Scouting MSHSL Championships

The high school basketball season is over, unless your team was lucky enough to get invited to play at GEICO Nationals or the State Champions invitational. States such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, and Minnesota were amongst the last to put the final stamps on their high school seasons. Living in downtown Minneapolis myself, I spent the week checking out the top talent that the Land of 10,000 Lakes has to offer to wrap up my final scouting reports on prospects in a high school setting before the travel ball season hits.

Held at the Target Center and University of Minnesota, the MSHSL State Tournament runs Tuesday through Saturday with eight teams playing in each of the four divisions (A-AAAA). This format gave scouts, coaches, and fans alike the ability to watch many of the teams three times throughout the week, regardless of how they fared initially. There were no shortage of upsets, over 20 eventual D-1 prospects playing, and Totino Grace (Fridley, Minn.) walked away as the only team able to repeat as state champs.

Here are some of the standouts from the MSHSL State Tournament:

Jackson McAndrew, 6’9, PF/SF, Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.), 2024
No player helped themselves more in the MSHSL State Tournament than McAndrew. Not only did he walk away with the AAAA state title, but he also showed why he’s right in the conversation as a Top 100 player nationally in 2024. He dropped 25 points and nine rebounds against defending state champion Park Center via an array of effortless deep threes and straight line attacks to the rim against the most athletic team in Minnesota. McAndrew went viral with his coast to coast take (has over a million views), and has taken officials to both Wisconsin and Creighton already at this point.

Taison Chatman, 6’3, PG, Totino-Grace (Fridley, Minn.), 2023
Chatman capped off his extraordinary high school career with his second consecutive state title for Totino-Grace in Minnesota’s AAA division. The heady lead guard is outstanding at continually changing paces throughout the game, utilizes his size to punish defenses and has made improvements as a 3-point shooter. Heading to Ohio State next year, Chatman will have plenty of opportunity in Columbus with Brice Sensabaugh already announcing that he’ll be taking his talents to the NBA.

Nolan Winter, 6’10, PF/C, Lakeville North (Lakeville, Minn.), 2023
Winter is a player who continually made strides in his game and added to his bag throughout his high school career with the final piece being a third place finish in AAAA. Winter has made huge strides with his footwork and confidence with his back to the basket, is a reliable shooter beyond the 3-point arc, and has really utilized length as a defender. The son of former Minnesota Timberwolves center Trevor Winter will carve out his own legacy at Wisconsin next season.

Boden Kapke, 6’10, C, Holy Family (Victoria, Minn.), 2023
An extremely skilled big man, Kapke ended his high school career short of the ultimate goal, but it wasn’t due to his lack of production. He faced constant double teams due to his constant threat as a scorer, was an outstanding facilitator from the center spot, and kept the floor open with his presence as 3-point shooter. Kapke is headed to Broad Ripple to play for esteemed coach Thad Matta at Butler next season.

Casmir Chavis, 6’3, PG, Park Center (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), 2024
One of the most promising long term prospects in Minnesota, “Cash” Chavis and previously FAB 50 ranked Park Center fell short in the state title game, but it wasn’t due to his performance. Chavis played outstanding on ball defense, is a remarkably gifted finisher at the rack with either hand, and continually put pressure on defenders with his ability to get in the paint. Chavis already owns high major offers and will assuredly add more on the AAU circuit during the live period.

Jonathan Mekonnen, 6’8, PF/SF, Eastview (Apple Valley, Minn.), 2024
A player who has been known throughout Minnesota for a minute, but not known much outside of the state, Mekonnen continues to carve himself out as one of the state’s top prospects. The versatile lefty is an explosive straight line driver, has developed into a reliable 3-point shooter, and is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. Having never played on a shoe circuit, Mekonnen will be running with D1 Minnesota on the Adidas 3SSB Circuit.

Collin Mulholland, 6’10, PF/C, (Victoria, Minn.), 2023
Mulholland is one of the players who quietly moved into Minnesota, but those in the know in the basketball community knew that there was something special coming from north of the border. Having played at Southwest Academy (CAN) and then briefly with the Minnesota Heat, the stretch big went under the radar for a bit then Chattanooga coach Dan Earl signed him in the early signing period. In the state tournament, Mulholland had a simply dominant showing with 25 points (including three 3-pointers), 11 rebounds, 13 blocks, and 5 steals. While Holy Family didn’t achieve the ultimate goal of a state title, Mulholland left a lasting impression with his talents as a stretch big and extremely versatile defender.


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