2011 West Central Tribune All-Area Boys Basketball Team
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, which finished as the state runner-up in Class A, had three players selected to the West Central Tribune All-Area boys basketball team.
MACCRAY, which was third in Class A, Minnewaska and Montevideo had two players each selected.
Benson, Dawson-Boyd, Lac qui Parle Valley, New London-Spicer, Renville County West and Willmar had one player each named.
Both Minnewaska selections were named to the first team; senior forward Shane Bosek and senior guard Brady Johnsrud. Joining them on the first team is New London-Spicer senior guard Jayme Moten, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa senior guard Kevin Kuefler and MACCRAY senior post Seth Hinrichs.
Second-team selections include Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa junior center Connor Goodwin, MACCRAY junior forward Brady Boike, Benson junior center Sam Peterson, Lac qui Parle Valley senior guard Eric Paulson and Willmar junior center Jimmy Unger.
And the third-team picks include Montevideo senior guard Jacobey Johnson, Dawson-Boyd sophomore guard Nathaniel Huot, Montevideo senior forward Ryan Boike, Renville County West junior forward Ryan Fransen, and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa senior forward Brady Koehler.
The teams are named by the sports editor after receiving nominations provided from area coaches. Several area and out-of-area coaches were consulted, as well as several area players and print media members.
Hinrichs, Bosek and Kuefler were second-team All-Area basketball picks a season ago. Moten and Paulson were each named to the third team last season. Hinrichs was on the third team as a sophomore..
Moten, Bosek and Kuefler also earned a spot on the All-Area football team this past fall.
6-4 senior guard
Kuefler was an all-around performer for the Jaguars, leading them in scoring during the season and in the postseason where the team lost in the state championship. He was selected to the all-tournament team with 67 points and 35 rebounds in three games. For the season, Kuefler averaged 19.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.2 steals. He shot 50 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free-throw line. He finished his career with 1,309 points, second on BBE's all-time list.
6-5 senior forward
Bosek, a three-year starter, led the Lakers in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 18.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the field. He also led the Lakers in free-throw shooting percentage at 80.4 percent and shared team-high honors with 35 three-pointers. Bosek also 2.1 assists per games as the Lakers finished the season 25-5 and reached the Section 6AA semifinals. He finished his career with 1,270 points.
6-2 senior guard
Johnsrud sparked the Lakers to the West Central South Conference title and was named the loop's Most Valuable Player this season. The three-year starter averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while also being an outstanding defensive player. Johnsrud, who was excellent at driving to the basket or hitting from the outside, sank four game-winning baskets this season. He shot a robust 57.8 percent from the field. He ended his prep career with 934 points and 312 assists.
6-6 senior center
Hinrichs signed a letter of intent to play for Division I Lafayette University in Pennsylvania, drawing attention as a player who can score inside or out. He shot a torrid 60 percent from the field, including 42 percent from three-point range where he drained 51 treys. He averaged 21.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. He was also named the MVP in the Camden North Conference and was named to the Class A all-tournament team with 65 points and 36 rebounds in three games. For his career, Hinrichs had 1,602 points and set school career records with 818 rebounds, 129 three-pointers, 84.3 percent free-throw shooting, 352 assists and 178 steals.
5-11 senior guard
Moten led the area in scoring this season, averaging 22.7 points per game. He also was the area's leader in three-pointers made with 104. His offensive firepower helped the Wildcats go 19-9 this season after winning the Class AA state title the previous year. Moten, who signed a letter of intent to play for Division I Texas-Pan American, also averaged 4.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game this season. The three-year starter capped his career with 1,178 points and 303 assists to go along with 205 career three-pointers.
6-6 junior center
Goodwin, a two-year starter for the Jaguars, showcased his talents in the state tournament, being named to the all-tournament team with 44 points and 34 rebounds in three games, notching a double-double in two of the three games. For the season, the left-hander shot a blistering 64 percent from the field, while averaging 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He has 815 career points and 505 career rebounds.
6-2 junior center
Unger was able to score in a variety of ways and led the Cardinal in scoring this season with a 14.7 average, including a team-high 58 three-pointers. His 5.1 rebound average was second on the team. He was also second on the team in assists and steals as the Cardinals went 12-14 this season. Unger also utilized his excellent leaping ability to block a team-high 47 shots. He currently has 536 career points.
6-4 junior center
Peterson utilized both his power and quickness to amass 11 double-doubles this season for the Braves. The two-year starter averaged a team-high 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Braves posted a 13-13 record in a strong West Central South Conference. He made 54 percent of his shots from the field. Peterson, whose sister, Emma, was chosen to the girls' All-Area team last week, currently has 788 points and 368 rebounds in his career.
6-2 junior center
Boike had an impressive season and also shined in the state tournament, helping the Wolverines place third in Class A. He was named to the all-tournament team after amassing 51 points and 23 rebounds in three games. For the season, Boike averaged 13.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He currently has 496 points in his career.
Lac qui Parle Valley
6-1 senior guard
Paulson shattered the area's all-time record for three-pointers in a game this season when he made 10. But he didn't stop there and finished with 73 for the season and 175 for his career. The three-year starter averaged 14.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game this season. He closed out his career with 1,117 career points.
5-10 senior guard
Johnson was a mercurial workhorse all season for the 21-5 Thunder Hawks, running the offense from his point guard position. An excellent shooter, Johnson drained 43 percent of his three-pointers and 87.2 percent of his free throws. For the season, he averaged 11.1 points, 4.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. The two-year starter finished his career with 452 points and 242 assists.
6-5 senior forward
Koehler was a versatile and consistent performer all season for the Jaguars, including at state tournament where he one of 10 players selected to the all-tournament team. For the season, the two-year starter shot 52 percent from the field while averaging 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 blocks per game. Koehler had only 32 turnovers in 33 games this season. He had 722 points and 381 rebounds in his career.
6-2 senior forward
Boike made 48.2 percent of his shots this season for the Thunder Hawks, hitting from the perimeter or down low. He averaged 10.4 points, hitting 27 three-pointers along the way. He also averaged 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. The three-year starter concluded his prep career with 875 points, 312 rebounds and 127 three-pointers.
6-0 sophomore guard
An exceptional ball handler who creates openings for himself, Huot stepped into a starting spot with the Blackjacks this season and instantly established himself. He averaged 18.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals. He also connected on 80 three-pointers. He has 462 points with two seasons remaining.
6-3 junior forward
In his first season of basketball after converting from wrestling, Fransen showed remarkable poise and moves under the basket, while also stepping out and hitting from the outside. He shot 51 percent from the field, including 19 three-pointers. He averaged 17.8 and 11.9 rebounds per game, the only player in the area to average a double-double for the season.