Sacred Hoops Summer Jam: Brian LaRoche Jr., Scotty Wagner and Spencer Fernholz worth watching

Brian LaRoche Jr. (Lower Brule), Scotty Wagner (Ellendale N.D.) and Spencer Fernholz part of Allan Bertram’s Aberdeen Region 15-U squad.

By Rich Winter

One day away from the start of the Sacred Hoops Summer Jam Basketball Tournament that starts Friday at 6:00 p.m. at the Elmen Center on the campus of Augustana University in Sioux Falls. Going to be a heck of a tournament with a ton of college scouts in attendance and some RUGGED AAU teams and players from South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.

Pretty fired up to take this one in and see some of the talent that is coursing through the veins of a number of Sacred Hoops Teams, coaches and players that will be squaring off against the Best-of-the-Best.

Sacred Hoops 15-U squad (Aberdeen Region) coached by Allan Bertram


One of the teams I’ll be following closely is Allan Bertram’s Aberdeen Region, 15-U team.

For several reasons.

1. With all of the stuff Sacred Hoops Co-Director Bertram does, coaching is a favorite. Expecting this squad to get after it and compete…

2. This squad looks LOADED!

Check out the roster on this 15-U team…

Position: 6-foot G - AJ Hase School: Aberdeen Central

Position: 5'8" Guard Brian LaRoche Jr. School: Lower Brule

Position: 5'10 Guard Chase LeBrun School: Flandreau

Position: 5'10 Guard Harrison Reede School: Roncalli

Position: 6'4 Forward Noah Behrends School: Aberdeen Central

Position: 6'6 Center Scotty Wagner School: Ellendale ND

Position: 6'4 Center Sellyck McManusS chool: Chamberlain

Position: 6'3 Guard Spencer FernholzSchool: Miller

Position: 5'10 Guard Stratton Eppard School: Chester

While most of these guys are sophomores, waiting in the wings for varsity minutes, a couple of these fellas, Brian LaRoche Jr. (Lower Brule) and Spencer Fernhoz (Miller) are elite prospects for the Class of 2023.


Stratton Eppard (Chester), Chase LeBrun (Flandreau) and Harrison Reede (Aberdeen Roncalli) have basketball genetics flowing through their veins (Likely some toughness developed after playing with superb older brothers.

Scotty Wagner will be one to watch:

One of the cool things about having a Sacred Hoops HUB in Aberdeen is seeing an influx of North Dakota players crossing the border to get better. Scotty Wagner is THEE post presence on this squad. At 6-foot-6, Wagner should be one of the more imposing figures in the 15-U bracket.