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Posted On: 03/1/17 11:56 AM
James Betz (Garner-Hayfield-Ventura)
An absolutely explosive 6’6 forward, Betz started out the season somewhat slow, but has heated up of late. And though his numbers aren’t gaudy like some of the others on this list (12.4 points, 1.9 blocks, 6.5 rebounds), he’s certainly one of the state’s best. Iowa’s 4th-ranked 2019, we consider Betz to be a Division I prospect.
Dylan Hundley (Camanche)
He’s a triple-double threat each night out, and the 6-foot-4 forward was a regular honoree in our weekly “Premier Performers” articles throughout the season. Hundley lead the Indians in rebounding (11.2) and steals (3.4), and comes into the tournament averaging 15.9 points per game.
Dakota Soenksen (Camanche)
A senior leader for the Indians, Soenksen averaged a team-high 18.7 points to go along with 1.7 steals and 5.2 rebounds per game. Look for him to hoist a ton of 3s next week too, only two guys in all of Iowa have shot more this season.
Johnny Supple (Cascade, Western Dubuque)
This rangy junior wing is back at the state tournament for a third straight season, and unlike the last two, it’s his team now. Supple won’t blow you away with inflated stats, and he has plenty of help in the starting lineup, but we expect his experience and leadership to be key for the Cougars.
Matt Dentlinger (Kuemper Catholic)
A no-brainer for this list, this 6-foot-7 small forward is the very definition of versatile. You want scoring? He averaged 19.5 per game. A deep threat? He connected on 27 3s at a 44 percent clip. Defense? He swatted 3.5 blocks per game. The future South Dakota State Jackrabbit also snared a 2A-best 12 boards per game. He’ll be all over the court for the Knights.
Levi Jungling (Pella Christian)
For the third straight yer Levi Jungling will grace us with his presence down at Wells Fargo Arena. And the bouncy guard certainly has a flare for the dramatic. Two seasons ago as a sophomore, he led his team to an 7-seed vs 2-seed upset of Western Christian, Hull. This season we expect his experience and leadership to be a key difference-maker for the Eagles.
Collin Hill (South Hamilton)
He led his to the state tournament three years ago as a freshman; Hill averaged 16.8 and 5.6 rebounds per game that season. But then he broke his leg in the fall before his sophomore season. He came back as a junior and averaged 21.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Now, the 6-foot-4 small forward is signed to play at D2 Truman State, and has his team back at Wells Fargo Arena. It’s tough to not root for this kid.
Ben Gesink (Western Christian)
Death, taxes, and Ben Gesink down at the state tournament. It seemed inevitable that the Wolfpack would make yet another state tournament appearance (their 21st all-time), and now, Gesink — the team’s savvy floor-general — will have been there all four years of his career. Look for him to be a primary play-maker for the Wolfpack.
Other Notable Standouts
Marco Balderas (South Hamilton)
Ryan Myers (Garner-Hayfield-Ventura)
Gannon O’Brien (Cascade, Western Dubuque)
David KacMarynski (Pella Christian)
Blake Fryar (Van Meter)
Jesse Jansma (Western Christian)
Tyson Kooima (Western Christian)