Minnesota’s high school version of March Madness is in its home stretch this week with the final state tournament of the season wrapping up this week. The State Girls Basketball Tournament, already well underway, has taken center stage both Williams Arena and Mariucci Arena.
Mitch Ohnstad loves basketball. He trains players in the sport, and his wife coaches a high school team. And oh yeah, he still plays the game at a high level, 17 years since he was named Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball while at Faribault High School. “Growing up in Faribault and not far from the Twin Cities, I was able to follow the University of Minnesota, and grew up with the dream of playing there. And had a lot of opportunities playing in Faribault, being able to play as a young player coming up in eighth grade, being able to play varsity.
Riley Dearring was well known at Minnetonka. But the big schools were not recruiting him hard — except for Wisconsin. And his skills are a family affair.
Royce White is one of the most talented basketball players that didn’t play for Tubby Smith because of off-the-court issues. He’s now at Iowa State under the tutelage of former Timberwolf Fred Hoiberg.