Posted On: 11/27/18 12:00 PM

For two seasons now, Woodward-Granger point guard Bryce Achenbach has been one of Iowa’s best playmakers.

Now, a junior, he’s bringing some additional leadership to the table for the Hawks, and his team is one that will make a lot of noise this winter. And Achenbach, with his improved game, will continue and put himself on the map.

“The thing I’ve been trying to most improve is my mid-range jump shot. I feel like I’m able to drive and create shots for my teammates and adding a mid-range jumper would both help me and my team,” said the 5-foot-10 floor-general.

A four-sport standout, Achenbach did not play 16U ball this past offseason. But he was still mindful to get into gym on his own time when he could.

“This offseason, I did not play AAU because I was busy with baseball, track, and football, but I was able to get in the gym every few days to put up some shots and work on ball handling,” said Achenbach.

Two seasons ago as a freshman, Achenbach averaged 9.5 points, 6.2 assists and 3.6 steals per game. As a sophomore he averaged 11.6 points, 5.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 5.6 rebounds. We expect another sensational season this season for the junior, and for his team, too.  

“I feel like I have an important role now that I am a junior. I have more weight on my shoulders and I am looked at as a team leader. Everyone looks for me to create and control our game,” said Achenbach.

“This year, I think the team has higher expectations coming off of last year. In the past, we weren’t looked at as team to win games but after our substate run (last season), people are looking for us to win games.”

Achenbach has two seasons left to terrorize opponents at Woodward-Granger. Then, he’s hoping to do the same at the college level.

“For recruitment, I’ve gotten a few letters from schools like Wayne State and Briar Cliff and a few others. I’m hoping to receive a few more throughout this year,” said Achenbach.

“This year, my biggest goal would probably be to win conference first, then try and make our teams first Wells (Fargo Arena) appearance since way back.”

He added: “Hopefully, I can draw a few more offers for recruitment. I think my team and I will turn it on this year and everyone should see an improved team.”

Bryce Achenbach is ranked by Prep Hoops as a top 65 prospect in his class. To see the full ranking of Iowa’s 2020 class, click here.