So what's up with JM's Chan?

BOESE: Hey Ruff, what's going on at John Marshall right now? The high-powered boys basketball team was slow out of the gates in Saturday's opener against Century, and injuries have depleted the depth of a team with state title aspirations.

Perhaps more importantly, 6-foot-7 junior Dedoch Chan watched the opener in street clothes in what could prove to be an awkward dance that's sure to have the Rockets fuming.

Chan is a Division I prospect who led the Big Nine in scoring last year while piling up 22 points and eight boards a game. He enrolled at JM this fall after reportedly moving from Albert Lea to Rochester. The district won't say boo about what's going on due to data privacy laws, but I'm hearing rumblings that there's an internal investigation into Chan's eligibility after a Big Nine athletic director raised concerns about whether his transfer complies with MSHSL rules.

Classes started three months ago and we still don't know if he's eligible? My head hurts.

RUFF: I don't know why Chan isn't ineligible or why it's taken this long. Nobody will go on record with me, either. My hunch is they're making sure every "t" is crossed and every "i" is dotted, then making sure one more time on this thing before letting Chan play. Schools have been burned before for having players who they "thought" were eligible to play. Next thing you know, you're sitting with a bunch of forfeited games and a black eye. It's tricky, and I think the Rochester school district doesn't want to get tricked and embarrassed on this one.


Even without Chan these Rockets are a very good team. Yeah, they were less than perfect in beating Century on Saturday. But openers are a tough deal. And give Century credit, they came to play.

BOESE: I just hope this mess gets sorted out soon. If it's not a legal transfer, make his suspension official. If everything is legit, let him play. The weird limbo is just awkward.

But let's turn our attention to those who are actually playing. We've got a number of local teams playing in the Breakdown Tournament at Hopkins on Saturday, where up to 56 Division I female hoopers will be in action. That includes JM senior Jamie Ruden, who is ESPN's No. 39 prospect in the country and one of 50 on the Naismith National Player of the Year Watchlist.

Take a look at this slate of games that involve local teams: No. 12 JM vs. No. 7 White Bear Lake; No. 10 Mayo vs. No. 2 Minnetonka; No. 2 Winona vs. No. 17 Chisago Lakes; No. 6 Marshall vs. No. 7 Kasson-Mantorville; No. 6 Goodhue vs. No. 1 Mountain Iron-Buhl; and No. 1 Dover-Eyota vs. No. 3 Sauk Centre in a rematch of last year's state title game.

I'll be posted up all weekend with a big ol' bag of popcorn.

RUFF:The boys field isn't too shabby, either, though there is no local flavor. You've got No. 1 Apple Valley and No. 2 Hopkins (both Class AAAA), as well as No. 1 (Class AAA) DeLaSalle. Apple Valley boasts Gary Trent Jr. who is one of the hottest prospects in the nation (No. 14 for the 2017 graduating class) and began his season with a 46-point game. Also on the loaded Eagles roster is point guard Tre Jones (No. 21 for 2018 class). At Hopkins is incoming Gophers recruit Amir Coffey, a top-35 prospect nationally.

DeLaSalle's top player is Goanar Mar, a senior forward who's committed to Marquette. He's ranked 103rd in his 2016 class. So you've got plenty to watch, Boese.

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