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Posted On: 10/17/18 12:00 PM
Preseason Player of the Year: Zack Lasek, Highland, Riverside — 2020
Since his freshman season, Lasek has been a dominant force on the Iowa high school hoops scene. Now, an wily vet, the upperclassmen is an experienced and dominant force. He led the conference in blocks a season ago and is the leading returning scorer as well. There’s no reason to think he won’t obliterate the competition this winter.
Zack Lasek, Highland, Riverside — 2020
20.7 points, 2.1 blocks, 9.4 rebounds
A big and bouncy big-man, Lasek has been working this offseason to incorporate more of an outside shot, look for the D1 prospect to score in more variant ways this winter.
Keaton Mitchell, Wapello — 2019
14.0 points, 1.7 blocks, 9.0 rebounds
It’s going to be fun to watch the Wapello vs Highland, Riverside games, if there’s anyone that’s going to give the Preseason Player of the Year and trouble, it’s this Truman State commit.
Trey Lasek, Highland, Riverside — 2019
12.0 points, 4.8 assists, 1.8 steals, 4.5 rebounds
The Laseks have been making a big impact on this conference for a while now, and there’s still plenty of time for the family to continue and cement its hoops legacy. Look for Trey to be among the conferences leaders in scoring and assists.
Cameron Millikin, Pekin — 2019
14.2 points, 3.1 assists, 2.5 rebounds
A high scorer with a knack for dishing out assists, Millikin is a all-around solid player that will look to lead his Panthers to prominence this season.
Ben Wolgemuth, Mediapolis — 2019
14.3 points, 2.3 assists, 9.0 rebounds
The conference’s second-leading returning scorer, Wolgemuth not only gets it done scoring-wise, but on the glass too. Look for the 6’4 forward to maybe average a double-double this season.
Mason McFarland, Highland, Riverside — 2020
Eli Ours, Iowa Mennonite — 2021
Keegan Edwards, Lone Tree — 2020
Nick Ensminger, Mediapolis — 2019
Caleb Comstock, Pekin — 2019
Daunte Oepping, Winfield-Mt. Union — 2020
Honorable Mentions: Cole Adamson, Chepo Cardenas, Trevor Leyden, Brady Dauber, Auston Marshek, Karson Cantrell, Bryant Lanz