Posted On: 11/20/18 4:30 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. 9 candidate, West Delaware power forward Derek Krogmann, a walking double-double primed for a huge season with the Hawks.
2017-18 stats: 477 points (20.7/game), 286 rebounds (12.4), 43 assists (1.9), 25 steals (1.1), 39 blocks (1.7), 58.7 FG%, 35.0 3P%, 54.6 FT%
Career stats: 1,167 points (16.0/game), 797 rebounds (10.9), 95 assists (1.3), 86 blocks (1.2), 58.8 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 64.7 FT%
About Krogmann: A long, skilled left-handed big man, Krogmann is a player that I’ve loved since seeing him the summer before his freshman year at West Delaware, when I said he had All-State written all over him before he had even stepped foot in a high school classroom. He’ll make good on that three times over this winter, and should become just the 31st player in Iowa high school history to amass 1,000 career rebounds. He’s a walking double-double and is headed to Northern Iowa, where he’ll join the Panthers as a preferred walk-on, hoping to earn a scholarship down the road.
Why he can win Mr. Basketball: Few players in the 2019 class will be able to point to “three-time All-State selection” on their resume, like Krogmann will be able to, provided he stays healthy. He’s been one of the most productive players in the ’19 class for four years and will end his career averaging a double-double with eye popping efficiency numbers to boot.
Odds he wins Mr. Basketball: Slim, but as we’ve mentioned with every other player mentioned on the countdown so far, it’s no knock on Krogmann or his game. He’s been incredibly productive. But the four players at the top of this list have put together even more incredible resumes. Derek Krogmann has been one of my favorite players to cover since taking this job back in 2014, and I can’t wait to see what he does at the next level.