Posted On: 10/23/18 2:36 PM

After winning a state title last season, Cedar Falls is back among the elites in the Class 4A.

Plenty returns from that state title squad, but a slew of newcomers will be coming up and doing what they can to help fill the void left by one of Iowa high school’s all-time greats, AJ Green.

Ben Sernett is a junior sharpshooter who excelled this spring and summer while playing with Iowa Mavericks 16U. The 6-foot shooting guard is hoping to use his set of skills to help aid the Tigers in a repeat state title run.

“I think I’m more of a spot-up shooter, I can shoot off the dribble, but I’m best at spotting up. I think I’m a good leader out there and I think defense is a really important part of my game, I bring a lot of intensity on defense,” said Sernett.

The junior shooting guard was busy this spring and summer, both playing with the Mavs and getting some time in with the Cedar Falls varsity on the summer camp circuit.

“It’s been going really well. I haven’t done too much since this summer. We’ve been having some open gyms, I’ve been going to those and getting some shots up,” said Sernett.

I think we (Cedar Falls) got a lot better as a team this season, and I did individually.”

Also a football standout, the wide-receiver is getting ready now to head into the postseason with Tigers, the state’s second-ranked football team.

There’s still ample time to figure it all out, but for now, Sernett says he’d like to try and pursue both football and basketball in college.

“I would love to play both of them in college, whether that’s possible or not,” said Sernett. “I’ve been working hard in both of them and have some interest from smaller schools, like Wartburg and Simpson.”

With his ability to get scorching hot from deep, plus some ball-handling and basketball IQ to pair, Sernett is looking forward to doing what he can to help out the uber-talented Tigers this winter.

“I think this year I’ll be a role player, we got some guys coming back and a lot of talent. I just hope that I can help the team in any way,” he said. “And the goal is to make it back to the state tournament and doing really well this year.”