Even the most faithful fans in the Minnesota basketball community might not be aware of the top-ranked college men's basketball program in their backyard.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College appeared at No. 1 in the NJCAA Division III national rankings in the most recent poll released Wednesday. The 22-3 Golden Rams received five first-place votes to move up one spot to No. 1.
The school, in Coon Rapids, competes in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference comprised other junior colleges throughout Minnesota and neighboring states.
The team is built of nine Minnesota high school products, three players from Iowa, and one from Florida. The regular starting lineup includes Mamadou Ngom, a sophomore guard from Hopkins; Edvonte Copeland, a sophomore guard from Minnesota Transitions, and Kevin Schramm, a freshman forward from Irondale.