Monti’s Matt Todd puts himself on D1 radar with strong summer of hoops

Matt Todd twists his way around a defender during the 2016 state basketball tournament. Todd is hoping to continue his career at the Division I level next year.  (Monticello Times file photo)
Matt Todd twists his way around a defender during the 2016 state basketball tournament. Todd is hoping to continue his career at the Division I level next year. (Monticello Times file photo)

Monticello’s star hooper Matt Todd has certainly put himself on the map during school ball seasons the last couple of years, exploding for a 55 point outing, and putting together a number of other headline-grabbing stat lines since he started playing varsity several years back.

But, as he prepares to enter his senior season at MHS, he’s spent the spring and summer taking his regional and national profile to a whole different level.

Todd, playing with the Minnesota Comets 17U Elite AAU team, has shined for much of the AAU season, drawing rave reviews and praise from high school basketball analysts both locally and nationally.
After playing with Howard Pulley’s second team last season, Todd said he has really enjoyed playing and starting for the Comets top team this summer.

“It’s been really good,” he said. “I really like the guys on my team.”

The biggest star on the team, both figuratively and literally, is Joe Hedstrom, a 6’10” center from Hopkins. Hedstrom has been drawing high-major attention as the summer has gone on. There are several other talented players on the team, including Brevyn Spann-Ford, a Minnesota Golden Gopher football commit.

But Todd has generated as much attention as nearly anyone.

Evan Flood, an editor at NY2LASports, the hosts of a major summer AAU tournament, tweeted his appreciation for Todd’s game during the mid-July tournament.

“Don’t think anybody has had as good of a week as @MNCometsElite 2018 PG Matt Todd. Once again rising to the occasion down the stretch.”

Another person, a contributor to Prep Hoops Michigan, complimented Todd as having one of the purest strokes out there.

And it isn’t just analysts, but schools that have taken notice as well.

Todd has picked up offers this year to St. Cloud State University and D1 Junior College Northeast CC in Nebraska. He has not yet picked up an offer from a four-year Division I college, but he certainly has several keeping a close eye on him.

According to Ryan James, a writer for Northstar Hoops Report, Purdue, Boise State, USD, UND, Navy, Army, and Denver were all in attendance to watch Hedstrom, Todd and the Comets during a game at the Las Vegas Classic this past weekend. The Comets finished as semifinalists in the Gold Elite Championship Bracket,

Todd told the Monticello Times that the schools he has been in contact with the most lately include San Diego, South Dakota, North Dakota State University, Loyola (MD), Denver, Cornell, and American.

The dazzling point guard said he’s been embracing the process.

“I’m just trying to enjoy it,” said Todd. “It’s been pretty fun.”

Todd is set on playing at the highest level available to him.

“If I can play D1, that’s the dream, that’s the hope,” said Todd.

He’s hopeful that he may still pick up an offer or two in the next couple of weeks. It’s common that as recruits start to choose schools, the schools that aren’t chosen in turn offer other athletes. If Todd is to pick up an offer, he’s heard one of the biggest reasons will be his feel for the game. Coaches have told him they also like the way he can balance the roll of point guard, finding teammates but also being able to create his own shot.

Out of the schools he has been in touch with the most, Todd said he particularly likes San Diego and NDSU.

“San Diego would be really cool,” he said. “It’s a super nice campus.”

NDSU meanwhile offers a strong recent tradition and a big, dedicated fan base.

“Those two schools would be really cool to get an offer from,” he said.

The senior-to-be added that he’d love to resolve the recruitment process this summer, but he’s not set on it.

“If I don’t get an offer and kind of have to go later in the process, if that’s the path I have to take I’ll do it,” said Todd. “But I prefer to commit before the season and kind of have that off my shoulders.”

Contact Clay Sawatzke at clay.sawatzke@ecm-inc.com