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Posted On: 02/25/18 5:20 PM
Matthew Mims (2018)
5’11 PG, Cedar Rapids Xavier
Without a doubt one of the state’s best point guards, this South Dakota State commit has been torching opponents his whole career. In two post-season wins last week, he averaged 16 points on 55 percent shooting, and was 6-11 from deep. He was doing it all, though, and averaged 5.5 rebounds, six assists and four steals for good measure. The quest for three straight state titles is on.
Issa Samake (2019)
6’7 F, Grand View Christian
The newcomer to Grand View Christian has become a sensation for the Thunder, and with two Division I offers to his name — Iowa State and Tulsa — it’s no wonder he been particularly dominant at the 1A level of late. GVC will play in their second straight state tourney next week, and it was Samake’s dominance in district final and Substate that helped them there. He averaged 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in the two wins.
Trenton Massner (2018)
6’2 G, Wapello
Massner has enjoyed a monster season for the Indians, and we’re excited to get a look at the athletic senior at the state tournament next week. In his team’s two state tourney-clinching wins last week, he averaged 26.5 points, seven rebounds and 5.5 assists. He was getting it done on defense, too, going for two steals and two blocks per game in the two Ws.
Jarad Kruse (2018)
6’4 SF, Oskaloosa
Oskaloosa has enjoyed a fun season, and although D1 prospects Xavier Foster and Cole Henry catch most of the headlines, it’s senior wing Jarad Kruse which has perhaps been most instrumental to the team’s success. Last week, in two more Indians wins, Kruse was fantastic, going for 21 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Amazingly, he was 80 percent from the floor, making 20 of his 25 shot attempts. How’s that for efficient.
Jackson Molstead (2018)
5’10 PG, Charles City
Molstead has his team playing in a 3A Substate final on Monday night (vs Waverly-Shell Rock), and it’s been his do-it-all approach to the game that’s helped his team advance this deep. The Martin Brothers product has averaged 24 points on 55 percent shooting, four rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals in two Comets wins last week.
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