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Hoop City Classic: Tennessee, Texas teams full of star power

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DeLaSalle (Minn.) forward Jalen Travis boxes out an opponent from Findlay Prep (Nev.) during a 2018 Hoop City Classic game at the Corn Palace. (Republic file photo)
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College basketball stars of tomorrow will play in South Dakota this week.

The Hoop City Classic starts today and continues until Sunday at the Corn Palace and Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. It features prep and college basketball teams, but as always, the biggest draw will be the number of Division I prospects in the event.

This year’s headliner is Houston, Tennessee’s Mason Miller, who is the oldest son of former Mitchell Kernel great and NBA sharpshooter Mike Miller. Mason Miller is a budding power forward and he’ll make his Corn Palace debut against his father’s old team today.

Houston, which is loaded with college prospects, will play the Kernels at 8:30 p.m. today at the Corn Palace. The Mustangs will also play Yankton and South Dakota’s top prospect Matthew Mors at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Pentagon.

The classic is again filled with Division I prospects and here’s a look at 10 players to watch in this year’s classic:

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Alden Applewhite, Houston (Tennessee): Applewhite is one of the top small forwards in the 2021 class and bolsters an already potent Houston lineup. The 6-foot-6 wing is a consensus four-start prospect in his class and has offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, TCU and Texas A&M.

Jerrell Colbert, Cornerstone (Texas): Colbert holds down the middle for the highly-touted Warriors. He’s a 6-foot-9, 200-pound center and a five-star prospect in the 2021 class, according to 247sports.com. He’s received a wealth of scholarship offers, including Oklahoma, LSU, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and Houston. Colbert is the No. 4 center in his class, according to 247sports.com.

Cade Haskins, DeLaSalle (Minnesota): Haskins is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard in the 2021 class and has an offer from North Dakota. Haskins recently registered 31 points, six rebounds and three assists in DeLaSalle’s 79-67 win over Benilde-St. Margaret.

T.J. Madlock, Houston (Tennessee): Madlock, whose dad Tony is also an assistant for Memphis, adds depth to the Mustangs. He’s a 6-foot-1 junior point guard and plays for Hoop City, which is coached by Mitchell native Ernie Kuyper, during the travel circuit.

Mason Miller, Houston (Tennessee): The lefty is a knockdown shooter and is also bouncy around the rim. The 6-foot-9, 180-pound power forward is a consensus four-star in the class of 2021. He has a scholarship offers from Memphis, which is where father Mike Miller is an assistant coach under former NBA star Penny Hardaway. Florida (where Mike played college basketball) and TCU (where uncle Ryan Miller is an assistant) have also offered, along with Creighton. He’s visited Ohio State in October.

Matthew Mors, Yankton: The junior power forward committed to Wisconsin in late September. He picked the Badgers over offers from Creighton, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Iowa State, South Dakota, South Dakota State and TCU. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Mors is closing in on the state’s Class AA all-time scoring mark. He currently has 1,748 career points and is No. 3 on the Class AA all-time scoring list. Aberdeen Central’s Eric Kline has the all-time mark with 2,025 points and Watertown’s Jason Sutherland is No. 2 with 1,899.

Austin Nunez, Cornerstone (Texas): Nunez makes the Warriors go. He’s a 6-foot-1 point guard and a four-star prospect in the 2022 class. He’s received early offers from Memphis, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Wake Forest.

Jalen Travis, DeLaSalle (Minnesota): Basketball is in the Travis bloodline, but Jalen Travis picked football over basketball for the next level. The 6-foot-7, 285-pounder recently committed to play football at Princeton, picking the Tigers over Yale, Fordham, Buffalo, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Indiana State, Iowa State, Minnesota and Northern Iowa. His two older brothers -- Jonah Travis (Harvard) and Reid Travis (Stanford/Kentucky) both played Division I basketball.

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Tre White, Cornerstone (Texas): White committed to Kansas during the summer, but recently decommitted from the Jayhawks earlier this month. White is a 6-foot-5, 175-pound wing and a five-star prospect in the 2022 class. Prior to his commitment to Kansas, he landed offers from Illinois, LSU, SMU and TCU.

Amir Whitlock, DeLaSalle (Minnesota): Whitlock played behind Tyrell Terry (Stanford) the past two seasons, but he’s made the most of his opportunity in his senior campaign. Whitlock, a 6-foot point guard, has received interest from Niagara, Drake and Princeton. He put in 20 points for the Islanders in a recent win over Wayzata.

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