Posted On: 11/19/16 1:00 PM
Ames got out to a hot start, in particular senior shooting guard Eric Steyer, and it led No.2 Hoover 9-3 early. But then the Huskies — behind some Devonte Thedford scoring — would reel off 10 straight points and never look back. Hoover has a long way to go, but this squad is certainly very promising. The Little Cyclones should be considered front-runners in the CIC Northern.
MVP: Hoover 2018 Devonte Thedford
The 6-foot-2 guard has been playing varsity in limited roles since he was a freshman, well it appears he’s ready to burst out of his seams this season. He and Doug Wilson will be a dynamic duo for the Huskies.
Leading Scorers — Hoover: Devonte Thedford 9, Jasion Shade 8; Ames: Eric Steyer 6, Brady Zalasky 6.
Yes, it’s the Jamboree and not the the 4A state tournament, but this one can still be considered a bit of a shock. Des Moines East got out to an early lead and never trailed in this one. The Scarlets’ speed and athleticism were tough for the Jags to contain. Even without last season’s leading scorer Fred Bickham (injured), the Scarlets look like a team that could win some games this winter. Junior guard Daires Adems broke a 19-19 tie with 15 ticks to play with a runner in the lane, that would ultimately be the game winner. Juniors Chance Gibbons and Carter Bachman were fantastic for Centennial.
MVP: East 2017 Cameron Cramer
We saw this 5-foot-10 point guard in the gym a ton this summer working on his game with the Iowa Cornsharks, and it showed here today. He was confident while slashing, and both scoring and dishing adeptly.
Leading Scorers — East: Cameron Cramer 5, Camet Soe 4; Centennial: Chance Gibbons 8, Carter Bachman 8.
The question coming into the season: how will Valley replace all-state point guard Turner Scott? The answer: with a stable of very solid guards. Senior Reese Skinner is one of those several guards, and he scored 10 points in the Tiger rout – that’s a Jamboree-high up to this point. Charley Crowley made plenty of big plays, and though Blake Brinkmeyer was used seldom in this one, he will without a doubt throw down some monster jams this season. Junior Carter Frey added a couple triples, and fellow guards Luke Sueppel and Nate Dennis proved to be solid options in the backcourt for Valley. Roosevelt is a a team that should improve under coach Charles Zanders as the season wears on. Junior transfer Cade Moritz (from Norwalk) will be eligible after January 13th, and he’ll be a hugely impactful player. In the meantime, look for senior small forward Mhiyu Thomas to lead the way for the ‘Riders.
MVP: Valley 2017 Reese Skinner
We’ve been a fan of his game for sometime now, and it looks as though Skinner will finally get his chance to have a major impact with the Tigers this season. He does a little bit of everything, and can score from penetrating or the deep ball.
Leading Scorers — Valley: Reese Skinner 10, Carter Frey 8, Charley Crowley 4; Roosevelt: Mhiyu Thomas 4, Jamie Spinks 3.
Waukee’s starting unit was utterly impressive in this one, even without D1 prospect Nathan Johnson, who was sitting out with a minor injury. Drew Johnson was the catalyst, scoring the Warriors’ first five points, and Jacob Rau made it clear he’ll be one of the best true bigs in the state this season. Sophomores Noah Hart and Dylan Jones were both absolutely fantastic, each will make a major impact with Waukee this season. The Warriors looked every bit of the state title contender that we thought they were. Urbandale was led by Trevor Miller who caught fire en route to a Jamboree-high 14 points. He and junior point guard Eric Milewsky will make a formidable duo for the J-Hawks this winter. Look for Urbandale to improve upon its 7-16 record from last winter.
MVP: Waukee 2019 Dylan Jones
He threw down two fluid and effortless slams, the only two of the day up to this point. And he was impactful on defense, using his length and size to swat shots. He’s going to rocket up the 2019 new rankings.
Leading Scorers — Waukee: Drew Johnson 8, Noah Hart 8, Dylan Jones 6; Urbandale: Trevor Miller 14, AJ Costello 6, Eric Milewsky 5
Johnston is putting an impressive product on the floor this season, with lots of size, and plenty of shooting. Dawson Jones led the way for the Dragons in this one, he scored a game-high 11, and the Dragons’ 47 points was the highest total of any team thus far at the event. Camden Vander Zwaag was impressive, he may lead the CIML in 3s made and 3-point percentage. A nice surprise for the Dragons was senior guard Jaden Kephart — he shot the ball very well en route to 10 points. Ankeny will have a new-look, but will again be led by standout guard Drew Maschoff — he’s simply one of the state’s best talents. Dillon Carlson — new coach Brandt Carlson’s son — is a nice addition, he’ll hit plenty of shots for the Hawks this season.
MVP: Johnston 2017 Dawson Jones
A big and versatile wing, Jones will score most of his buckets down low because of his sheer size. But he’ll step out and knock in a 3-ball if you don’t guard him. He’s committed to D2 Central Missouri.
Leading Scorers — Johnston: Dawson Jones 11, Jaden Kephart 10, Camden Vander Zwaag 7; Ankeny: Drew Maschoff 9, Dillon Carlson 5.