Posted On: 02/15/17 9:00 AM
After transferring into Ankeny from MOC-Floyd Valley, Dillon Carlson has had very little trouble getting acclimated to the CIML.
Carlson’s dad got the head coaching job at Ankeny, and Dillon — just a sophomore — has been starting for the Hawks all season.
He explained what it is he brings to the squad.
“I view myself as one of the best shooters in the CIML right now, and that’s mainly what I bring to the team is my shooting capability,” said Carlson, who is a slick ball-handler in addition to being a sharpshooter.
“I’ve always been working on my ball-handling and I do like playing point guard, and that’s definitely something I’m working on.”
After averaging 6.8 points per game last season as a freshman with MOC-Floyd Valley, Carlson — despite moving up to 4A — has improved his scoring, and is averaging 10.8 points per game with the Hawks.
“I think the biggest change is just the speed of the game, and also the physicality; 3A, it was good, but it’s just a another whole level here,” said Carlson.”And last year I had Levi Jansen on my team and Christian Korver, and that really helped prepare me for this season.”
As soon as his sophomore season ends, Carlson will start preparing for an important 16U season. He’ll play with Martin Brothers again.
Though he’s just a sophomore, Carlson mentioned that Northwestern (IA) and Central have shown some interest in him. He’s looking to add to that this summer.
“We (Martin Brothers) should be going to some pretty good tournaments, and I try not to focus on recruitment too much. It’s more just about winning games. All the big recruiters are going to be at the bigger games, so if we can win and advance that will be good for us,” said Carlson.
“Skill development-wise, I’m just going to work on my shooting, ball-handling and just getting in the weightroom and becoming a bigger stronger athlete – that’ll be my main focus this offseason.”