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Posted On: 03/28/18 1:48 PM
Senior of the Year: Joe Wieskamp (Muscatine)
33.5 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, 55.5 FG%, 207-245 FT (84.5%)
Even with guys like AJ Green and Garrett Sturtz peicing together remarkable seasons, this was still a relatively easy chose to make. Wieskamp ran the gamut for post-season awards, and rightfully so. He’s one of the best Iowa high school basketball players of all-time. The 6’6 wing has some very high expectations to live up to as he heads into his Iowa Hawkeyes career. We think he’ll flourish there, and we think right away.
AJ Green (Cedar Falls)
25.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals, 49.6 FG%, 48.8 3P% (119 3PM), 93.7 FT%
Almost any other year, a guy with the resume of AJ Green would have run the gamut for post-season awards. It just so happens his Iowa Barnstormers teammate Joe Wieskmap was that special, and Green has taken a bit of a back seat. But, and it’s a pretty big but, Green has the 4A state title to claim; and he was every bit as good as we’ve come to expect while leading the Tigers to the ‘ship. He’ll head to Northern Iowa next season. Missouri Valley Conference, you’ve been warned.
Garrett Sturtz (Newton)
34.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, 227-259 FT (87.6%)
It was an amazing season for the 6’3 Newton guard, and he played himself right into a spot with the Drake Bulldogs as a result. Twice in the last week of the season Sturtz scored more than 50 points; 56 against Winterset, then 54 two games later in his Newton finale against Indianola. Prep Hoops Iowa was present for both games, and we’re so glad we were. His opportunity at Drake is as a walk-on; we won’t be surprised if he earns himself some playing time before too long.
Matt Mims (Cedar Rapids Xavier)
21.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.6 steals, 41.2 3P% (75 3PM)
It was almost a storybook ending for this future South Dakota State Jackrabbits point guard. Mims had his Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints on the doorstep of a third straight Class 3A state title, but they fell short in a semifinal against eventual champs Glenwood. As it is, Mims will have to settle for being a Saints legend with two state titles. That’s still one more than any other player on this list. His legacy was secured whether Xavier won this past state title or not.
Zach Lester (Clear Lake)
30.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 4.2 steals, 55.3 FG%, 80.2 FT%
A bit of a wildcard here, we knew Lester was good, and after a fantastic junior season we thought he’d have a great senior year. But he was really, really great. The stats really speak for themselves. He scored north of 30 points per game, and did so on very efficient shooting; and was still able to dish out more assists than any other player on this list of first-team’ers. If that wasn’t enough, he averaged 4.2 steals per game — more than any other senior in the state this season.
Luke Vaske (Norwalk)
19.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 56.3 FG%, 45.8 3P%, 85.5 FT%
It took some remarkable campaigns from five other guys to keep Vaske’s own amazing season off the first-team. With that scoring efficiency and assist numbers on one of the state’s very best teams, we’ll consider him an extension of the first-team.
Elijah Hazekamp (Bishop Heelan)
21.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 51.2 FG%, 45.1 3P%, 83.8 FT%
This North Dakota commit has been as steady as any other forward in Iowa the past three years. And it all came to a boil this season. There’s really nothing that the 6’6 combo-forward can’t do on the floor.
Brady Sartorius (Mount Pleasant)
23.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.8 steals, 51.4 FG%, 39.1 3P%, 87.7 FT%
Sartorius led Mount Pleasant to the state tournament two straight seasons, that’s no small feat. He’ll head the JuCo route and play at Kirkwood next season. We’ll be curious to see where he lands after that.
Alec Oberhauser (Aplington-Parkersburg)
16.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 3.1 steals, 2.2 blocks, 58.6 FG%
A triple-double threat each night out, Oberhauser really made his mark while leading A-P to the 2A semifinals. He was sensational in the two games at The Well; a 6’6 guard who does anything and everything on the court.
Corvon Selaes (North Scott)
15.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 48.1 FG%
His numbers may not be a prolific as others on this list, but what Seales was able to do with his athleticism and length on the defensive end has not been overlooked by us. And he was the leading scorer on a state-qualifying team, too, after-all.
Brady Gavin (Martensdale St. Marys)
25.7 points, 15.8 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 77.0 FG%
Trenton Massner (Wapello)
22.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.8 steals, 60.8 FG%, 45.0 3P%
CaRondis Harris-Anderson (Waterloo West)
21.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 49.9 FG%
Jarad Kruse (Oskaloosa)
15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 61.2 FG%
Grant DeMeulenaere (Grand View Christian)
22.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.2 steals, 46.8 FG%, 39.5 3P% (73 3PM), 81.3 FT%
Devonte Thedford (Hoover)
Luke Appel (Marshalltown)
Lucas Duax (Hempstead)
Ryan Miller (North Linn)
Parker Badding (Kuemper Catholic)
Honorable Mentions: Carter Stevens (Dubuque, Senior), Isaac Prewitt (Des Moines Christian), Sam Ingoli (Dowling Catholic), Nathan Johnson (Waukee), Seybian Sims (Iowa City West), Boston Grimes (Johnston), Van Rees (Sioux City East), Brian Dayman (Pleasant Valley), Hunter Strait (Ankeny Centennial), Dillon Faubel (Treynor), Malcolm Clayton (Fort Dodge), Troy Houghton (Council Bluffs Lincoln), Cade Daugherty (Bellevue), Joe Evans (Ames), Camden Vander Zwaag (Johnston), Nate Mohr (Glenwood), Andrew Blum (Glenwood), Cooper Ross (Carroll), Jackson Joens (Xavier), Spencer Touro (Benton), Scott Leonard (Atlantic), Marco Balderas (South Hamilton), Tyus Arends (Sioux Center), Zaine Leedom (East Marshall), Jesse Van Wyk (Lynnville-Sully), Carter Boothe (Central Decatur), Joe Weber (Boyer Valley), Brett Givens (Lisbon), Nicholas Ruden (St. Mary’s), Jake Carley (St. Albert) Luke Clausen (Treynor).