Minnesota Magic came into the Prep Hoops Next circuit last season with aspirations to make noise and a name for themselves. In a state home of top programs in the nation, they competed with the best by exhibiting great chemistry…
Minnesota Magic came into the Prep Hoops Next circuit last season with aspirations to make noise and a name for themselves. In a state home of top programs in the nation, they competed with the best by exhibiting great chemistry with each other. Their ability to play connected on both ends makes this group one to watch for seasons to come. Coach had high standards for his 12U team coming into last season – the group spent a lot of time on team bonding and creating a flow that would translate to the court.
Let’s take a look at the Minnesota Magic roster and what each player brings to the court:
Brody Sheplee: Smaller combo guard. Has that grit and grind to him that you don’t see in a lot of athletes. Sees the floor well and can knock down the 3-point shot with consistent form.
Galen Kemp: Overall centerpiece. One of the top players in the state for this class. Was almost unstoppable going downhill as he can run all 5 positions.
Jayden Parence: Good shooter, a really good bench option to keep a grasp on when key players need a break. Will continue to develop over time.
Finnigan Griffin Boyle – A taller shooter. He’s a sneaky player as he’s a little taller than most guards at this age. Did a really good job of knocking down open threes.
Collin Carruthers: Another key piece at the guard position. Sees the floor very well, and guards 1-3, and plays with a certain dawg. The younger brother of starting SG at Eagan high school Austin Carruthers. Believe he will surpass his brother as he can learn from what his journey has accumulated.
Dean DeLuca: LOCKDOWN DEFENDER. He is a smaller guard in size but doesn’t let that stop him. Really forced defenders to have to protect the ball.
Lyman Myers: Minnesota Magic’s best defender. He is that guy on the team when you tell him to get the ball or stop someone – he can rattle them. Transitioning his jump shot as we have found out his dominant hand isn’t his dominant hand. Will grow over time.
Kyler Csiki – Multi-sport athlete, natural athlete. A key piece that can guard multiple positions. Dad is about 6’7 and his brother is 6’9. Once he fully locks in and potentially grows like his brother… has the potential for a scholarship in the future.
Kaden Woelfel- Key piece athlete who could play multiple positions, guard multiple positions and get downhill at will. Being a lefty, he naturally is a good shooter.
Gunnar Gorrie – Feisty young guard who came off the bench but instantly made his presence felt!
A stacked group who all bring aspects to the court that are necessary for any successful team. The ceiling is high for athletes in terms of growth, and development. The mission is there with this program so don’t be surprised if you see them in the finals of many tournaments this summer. Now let’s talk with Coach:
Which Prep Hoops Next event do you remember most and why?
The most memorable event was the Prep Hoops Battle Of The Lakes. No specific game but it was a time when we felt they connected the most.
Standouts from Battle Of The Lakes:
How do you feel your program competed throughout last season?
The program competed pretty well for the most part. In the process of a rebuild so we will have our stumps. Need to improve on the execution end offensively and defensively. Young, so they are still developing timing and execution on seeing things through.
Biggest stock riser last season?
Galen Kemp– his story will be amazing. Never played organized basketball, only rec! With this season in the books, we have seen what can be the next talk of the town. Have had multiple big shoe programs approach him.
What is expected for next summer? Same plan of attack?
At this point, we can’t predict the future, but we expect the team to continue to grow. Expect our key pieces to return with the addition of a new prospect. (we will keep his name private at this moment, but you will not want to miss this kid)
If we can add a couple of key pieces, and with this new guard I’m the mix. We will be one of the talks of the town. We plan to put these young men on an extensive plan over the fall/winter to prepare for spring/summer.
Thank you to Minnesota Magic for taking the time to talk all things Prep Hoops Next Circuit! We look forward to watching them compete this spring/summer.