Basketball (Boys)

Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School, B Squad / Boys

Program Overview

The Minnehaha Academy Boys Basketball program’s goal is to not only provide competitive basketball teams, but also develop boys into leaders in our school.

Middle School

We hope to field a 6th grade team and two or three 7th/8th grade teams, based upon registration. We operate under the following basic parameters:

Placement practices: For grades 7 & 8 are scheduled for early November.
Team Practices begin in mid-November. More information to follow once we have student placement completed and the team registration finalized.
Grade 7 & 8 games are generally 4:30, 5:45 or 7:00 starts during the week, (M, T, Th), beginning the first week of December. There may be a couple of Saturday tournaments. GRADE 6 games are Saturday mornings. All grades participate in an end-of-season tournament (late February).
Practice times for all teams will rotate. Early in the week we will attempt to schedule 6th graders early. Each team will practice 4x/week.
Practice 1 = 3:15-4:30
Practice 2 = 4:30-5:45
Practice 3 = 5:45-7:00
Practice 4 = 7:00-8:15
Once games begin, practices will be one-hour practices beginning at 3:15.

Practices are held M, T, Th or F at school. Practices may begin as early as 3:15 or as late as 7:15. Games for 6th grade teams are generally on Saturdays. Games for 7 & 8 grade teams are generally M, T or Th.

Practice Days: Boys Basketball teams will practice for one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes M, T, Th, F. We will attempt to maximize practice time and facilities for each team. At South Campus.
Practice Times: On a rotating basis, teams will practice at various times. Practices may begin as early as 3:05 and as late as 7:30, depending upon number of teams.
Game Days: Games are played on Saturdays for grade 6. Grades 7 & 8 games will be primarily M, T, Th for SSYO league play. Teams may enroll in additional tournaments on Saturdays.
Team Composition: 6th graders will play with 6th graders. If enrollment in the 6th grade is large, we will place players on teams. 7 & 8 graders will be mixed and will be placed on skill-level teams after two placement practices in the pre-season.

Captains Practices

Captain's practices begin three weeks before the official start. Off season activities for boys basketball include open gyms during March through October; AAU opportunities in the spring summer and fall; Team practices in June and July; and The Athletic Development program in the spring, summer and fall.


There are tryouts that occur the first week.

Game Locations

Home games are played in our North Campus Gym.


Season: November (3rd week) – Mid-March
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Coaching Staff

Lance Johnson, Varsity Head Coach
Phone: (612) 618-1861

Ryan Johnson, JV Head Coach

Larry Suggs, MS Head Coach

Peter Hamburge, Volunteer Coach

Randy Carter, Volunteer Coach

Erik Klingner, Volunteer Coach

Chandler Sentell, Volunteer Coach

Mike Harrington, MS Coach

Tramon Van Leer, MS Coach

Joe Protzmann, MS Coach

Trophy Case

Team Trophies & Awards

2018 State Champions
2017 State Champions
2013 State Champions
2011 State Participant
2010 State Participant
1996 4th place (Sweet 16 format)

Individual Trophies & Awards

State All Tournament Team
Jalen Suggs, JaVonni Bickham & Terry Lockett

State All Tournament Team
Kaharri Carter, Marcellous Hazzard & Jesse Johnson

Class A Player of the Year
Marc Johnson

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