Posted On: 01/14/19 12:38 PM

Big things are happening right now for Tim Schuring’s TNT5 Basketball, and its associated grassroots program, Iowa Prep.

In May of last year, TNT5 Basketball Development opened doors to its new facilities, now, Iowa Prep prepares to embark on a sixth season of club ball.

“In the early years (2009-2014), we provided personal, group and team skill training for young people of all ages.  We began powering Iowa Prep teams in the summer of 2014,” program director Tim Schuring said. “After five years of skill training, we saw a need to take our developmental approach and apply it to team play, so we broke into the AAU scene.

The mission for Iowa Prep according to Schuring: “Continued growth and development of each player to help them get to their next level of play.” So, to prepare players for baskeyball after high school, or better yet, PREPare them.

“Simply put, our main focus is on player development through a process-driven approach,” Schuring said. “If we can help each develop their skill sets, basketball IQ  and overall production as a basketball player, then we have been an important piece of their basketball life.”

Schuring added: “Whether high school JV, varsity or college, we are blessed with a knowledgeable coaching staff does a great job of preparing players for their next level of play.”

Iowa Prep’s 15U, 16U and 17U squads will compete in the Prep Hoops Circuit’s Hard Work Region this spring and summer. Plenty of talent from around the Hawkeye State will be showcased on those teams.

The 16U squad will feature Carter Jannsen, a 6’6 wing who has a good chance to turn a lot of heads this offseason. Also Jack Breitback, a 5’11 guard from guard-rich Cedar Rapids Xavier, Ceighton Moriscos, a 6’3 guard from Spirit Lake who’s averaging 10 points per game as a sophomore and Caleb Burks, a 6’6 center from Waverly-Shell Rock.

On the 17U unit you can keep an eye on James Stimson, he’s averaging 17 points per game so far this season as a junior. Also Cedar Falls’ Gil Taiber, Decorah’s Matthew Franzen and Center Point-Urbana’s Kole Tupa will lead the way.

Iowa Prep will definitely be a team all D2, D3 and NAIA coaches will want to check out this summer, the proof is in the numbers: 74 percent of Iowa Prep athletes have moved on to pursue athletics at the collegiate level, that according to Schuring.

Prep Hoops is eager to get chek out some Iowa Prep games this spring and summer. There’s always plenty to see when they take the floor.

“Prep Hoops Iowa covers every level of player regardless of where they are projected to fall;  NCAA Division I or NCAA Division III? It doesn’t matter,” Schuring said. “If they have potential, Prep Hoops covers them. “