Posted On: 07/3/18 12:00 PM
Last month at the Grand View Team Camp, we got the opportunity to see a handful of guys for the first time, and one of the main standouts was Pella Christian point guard Dan Jungling.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Dan is the younger of Levi Jungling, who graduated from Pella Christian in 2017, and is one of the better guards we’ve covered since starting Prep Hoops Iowa in 2014.
Dan has a lot of the same skill-set his older brother had, and is in line to have a breakout junior season with the Eagles this season.
It’s clear that shooting is Dan’s main strength, and he acknowledged that in a recent interview. He shot 41 percent from deep last season as a sophomore. But he’s a heady player who handles it well, and is an excellent floor general.
He’ll help lead an Eagles team that could be really good the next couple years, after a tough 8-15 campaign last year.
“I had a great time in my sophomore season, and learned a lot from it. We had a young team with little experience, but we grew a lot throughout the season,” said Jungling. “There were definitely some growing pains along the way, but we improved and got better, and I’m excited for next year with almost everyone returning with varsity experience.”
This spring and summer, in addition to playing in team camps with the Eagles, Jungling has been playing AAU ball with Shoot It!. He’s been staying busy in the gym while continuing to hone his skill-set.
“I plan on playing a lot with my Pella Christian team at team camps and individually hope to work on attacking the hoop on offense to make me a more versatile player. I also play in a league called Top 64 run by Doug Diers, which is more court time which is always good.”
Still just a rising junior, Jungling hasn’t seen any recruitment come his way yet. The question from him down the road will be which sport he wants to pursue between football and basketball.
“It’s a close call, but I like basketball a little more. I feel this way because you can play it all year round. I can just go to the gym and play basketball with my friends and have a blast where as football it’s harder to play whenever you want,” said Jungling.
“I’ll just go out and play hard, have a great time with my teammates, and we will see what happens about the next level.