Posted On: 10/15/18 2:01 PM
According to Clear Creek-Amana senior Nolan Schwarting, the Clippers have a good chance to play at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines come March.
The 6-foot-4 forward would be the guy who leads the way.
After a strong junior season, Schwarting is going to use his versatile skill-set to showcase why he’s one of the state’s more intriguing combo-forwards.
“I really feel like I’m a stretch-four who can play on the inside. When I was younger I was more of a big guy and so I know some post moves,” said Schwarting. “But I can also stretch out the D with some outside shooting. So, I feel like I’m more of an inside/outside player.”
When he wasn’t preparing for his senior football season this past spring and summer, Schwarting was playing 17U ball with Iowa Dynasty.
“I wasn’t the best player on the team or anything, so I was mostly there to get rebounds and get open shots,” said Schwarting. “It was really fun playing with those guys, because they like to go so fast-paced.”
Right now, Schwarting is nearing the end of his football career with the Clippers. He’s hauled in 17 passes for 197 yards through Week 8. But in just one month, he’ll be into his senior hoops season.
As a junior, Schwarting averaged 8.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. This season, his role will increase dramatically.
“I’m going to be one of the main guys and we’re returning all of our starters except for Darius Moore. We’re really young, but anytime you have an athlete on your team like TJ (Bollers), it’s going to make it pretty interesting,” said Schwarting.
“I think we have a really good chance being really good this year. I think we might even be a Wells Fargo (Arena) team.”
Schwarting doesn’t know yet what sport, football or basketball, that he wants to pursue in college. He’s got some interest coming in for both.
He’s visited UNI and Wayne State for football. For hoops, it’s been Simpson and Cornell who Schwarting mentioned had showed interest.
“It’s a tough decision because I love both sports,” he said. “I really have no idea right now. It’s hard to pick just one sport, because I live them both.”
Nolan Schwarting is ranked by Prep Hoops as a top 140 prospect in his class. To see the full ranking of Iowa’s 2019 class, click here.