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Posted On: 06/7/18 8:00 AM
ANKENY — Ankeny Centennial played host to a tournament over the weekend and PHIA was there to watch high school teams from across the state get in some summer run. Here are five headlines from the Centennial Classic.
The Trojans have clearly established themselves as the top Class 4A program in the state with its recent run of state titles and the Division I players it pumps out seemingly every year. So it really shouldn’t be a surprise that even without its top players, Iowa City West still is going to be problematic for opponents.
Steve Bergman’s team was without stars Patrick McCaffery and Dante Eldridge for the whole day Sunday, and then our No. 2 202 prospect Even Brauns sat out the title game against host Ankeny Centennial. Still, with what essentially was a group of role players, West still was just a bucket away from knocking off the Jaguars, 55-53, in the fifth-place game.
The Trojans were relentless on both ends of the floor and were persistent until the end, nearly getting a steal and a score that could have won or tied the game for them in the waning seconds. The talent certainly pushes Iowa City West to amazing heights, but it’s a program that you know what you’re going to get no matter who is on the floor.
Des Moines Hoover may not have a lot of size, but, boy, do they have a lot of talented guards. Hosea Treadwell, Kenny Quinn and Adam Jackson is a senior trio that will be the envy of the entire state. Treadwell can absolutely fill it up, scoring 30 points in the Huskies’ title game win against Omaha Central that put them at 3-0 for the day. Jackson changes speed and controls the game extremely well, and Quinn is an absolute bulldog. And I didn’t even mention Treadwell’s younger brother, Manny Austin, a sophomore who looks to be very much in the Hoover mold of strong guard play.
Hoover’s lack of height is also mitigated by the fact they play as good of defense as any team in the state. They’re disciplined, they’re smart and they work in absolute cohesion, which have become hallmarks under coach Courtney Henderson. The Huskies are going to be one of the toughest teams in 4A this winter. Again.
We’ve got Hosea Treadwell ranked 42nd in the Class of 2019 after he averaged 12 points while shooting 40.6 percent from the floor and 34.2 percent from 3-point range. Here’s guessing he’ll make a significant move with the next update.
He’s got extended range and a quick trigger, and is an excellent scorer. Hoover is known for its defense and patience, but Treadwell looks to be the real deal as a scorer. He may not put up gaudy numbers this winter, but he’s legit.
Trey Hutcheson, our No. 4 in 2019, gets a lot of love, and deservedly so, but fellow senior Hayden Passmore drew some looks Sunday. The 6-foot-4 forward looked quick and athletic, and was a major factor defensively. He blocked shots both as a primary and help defender while running well out in transition. He looks to be a nice piece for the Lions.
The 5-foot-9 guard may not have a dominating frame, but he’s got incredible quickness that he used well both defensively and to push the break. He’s got nice leaping ability and uses his hangtime to create shots for others. He also may be slight, but he’s strong, with the ability to finish through contact.