Damian Johnson has taken the success he had coaching at North St. Paul and added to it at Benilde-St. Margaret’s.

— Brennan Schachtner, Special to the Star Tribune

Former Gophers standout Damian Johnson rising quickly through coaching ranks

Basketball Across Minnesota: Johnson has led a turnaround at Benilde-St. Margaret's after a successful stint at North St. Paul.

Roundup: Andover's boys basketball team qualifies for state with a flourish

White Bear Lake’s players and fans celebrated after the team won a place in the state tournament for the first time since 2000.

— White Bear Lake High School

The Huskies scored 106 points in defeating Cambridge-Isanti in a Class 3A section final.

Meet the 2022-23 Star Tribune All-Metro teams for boys basketball

The Star Tribune All-Metro boys basketball first team, from left: Hayden Tibbits of Wayzata, Boden Kapke of Holy Family, Nasir Whitlock of DeLaSalle, Nolan Winter of Lakeville North and Daniel Freitag of Bloomington Jefferson.

— Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

The players have a range of skills — you'll find scorers, rebounders, distributors — and come from schools of various sizes, from 2A to 4A.

Introducing the boys basketball Metro Player of the Year: Nasir Whitlock of DeLaSalle

Nasir Whitlock of DeLaSalle takes a 27.7-point scoring average into the Class 3A state tournament.

— Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

A senior, he puts up big numbers: 27.7 points per game, 52 in a single game, and check out that 3.87 GPA.

Park Center dispatches Osseo, wins return trip to state in boys basketball

Park Center’s CJ O’Hara drove for a layup and two of his 22 points Friday against Osseo.

— Brennan Schachtner, Special to the Star Tribune

Park Center, the Class 4A defending champion, has won four section titles in five years.

For 12th season in a row, DeLaSalle makes boys basketball state tournament

DeLaSalle’s Nasir Whitlock drove the lane through St. Thomas Academy defender Michael Kirchner (3).

— Cheryl A. Myers, Special to the Star Tribune

The Islanders defeated St. Thomas Academy, completing a dominant run through the section.

Park Center snags 4A's top seed for the boys basketball state tournament

Park Center’s JJ Ware found room against Osseo in the section final Friday, a victory that vaulted the Pirates into the state tournament as the No. 1 seed in Class 4A.

— Brennan Schachtner, Special to the Star Tribune

Totino-Grace was No. 1 in Class 3A, Holy Family in Class 2A and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in Class 1A.