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Posted On: 03/26/18 7:49 PM
Player of the Year: Joe Wieskamp, Muscatine (2018)
Stats: 33.5 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, 55.5 FG%, 207-245 FT (84.5%)
A long list of accomplishments received a final bullet point to it a few weeks ago when Wieskamp was named Mr. Basketball following a stellar career that saw him finish sixth all-time in scoring, regardless of class. He was exceptional this year, averaging 33.5 points and 13+ rebounds with eye-popping efficiency numbers, despite facing constant double and triple teams throughout the season. He led the Muskies to the state tournament for the first time since 2002, and went toe-to-toe with a supremely talented Iowa City West team. He’ll head about 35 minutes northwest to play his college ball at the University of Iowa, where he’ll be expected to contribute immediately.
AJ Green, Cedar Falls (2018)
Stats: 25.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals, 49.6 FG%, 48.8 3P% (119 3PM), 93.7 FT%
The future Northern Iowa star led the Tigers to their first ever state title, and put up ridiculous numbers in the process. His 119 made 3s led the state by 19, and led Class 4A by 51, and he did so while connecting on just under 49% of them. And these aren’t easy shots he makes at a high rate either, they’re highly difficult, contested shots that he makes look simple. He’s the best shooter I’ve ever seen at the high school level.
Garrett Sturtz, Newton (2018)
Stats: 34.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, 227-259 FT (87.6%)
The state’s leading scorer has all sorts of fun stats you can throw out there to back up his spot among the elites in the state. He attempted as many or more free throws than 51 teams around the state did this season. He averaged 39.2 points a game in the Cardinals’ last 10 games of the season. He had seven games of 40+ points and another nine in which he scored int he 30s. He tied with Tyreke Locure for the single-game high with 56 points in their win over Winterset, and his 54 points against Indianola was tied with Joe Wieskamp for the second highest total in a game this season. He’s not going to blow anyone away with his athleticism, and he doesn’t rely on his jumper too much considering the level of shooter he is, but he’s one of the most natural, pure scorers the state has seen in years. He’ll head to Des Moines to play at Drake.
Tyreke Locure, Des Moines North (2019)
Stats: 28.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 3.9 steals, 47.4 FG%
The electrifying point guard led 4A’s highest scoring offense, as the Polar Bears used their up-tempo, free flowing attack to average 79 points a game. He scored 56 points in their win over St. Joseph Lafayette (MO), and the dynamo created plenty of issues on both ends of the floor by finishing second in 4A in assists, leading the class in steals and ranked third in scoring.
Patrick McCaffery, Iowa City West (2019)
Stats: 19.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.1 blocks, 52.3 FG%
The Iowa commit led 4A’s runner-up in scoring and was routinely great, particularly in second halves, for the Trojans. A long, athletic wing who can score inside and out, the nationally ranked prospect uses his length to impact the game on both ends of the floor.
DJ Carton, Bettendorf (2019)
Stats: 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 49.2 FG%
No player in the state had a bigger summer last year than Carton did, exploding onto the national scene and racking up a dozen or so major offers. He followed it up with a huge junior year, showcasing his scoring and facilitating abilities for a Bulldogs team that only returned him from the previous year’s state tournament team.
Corvon Seales, North Scott (2018)
Stats: 15.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 48.1 FG%
One of the best two-way players in the state, the future Minnesota State Maverick was fantastic on both ends of the floor for a Lancers team that made the state tournament and was ranked in the top 10 for a majority of the season. Armed with fantastic length and quickness, he has the ability to defend multiple positions and his offensive game has made major strides over the course of the last 18 months.
Devonte Thedford, Des Moines Hoover (2018)
Stats: 15.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 49.2 FG%
A rare guard who hardly ever takes 3s (only 21 of his 246 field goal attempts came from behind the arc), Thedford stepped into the role of primary scorer for the Huskies, who were among the top five teams in the state for most of the season. An athletic, slashing wing, he used his length, strength and quickness to routinely beat his defender to the bucket for layups.
CaRondis Harris-Anderson, Waterloo West (2018)
Stats: 21.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 49.9 FG%
The senior guard capped off a strong career with the Wahawks with a fantastic season that saw him rank seventh in 4A in scoring, including a 50-point outburst against crosstown rival Waterloo East. Few players in the 2018 class have improved more than Harris-Anderson has in his four high school seasons.
Luke Appel, Marshalltown (2018)
Stats: 22.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 blocks, 59.0 FG%
One of just three players in 4A to average a double-double (Wieskamp, Troy Houghton), Appel put together a tremendous season for the Bobcats, who were much improved this season. He put together a number of great games, but perhaps none were better than his 26 point (12-16 shooting), 13 rebound effort in a late season upset win over Des Moines North.
Carter Stevens, Dubuque Senior (2018)
Stats: 16.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 42.6 3P%, 90.7 FT%
Lucas Duax, Dubuque Hempstead (2018)
Stats: 19.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals, 59.7 FG%
Sam Ingoli, West Des Moines Dowling (2018)
Stats: 14.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.5 steals, 53.0 FG%, 42.6 3P%
Boston Grimes, Johnston (2018)
Stats: 16.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 52.1 FG%, 49.1 3P%
Seybian Sims, Iowa City West (2018)
Stats: 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 blocks, 76.3 FG%
Dylan Jones, Waukee (2019)
Trey Hutcheson, Linn-Mar (2019)
Van Rees, Sioux City East (2018)
Aidan Vanderloo, Sioux City East (2019)
Brian Dayman, Pleasant Valley (2018)
Honorable mentions: Malcolm Clayton, Fort Dodge (2018); Nathan Johnson, Waukee (2018); Noah Hart, Waukee (2019); Hunter Strait, Ankeny Centennial (2018); Troy Houghton, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (2018); Evan Gauger, Indianola (2019); Joe Evans, Ames (2018); Noah Carter, Dubuque Senior (2019); Logan Wolf, Cedar Falls (2019); Camden Vander Zwaag, Johnston (2018); Kris Murray, Cedar Rapids Prairie (2019)