By John Sherman,
Posted February 6th, 2008
One of the most gratifying aspects of presiding over the Minnesota Magic AAU Basketball program is seeing our players go on to succeed at the college level.
Magic's Class of 2007 might be the most successful in the history of our program with three players competing in the Big Ten and another in the Big Twelve as freshmen.
They are, of course, Blake Hoffarber and Al Nolen at the University of Minnesota, Jon Leuer at Wisconsin and Cole Aldrich at Kansas. All four played for Minnesota Magic Elite, coached by Parrish Curry, Steve Heinen and Bruce Hoffarber. We are so pleased with the work Parrish, Steve and Bruce put into the recruiting process on behalf of these players.
Blake is averaging about 9 points a game for the Gophers and Al is having a fine year as well, averaging 4.6 points and 3.4 assists.
Jon is doing a great job for Wisconsin, where he teams up with another former Magic Elite player, Kevin Gullikson, on the front line.
Cole is playing for one of the top teams in the nation with the Jayhawks, averaging close to 4 points per game.
Others in the Magic Class of 2007 playing at the Division I level are: Eric Carlson at North Dakota State, Chris Taylor at Brown University and Alex Rubin at Illinois State. John Hutchins, who played for Magic Elite, is playing football at Wyoming.
While we are proud of these Division I athletes, we are equally proud of our Division II and III signees.
From the Magic Class of 2007, we have Division II players Pat Cassidy and Jimmy Johnson at Bemidji State, Joe Drapcho at Minnesota State, Mankato, Taylor Witt and Josh Ortmann at St. Cloud State, Pat Freeman and Adam Hendricks at Minnesota-Crookston and Andrew Kuderer at Concordia-St. Paul.
Former Magic players in their first year of Division III basketball include: Nate Krosschell at St. Olaf, Alex Healy and Tyler Nicolai at St. Thomas, Matt Quammen and Brady Soule at Augsburg, Wade Guerin at Wisconsin-River Falls, Jon Mays at Lawrence University, Karl Olson and Darrin Olmscheid at Concordia-Moorhead.