December 4, 2006

Top talent takes court at Tartan Jamboree

The Tartan Jamboree this past weekend brought together some of Minnesota's top players to the Tartan gym for an opening to this year's Minnesota basketball season in a quick format. Henry's Al Nolen Jr. and Jefferson's Cole Aldrich were some of the most talented players taking part and it was a solid start to the year.

The Patriots of Henry went up 25-2 in their game as Al Nolen, Jr. had four steals in as many minutes all going for lay-ups. Overall the 6-foot-2 Gopher point guard commit had six steals in the twenty minute game all going for lay-ups in the other direction. Al attempted two three-pointers and both were long. His most impressive play was a drive from the left wing where he hard dribbled right, behind the back left and then two-hand lazor-beamed a pass to a teammate cutting across the lane for a lay-up and Al looked off the defense while doing it. This is the type of pass that Al makes seeing a play develop a second or two ahead of the actual play.

The Braham vs. Bloomington Jefferson match-up was a chance for people to see Wofford commit Noah Dahlman, a 6-foot-6 forward, try his best with top 20 national recruit and Kansas recruit Cole Aldrich. To start the game, Noah took Cole away from the bucket and drove past him left but going up for the shot, Cole recovered and swatted it out emphatically. The other way, Cole caught a lob and finished on the glass.

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