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Trivia: Only State with No Men’s D1 Hoops, but 1 Famous Ex-Champ

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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

 


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