Caledonia teammates on Mr. Basketball finalist Eli King: ‘He’s not like a lot of guys’

In Minnesota prep basketball, we’ve got one area team left standing in Caledonia, who have now won three straight section titles.

Three must be a magic number for Caledonia, because to punch this latest State ticket, they needed three overtimes to beat P-E-M in the section championship.

It was the kind of game where the Warriors were constantly playing catch-up, and the young man leading that constant comeback effort was Eli King. King wound up with 30 points and some absolutely crucial baskets, including several in the final thirty seconds of regulation to force overtime.

King’s averaging over 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and four steals per game, and those numbers have him officially as one of five statewide finalists for Mr. Basketball.
As far as his fellow senior teammates are concerned, the award should be his.

“He calms everyone down and if we need a bucket we know we can count on him,” said Thane Meiners. ” He’s not like a lot of guys. He’s very unselfish so he helps us out a lot by getting us open.”

“Anything you want him to do he’ll do it,” said Jackson Koepke. “I mean he’s athletic, can shoot, dribble, and he’s not selfish at all, so he can pass it.”

“He can facilitate very [well], he can get a basket whenever he wants and it’s fun to have a lot of trust in him know he can get a bucket when we need one,” said Ja’Shon Simpson.

The Warriors are the two seed in Class 2A and will face Perham at 6 pm in the Target Center Tuesday.