Iowa’s May Happenings

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Posted On: 06/1/18 12:06 AM

May in Iowa is a time for things to bloom, and we had plenty of guys see their recruitment start to bud this month. Other guys’ recruitment is in full blossom mode, i.e. Iowa Barnstormers and Dubuque, Senior forward Noah Carter. The offseason is definitely in full-gear, and here’s all the exciting things that happened around the in May.


 

The Battle

It’s the crown jewel of Prep Hoops Events, The Battle at the Lakes, or simply, “The Battle” as we like to call it. Lots and lots of Iowa teams converged on the Twin Cities in early May to show off what they could do against other top squads in the Midwest, and it went….ok. No Iowa teams advanced to the semifinals in the 15U-17U platinum divisions. All Iowa Attack 15u, Iowa Barnstormers 17u and Kingdom Hoops Elite 15u were the big winners from Iowa, they all advanced to the Elite 8, but then all lost those games Sunday morning. Still, we had some Iowa to cover in the finals on Sunday. Japannah Kellogg and Patrick McCaffery both won a title and contributed as role players for D1 Minnesota 17U. Even Brauns helped out Wisconsin Playground Warriors in their 16U runners-up bid. “The Battle” is the highlight of the spring, tourney-wise. We hope there’s even more Iowa squads involved next May.

 

Kings of the Court

Kingdom Hoops-Mosley 17U went home champs after avenging an earlier loss to Martin Brothers in the finals. The Kingdom squad was playing with just seven guys, but got big games from Creston wing Kylan Smallwood and Hoover’s Hosea Treadwell to help come away with the impressive W. Keeside Elite won the 17u Gold division; that was a team assembled by Noah Hart, which included other D1 prospects, Xavier Foster, Japannah Kellogg, and Dylan Jones. They got pummeled by a very good Iowa Cornsharks team in the first round, which kept them out of platinum bracket contention, but then ran off five straight wins to bring home the lower level crown. Martin Brothers 15u won it all, they might have the deepest 15u squad in Iowa; they’re stacked. The Martin Brothers were kings of the tourney; they had their 15U, 16U and 17U teams all in the finals.

 

Harouna Sissoko Heads to GVC

Well, North Linn fans aren’t happy, but two-time defending 1A champ Grand View Christian has added another Division I prospect to their roster. Harouna Sissoko is a 6’7 combo-forward who can nail a 3, and handle the rock, and will be joining forces with Issa Samake and Grand View Christian next season. Sissoko plays with Samake — who joined GVC last season and helped them another 1A title — on All Iowa Attack’s 17U unit. He came from Lincoln Academy in Georgia. Does this make GVC the favorite to win yet another 1A state title? Probably.

 

 

DJ Carton Narrows List

The Bettendorf point guard moved into five-star position when he made the jump all the way to No. 23 in Rivals’ 2019 prospect rankings. And he recently narrowed his massive list of offers down to six. The good news for a lot of you reading this, is that, yes, Iowa is on the list. Here’s the six teams; Iowa, Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, Marquette and Xavier. Where will he end up? We don’t know, maybe Iowa.

 

 

Noah Carter nabbed two more D1 offers, he’s got four total now

Who Got Offers?

Noah Carter: Air Force, South Dakota State

Bowen Born: Northern Iowa

Even Brauns: Milwaukee-Wisconsin

Noah Hart: Air Force, Truman State

Cole Henry: Air Force

Derek Krogmann: Upper Iowa

Jake Hilmer: Truman State

Dylan Jones: Truman State

Keaton Mitchell: Upper Iowa

Aidan Vanderloo: Truman State

Carter Cuvelier: Morningside

Conner Groves: Morningside

 

Odunsi could land at a D1 after two good years of JuCo

2018 Commits

Hakeem Odunsi: Central CC

Ben Lyon: Rockhurst

CaRondis Harris-Anderson: McKendree

Jordan Magnani: Cornell

Kyle Frank: Graceland