|Posted on May 4, 2016 at 3:40 PM|
Photo: Ruby Krietzman / The Hopkins Royal Page
The Green Bay Phoenix coaching staff is continuing their efforts to fill six open scholarships available for the 2017 recruiting class.
The latest scholarship offer was extended on Wednesday to a player with off the charts potential – 6’3” guard Ishmael El-Amin.
The Minnetonka, MN native helped his Hopkins High School team to an impressive 31-1 record this season and a Class 4A state championship this past March.
He averaged 14.7 points per game this season as a junior.
El-Amin is the son of former Connecticut star Khalid El-Amin, who was Mr. Basketball in Minnesota in 1997 and a McDonalds All-American before leading UConn to a national championship in 1999. He was a 2nd round pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2000 NBA Draft.
In Hopkin’s 64-55 championship game victory over Lakeville North this past March, El-Amin scored 9 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists in 28 minutes of action.
He is listed as a 4-star recruit according to ESPN and a 3-star recruit according to 247 Sports, Rivals, and Scout. In addition to Green Bay, he holds scholarship offers from DePaul and Nevada and received a scholarship offer from Tubby Smith while he was the head coach at Texas Tech. He has heard from high major programs Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and UConn as well as Northern Iowa.
El-Amin is the latest Minnesota 2017 prospect to be offered a scholarship by Green Bay, joining his Hopkins teammate Simon Wright (6’6” F) and Trae Berhow (6’5” G, Watertown, MN). The Phoenix offered 6’9” forward Nathan Ruevers last July, but he now has several high major offers including Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Creighton.
Green Bay is also keeping tabs on Jack Sorenson (5’11” G, Lakeville South HS), and Myles Hanson (6’5” G, Chaska HS).
The Phoenix must replace at least 6 players who will be seniors following the upcoming college basketball season – Turner Botz, Kenneth Lowe, Charles Cooper, Jamar Hurdle, Tevin Findlay, and Warren Jones.