Posted On: 10/15/18 9:30 AM
This is probably the easiest Player of the Year pick in any conference this year, and that’s no knock against any of his fellow first teamers. It’s just a testament to how good the future Ohio State Buckeye has become. His explosion into a potential five-star point guard over the last 24 months has been incredible to watch, and he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the MAC this winter.
2019 DJ Carton, Bettendorf (23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists)
Carton is going to lead the league in scoring, and will do so with plenty of room to spare. He’s a different player than Joe Wieskamp was at Muscatine last year, but don’t be surprised to see him put up similar numbers on a nightly basis, even with teams focused in on stopping him. An explosive athlete, he should be among the state leaders in free throw attempts this season.
2019 Carter Duwa, Pleasant Valley (14.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists)
The second leading returning scorer in the conference, Duwa led the Spartans in scoring last season and was second in assists. With Brian Dayman graduated, look for Duwa to be the primary playmaker for PV this winter.
2019 Hunter Snyder, Pleasant Valley (12.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists)
Snyder, like Duwa, is coming off a strong summer with Iowa Prep. With the aforementioned Dayman graduated, plenty of shots will open up for the pair, and each are capable 3-point shooters who should light it up for a PV team looking to compete with North Scott for the conference crown.
2019 Dylan Peeters, Davenport Assumption (10.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 blocks)
This was the most difficult spot to fill on the first team, as it easily could’ve gone to Peeters’ younger brother Sean. The 6-6 senior wing battled injuries throughout last season, and was still one of the better players in the conference. If he can stay healthy this winter, he can be a dominant force on both ends of the floor with his length and talent.
2019 Cortaviaus Seales, North Scott (9.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists)
The youngest Seales brother has watched older brothers Cortez (now at North Dakota) and Corvon (now at Minnesota State-Mankato) have their turns as North Scott’s star player. The Lancers are now his team. One of the best two-way players in the state, he’ll be looking to lead North Scott back to the top of the league, and to a potential state title this winter.
2019 Keshawn Pegues, Davenport Central
2019 TJ Vesey, Davenport North
2019 Diontrel Wommack, Davenport Central
2020 Tytan Anderson, North Scott
2020 Sean Peeters, Davenport Assumption
2019 Reece Sommers, North Scott
2019 Daxton Washington-Smothers, Burlington
2019 Bret Myli, Clinton
2020 Sam Kilburg, North Scott
2019 Anthony Valainis, Davenport Assumption
2020 LJ Henderson, Clinton
2021 Brendon Hale, Burlington
2019 Trevor Feller, Bettendorf
2020 Lucas Hayes, Bettendorf