East Ridge hoops star Ben Carlson narrows college list to 6

The 4-star recruit is part of a very strong Minnesota 2020 class.
Publish date:

Standout basketball player Ben Carlson has narrowed his list of potential colleges to six, and his home state University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are among them. 

Carlson, a 6'9'' power forward from East Ridge High School in Woodbury, is decided between the Gophers, Wisconsin, Purdue, Iowa State, Xavier and Stanford. 

Corey Evans of Rivals describes Carlson as a versatile big man. 

"He can score both facing the basket and with his back to it, has a quality feel for the game as he can contribute in the half-court setting, and is skilled but also versatile enough to fill either big man position along the frontline."

247 Sports ranks Carlson 74th nationally in the Class of 2020, and the 4-star recruit is ranked fourth among Minnesota's top 2020 players

  1. Jalen Suggs, Minnehaha Academy (5-star guard, 12th nationally)
  2. Dawson Garcia, Prior Lake (4-star power forward, 32nd nationally)
  3. Dain Dainja, Park Center (4-star center, 47th nationally)
  4. Ben Carlson, East Ridge (4-star power forward, 76th nationally)
  5. Steven Crowl, Eastview (4-star center, 94th nationally)

The Class of 2021 features two Minnesotans in 247 Sports' top 25 national rankings: Chet Holmgren (Minnehaha Academy) ranks sixth, and Kendall Brown (East Ridge) ranks 22nd. 

Brown, however, is playing out-of-state at a basketball academy for his upcoming junior season. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.

Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz, MDH react to record-setting COVID-19 deaths

Minnesota can expect further bad news over the coming weeks.

covid-19, coronavirus

Record 101 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota

The figures are from Wednesday, with no update provided on Thanksgiving.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 9.29.12 AM

Target reveals its 'Cyber Week' online deals

The sales will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

Minneapolis police

Mayor Frey, Minneapolis police chief reveal new 'no-knock' policy

The new policy for Minneapolis Police Department was announced Wednesday.

Teddy Bridgewater

Coller: It's a what-if Sunday with Teddy Bridgewater's return

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Ambulance hospital emergency

15-month-old girl's death being investigated by police in Fargo

The child died four days after being found unresponsive.


Ben Carlson

Ben Carlson is latest MN hoops standout to commit to Badgers

The Gophers offered Carlson a scholarship, per 247 Sports.


Minnesota prep basketball player transferring to school in Indiana

Treyton Thompson is a 4-star recruit from Alexandria.

Jalen Suggs

Minnesota prep hoops star Jalen Suggs picks Gonzaga

Suggs is the No. 6 recruit in the Class of 2020, according to 247Sports.

Kendall Brown

Kendall Brown, 5-star ex-East Ridge standout, chooses Baylor

Brown now plays at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas.

Daniel Oturu

Gopher recruits compared to MN prep stars who left

Diving into the last three years of recruiting Minnesota basketball players.

Kendall Brown

5-star Kendall Brown trims recruiting list, Gophers on it

Brown is a 5-star recruit who previously attended East Ridge High School.

Jalen Suggs

Is Minnehaha Academy star Jalen Suggs headed to Gonzaga?

Suggs is one of top basketball recruits in the Class of 2020.

Treyton Thompson

Gophers receive commitment from 4-star Treyton Thompson

The Alexandria native is playing his junior season at a prep school in Indiana.