- Nov 3, 2008
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Seems to be quite a bit of criticism for a kid with offers from MN, Purdue, Baylor, Kansas St., Creighton....not to mention being a 247 composite 4 star.
Who are the best boys' basketball recruits in Minnesota's Class of 2020?
Here are five of the top Minnesota boys’ basketball players in the Class of 2020. The Gophers have made scholarship offers to all five. All are uncommitted.
1. Jalen Suggs Minnehaha Academy G 6-5, 185
2. Dawson Garcia Prior Lake PF 6-11, 220
3. Dain Dainja Park Center C 6-8, 240
4. Ben Carlson East Ridge PF 6-9, 205
5. Kerwin Walton Hopkins G 6-4, 170
I'm not trying to start the whole "MN kids should stay home" debate. But how cool would it be if all 5 of these guys did stay home? Tons of talent there. Certainly appears Suggs and Carlson are going elsewhere. But maybe 3 of them? I was very impressed with Walton in the State Tourney.
RJ says Walton is the most likely to stay home, we just need to beat out Purdue. He said at best we'd get one of the big guys because none of them want to play with each other due to similar styles and being in the same class. Suggs we will only get if he decides to be a two sport athlete for the hometown school. So 3 of the 5 is technically still possible but it would be Suggs, Walton, and one of the bigs. The great thing about that scenario is we get 3 fantastic recruits and only use 2 scholarships because Suggs would have to be a football scholarship per NCAA rules.
Kerwin Walton's one of Purdue's top perimeter targets for 2020
Walton made junior-year official visits to Baylor and Purdue, visiting West Lafayette for the Boilermakers' win over Indiana in January.
"They fit my playing style," he said. "They like to shoot threes and they've got some solid bigs. They like to defend and move the ball, and I like how they've used their guards, shooting off the run. They've been a good three-point shooting team."
The 6-foot-5 Walton is just that himself, considered an outstanding jump-shooter. He averaged roughly 17 points for Hopkins, playing alongside McDonald's All-American Zeke Nnaji, who Purdue pursued heavily for the 2019 class. When Hopkins beat Lakeville North for the state's 4A title, Walton scored a team-best 17.
The product of a premier high school program and highly successful grassroots program, Walton's won a lot during his high school career to this point.
"I think it shows I know how to battle through adversity and that I want to help lead this team to where we want to be," Walton said of his upcoming spring and summer with the D1 Minnesota program. "I think I know more about what it takes to get there and win it all, and that's my main focus."