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Posted On: 04/10/18 12:00 PM
Teams from all over the Midwest converged on Ames last weekend at the All Iowa Attack-hosted Super 16. Adidas squad Omaha Sports Academy took home 16U and 17U titles, while host squad All Iowa Attack Red took home the 15U title. There was certainly plenty of talent showcased on Championship Sunday, here’s some of the best guards we saw.
Evan Gauger, All Iowa Attack Red 17U (Indianola)
6’2 G, 2019
Recently, we bumped Gauger up in the 2019 rankings, and even in a class so stacked, we might have to bump him up again. His 21 points after halftime in a 17U semifinal against OSA adidas was the best stretch we saw from any player on Sunday. He’s bigger and more athletic than he ever was, and the skill has always been there.
Conner Hill, All Iowa Attack Red 17U (South Hamilton)
6’3 G, 2019
Always a threat from deep, Hill is one of those guys that when he shoots it, you expect it to drop. He’s able to adeptly handle it, too, and was holding his own against Omaha’s adidias-sponsored squad in the 17U semifinals.
Keontae Luckett, Iowa Pump N Run Black 17U (New London)
5’10 PG, 2019
His one-hand, no-look pass in transition to a streaking Mason Porter was one the prettier passes we saw all day. That’s the kind of heady plays we’ve come to expect from the New London assist master. We also like how he skies for rebounds; Luckett gets way up when he wants to.
Latrell Wrightsell, OSA adidas 16U (Omaha Central)
6’1 G, 2020
Seldom do we write about out-of-state players, especially at an event so chock-full of Iowa talent. But this Omaha Central sophomore was too good to ignore on Sunday. A sniper from deep, with defensive tenacity to boot, Wrightsell scored a game-high 21 points in his team’s finals win over All Iowa Attack. He was the MVP of that title game.
Bryce Coppock, Tryon Gym 16U (Newell-Fonda)
5’7 G, 2020
He’s small but has some incredible length, so even though he’s 5’7, he can do things that a 6-footer might be able to. Coppock is a combo-guard that can score when necessary, and he was most adept at scoring in the lane during our viewing of him, where all 16 of his points were scored inside the 3-point line. He’s going to score in bunches the next two seasons at Newell-Fonda.
Casey Mumm, All Iowa Attack Red 15U (Ames)
5’9 PG, 2021
Playing alongside mega-scorer Karson Sharar, sometimes Mumm may be overshadowed; but the fact remains, he’s a solid ball-handler who can shoot it and certainly a stabilizing prospect in the back-court for his squad. Mumm played some with the Ames varsity this season, and should see his role increase dramatically as a sophomore.
Preston Kelling, All Iowa Attack Red 16U (Ankeny Centennial)
6’4 G/F, 2020
This Ankeny Centennial Jaguars wing was aggressive in All Iowa Attack’s semifinal win over Howard Pulley, getting to the line often and rebounding well from the wing spot. He’ll certainly be one to monitor as as he continues to develop his ball-handling and shot-making abilities.