There will be some serious star power on display during the AAA and AAAA semifinal games of the state boys' basketball tournament at Target Center today.
With all of the games on Channel 45, this is your best chance to see what Minnesota's top players are capable of. Here's what you should watch for.
12 p.m. – #1 DeLaSalle vs. #4 Columbia Heights
Watch out for future Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur. The senior finished Wednesday's quarterfinal win over Hermantown with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. He can do it all for the Islanders, but he's not alone.
Kalscheur is listed by 247 Sports as a 3-star recruit while his teammate, junior point guard Tyrell Terry, is a 4-star recruit. He's already received scholarship offers from Baylor, Butler, Stanford, Iowa, and Creighton, among others.
Another Islander getting D1 offers is 6'7'' forward Jamison Battle.
2 p.m. – #2 Austin vs. Delano
Austin is the higher seed but in order to reach the championship game for a second straight year they'll have to find a way to slow down Delano's Calvin Wishart.
Wishart, a Georgia Southern recruit, put on a show in Wednesday's win over Mankato East with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists – and he was an astonishing 17-of-22 at the free-throw line.
Austin has some studs – Tate Hebrink, Duoth Gach, Moses Issa – but wins with balance and elite defense. The Packers are 26-2 and with wins this season over Lakeville North, Minnehaha Academy, Rochester John Marshall and Mankato East, they're certainly a threat to win a title.
6 p.m. – #1 Cretin-Derham Hall vs. #4 Eden Prairie
This game has upset written all over it, but not if Mr. Basketball finalist Daniel Oturu has anything to say about it.
Oturu, the 6'10'' future Gopher, has led the No. 1-ranked Raiders Raiders to a 28-2 record while averaging 18.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 6.1 blocks per game. But one of the two losses was at the hands of Eden Prairie, 65-63 on Feb. 28.
Eden Prairie's leader is senior guard Kyler Kluge, who might be a better free safety in football than he is a guard in basketball, and that's saying something.
But the Eagles get their points from a pair of sophomores, Austin Andrews and Drake Dobbs, both of whom averaged more than 18 points during the regular season. Dobbs was getting calls from Northern Iowa, Iowa state, Iowa, Creighton, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Davidson, and George Mason last summer, according to PropHoops.com, so his ceiling is very high.
8 p.m. – #2 Apple Valley vs. #3 Lakeville North
Tre Jones is the one to watch in this one. The younger brother of Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones, Tre might wind up being better in the long run. Both were 5-star recruits and Tre, like Tyus, is committed to play at Duke University.
Lakeville North graduated five of its top six scorers from last season, but the lone returner, Tyler Wahl, has been outstanding in leading the Panthers back to state.