Iowa’s Premier Performers (Week 11)

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Posted On: 02/19/18 2:51 PM

Each week, we’ll sift through, Twitter, emails and the like in search of the best performances from around the state. It’s the 40-point games, triple doubles and stat-stuffing performances that are likely to make the list. Below, you’ll find 10 of this week’s eye-opening performances.


Garrett Sturtz (2018)

6’3 PG Newton

56 points (16-27 FGs, 22-23 FTs), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

Sturtz is putting together one of the best individual seasons we’ve seen since starting Prep Hoops Iowa in 2014. He’s averaging 33.8 points per game on 49 percent shooting and is an amazing 222-252 from the free-throw line. He’s been on this list plenty plenty this season, but he pieced together his best masterpiece yet in a win over Winterest last Monday. The 56 points ties an Iowa High school single-game high this season (Tyreke Locure did it, too). The 22-23 from the line is amazing.



Tyrese Nickelson (2019)

6′ PG, Waterloo East

32 points (9-14 FGs), 6 rebounds, 3 blocks

This Eastern Iowa floor general has put together a fine junior season. And for a guy who wasn’t even sure if he’d be playing at the beginning of the year after being stabbed several times and taken to an Iowa City hospital last spring, he sure has been impressive. This 32-point outburst came in a Trojans win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Nickelson also came away with a season-high three blocks in the 13-point win.




Shane Chamberlain (2018)

6’3 SF, Harlan

34 points (12-19 FGs, 7-12 3s), 11 rebounds, 8 offensive rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks

What a line this big and versatile Harlan wing pieced together during a narrow loss at Creston last Tuesday night. The points are great, and the efficiency from deep really showcases his ability to excel on the perimeter. However, it’s the eight offensive rebounds that really stand out here.




Spencer Schorg (2020)

5’11 G, St. Mary’s, Remsen

32 points (12-17FGs, 8-13 3FGs), 4 assists, 2 steals

Just a sophomore, Schorg has been one of the main contributors on one of the best teams in 1A. His Hawks squad is undefeated as they head into the meat of their post-season, and he’s averaged 13.3 points on some fantastic shooting, and leads the team assists to boot. He had his finest game of the season during a 33-point win over West Harrison, Mondamin last Thursday night.




Bryce Carr (2019)

5’9 PG, Danville

32 points (14-20 FGs), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals

It’s been a fantastic junior season for this Danville point guard, and he’s one of those guys (like Hilmer and Sturtz) that have been on this list more than once. There’s no denying a quadruple-nickel — he was doing it all during this loss to Highland, Riverside. The Bears many not have come away with the win, they’re a bit down this season; but Carr has certainly put himself on our radar. He’s dishing out a whopping 7.9 assists per game.




Tom Geelan (2019)

6’2 G, G-T/R-A

33 points (13-16 FGs, 6-7 3FGs) 

Geelan is having himself a very nice junior campaign, and he came away with his best games of the season during a 40-point win over North Union last Thursday night. What’s most impressive is he did it while coming off the bench. It’s plain to see how he was able to notch a season-high 33 points, he only missed three of his 16 shot attempts, and he canned six of his seven 3-point attempts. He was on fire! We remember writing about another Geelan who posted some huge numbers fro G-T-R-A, Andy.




Conner Groves (2019)

6′ G, Sergeant Bluff-Luton

33 points (12-17 FGs, 7-10 3FGs), 4 assists, 5 steals

We got a good look at Groves last March during the state tournament, and although he was a sophomore on a senior-leaden squad, it was clear that he’d be a top prospect in Iowa as a junior and senior. And his junior season has gone well, Groves is averaging 14.8 points per game, plus he’s connected on 56 3s at a 43 percent clip. He also leads the team in steals. His Warriors are currently riding a six-game win streak — that’s what we call peaking at the right time. This 33 point outburst came during a 29-point win over South Sioux City (NE).




Jake Hilmer (2019)

5’10 PG, North Linn

28 points (9-13 FGs), 10 assists, 11 steals

Hilmer continues his dominance of 1A basketball, and he got himself yet another triple-double during an 80-point win over Springville last Thursday night. It was 61-8 at halftime. According to our Tony Roe, Hilmer is now 11 assists shy of breaking the all-time assists record in Iowa. And it’s very important to note, that Hilmer is just a junior. Wow.




Bryce Phelps (2021)

6’1 G, Denver

13 points, 5 rebounds, 9 steals

This is the Denver freshman’s first appearance on this list, and if he keeps playing defense like this, he might land in the ‘Premier Performers’ series plenty before his career is done. The 13 points and five rebounds were fine, especially for a freshman playing up with the varsity. But, it’s the nine steals that really stand out here, that’s more than anyone else in the state last week.




Devon Fuson (2019)

6′ F, Madrid

18 points (7-11 FGs), 18 rebounds, 10 offensive rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals

Look at this monster performance from the Madrid junior. Not only is it a quadruple-nickel, but he grabbed double-digit offensive rebounds — that rarely happens. And he’s only 6-feet tall, yeesh. Fuson has been enjoying a nice junior season, and is averaging a double-double with 12.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.