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Posted On: 03/22/18 9:11 PM
Player of the Year: Matt Mims, Cedar Rapids Xavier (2018)
Stats: 21.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.6 steals, 41.2 3P% (75 3PM)
A tightly contested 3A Player of the Year race goes to Mims, who led the Saints to the No. 1 seed in the state tournament while putting together the best season of his high school career. After shooting just 33.3% from behind the arc last season, he worked on his jumper and really improved his all-around offensive game, bumping that number up to 41.2% and ranking second in the class in made 3s. He contributed across the board and though his team fell short at the state tournament, he was the primary reason they were in that position in the first place. The future South Dakota State Jackrabbit ended his career with a pair of state titles and a third place finish. Pretty good career.
Brady Sartorius, Mount Pleasant (2018)
Stats: 23.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.8 steals, 51.4 FG%, 39.1 3P%, 87.7 FT%
The career leader in a number of categories at Mount Pleasant, Sartorius’ high school career ended on a sour note, as the Panthers were upset in the state tournament by Waverly-Shell Rock. Nonetheless, he put together a fantastic senior season to cap off one of the most prolific careers we’ve seen in recent memory at the 3A level. His efficiency is off the charts, and he’ll head off to play JuCo ball at Kirkwood before figuring out the next step in his basketball journey.
Luke Vaske, Norwalk (2018)
Stats: 19.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 56.3 FG%, 45.8 3P%, 85.5 FT%
Largely known as a scorer for the first three years of his high school career, Vaske added some top-notch passing to his arsenal this year, helping pace the highest scoring offense in 3A. He dished out 211 assists on the year, 38 more than any other player in 3A, and his efficiency was elite all season.
Elijah Hazekamp, Bishop Heelan (2018)
Stats: 21.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 51.2 FG%, 45.1 3P%, 83.8 FT%
The Crusaders fell short of the state tournament again, but Hazekamp put together one of the best statistical seasons we’ve seen at the 3A level, posting a massive double-double average while showcasing some outstanding efficiency and ability to score from all three levels with his 51-45-84 shooting splits. A relentless worker on the glass, Hazekamp led 3A in made free throws, with his constant activity around the rim paying off in a big way. He’ll head up to the University of North Dakota to play at the next level.
Zach Lester, Clear Lake (2018)
Stats: 30.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 4.2 steals, 55.3 FG%, 80.2 FT%
A high volume scorer, Lester led 3A in scoring by a mile, and while he led the class in field goal attempts by a significant amount, he was really efficient with his shots, shooting better than 55% from the floor. And his production wasn’t solely limited to scoring the ball, as he averaged a stat line of 30-5-5-4 on the year.
Jarad Kruse, Oskaloosa (2018)
Stats: 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 61.2 FG%
Often overshadowed by his pair of future Division I teammates, Kruse actually led the 3A runner-ups in scoring and was second in rebounding and steals for the Indians. A remarkably efficient forward with great footwork, he capped his career by helping lead Oskaloosa to their first state tournament since 1996.
Nate Mohr, Glenwood (2018)
Stats: 14.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.7 steals, 89.6 FT%
The ultimate weapon at the end of the games due to his free throw shooting prowess, Mohr was second on the team in scoring and led the team in assists by 80, while posting a better than 4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season. A 6-3 point guard, his length created plenty of issues on the defensive end. The future Wayne State Wildcat is a major difference maker on both ends of the floor.
Andrew Blum, Glenwood (2018)
Stats: 13.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 50.4 FG%, 39.7 3P%, 80.0 FT%
Blum will play college football at Northwest Missouri State, but ended his high school basketball career with a bang, being named captain of the 3A All-Tournament team and leading the Rams to their first ever state title. A versatile forward who can score inside and out, his physicality in the paint is a major difference maker.
Derek Krogmann, West Delaware (2019)
Stats: 20.7 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 58.7 FG%
Most years, these types of numbers would make Krogmann a first team lock, but this was an exceptional year of talent in Class 3A, so the 6-6 power forward finds himself on the second team. Despite facing constant double and triple teams, Krogmann posted a big-time double-double average, while shooting nearly 59% from the floor. The lefty is nearly impossible to stop on the block, and armed with a seven-foot wingspan, he’s a high-level player on both ends of the floor.
Cole Henry, Oskaloosa (2019)
Stats: 15.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 59.2 FG%
There’s quite a bit of state championship flair to the second team, with Henry being the fourth player who played in the state title game to make the second group of five. A future Division I forward, Henry, a 6-9 point-forward, led the Indians in assists, was second in scoring and third in rebounding. His playmaking abilities at 6-9 are eye-popping, and his versatility make him a really intriguing mid-major prospect.
Jackson Molstead, Charles City (2019)
Stats: 19.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 7.3 assists
Bowen Born, Norwalk (2020)
Stats: 18.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 steals, 50.7 FG%, 42.0 3P%, 82.1 FT%
Owen Coburn, Spirit Lake (2019)
Stats: 20.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 65.3 FG%, 80.4 FT%
Xavier Foster, Oskaloosa (2020)
Stats: 12.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 3.6 blocks, 58.2 FG%
Scott Leonard, Atlantic (2018)
Stats: 16.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 68.1 FG%
Cooper Ross, Carroll (2018)
Steve Borneman, Dallas Center-Grimes (2018)
Conner Groves, Sergeant Bluff-Luton (2019)
Spencer Touro, Benton Community (2018)
Jackson Joens, Cedar Rapids Xavier (2018)
Honorable mentions: Chase Zielke, Marion (2018); Luke Velky, Waverly-Shell Rock (2019); Gabe Shields, South Tama (2018); Shane Chamberlain, Harlan (2018); Collin Lister, Carlisle (2019); Christian Stanislav, Glenwood (2019); Karson Sharar, Iowa Falls-Alden (2021); AJ Coons, Solon (2020); Easton Darling, Winterset (2020); Darius Moore, Clear Creek-Amana (2018); Tommy Donovan, Carlisle (2018); Kylan Smallwood, Creston (2019)