All-State Stock Watch gets MN off to hot start

Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

It's the first stock watch of the season, and some players and teams are off to very good starts. Let's get to it.

PTP: Anders Broman, Lakeview Christian, Junior

Let's just get this out of the way now — there might be a lot of updates on Broman this season. But the dude is for real. He is averaging 46.8 points a game through four contests. His worst game so far? A measly 39 points in his team's 95-70 win over Floodwood on Tuesday. Broman is on an all-out assault of the state scoring record and at this pace he might break it well before expected.

OTP: Gerald McCarver, Minnehaha, Senior

Minnehaha has jumped out to a 4-1 record so far this winter, and McCarver's been on a scoring spree. He's dropped 27 in three of five contests, then averaged it out nicely with a 36-point night (in win over Providence Academy) and a "slow" 20-point effort against Columbia Heights. It could be a nice little season for the senior guard if he keeps up this scoring pace.

UTR: Jett Leaf, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead, Senior

HL-W-W improved to 4-2 this season after a 72-39 win over Foley on Tuesday, and Leaf was scarcely needed — he scored 22 points in the victory. But last Friday, Leaf was instrumental in his team climbing over .500. He scored 32 points in a 75-67 victory over Litchfield. The senior scorer is averaging 26.0 points per game and is on pace to have a very successful season.