Posted On: 11/21/18 3:30 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. 7 candidate, Linn-Mar wing Trey Hutcheson, one of the state’s best shooters.
2017-18 stats: 468 points (18.7/game), 182 rebounds (7.3), 50 assists (2.0), 35 blocks (1.4), 46.5 FG%, 43.0 3P%, 86.5 FT%
Career stats: 832 points (17.3/game), 348 rebounds (7.3), 73 assists (1.5), 50 blocks (1.0), 46.1 FG%, 43.2 3P%, 86.8 FT%
About Hutcheson: A versatile wing scorer, Hutcheson has established himself as one of the state’s most dangerous shooters. He has a picturesque stroke out to the arc, is a knockdown free throw shooter in close games, and he’s strong on the glass as well. He showed what he’s capable of in last year’s substate final against Muscatine, when he went shot-for-shot with Joe Wieskamp en route to 35 points and 12 rebounds. Hutcheson is signed to play Division I basketball at Albany, where his ability to stretch the floor with be a huge asset for the Great Danes.
Why he can win Mr. Basketball: He’s going to lead the team in scoring three times in the toughest conference in the state, and his ability to score from anywhere on the court is rivaled by only a few players. He’s a Division I signee who is going to average north of 18 points a game for his career. The production has been really good for three years.
Odds he wins Mr. Basketball: We’ve said it a lot in this countdown, but he’s not winning against the top four on this list. He’s been highly productive and is one of the state’s most potent threats, but the others have produced for longer and with even bigger numbers, or have more accolades.