Posted On: 11/6/18 1:46 PM
When Webster City’s 6-foot-7 center Henry Hoversten occupies the paint, he means business.
Unlike so many other big-men who are playing today, Hoversten, a senior, is not prone to stepping and shooting jumpers. He’s all about dominating around the hoop.
“I don’t take too many outside shots, I like banging down low. I like doing a lot of post moves and rebounding is a big part of my game,” said Hoversten. “Defense is one of my strongest suits, and my physicality down low.”
The big-man spent his spring and summer honing his craft with Iowa Cornsharks 17U, and with Webster City on the team camp circuit.
“We did pretty good in some of those tournaments with the Cornsharks. And we had open gym two days a week for Webster City and went to some team camps,” said Hoversten. “I did some speed and agility training and got into the gym on my own and got some shots up, and just worked on my game.”
As a junior with the Lynx, Hoversten was good while averaging 11.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Now, he’ll be a senior leader, and those numbers could balloon.
“It’ll be a little different, because we’ve got a lot of young guys coming up with no varsity experience,” said Hoversten. “We’ll have a lot of different types of players out there, so we’ll see how it goes. But we want to win the conference and go far into the playoffs.”
The big and physical center is still very much available recruitment-wise. He says he’s heard from D3 and JuCo programs Wartburg, Elmhurst, Simpson, Iowa Central, Ellsworth, and some others.
“I’d like to play college basketball but I don’t really have any offers,” said Hoversten. “I’ve talked to quite a few schools off and on, they just check in and see how things are going.”