Hoop City Classic: Five-star prospects highlight lineup
There will be no shortage of five-star and four-star prospects at this year's Hoop City Classic.
The ninth annual event (formerly the Mike Miller Classic) starts today and continues through Sunday at both the Corn Palace and the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
The event brings in future college basketball stars and this year is no exception. The classic has four five-stars in the class of 2019 and one from the 2021 class. There are also three four-star players in the event.
Below is a look at 10 of the top players in this year's classic:
Matthew Hurt, John Marshall (Minnesota): The 6-foot-9 Hurt is a consensus five-star by the major recruiting services and is one of the top players in the 2019 class. He's the second ranked power forward in the class and is focusing on Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Minnesota and North Carolina for his college destination. Hurt will lead John Marshall against Brandon Valley at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sanford Pentagon.
Isaiah Stewart, La Lumiere (Indiana): The bruising center is a consensus five-star by both rivals.com and 247sports.com. Stewart is the third-ranked center in the 2019 class, behind only James Wiseman (Memphis) and Vernon Carey, Jr., (Duke). The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Stewart has narrowed his finalists to Duke, Indiana, Michigan State, Syracuse, Villanova and Washington. La Lumiere plays Findlay Prep (Nev.) at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Corn Palace.
Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (Alabama): The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Watford is another consensus five-star senior big man and the No. 5 power forward, according to both rivals.com and 247sports.com. He's cut his finalists down to Alabama, Indiana, LSU and Memphis. Watford and Mountain Brook play Lower Brule at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Corn Palace.
Keion Brooks, La Lumiere (Indiana): Brooks is a five-star small forward and one of the top players at his position in the 2019 class. The 6-foot-7, 195-pounder has narrowed his finalists down to Michigan State, Purdue, North Carolina, Indiana, UCLA and Kentucky.
PJ Fuller, Findlay Prep (Nevada): Fuller is a consensus four-star shooting guard in the 2019 class. The 6-foot-4, 170-pound Fuller committed to TCU in September. Mitchell native Ryan Miller is an assistant coach for the Horned Frogs. Fuller picked TCU after considering Texas Tech, Iowa State, UNLV, Florida State, Saint Mary's, Washington and Florida. Findlay Prep takes on DeLaSalle (Minn.) at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Corn Palace.
Tyrell Terry, DeLaSalle (Minnesota): Terry is a top-100 player and consensus four-star player in the 2019 class. He's a 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard and has signed to play at Stanford. He also considered Baylor, Indiana, Minnesota and Xavier, among others. Terry and DeLaSalle play Findlay Prep (Nev.) at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Corn Palace.
Desmond Polk, La Lumiere (Indiana): Polk is a four-star point guard in the 2020 class, according to 247sports.com. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard has garnered offers from Marquette, Iowa, Kansas State and Minnesota, among others.
Jaden Hardy, Coronado (Nevada): Hardy is a consensus five-star shooting guard in the 2021 class. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Hardy is ranked the No. 4 ranked prospect in the class, according to 247sports.com. The rising sophomore has early offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California and Florida State, among others. Coronado opens the event with a 5 p.m. game against Dominican (Wis.) Thursday at the Corn Palace.
Alex Antetokounmpo, Dominican (Wisconsin): Antetokounmpo—the younger brother of NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo—is a 6-foot-7, 190-pound small forward. The junior has an offer from Wisconsin-Green Bay and is also receiving interest from Iowa and Wisconsin. Dominican faces Coronado (Nev.) at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Corn Palace.
Matthew Mors, Yankton: The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward is not ranked by any major recruiting services yet, but he's already on the radar for a host of college coaches. The sophomore has offers from Creighton, Iowa, Nebraska, TCU, Wisconsin, Colorado, South Dakota State University and University of South Dakota. Yankton plays Mitchell at 8 p.m. Friday at the Corn Palace.