Posted On: 10/11/18 9:30 AM
The race for Player of the Year in this league likely comes down to Stanislav and Creston’s Kylan Smallwood. Smallwood will likely end up producing bigger numbers than Stanislav, but we expect Glenwood to be back among the best teams in Class 3A, and should be the team to beat in the Hawkeye Ten as well, so we’ll give the slightest nod to Stanislav, the Rams leading returning scorer and rebounder.
2019 Christian Stanislav, Glenwood (15.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 48.3 FG%)
An athletic scoring wing, Stanislav led last year’s 3A state champions in scoring and finished second in rebounding. With Andrew Blum and Nate Mohr graduated, this will be Stanislav’s team, and expect him to deliver in a big way. He’s a versatile scorer who can fill it up from all three levels, and he looks primed for a big-time senior season.
2019 Kylan Smallwood, Creston (22.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 59.4 FG%)
There’s no doubt that Smallwood will post the best numbers in this conference. The 6-3 wing does a little bit of everything on the floor, and was dominant when he was on the floor last season. With Evan Jacobson, last year’s assist leader for the Panthers, graduated, look for Smallwood to have the ball in his hands even more this year.
2019 Josh Simmons, Lewis Central (13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.8 steals)
If a team is going to challenge Glenwood at the top of the league this year, it may be the Titans, who return their top four scorers from last season, headlined by Simmons. A versatile forward, he led the team in scoring, assists and steals last year, while ranking second in rebounding.
2019 Chase Mullenix, Atlantic (11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.4 steals)
A 5-10 senior guard who stuffs the stat sheet, Mullenix figures to become a bigger scoring threat this year after the Trojans lost a pair of 16 point a game scorers.
2020 Zach Carr, Glenwood (7.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists)
A high-level role player off the bench for a veteran state championship team last year, look for Carr to step into the secondary scoring role alongside Stanislav this year for the Rams. He’s a highly talented lead guard who can score or distribute and should put up some big numbers over the next two years.
2019 Isaac Birt, Red Oak
2020 Charlie Wiebers, Denison Schleswig
2020 Nathan Lindsay, Clarinda
2019 Cole Jensen, Lewis Central
2019 Seth Wineland, Lewis Central
2021 Cael Kralik, Creston
2020 Goanar Biliew, Denison-Schleswig
2020 Connor Brown, Clarinda
2021 Ryan Blum, Glenwood
2019 Trevor Bauer, Shenandoah
2019 Alex Best, Clarinda
2019 Brett Sears, Harlan
2019 Dane Norville, Lewis Central
2020 Kyle Cerven, Shenandoah
2019 Jared Gast, Council Bluffs St. Albert
2019 Logan Reilly, Atlantic
2020 Blaise Gunnerson, Kuemper Catholic