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Posted On: 11/2/18 12:00 PM
Iowa City Liberty will make the move from Class 3A to Class 4A this season, and is looking forward to the challenge.
Bowen Gyrp, A 5-foot-9 guard for the Lighting, will be one of the leaders of this year’s squad.
As a freshman, Gyrp posted some of the best numbers of anyone in Iowa’s 2021 class. It’s his ability to shoot the ball that makes him a proficient threat.
“I’d say the best part of my game is shooting and that’s probably my favorite part, too,” said Gyrp, who shot 46 percent from deep last winter.
“But I need to work on getting more aggressive and taking it to the hole more.”
Also a track standout, Gyrp was splitting time this summer both running club track and playing with Iowa Dynasty.
“Things were good with Dynasty, we had a pretty good team, I played 15U and a little bit of 16U,” said Gyrp, who said he’ll drop offseason track and instead play with the Iowa Barnstormers next summer.
Now, Gyrp — who averaged 7.6 points per game last season — is looking forward to a sophomore season with Liberty. A team that will play among 4A titans in the Mississippi Valley Conference.
“With Liberty, we had a really good summer. We played in some tournaments and had some practices, it was good. This season will be a lot different, we’re a lot more experienced, but we also will be playing a much tougher schedule in the MVC this year,” said Gyrp.
“My role isn’t going to change too much. We pretty much have the same exact players as last year, the same offense.”
As for the track versus basketball question: he’ll figure that out later.
“I’m pretty equal on track and basketball for right now,” Gyrp said.