Posted On: 10/1/18 1:29 PM
It’s one of the best things about the Top 250 Expo each year, seeing all the fresh young talent that’s coming through the ranks of Iowa high school hoops. There’s never of shortage of young and hungry guys at this event, eager to showcase their skills; this year’s event was no different. Below, we’ll highlight some of the brightest young talent we saw last Saturday at Kingdom Courts.
Brayden Kindhart, 6′ PG (Cedar Rapids Jefferson) — 2022
The Cedar Rapids Jefferson freshman was the first young gun to stand out out at the event, when in game one he broke his man down off the bounce and rose up for a beautiful mid-range jumper, splash.
Carter Janssen, 6’5 G/F (Cedar Falls) — 2021
A very intriguing wing from Cedar Falls, Jannsen looks to be the full package; he’s smart, posed, and skilled, as evidenced by his smooth step-back 3-ball. And his size is certainly an asset.
Payton Sandfort, 6’6 SG (Waukee) — 2021
Recently tabbed as Iowa’s 3rd-ranked 2018, Sandfort did not disappoint last weekend at Kingdom Courts. He was, of course, showcasing his butter stroke from deep, but was also battling bigs down low for rebounds. The Waukee sophomore could have a breakout season with the Warriors.
Trey Shearer, 5’10 PG (Montezuma) — 2021
A Top 250 Expo veteran, Shearer impresses us more and more each year. This year, he was on the verge of dominant at times, and was one of the better playmakers at the event.
Jevin Sullivan, 6′ PG (North Polk) — 2022
Just a freshman, Sullivan was getting to the rack and playing as smart as you’d expect an upperclassmen to. He’s smooth and skilled and will be a fun guard to watch for Comets fans the next four years.
Jacob Townsend, 6’3 G (Pleasant Valley)
There’s a lot to be excited about with this big guard from Pleasant Valley. He’s an athletic shooting guard who was flashing a pretty jumper. That mix of size, speed and skill is enticing for the Spartans.
Ty Walker, 5’9 PG (Des Moines Roosevelt) — 2021
The young Roughriders guard is small, but very quick and was frequently getting by his opponent off the bounce. He was looking to distribute more than score, Walker is a true point guard-type.
Cole Watts, 5’11 G (Montezuma) — 2021
He’s a sniper and is one of those guys who it’s fun to watch them shoot it. Watts has a butter stroke, and will put in a bunch of 3-balls over the next three seasons for the Braves.
Angelo Winkel, 6’8 PF (Bishop Garrigan) — 2021
A gifted rebounder, Winkel has a special ability to go up and get boards with prefect timing. He’s also a tall and bouncy big-man who got loose for some dunks. And it appears he’s been working to stretch his game out beyond the arc.
Carson Williams, 6’2 G (Southeast Polk) — 2021
Another young Southeast Polk guard to make an impression (also Rams sophomore Dominic Caggiano), Williams is an athletic and shifty guard with some good size who’s in line to make a major impact with the up-and-coming Rams this winter.