The Class B Boys basketball state tournament is the crown jewel of North Dakota and let’s hope it returns this March after the pandemic sidelined it in 2019-20. ‘Unfinished business’ will naturally be the mantra for the reigning region champs who try to make it back to The B. A lot of eyes this year will be on Enderlin’s Joe Hurlburt who’s quickly becoming the highest recruited basketball player in state history. But, the depth of the division this year will make for some exciting hoops this winter.
The only North Dakota high school state champion crowned in basketball last year came in Class B girls hoops with Langdon-Edmore-Munich winning it all. I think the Cardinals will still be a contender this year, but I feel like last year’s runner-up might be the favorite. I also think the sting of missing out on last year’s state tournament has a loaded Kindred squad champing at the bit to hit the floor. There’s some outstanding individual talent in Class B girls hoops this year and I had a hard time narrowing down my list of ten for players to watch.
There’s probably still an unsettling feeling for Jamestown, Sheyenne, Bismarck and Davies after they reached the final four last year only to have the tournament get called off the day of the semifinal round due to COVID-19. The good news is that those four teams should all be right in the mix again this winter. Find out how I ranked the teams and check out my players to watch for the 2020-21 season.
This year’s race for the North Dakota Class A girls basketball title includes a long list of contenders and some outstanding players. Century has the most talent returning, but Davies and Legacy have a couple of great 1-2 punches. Check out my preseason rankings and the top ten players to watch!
We’ve been watching this class of seniors for a long time. From Matthew Mors who broke onto the scene in 2015 to Tyler Feldkamp and Jackson Hilton who’ve started for years; these guys are ready to hit the hardwood for one last season. Who’s got what it takes to make it all the way?
In Girls Class AA, O’Gorman comes in at number one, but almost the entire class could make a case for being a contender. Here’s what to watch for in this class.