-10 center.

POOL B

1. Playground Warriors

2. St. Louis Eagles

3. RBS All Stars

4. Portland 3 point

The Playground Warriors are led by Kwamain Mitchell of Whitefish Bay Dominican, a unanimous selection to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State first team in Division 3.

The St Louis Eagles have plenty of talent and size. They are led by 6-foot-10 center John Brandenburg, who has offers from St Louis, Missouri and Southern Illinois. He led DeSmet to a 9-10 mark as he averaged 8.2 points and 7.9 rebounds.

Scott Suggs, a 6-foot-6 forward from August (MO) Washington has offers from Wisconsin, Florida, Washington, St. Louis, Missouri, Oregon, Illinois and Georgia Tech. He was named third team All-St. Louis Dispatch after averaging 19 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Josh McCoy, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 17.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals and made 59 of 143 3-point attempts (41 percent) for Fort Zumwalt and scored a game-high 26 points in the Class 5 third-place game. He was named first team All-St. Louis Dispatch.

Torres Roundtree, a 6-foot-3 guard, was named St. Louis Dispatch Player of the Year. He had a career-best 38 points and 13 rebounds top lead McCluer North (26-3) to a 69-57 win over Kansas City Rockhurst for the Missouri Class 5 championship. Roundtree averaged 17.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game and commited to Southern Illinois

POOL C

1. K.C.Pump N Run

2. Chicago Demons

3. Howard Pulley White

4. South Dakota Heat

Kansas City Pump n Run won the Jayhawk Invitational, despite missing standout Travis Releford, a 6-foot-4 guard. He has offers from Kansas, Kansas St., Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

He is not the only talented player on the Pump N Run roster. Johnny Coy, a 6- foot-7 forward, has already committed to Arizona State. Steve Moore, a 6-foot-9 forward from Independence (MO) Truman has offers from St. Louis, Virginia, Washington State and Creighton. Marcus Denmon, a 6- foot-1 point guard from Kansas City (MO) Hogan Prep, was ruled ineligible for the second semester, but before then, averaged 32 points per game, He is hearing from Creighton, Missouri State, Wichita State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska.

Howard Pulley White is led by Moses Alipate from Bloomington Jefferson, Jerry Sweezy of Minneapolis Henry, Tyler Schilling from Minnetonka, Marcus Williams from Hopkins, Varmah Sonie of Apple Valley and James Pfitzinger from Holy Angels. They finished 1-1 in pool play in the Jayhawk Invitational.

The South Dakota Heat is led by Cody Schilling, who shined for Ellsworth in the state tournament. Louie Krogman of White River, is an outstanding outside shooter, who averaged 31.2 points per game as a junior. Krogman was named to the Class B All-State boys basketball team and is 173 points away from the state's all-time scoring record for high school boys.

POOL D

1. Illinois Warriors

2. Dakota Schoolers

3 All Iowa Attack

4. Minnesota Select

The Illinois Warriors are led by Brett Thompson, a 6-foot-11 center, who is hearing from schools such as Purdue, Northwestern, Iowa State, Indiana and Cincinnati. Luke Fabrizius, a 6-foot-9 forward from Arlington Heights (IL) Hersey, has offers from schools such as California, Depaul, Dayton, Indiana, Iowa State, Marquette, Northwestern and Creighton.

The Dakota Schoolers are led by 6-foot-8 Cody Larsen, who has played with the team for two years, despite being only a freshman. Tony Fiegen and Chad White, two 6-foot-6 sophomore forwards, already committed to South Dakota State last November.

Minnesota Select is led by outside shooter Peter Leslie, a 6-foo-t1 guard from Henry Sibley. Two of his Sibley teammates are on the roster. Four players from Crosby Ironton are on the Select team.



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