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Posted On: 05/29/18 4:45 PM
Sporting one of the silkiest stokes in the state, and with the high shooting percentages to back it up, it’s no question that Pleasant Valley’s rising senior Carter Duwa is one of Iowa’s most skilled players.
The 5-foot-10 point guard was a 94 percent free-throw shooter last season with the Spartans. That was the best in Iowa.
His approach is simple.
“I just work on them all the time, and I go up there with confidence and shoot em,” Duwa said.
“I feel like I’m best at shooting the 3, and also creating my own shot, dribbling and shooting a mid-range jumper. Also creating for others, and getting assists.”
“I’m going to be working at scoring on all three levels, shooting pull-ups, 3s and getting to the basket a little bit more.”
In addition to his state-best free-throw shooting, Duwa was averaging 14.1 points per game, canning 41 percent of his 3-point tries and all-around just being stellar for the 19-3 Spartans last season.
“My role was to be the point guard and do what point guards do, score a little and pass the ball to my teammates,” Duwa said. “Senior year, my role will be the same, look for my shot and score and find the open men.”
This spring and summer, Duwa is playing with Iowa Prep Red 17U. A change of pace from his previous four summers spent with Quad City Elite.
“I just thought it was good to have a little change. I really like Iowa Prep and I’m having a really good time; I’m really excited for the summer,” said Duwa.
His recruitment has started to take some shape, it’s D2 and D3 programs that are in the mix right now; Southwest Minnesota State, Upper Iowa, Wayne State, Augustana (IL), Rock Island, Wisconsin-Platteville, Simpson, Coe and Central have reached out.
“I’ve been talking to Southwest Minnesota State a lot, and also Augustana a lot because my dad is the coach there,” said Duwa.
Just because his dad is a coach at Augustana, does not mean that Duwa will definitely go there. Although, he does really, genuinely like the school and their hoops program.
“I’m really open to any school at this point, but I really do like Augustana,” said Duwa. “I’m willing to listen to any schools that want to recruit me, though.”
Carter Duwa is ranked by Prep Hoops as a top 30 prospect in his class. To see the full ranking of Iowa’s 2019 class, click here.