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Posted On: 08/9/18 8:24 PM
It’s August, that means live action on the hardwood slows down, but our coverage of Iowa high schools hoops remains active. The grassroots season recently wrapped up, and we’re going to spend the month re-capping what went down by talking to some of the most successful team’s coaches, and getting their take on players that suited up for them all spring and summer.
We continue our “Coach’s Take” series by getting an in-depth look at a sneaky good Iowa Dynasty 17U squad. This team finished their season with a sterling 29-6 record, and won titles in four tournaments; Heatin’ Up The Hardwood, Midwest Memorial, Battle of the Arch and Prep Hoops Summer Challenge. That’s taking care of business. Dante Eldridge was the team’s MVP, but several other guys shined.
Iowa Dynasty 17U coach Mark Lowe talks…
Nolan Schwarting, 6’6 SF (Clear Creek-Amana)
“I could see him ending up at a D2, he’s a big-man who loves the high-post and loves to post-up. He guards bigger posts well, and he can score from outside as well. He’s a pretty solid shooter, actually. His intensity levels are always high. He’s another one of those guys that has that mentality, where he’s not going to back down from anybody.”
Jacob Klein, 5’8 G (Iowa City West)
“Jacob, he’s a pure shooter. If he’s on and he’s hitting, it brings a lot energy to the team. He brings leadership to the team. He’s just one of those players that’s very coachable and gives his best efforts on both ends of the floor. And he tries to keep everything how it should be. At this stage of his career, he’s probably looking at D3. He’s small and has to get his defense up a little bit. As far as what he offers to West, he’ll definitely come in as like an Evan Flitz-type player; someone who comes in and knocks down shots, does everything right defensively.”
Raijad Lee, 5’10 PG (Iowa City West *2018)
“He’s a combo-guard, versatile at the one and two position. He’s one of those energy guys, that led us by doing the dirty work. So, whenever he’s in, the energy goes up, things flow a little better defensively, he gets a lot of boards., and the dirty work is being taken care of. He’s trying to go to a JuCo, I believe.”
Dante Eldridge, 5’9 PG (Iowa City West)
“Within Iowa, he’s definitely one of the quickest and toughest point guards. He’s a good scorer and defender. He’s not going to back down from anybody, on both ends of the floor. He’s pretty much the guy to get a bucket if we need one, he’s our primary ball-handler. He’s the one that we utilized to create for the team and get guys going. I volunteer assist for Clarke, and I know they are interested in him. Coe College has hit me up about him; truthfully, that’s about it. He’s definitely flying under the radar. That was his first year of AAU around here in this area, so I feel like that has a lot do do with it. He just hasn’t presented himself in front of enough coaches yet.”
Seybian Sims, 6’7 F (Kirkwood CC *2018)
“He’s pretty versatile, I’d say a three through five. He’s definitely a solid three, he can handle the ball decently and he can shoot it alright, if he’s shooting. He’s a smart player, as a four-man the same thing. He can definitely guard in the big as a post. His foot-work is pretty solid, he just moves well with or without the ball. He rebounds well and defends. I can definitely see him getting some solid D2s and some low to mid-major D1s. There’s a couple of things he needs to work on for sure, but I could definitely see him playing at a high level.”