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Chet Holmgren named 2020-21 MaxPreps Minnesota High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Minnesota High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 7-foot senior center helped the Redhawks go 20-1 en route to their fourth straight state title.

Holmgren averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 80 percent from the field.

The top-ranked senior prospect capped his prep career with 1,567 points, 964 rebounds and 456 blocked shots while Minnehaha Academy went 128-15 during his time with the program.

Gonzaga is considered the leader to land Holmgren, though Georgetown, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State remain in the mix.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.
Photo by Josh Johnson
Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Sept. 28- Oct. 4

Alabama
Tatum Beech, Spanish Fort
5-foot-7 | Senior | S
22 sets played last week
Assists: 210
Assists/Game: 9.54
Team Hitting%: 0.261
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 1.96
Aces: 10
Blocks: 5


Arizona
Senior | OH
10 sets played
Kills: 58
Kills/Game: 5.8
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 2.1
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 2.8
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3


Arkansas
Lexie Dale, Southside (Batesville)
Junior | OH
6 sets played
Assists: 67
Assists/Game: 11.17
Team Hitting%: 0.435
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 1.67
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Florida
Audrey Koenig, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic (Spring Hill)
6-3 | Senior | OH/RS
14 sets played

Kills: 93
Kills/Game: 6.64
Digs: 41
Digs/Game: 2.93
Receptions: 80
Rcpt/Game: 5.71
Aces: 5
Blocks: 6

Georgia

5-11 | Senior | OH/MB
10 sets played
Kills: 54
Kills/Game: 5.4
Digs: 46
Digs/Game: 4.6
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 3.2
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2


Idaho

Gabby Hicks, Sandpoint
5-10 | Senior | OH
6 sets played
Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 3.3
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 4.5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 1


Indiana

6-1 | Junior | OH
20 sets played
Kills: 116
Kills/Game: 5.8
Digs: 58
Digs/Game: 2.9
Receptions: 50
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 15
Blocks: 25


Kansas

6-1 | Senior | OH
16 sets played
Kills: 116
Kills/Game: 7.25
Digs: 53
Digs/Game: 3.31
Receptions: 87
Rcpt/Game: 5.44
Aces: 11
Blocks: 4


Kentucky

Senior | S
15 sets played
Assists: 165
Assists/Game: 11
Team Hitting%: 0.188
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 1.867
Aces: 13


Louisiana
5-8 | Junior | S
14 sets played
Assists: 133
Assists/Game: 9.5
Team Hitting%: 0.234
Digs: 51
Digs/Game: 3.64
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5


Michigan
5-11 | Senior | S
12 sets played
Assists: 133
Assists/Game: 11.08
Team Hitting%: 0.380
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 1.75
Aces: 8


Mississippi
Senior | S
19 sets played
Assists: 144
Assists/Game: 7.58
Team Hitting%: 0.238
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 1.16
Aces: 16
Blocks: 5

Missouri
5-9 | Senior | MB
12 sets played
Kills: 87
Kills/Game: 7.25
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.33
Receptions: 78
Rcpt/Game: 6.5
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5


Montana
5-8 | Senior | S
3 sets played
Assists: 28
Assists/Game: 9.33
Team Hitting%: 0.265
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 3

Nebraska
5-10 | Senior
13 sets played
Kills: 79
Kills/Game: 6.08
Digs: 68
Digs/Game: 5.23
Receptions: 19
Rcpt/Game: 1.46
Blocks: 12

New Hampshire

5-10 | Freshman | OH/MH
7 sets played
Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 3.43
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.57
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3.43
Aces: 4
Blocks: 1


North Carolina

Senior | OPP
7 sets played
Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 7.57
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 2.29
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1


North Dakota
Freshman | OH/MH
3 sets played
Kills: 13
Kills/Game: 4.33
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 5.33
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/Game: 4
Blocks: 1


Ohio

Emily Baker, Troy Christian (Troy)
5-11 | Junior | OH/RS
17 sets played
Kills: 102
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 41
Digs/Game: 2.41
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/Game: 1.76
Aces: 10
Blocks: 3


Oklahoma
6-3 | Junior
6 sets played
Kills: 25
Kills/Game: 4.17
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.83
Receptions: 7
Rcpt/Game: 1.17
Aces: 6
Blocks: 6


Pennsylvania
5-7 | Senior | OH
11 sets played
Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.54
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 4.36
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5


South Carolina
Emmy Rollins, West Florence (Florence)
6-0 | Senior | OH/MH/DS
10 sets played
Kills: 62
Kills/Game: 6.2
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 2.6
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 3.3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 6


South Dakota
Adisyn Indahl, Burke
5-6 | Sophomore | OH
9 sets played
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 4.2
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 3.1
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 3.22
Aces: 7


Tennessee
Jordan Moore, Munford
Senior
12 sets played
Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 4.42
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 2.67
Receptions: 41
Rcpt/Game: 3.42
Aces: 5
Blocks: 17


Texas
6-0 | Junior | OH/DS
9 sets played
Kills: 54
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 4.67
Receptions: 55
Rcpt/Game: 6.11
Aces: 7
Blocks: 5


Utah
Lauren Jardine, Lone Peak (Highland)
Senior | OH
8 sets played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.75
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 3.63
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 4.88
Aces: 3
Blocks: 4

West Virginia
Rachel Simon, Wheeling Park (Wheeling)
5-10 | Senior | MH/DS/OH
18 sets played
Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 3.06
Digs: 68
Digs/Game: 3.78
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/Game: 4.06
Aces: 3
Blocks: 33


Wisconsin
Brooke Mosher, Waterloo
6-0 | Senior | S/OH
15 sets played
Kills: 87
Kills/Game: 5.8
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 3.13
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 1
Aces: 11
Blocks: 10

Wyoming
Sophomore | OH
9 sets played
Kills: 25
Kills/Game: 2.78
Digs: 59
Digs/Game: 6.56
Receptions: 46
Rcpt/Game: 5.11
Aces: 2
Blocks: 3


About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps.com in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.
How to watch: Allen Iverson Roundball Classic featuring HIGHSCORE National Players of the Year Chet Holmgren and Raven Johnson - HIGHSCORE
How to watch: Allen Iverson Roundball Classic featuring MaxPreps National Players of the Year Chet Holmgren and Raven Johnson
The Allen Iverson Roundball Classic takes place Saturday in Tennessee as the only true high school basketball postseason showcase on the slate after the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoops Summit were called off due to the pandemic for a second consecutive year.

Among the storylines will be girls basketball MaxPreps National Player of the Year Raven Johnson stepping on the floor to compete with the best boys players in the country. The 5-foot-8 point guard led Westlake (Atlanta) to back-to-back unbeaten state championship seasons.

The game will also feature the boys MaxPreps National Player of the Year in Chet Holmgren, who just led Minnehaha Academy to a fourth consecutive state championship in Minnesota and will play at Gonzaga next season.

How to watch

Date: Saturday, May 8 | Time: 6 p.m. local time
Location: Bartlett High School (Bartlett, Tenn.)
Live stream: SUVtv

Holmgren will be matched up against top-ranked senior forward Paolo Banchero, who missed his senior season of high school and instead competed for club team BFL Prep. A strong performance for Banchero head-to-head against Holmgren could leave the door open for the Duke bound forward to supplant the 7-foot center for top spot in the Class of 2021.

Other players to watch include MaxPreps All-Americans Kendall Brown, Kennedy Chandler, Matthew Cleveland, Daimion Collins, Jerddarian Davison, Nolan Hickman, Hunter Sallis, Terquavion Smith and TyTy Washington.

Complete rosters are included below. For more information and tickets, visit IversonClassic.com.

Team Loyalty
Paolo Banchero, F, O'Dea (Seattle, Wash.) – Duke
Matthew Cleveland, F, Pace Academy (Atlanta, Ga.) – Florida State
Jerddarian Davison, G, Calhoun (Letohatchee, Ala.) – Alabama
A.J. Griffin, F, Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) – Duke
Tyrese Hunter, G, St. Catherine's (Racine, Wis.) – Iowa State
Raven Johnson, G, Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.) – South Carolina
Johnathan Lawson, F, Houston (Germantown, Tenn.) – Oregon
Bryce McGowens, G, Legacy Early College (Greenville, S.C.) – Nebraska
Hunter Sallis, G, Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) – Gonzaga
Terquavion Smith, G, Farmville Central (Farmville, N.C.) – North Carolina State
TyTy Washington, G, AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) – Undecided
Peyton Watson, F, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) – UCLA
Benny WilIiams, F, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) – Syracuse

Team Honor
Jaden Akins, G, Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) – Michigan State
Trey Alexander, G, Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, Okla.) – Auburn
Kendall Brown, F, Sunrise Christian Academy – Baylor
Ahamed Bynum, G, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) – DePaul
Kennedy Chandler, G, Sunrise Christian Academy – Tennessee
Daimion Collins, F, Atlanta (Texas) – Kentucky
Michael Foster Jr., F, Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) – Undecided
Nolan Hickman, G, Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) – Kentucky
Chet Holmgren, C, Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.) – Gonzaga
Jordan Longino, G/F, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.) – Villanova
Joshua Minott, F, Saint Andrew's (Boca Raton, Fla.) – Memphis
Kowacie Reeves Jr., G, Westside (Macon, Ga.) – Florida
Daeshun Ruffin, G, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) – Mississippi
Raven Johnson will take the floor for the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic on Saturday.
Photo by Pete Wright
Raven Johnson will take the floor for the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic on Saturday.
High school football: Mater Dei-St. John Bosco rivalry features impressive stats, rich history - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Mater Dei-St. John Bosco rivalry features impressive stats, rich history
As vastly different as the 2020 California high school football season has been, the ending point is quite familiar. Even if it is in April 2021.

All eyes, computer screens, binoculars, smart phones and TV cameras will be focused on Santa Ana Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday when Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower) tangle to unofficially decide which is the best team not only in Southern California, but also the state and perhaps even the nation.

Just like it's been the last five years. Only no one is Christmas shopping.

The two national elites have been sparring, jabbing and throwing haymakers since 2016 to officially decide the Southern Section's Division I champion, which has parlayed into national ramifications, rankings and even championships.

St. John Bosco was crowned 2019 MaxPreps National Champion, while Mater Dei won it in 2017 and was second in 2018 and 2019. Heading into the fall of 2020, MaxPreps football editor Zack Poff had the Monarchs ranked No. 2 in the country and the Braves No. 3.
St. John Bosco takes the field before its season opener with Sierra Canyon.
File photo by Louis Lopez
St. John Bosco takes the field before its season opener with Sierra Canyon.
But California was one of 15 states to move football to 2021 due to the pandemic, erasing both programs from national-title consideration. Evaporation of the entire season in the state also seemed a distinct possibility, but politicians, health officials, coaching organizations, youth sports advocates and the California Interscholastic Federation finally were able to agree on a six-week campaign with no playoffs. 

Nothing in the short spring sample of nine games — five from Bosco and four by Mater Dei — has lessened their reputation nationally, according to Poff. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) and Westlake (Austin, Texas) finished 1-2-3 in the final fall rankings.

"They (Mater Dei and Bosco) would both be right there in the mix no doubt," Poff said. "And with so many top young players on both sides, whoever wins Saturday has a real good shot to open the fall as preseason No. 1."

Which team will it be?

That's almost impossible to pick, just like it has been for the last 10 meetings since 2014, a year after Bosco, with quarterback Josh Rosen leading the charge, won its first state Open Division title.
Josiah Zamora (13) greets Cooper Barkarte (18) after a big catch.
File photo by Heston Quan
Josiah Zamora (13) greets Cooper Barkarte (18) after a big catch.
The teams have split the past 10 games, with the cumulative score being St. John Bosco 295, Mater Dei 287.
 
Since 2016, they've faced off twice each season with the Monarchs winning five of eight games total, but splitting the four section crowns — Bosco winning in 2016 and 2019 and Mater Dei claiming 2017 and 2018 titles. Each year those Southern Section champs went on to beat De La Salle (Concord) in the state Open Division title game.

Since 2004, Mater Dei has won 11 of the 20 meetings, but since Jason Negro took over Bosco in 2010, the Braves own a 9-6 edge. Mater Dei won six straight meetings starting in 2004 and the Braves won six straight starting in 2011.

History is simply a point of interest. Here are some more pertinent facts for the current season and Saturday's game.

• Bosco has outscored its opponents 266-91 (average score 53-18), Mater Dei's margin is 174-40 (44-10).

• Bosco averages 503 yards of offense per game (290 rushing, 213 passing), Mater Dei averages 418 (210 rushing, 208 passing).

• The teams have played four common Trinity League opponents with Mater Dei beating JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano), 52-3, Orange Lutheran, 49-7, Servite (Anaheim), 24-17 and Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), 49-13. Bosco beat the same opponents in order: 66-14, 55-0, 38-28 and 65-28.

• After graduating generational quarterbacks in 2020 — MaxPreps 2019 co-National Players of the Year in Bosco's DJ Uiagalelei (now at Clemson) and Mater Dei's Bryce Young (Alabama) — both teams are led by remarkably young, but polished signal-callers.

The Monarchs start freshman Elijah Brown, who has completed 60-of-84 passes for 770 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. Bosco has split time between sophomore Pierce Clarkson and junior Katin Houser with almost identical numbers, combining on 50-of-73 completions for 838 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. Both can run if nobody is open, combining for 258 yards and two scores.
St. John Bosco sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson has thrown for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
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St. John Bosco sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson has thrown for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
• Top rushers: St. John Bosco — Jabari Bates (324 yards, 8.5 average, four TDs) and Rayshon Luke (267, 14.8, 4). Mater Dei — Raleek Brown (301, 7.2, 5) and Marceese Yetts (276, 6.6, 2).

• Top receivers: St. John Bosco — Jode McDuffie (12 catches, 267 yards, 4 TDs) and Chedon James (11, 211, 4); Mater Dei — Josiah Zamora (14, 157, 3) and CJ Williams (13, 184, 3).

• Top tacklers: St. John Bosco — Sione Hala (25 tackles), Andrew Simpson (20) and freshman Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa (20). Mater Dei — Shoes Brinkley (15), Leviticus Su'a (12) and Sione Moa (12).

• Of all the numbers, none is more remarkable than this: 59.

That is the total number of players in Saturday's game who either have three-star recruiting rankings by 247Sports, or who have received an FBS scholarship offer. Of those, 31 belong to Bosco and 28 to Mater Dei. Only 14 of them are seniors.

3-STAR RANKING OR FBS OFFER: SEE ALL 59

When legendary Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson (314 wins, 85 losses, two ties according to Cal-Hi Sports record book) was asked this week to take in all that talent and how Saturday's game would shake out, he told Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times:

"It's their big men against my big men and their skills against my skills. … I think it's going to be like any other St. John Bosco-Mater Dei game in recent years. It's going to be a great high school football game."
Mater Dei's Elijah Brown is the fourth freshman to start at quarterback for the Monarchs, joining Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels.
File photo by Heston Quan
Mater Dei's Elijah Brown is the fourth freshman to start at quarterback for the Monarchs, joining Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels.
William Benjamin named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE New Mexico High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
William Benjamin named 2020-21 MaxPreps New Mexico High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

William "Deuce" Benjamin of Las Cruces (Las Cruces) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps New Mexico High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 junior guard helped the Bulldawgs go 14-1 en route to the Class 5A state championship game.

Benjamin averaged 27.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line.

Despite falling just shy of capturing their second consecutive state championship, Benjamin recorded 21 points, five rebounds and five assists in his team's state championship game loss.

"Deuce" is the son of Las Cruces head coach William Benjamin, who is 277-90 during his 12-year tenure with the program.