Posted On: 04/10/18 5:00 AM
After helping Sergeant Bluff-Luton to yet another state tourney, 6-foot-2 guard Sam DeMoss has established himself as one of Iowa’s better junior guards.
A heady player with a knack for making the right play, it’s his hoops smarts that make him such a threat for the Warriors.
“I try to play as efficient as I can, not taking shots that aren’t good for the team, and just trying to get as many high-value shots as I can,” said DeMoss.
“Some games, where if I can’t score, I’ll try and impact it in different ways; defensively, rebounding, swinging the ball, off-ball screens, stuff like that.”
As a sophomore with a SB-L squad that advanced to a 3A state title game, DeMoss averaged 2.9 points. This season, another state-qualifying season, he averaged 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
“I had to do a revamp from sophomore year where I was more of a defensive role player. I had to focus on scoring the ball more. We had a roller-coaster of a year, and then we kept working and turned it around,” said DeMoss.
“I think my role will be pretty similar next season. And with me, Dan (Wright) and Connor (Groves) coming back, and some other key elements, we should have a really good year.”
But before his senior season, DeMoss will run track this spring and play football in the fall. He’ll workout plenty on his own, too.
“This summer, I’m going to focus more on athletic training, agility, lifting and things like that. I won’t be on a an AAU team full-time, but I might hop on a team here and there if they need a person,” said DeMoss.
As for recruitment, DeMoss has heard a bit from Concordia-Nebraska for basketball. But he’s not sure which sport he wants to pursue in college.
“I’m not entirely sure on that yet. I’m just trying to keep my options open,” said DeMoss. “I’ve heard from a couple for different college basketball coaches, but nothing too serious yet.”
Sam DeMoss is ranked by Prep Hoops as a top 120 prospect in his class. To see the full ranking of Iowa’s 2019 class, click here.