Posted On: 11/23/18 12:00 PM
As part of our preseason content, we’re counting down the top dozen candidates for this year’s Mr. Basketball award, presented annually to the top senior in the state. The list continues with our No. 4 candidate, Des Moines North guard Tyreke Locure, a scoring machine who will head down south to play his collegiate ball at South Alabama.
2017-18 stats: 675 points (28.1/game), 137 rebounds (5.7), 166 assists (6.9), 94 steals (3.9), 47.4 FG%, 32.1 3P%, 75.6 FT%
Career stats: 1,583 points (22.3/game), 351 rebounds (4.9), 509 assists (7.2), 246 steals (3.5), 45.8 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 77.7 FT%
About Locure: The electrifying point guard has put together one of the best careers of a 4A player in state history. Barring injury, he’ll become just the fourth 4A player to score more than 2,00 points in his career, joining Muscatine’s Joe Wieskamp, Mason City’s Jeff Horner and Sioux City North’s Daniel Tillo. Each of them won Mr. Basketball. He has an outside shot at breaking Wieskamp’s 4A scoring mark (if the Polar Bears make it to state and win their first game, giving them 26 games this year, he’d need to average 30.5 a night to tie him), and will certainly become the second all-time scorer in 4A at worst, passing Horner. He’ll also finish second in 4A in assists, and he already holds the steals record for 4A players. He’ll play his college ball at South Alabama, where he’ll be handed the keys to the car immediately for the Jaguars.
Why he can win Mr. Basketball: As we mentioned, he’s been one of the most productive players in Class 4A history. Every other player who has done what he’s done in his career has won the award. He’s been one of the key pieces in the transformation of Des Moines North basketball, turning the Polar Bears from a bottom tier team in the CIML into a state power on an annual basis. North is our No. 2 team in 4A to start the year, and if Locure is able to lead them to a state title, he’ll have a great shot at taking home the award.
Odds he wins Mr. Basketball: Honestly, we can probably give each of the top four a 25% chance to take home Mr. Basketball. This group is strong, each with different key bullet points on their resumes, and we can really put them in any order. He has as good a shot as anyone to win, and a state title run may put him over the top.