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MACCRAY's Hinrichs named 1st team All-State

Seth Hinrichs of MACCRAY dunks for two of his game-high 21 points against Maranatha Christian Academy in the Class A state quarterfinals March 24 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

MACCRAY boys basketball coach Gary Nelson had a goal at the beginning of the season to have his standout center Seth Hinrichs take at least 20 shots a game.

That goal didn't last very long, however.

"Even a lot of other coaches told me he's needs to be more selfish," laughed Nelson. "He only took 20 shots in a game three times all season. So I changed the goal that his shots, free throws and assists had to add up to 20. He didn't have too much trouble reaching that each game."

Hinrichs' prowess on the court earned him a first team selection to the Associated Press All-State Boys Basketball team. He is joined by Hopkins' Joe Coleman and Marvin Singleton, as well as Jonah Travis of DeLaSalle and Shelby Moats of Waconia. Coleman was named the AP Player of the Year.

Cole Olstad of Plainview/Elgin-Millville, Estan Tyler of St. Paul Johnson, Alex Richter of Lakeville South, Jake White of Chaska and Raiijon Kelly of Cretin-Derham Hall were all named to the second team.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa senior guard Kevin Kuefler was an honorable mention selection.

Hinrichs, a 6-foot-6 senior post who signed a national letter of intent to play for Lafayette University in Pennsylvania, averaged 21.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.0 blocks per game for the Wolverines.

"The thing about Seth is he grew up with a ball in his hands," said Nelson. "He's the last of four brothers. He lives down the road from me and he's always out shooting on his portable hoop at his house."

Nelson said Hinrichs is a vocal leader, but rarely gets mad.

"If he did get mad, he played a lot better and no one could stop him," said Nelson. "So I thought if I yelled at him, it would make him mad. But I couldn't get myself to do it because he's such a nice kid."

Hinrichs, who led MACCRAY to a third-place finish in the Class A state tournament, finished his career with 1,602 points, second to Shaun Condon's school-record 1,654. But Hinrichs, a Mr. Basketball finalist, owns plenty of school records himself. He is the career leader with 818 rebounds, the all-time leader with 128 three-pointers, the three-point percentage leader (40.8 percent), and the career free-throw percentage leader (84.3 percent). But even more remarkable is that the he also is the career assists (352) and steals leader (178) at MACCRAY.

"He just missed getting a few more records, too," lamented Nelson. "He's such a smart player. He just has a knack for knowing what to do with the ball. Down the stretch, he was so focused."

Hinrichs was named to the Class A all-tournament team after his 65-point, 36-rebound performance. That included 21 points and 15 rebounds in the state quarterfinal win over Maranatha Christian Academy on his 18th birthday.

He might as well eat some more cake after his latest honor. After all, he's been eating up the competition all season.