Posted On: 01/23/18 10:47 AM
Taking a look at the top 20 three-point shooters across the state (min. 50 attempts, stats current as of 1:45 pm, 1/22).
1. Matthew Brase (Marion, 2019) – 29/52 (55.8%)
The Indians would be shooting 29.7% from behind the arc if Brase’s numbers weren’t included. Instead, they’re at a respectable 35.5%. That should tell you everything you need to know about how important his shooting as been to this team.
2. Tyler Johnson (Sheldon, 2018) – 42/76 (55.3%)
The Orabs have three double figure scorers, and Johnson is not one of them. But he knows his role in their attack, and does it at an exceptional level. His ability to stretch the floor allows for some extra room for star bigs Kyle Boerhave and Ryan Van Marel in the paint.
3. Parker Rochford (Edgewood-Colesburg, 2021) – 33/61 (54.1%)
The only freshman to crack the top 20, Rochford is part of an Edgewood-Colesburg team that has enjoyed their transition to the Tri-Rivers Conference, going 14-2 so far. He pairs with older brother Preston (33/88, 43.2%) to give the Vikings a potent duo on the perimeter.
4. Peyton Pope (West Marshall, 2020) – 57/107 (53.3%)
The second most high volume shooter on this list, the 5-11 sophomore also leads the Trojans in scoring at 22.4 points a game.
5. Isaac Vietor (Sioux Center, 2018) – 27/51 (52.9%)
Like Tyler Johnson at Siouxland Conference rival Sheldon, Vietor is on a team with plenty of other options, and he’s the sharpshooter who helps space the floor. He’s a pure shooter who moves well without the ball and has a quick release, making him a potent threat alongside big scorers like Tyus Arends and Cade Bleeker.
6. Spencer Touro (Benton Community, 2018) – 47/92 (51.1%)
Touro is one of the most relied upon players on this list in terms of needing to not only get shots for himself, but help others get involved as well. He’s a big-time scorer who uses his shot to open up opportunities to take the ball to the rim, where his strong upper body allows him to finish through contact. He takes and makes tough shots routinely.
7. Logan Belzer (Wapello, 2018) – 28/55 (50.9%)
The Indians are the only team with two players on this list, so Belzer makes up half of the state’s most lethal 3-point shooting duo. He’s the beneficiary of many of point guard Trenton Massner’s assists, and Massner’s constant dribble penetration allow for plenty of great looks for Belzer, who’s knocking them down at a better than 50% clip.
8. Aidan Vanderloo (Sioux City East, 2019) – 31/61 (50.8%)
Not only a deadly shooter from the arc, Vanderloo leads 4A’s No. 2 team in assists and steals. He’s relied upon to be the Black Raiders primary ball handler and perimeter scorer, a role he’s been shining in for a few years now.
9. Caleb Harmsen (Western Christian, 2018) – 37/75 (49.3%)
A role player on last year’s title winning team when he shot 34.5% from the arc, Harmsen has blossomed into an all-around standout for the Wolfpack this season, ranking second on the team in scoring at 15.9 points a game, and as their best shooter.
10. Buomkuoth Lol (Carroll, 2019) – 25/51 (49.0%)
Lol has flourished in his first year in the Hawkeye State, averaging 9.9 points a game for the Tigers and emerging as a real perimeter threat. He moved to Carroll from Lincoln, NE, and has given Carroll a quality third scoring option behind Cooper Ross and Colby Vincent.
11. Trenton Massner (Wapello, 2018) – 38/78 (48.7%)
A freak athlete who routinely explodes for huge dunks in transition, Massner leads the Indians in scoring, assists and steals, while ranking second in rebounding and blocks. He’s the second half of the most deadly 3-point shooting duo in the state.
12. Justin Sparks (Glidden-Ralston, 2018) – 26/54 (48.1%)
Sparks leads the Wildcats in scoring, rebounding and blocks and is shooting a remarkably efficient 58.3% from the floor overall.
13. Spencer Tucker (Oskaloosa, 2018) – 36/75 (48.0%)
The flashy point guard is one of four players averaging in double figures for 3A’s top team. His ability to shoot off the dribble, and with very little space, is something very few players in the state can match. He paces an Indians team that is shooting a collective 43.8% from the arc.
14. AJ Green (Cedar Falls, 2018) – 61/128 (47.7%)
Other than maybe Joe Wieskamp, nobody in the state takes and makes more difficult shots routinely than AJ Green. The future Northern Iowa Panthers star is averaging 26.5 points a game, and it doesn’t matter how well you defend him, he’s going to knock down shots. If you ever get a chance, take a look at the Tigers’ game against Dubuque Senior. Green went for 31 points on 12-18 shooting (710 3P), and every shot was really, really well defended. He’s just supremely talented.
15. Boston Grimes (Johnston, 2018) – 29/61 (47.5%)
The Dragons have been one of the pleasant surprises in Class 4A this season, rising as high as No. 2 in our poll. Grimes, the leading scorer, is a big reason why. He’s a talented shooter who pairs with Camden Vander Zwaag and Bo Sandquist to give Johnston a trio of deadly marksmen.
16. Brett Givens (Lisbon, 2018) – 48/101 (47.5%)
Givens leads the Lions in scoring, assists and steals, and is one of the highest volume shooters on this list. He’s putting up great efficiency numbers for a Lisbon team that is 12-4.
17. Zack Bieri (Louisa-Muscatine, 2018) – 28/59 (47.5%)
The 6-3 wing does more of his damage around the rim, but has proven to be a capable shooter as well, knocking down nearly 50% of his attempts from the arc. His all-around game could make the the Falcons a dangerous team in the postseason.
18. Jackson Joens (Cedar Rapids Xavier, 2018) – 34/72 (47.2%)
Few players on this list have more of a sharpshooter reputation than Joens. The 6-6 wing is headed to Upper Iowa, where he’ll showcase his picturesque form. He’s knocked down huge shots on the biggest stage, helping lead the Saints to a pair of 3A titles, and he’s a big reason why they’re one of the top contenders to take home another crown.
19. Daniel Wright (Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 2020) – 25/53 (47.2%)
A 6-6 guard who leads the Warriors in assists and is second in rebounding, Wright has been a big-time player in his first (real) varsity season. Watch out for him over the next two seasons.
T20. Ry Threlkeld-Weigand (Iowa City High, 2019) – 24/51 (47.1%)
The Little Hawks are just 3-9, but the 6-4 junior wing has been solid across the board. A physical lefty wing, he’s got a great stroke with a quick release and is part of a rising program that will return their top five players next season.
T20. Trey Hutcheson (Linn-Mar, 2019) – 24/51 (47.1%)
Despite being the focus of every opposing game plan, the 6-6 junior has put up solid numbers for the Lions, averaging 16.7 points and leading the team in rebounding and blocks. He’s a great shooter with remarkable touch, and should explode this summer with the Iowa Barnstormers.