Longtime basketball writer Ron Haggstrom picks his starting five for boys basketball in 2022-23. If you want to see one of these playing in action when the season starts next week, you can find their school's schedules on the Star Tribune boys basketball hub.
Totino-Grace, 6-4 guard, senior
An outstanding scoring and playmaking point guard. Chatman guided Totino-Grace to the Class 3A championship last season. He will lull a defender to sleep and then torch him with a quick burst. Plays under control and can score from anywhere. (College: Ohio State).
Bloomington Jefferson, 6-2 guard, junior
Always under control when creating separation from a defender off the dribble. He can step back and hit the three or drive to the basket and finish at the rim. The outstanding two-sport athlete (football) can also defend and hit the boards. (College: undecided).
Holy Family, 6-11 center, senior
Kapke is a versatile offensive player, being able to score inside and out. He averaged a double-double (27.2 points and 14.7 rebounds per game) as a junior. "Boden is highly skilled with a strong basketball IQ," Butler coach Thad Matta said. (College: Butler).
Lakeville North, 6-6 forward, junior
A versatile playmaker with a feathery touch on his mid-range jumper as well as three-pointers. The lefthander knows how to keep plays alive when he crashes the offensive boards. He isn't afraid to dive on the floor for loose balls. (College: Wisconsin).
Lakeville North, 6-10 forward, senior
"[He's] just scratching the surface of where he can be as he gets bigger and stronger," Wisconsin coach Greg Card said. "Excited about his potential." A pure shooter with excellent range, he's also an outstanding passer. (College: Wisconsin).