Here’s a look at the top Minnesota boys basketball players from the area for the 2015-16 season.
Nathan Rund – Fergus Falls – Guard – Sophomore
Nathan Rund averaged more than 17 points and three rebounds a game for Fergus Falls. He also led the team in steals, averaging 2.4 a game, as the Otters made their first trip to the state tournament since 2004.
The Otters wouldn’t have got to state without Rund. He was quick on defense, could handle the ball, shot over 36 percent from 3-point land and over 83 percent from the free-throw line.
He was a big reason the Otters broke the school record for wins and made it to their first state championship game in boys basketball. He had 22 points and eight rebounds in the state quarterfinals and 23 points in the state semifinals.
Reid Moser – Perham – Guard – Junior
Reid Moser averaged 15.1 points a game for Perham. From inside the arc, he hit 57 percent of his shots. He hit 43 percent of the 3-pointers he took (104-of-241) and shot 46 percent from the field for the Yellowjackets.
Blake Kragnes – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton – Forward – Senior
A year after breaking his wrist and missing all but three basketball games, Blake Kragnes led D-G-F to its first state tournament since 2004 and its first win over Perham since 2009.
Kragnes led D-G-F in points, rebounds and assists, averaging 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game. He could shoot the 3-pointer, score in the post and often guarded the opposing team’s best player, whether they were a guard or forward.
Chris Tungseth – Hillcrest Lutheran Academy – Forward – Senior
There wasn’t much Chris Tungseth didn’t do for Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. He averaged 21.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.7 steals. All that while shooting 42 percent from 3-point land and 47 percent from the field.
Jesse Bergh – Lake Park-Audubon – Center – Junior
Jesse Bergh averaged more than 23 points and 12 rebounds, to go along with nearly 5 blocks a game for Lake Park-Audubon. He set the school record for points, rebounds, blocks in a season and his 39-point game set the school record for points in a game. He shot 66 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free-throw line.
All this in just his second season of organized basketball. He scored 34 points against Battle Lake to capture LP-A’s first ever section championship.
Jared Affield – Barnesville – Guard – Senior
Jack Lien – Barnesville – Forward – Senior
Andrew VanErp – Battle Lake – Guard – Senior
Eric VanErp – Battle Lake – Forward – Junior
Ashton Hegge – Breckenridge – Guard – Senior
Stevin Lipp – Breckenridge – Guard – Junior
Austin Ramos – Breckenridge – Forward – Senior
Isaac Cihak – Detroit Lakes – Center – Junior
Jacob Pazdernik – Detroit Lakes – Guard – Senior
Kyle Rothschadl – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton – Guard – Junior
Ethan Edeen – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton – Forward – Junior
Harrison Christensen – Fergus Falls – Forward – Sophomore
Matthew Monke – Fergus Falls – Center – Junior
Sean McGuire – Hillcrest Lutheran Academy – Forward – Junior
Tommy Thompson – Hillcrest Lutheran Academy – Guard – Junior
Kyler Newman – Hillcrest Lutheran Academy – Guard – Junior
Mitch Hall – Lake Park-Audubon – Forward – Junior
Matt Bye – Moorhead – Guard – Senior
Leif Engen – Moorhead – Center – Senior
Steele Senske – Park Christian – Guard – Sophomore
Jensen Beachy – Perham – Guard – Freshman
Jaden Anderson – Perham – Guard – Senior
Peyton Syverson – Waubun – Guard – Junior
Darius Woods-Steichen – Waubun – Center – Senior
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