Posted On: 10/18/18 1:19 PM
A highly regarded and already established star on the Iowa high school hoops scene, 6-foot-4 guard Jack Wetzel is definitely one of the state’s best talents.
With great size from the guard spot, and some serious hoops IQ to boot, he looks to be a big-time college prospect too.
Especially if his jumper, that he’s worked so hard to refine, keeps improving at the rate it has over the past two years.
“I’ve been shooting 400 shots a day, just to get my shot better,” said Wetzel. “But mainly in the last month or two, I’ve been working on finding my teammates more and creating more for them.”
He says he’ll definitely play 17U ball next spring and summer, but he’s undecided on what program he’ll run with.
This summer, he did get plenty of work in with a Cedar Rapids Kennedy team that will be among the candidates to get to the 4A state tourney next March.
“We’re just working on team chemistry right now, mainly. Just shooting a lot and getting into the gym, and I’ve gone to some camps this fall and just trying to get better everyday,” said Wetzel
“Goals for me are to shoot the ball a little bit better this season, and rebound better and I want to create and get a lot more assists than I did last year. And we really want to make it to state this year and go all the way, that’s our goal.”
Recruitment-wise, things are really picking up for Wetzel. He, along with Cougars teammates Tyler Andrews and Caleb Schlaak, visited Wisconsin recently. He’s talked with North Dakota State, Harvard and Colorado State. He says he talks with a Denver coach frequently. UNI has been in to see him at open gym.
It’s the Harvard interest that’s most intriguing right now, and it seems pretty serious. After-all, academics have always been most important to Wetzel.
“Academics are my number one, and I do have a 4.0,” he said. “That’s a big thing for me, and it really helps with my recruiting.”
Jack Wetzel is ranked by Prep Hoops as a top 15 prospect in his class. To see the full ranking of Iowa’s 2020 class, click here.