Posted On: 11/9/17 11:58 AM
It’s becoming more and more clear that Iowa’s 2019 class is a special one. At the top are two bonafinde high major talents, with DJ Carton and Patrick McCaffery. And what follows is a slew of additional Division I talent, who will use these next 12 months to determine just how good they can be. Many guys had huge springs and summers, and as a result, there was plenty of shakeup in the latest installment of rankings. Below, we’ll highlight some of the guys who made the biggest jumps.
At 6’5 and with a fluidity to his game, we feel like this Linn-Mar junior is on the verge of a breakout year. It was a good 2017 for Hutcheson, the sharpshooting wing picked up his first offer from Iowa mainstays North Dakota. But we expect many more offers to come in over the next 12 months.
Nobody in Iowa has experienced a more meteoric rise over the past year than this ultra-athletic Valley guard. He’s an explosive and electric high-riser who has the skill-set to boot. South Dakota State offered him this summer after a tournament in Lawrence, KS. And he should have a breakout season with state title hopefuls, Valley.
Another Valley junior who continues to rise in the rankings, Deng is a 6’7 combo-forward just as capable of wrecking the rim as he is stepping out and canning a triple. He’ll have a chance to make a major impact alongside Blake Brinkmeyer this winter before he heads into what will be a very important 17U offseason.
Murray makes a significant leap in the rankings after another strong showing this summer with Team Iowa 16U. With great length and a beautiful stroke, the smooth Cedar Rapids Prairie guard is certainly one of the best shooters in the state. And at 6’3 and with room to grow, he’s nabbed the attention of D1s Central Michigan, Missouri State, Illinois State and others.
A lengthy Davenport Assumption forward, Peeters leaped 52 spots after what was a highly successful 16U season with one of the nation’s best teams, Quad City Elite. After a strong sophomore season with the Knights he made his debut in the last rankings; and after after catching the eye of D1 programs Boise State, Nebraska-Omaha and Northern Iowa, he jumps into the top-25.
Another guy who has continually risen in the post few installments, Gibb posted the ultra-rare 50-50-90 shooting line last season, and he’s got the stroke the back it up. It’s great length and elite precision that makes his such a lethal hooter, and he’s got some decent size (6’2) to boot. We expect a breakout 2018 for the St. Edmond standout.
It’s been an up and down high school career thus far for the Hoover junior. After a productive freshman season with the varsity, he didn’t play as a sophomore because of an ACL injury. He was back this past spring and summer and led a very good Kingdom Hoops Elite squad. We expect a big-time bounce-back season for the 6-foot-1 guard.
He’s been playing up with talented teams throughout his high school career, and whether it was making major contributions to a state-qualifying Cascade squad as a sophomore, or excelling with Tri-State Steam 17U, Hoffman has always been good. We thought No. 80 was too low for a guy who’s been so effective throughout his career among older players.
The Ottumwa floor general has grown a bit and his game has matured, too. He was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs last season; that’s a feat for any sophomore at the 4A level. He showcased some slick ball-handling and a butter jumper at our Top 250 Expo in September, and will play with the Iowa Barnstormers for his 17U season.