As a primer leading up to the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Showcase that brought more than 100 college coaches to the Twin Cities to see the abundance of talent in the region, the Breakdown Sports USA group gave players a chance to get some run in with their high school teams to fine tune their respective skill sets at the Summer State Tournament. An invite only event, the Summer State brought the vast majority of the state's upcoming powers, along with the state’s most productive teams, all under one roof to crown preseason champions in their respective divisions.
Ranked in the Ballislife FAB 50 for most of 2022-23 season, Park Center cruised to the AAAA Summer State title, blending a mix of size, skill, and athleticism. Coach James Ware boasts a team that is led by 6-foot-3 Pangos All-American Camp attendee Casmir Chavis, 6-foot-5 3 and D swingman Jackson Fowlkes, and 6-foot-9 faceup center Chiang Ring. Park Center will certainly start the season as the favorite by many to win the state title, but it wasn’t the only team who put on a show at the Summer State Tournament.
Here are some of the standouts from the Breakdown Sports USA Summer State Tournament:
Jonathan Mekonnen, 6’7, SF/PF, Eastview HS (MN), 2024
One of the most intriguing players in Minnesota’s class of 2024, Mekonnen showed off the full bag at the Breakdown Summer State. The lefty had a ridiculous usage rate on the offensive end and numbers certainly followed. He is an outstanding straight line driver, utilizes spins to throw defenses off, and makes most of his athleticism on both ends of the floor. Mekonnen holds no shortage of mid-major offers with Power Five programs closely monitoring him.
Chiang Ring, 6’9, PF/C, Park Center HS (MN), 2024
Ring has been a name within Midwest basketball recruiting circles since he was freshman, but is still a guy who people are sleeping on a bit. The big man led Park Center to the AAAA Summer State title with the considerable impact he made on both ends of the floor. Ring is the best shot blocker in the state, really shot the ball well from the 3-point line with his feet set, and likely had more dunks than anyone in the event.
Isaac Asuma, 6’3, PG, Cherry HS (MN), 2024
One of the more decorated players in the state of Minnesota, Asuma led Cherry HS to the A Championship at Summer State. The two-way guard is showing infinitely more confidence as a 3-point shooter, has shown promise as an outstanding on ball defender, and is the epitome of leading by example with his style of play. Already committed to Minnesota, Asuma is going to be a key piece in the backcourt for Ben Johnson and the rebuilding Gophers squad.
Brady Wooley, 6’9, PF, Orono HS (MN), 2025
One of Minnesota’s hottest underclassmen, Wooley tantalizes you with the fluidity that he plays with on the court at nearly 6-foot-9. Wooley uses his agility to defend in space on the perimeter, create separation off the dribble, and plays above the rim on both ends of the court. Wooley is hearing from numerous big time programs, having already stepped foot on campus at both Minnesota and Iowa State.
Brayson Boike, 6’6, SF, Dawson-Boyd HS (MN), 2025
Playing in the smallest division in Minnesota, Boike is a truly special talent for Dawson-Boyd. However, at the Breakdown Summer State, he showed that he can play with anyone. At 6-foot-6, he brings positional versatility, employs his athleticism on both ends of the court, and is a developing three point shooter. Boike has heard from Utah, Nebraska, Colorado State, and around a dozen others in the past week.
Cedric Times, 5’11, PG, East Ridge HS (MN), 2026
For what Tomes lacks in stature, he certainly makes up with shooting range and confidence on the hardwood. The lead guard has some of the most effortless range in the state off the dribble, shows great patience in pick and roll play, and constantly throws defenders off with his different speeds. Tomes is just wrapping up his freshman season, but already has had high major programs such as Minnesota out to watch him.
Aidan Memene, 6’1, PG, Park Center HS (MN), 2024
Winning breeds talent development, and Memene seems to be the next player out of powerhouse Park Center who is going to breakout. He is a super shifty lead guard who is an elite finisher at the rack, picks his spots exceptionally well, and has already shown that he creates chaos as a defender. Memene has both the talent and opportunity to be a breakout player next season as a senior.