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Postby ndplayer35 » Fri May 02, 2008 10:34 pm

who is the best player class A or B to play.

I'm going to throw out Jeff Boschee and Nick Jacobson. Who else would get the top honor
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Postby The Schwab » Sat May 03, 2008 1:26 am

Scott Guldseth has to be mentioned, I would also mention Hunter Burg and Travis Kraft
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Postby ndlionsfan » Sat May 03, 2008 8:12 am

Of course you would Schwabby....
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Postby point/center » Sat May 03, 2008 8:23 am

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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby BasketballFather » Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:01 pm

How about Cavin Anderson from Watford City, and Valley City College, and almost the Chicago Bulls. Also Phil Jackson from Williston.
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby stoaxc2004 » Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:44 am

Are we talking strictly basketball...cause you have many players that have made it big from ND in baseball; Chris Coste (Fargo), Roger Maris (Fargo), Darin Erstad (Jamestown), Travis Hafner (Sykeston) and these players were more than baseball players when they were in HS! Some were 2-sport, some 3-sport, and some were even 4-sport athletes!!
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Postby Flying Wallenda » Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:05 am

If we're talking basketball, some names to include would be:
Phil Jackson
Cavin Anderson
Steve Blehm
Scott Guldseth
Jeff Boschee
Nick Jacobson
--These guys excelled beyond high school which I think is important when talking about the best player from the state, if not you could open it up to a number of player that dominated in the high school ranks.
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Postby baseball » Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:42 am

Boschee, of coruse that bias haha
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Postby Baller » Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:38 am

stoaxc2004 wrote:Are we talking strictly basketball...cause you have many players that have made it big from ND in baseball; Chris Coste (Fargo), Roger Maris (Fargo), Darin Erstad (Jamestown), Travis Hafner (Sykeston) and these players were more than baseball players when they were in HS! Some were 2-sport, some 3-sport, and some were even 4-sport athletes!!



It is just basketball..there are other sports listed under other sports.
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Postby Hinsa » Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:44 pm

Glenn Hansen - GF Central, starred at LSU, made the Bulls for a while. Played in the 70's
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Postby UNCfan2010 » Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:30 pm

Didn't Bruce Shockman play semi-pro ball in Japan or China
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby BballFan1307 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:38 am

tanner ostrom from finley sharon is close to the top. great shooter , great quickness ...pure athlete.
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Postby tommykramer » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:58 am

BballFan1307 wrote:tanner ostrom from finley sharon is close to the top. great shooter , great quickness ...pure athlete.


This is titled BEST EVER TO PLAY FROM NORTH DAKOTA - not best player from Finley-Sharon over the past 5 years.
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Postby BballFan1307 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:47 am

ooooohhh...i thoguht i clicked best player in schools history sorry.
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby InsideMan » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:50 am

Can't argue against Phil Jackson. Things have seemed to work out for him.
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Postby Raider Fan » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:05 pm

InsideMan wrote:Can't argue against Phil Jackson. Things have seemed to work out for him.

Oh ya when you win a ton of rings in the NBA you know, he's a good coach and used to be a great player.
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Postby eastwood99 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:45 am

Who's Phil Jackson? :lol:
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Postby GoPack#2 » Mon May 31, 2010 10:24 am

You have to go with the single season home run king Roger Maris.
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Postby Schmidty22 » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:54 pm

Travis Sturdevant from Century and a former Mr. Basketball award winner.
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Postby point/center » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:27 pm

might be Joe Hansted?
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Postby Schmidty22 » Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:33 pm

point/center wrote:might be Joe Hansted?

thats a very good possibility!
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby megacab » Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:01 pm

Flying Wallenda wrote:If we're talking basketball, some names to include would be:
Phil Jackson
Cavin Anderson
Steve Blehm
Scott Guldseth
Jeff Boschee
Nick Jacobson
--These guys excelled beyond high school which I think is important when talking about the best player from the state, if not you could open it up to a number of player that dominated in the high school ranks.

Dont forget Joel Wigginton
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Postby GoPack#2 » Tue May 17, 2011 1:24 pm

For basketball:

Jeff Boschee
Travis Kraft
Phil Jackson
Nick Jacobson
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby Old Baller » Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:21 pm

I'm new to this blog and played Class B basketball back in the mid 60's. I'll throw out some names from that era, some of which have been mentioned already. These aren't necessarily the best ever but were outstanding players at the time, at least as I recall them.

Class A:

Phil Jackson- Williston, UND, & the NBA. His story is well known.

Paul Presthus - Rugby, U. of Minn. I'm not sure if he played pro ball.

Glenn Hansen - GF Central, LSU (I think), & the NBA for a few years

Scott Monson - GF Red River. I can't recall where he played college ball of if he played pro but he and Hansen had some great battles. I think Central and Red River played for the title in '69 or '70 when they were seniors. Great game.

Bob Green - Mandan, Dickinson State. Dominant player on a very good Mandan High team that won two consecutive the state titles in mid 60's.

Scott Howe - Mandan, NDSU. Teamed up with Green for a solid 1, 2 scoring punch.

Class B:

Jerry Pyle - Central Cass, U. of Minn. Electrifying player who at 6'7"could run the floor, lead the break, and score at will for an exceptional Central Cass team. Dominated the '68 state tournament and scored 38 points in the final. Gets my vote for class B player of the decade. I believe that Central Cass team lost only once that year, a squeaker to a Class A school from either Grand Forks or Fargo which finished second at the Class A state tournament. His brother Bob wasn't too shabby either.

Vance Bowersox - Wolford, Minot State. Not a big guy but a great scorer. Tiny Wolford came into the '68 state tournament final undefeated but had the misfortune of facing Central Cass that night. Bowersox matched Jerry Pyle with 38 points in that game as I recall. A member of my All Name team, too!

Butch Linch - Mott, UND, NFL. One of the best 3-sport athletes ever in ND high school and UND history. Led Mott to several state basketball titles in the early 60's. Played in the NFL for several teams.

Don Blevins - Fort Yates, Dickinson State. Two sport star (BB & cross country/track). One of the best ball handlers I ever saw. Would "put on a show" Marcus Haynes style by dribbling out the clock and keeping defenders at bay. Fun to watch. Died way too young in a car accident I believe,

John Backhaus - Linton, Jamestown College. Ok..I did play against John a little in HS and came to know him fairly well in college. Led Linton to state several years in the mid 60's and still holds one of the highest single-game scoring totals in state tournament history with 43 (?) points.

I know that Kenmare had some fine players back then too but I can't recall any names. Kenmare was the top high school basketball program in the '60's, playing in 5 consecutive title games, winning 3 times. What a quality run!
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby winner-within » Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:56 pm

And thats when all schools were full of kids..... towns were thriving and 5 kids was a real small family....times will never duplicate.
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