One of the most famous politicians won a basketball title in the only state with no Division 1 team. Before you click on the story, see if you can name the state, the player, and the five other states with only one team.
You can click here for a couple of pictures of #22 Sarah Palin helping deliver the Alaska high school title for the Wasilla Warriors. Alaska remains the only state without a Division 1 team, but because the Hoops Database of the People believes the Founding Fathers wanted every state to be represented, we have added the players from Alaska-Anchorage to the 351 Division 1 teams in the database for the people.
Did you guess the other five states with only one Division 1 basketball team?
The toughest state to guess is Minnesota. Minnesota State and Minnesota Duluth both battled the University of Minnesota to give the state three top-10 teams—but in hockey. The Gophers of the Big Ten are led by guard Nate Mason, the best player from a 1-team state at www.valueaddbasketball.com and in the Hoops Database of the People.
The other one-team states are states that also only boast one or two members are Hawaii, Maine, Vermont and Wyoming. Of these five one-team states, Vermont appears to have the team that is loaded with four of the top six players on the list.
Alaska-Anchorage does play three Division 1 teams each November in the Great Alaskan Shootout, and the last player on the list, Brian McGill, is back after putting together a big game in an upset of Rice last year.
The following are the top 25 players currently playing in one of the six states based on their Value Add ranking.
|Rnk||Player||Only D1 Team in State||Ht||Yr||Value|
|1||Mason, Nate 2||Minnesota||6’1||2 So||6.53|
|2||Wills, Dre 24||Vermont||6’1||3 Jr||6.27|
|3||O’Day, Ethan 32||Vermont||6’9||4 Sr||4.11|
|4||Bobbitt, Roderick 5||Hawaii||6’3||4 Sr||3.92|
|5||Ward, Cam 14||Vermont||6’2||2 So||3.82|
|6||McRoberts, Zach 1||Vermont||6’6||2 So||3.80|
|7||Adams, Josh 14||Wyoming||6’2||4 Sr||3.71|
|8||Valdes, Aaron 23||Hawaii||6’5||3 Jr||3.69|
|9||Morris, Carlos 11||Minnesota||6’5||4 Sr||3.52|
|10||Fleming, Isaac 0||Hawaii||6’3||2 So||3.45|
|11||Bell-Haynes, Trae 2||Vermont||6’2||2 So||2.79|
|12||Smith, Quincy 11||Hawaii||6’1||4 Sr||2.57|
|13||Thomas, Mike 25||Hawaii||6’7||3 Jr||2.55|
|14||Jankovic, Stefan 33||Hawaii||6’11||3 Jr||2.54|
|15||Steidel, Kurt 34||Vermont||6’6||3 Jr||2.44|
|16||Webster-Chan, Negus 14||Hawaii||6’7||3 Jr||2.23|
|17||King, Joey 24||Minnesota||6’9||4 Sr||2.22|
|18||Marshall, Morris||Wyoming||6’2||3 Jr||2.20|
|19||Dorsey, Kevin||Minnesota||5’11||1 Fr||2.13|
|20||Murphy, Jordan||Minnesota||6’7||1 Fr||1.94|
|21||Hatton, Brandon 0||Vermont||6’3||2 So||1.92|
|22||McBrayer, Dupree||Minnesota||6’4||1 Fr||1.76|
|23||Lieberman, Jeremy 0||Wyoming||6’1||2 So||1.43|
|24||Lawton, Shaun 10||Maine||6’5||4 Sr||1.16|
|25||McGill, Brian 3||Alaska Anchorage (D2)||6’2||4 Sr||1.15|