Posted On: 03/20/18 10:00 AM
Hiawatha, Iowa — Last weekend, Prep Hoops headed to Hiawatha, Iowa and got the chance the check out some of the top talent Eastern Iowa has to offer. After several games that culminated in a top-20 showcase, these guys were picked out of a talented group of 60-plus players as the best of the bunch.
If the All-Camp Team was extended one more person, Robertson would have been on it. He was just as dominate as the other six guys on that list. The veteran guard has had two big seasons with Oelwein, and uses great length and good basketball instincts to get the job done. Without a doubt a college prospect, Robertson will be one to watch with the Iowa Mavs 17U this season.
Tristan Sweitzer, 6’2 2018 (New Hampton)
He only played in five games this past season as junior, and he’s continuing to get back into the swing of things while on the showcase circuit. He played alongside dynamic freshman guard Keaton Kutcher, and was able to standout himself with some good size and an ability to take it to the rack and finish through contact. As he gets back into game-shape, Sweitzer will only get better. In his five games with New Hampton this season, he averaged 16 points and 3.5 assists per game.
The future of Dubuque, Hempstead looks to be in good hands, and this sophomore sharpshooter is a reason why. He was scoring in bunches Saturday in Hiawatha, and was featured in the top-20 game as a result. He can handle it a little, too. Kaesbauer will make a fine combo-guard the next two seasons for the Mustangs.
Like Hempstead, Cedar Rapids Xavier has a stable of talented guards and wings that will take the reins next season — McCrary is certainly one of them. Athletic and skilled, McCrary is not a big guy, but has an ability to sky, and finished at or near the rim. He can shoot it and attacks the hoop with regularity. McCrary should be able to work himself into some big minutes as a junior with what will be another very good Xavier team next season.
We like this quick and fiery guard from Marion. And although it doesn’t look like he was able to log any minutes with the state-qualifying varsity this season, next year he could be a key piece. He was bursting by opponents with his speed, and flashing some of the nicest handles at the event.
We remember Davis from last spring’s Future Stars event, he was an eight-grader then. Now, a freshman, it was his big-time bounce was was most eye-catching. He’s not very big, but he’ll out-jump many of his opponents over the next few seasons with the Mustangs. Davis is best while attacking the hoop, and if he can continue to develop his jumper, will emerge as one of the state’s best guards. The future is bright at Hempstead, and for this Iowa Barnstormers freshman guard.