Posted On: 03/19/19 11:46 AM
The 6-7 future Drake Bulldog didn’t post the most eye-popping numbers in 1A (and there are a lot of eye-popping numbers in this class), but he was the most impactful player on the floor, without a doubt. His 4.2 blocks per game don’t even come close to measuring the effect he has on the game on the defensive end of the floor, as his sheer presence in the paint completely alters the way every team the Thunder played attacked them over the last two years. The captain of the 1A all-tournament team, he helped lead Grand View Christian to their third straight state title, and was a nightly triple-double threat with his ability to protect the rim.
The 6-6 scoring wing made Iowa high school basketball history this winter when he dropped 76 points in a game against East Buchanan. That total tied for second all-time, trailing only the 84 that Roy Buchanan of Conway scored against Gravity High School way back in 1927. His 747 points this season rank 39th for scoring in a single season, and if the Wildcats had been able to make a little deeper run, he could’ve skyrocketed up that list. Just how dominant was his scoring? He made more free throws (236) this season than 267 TEAMS did, and attempted (307) more than 161 TEAMS. Elite scorer.
What stands out about the season that the 6-5 big man had is the ridiculous efficiency. He shot 81.3% from the floor en route to his just under 23-a-game scoring average. He was really good as a junior, shooting just under 69% from the field, then was dominant at our Expo in September, and put up a fantastic senior season for the Wildcats. He knows where he excels, and he doesn’t stray away from that, being an absolute force in the paint and around the rim. He would be a nice late pickup for an NAIA or D3 program.
A dynamic scoring guard, Shearer put together one of the best sophomore seasons of anyone in the state, and made his name known statewide with his showing at the state tournament earlier this month. A wiry, shifty guard with “in the gym” range, he combines fantastic ball handling abilities with the ability to get his shot off whenever he wants to be one of the most deadly scoring threats in the state.
The second leading scorer in the class behind only Nick Reid, Gibb did a majority of his damage against a difficult schedule comprised primarily of 2A and 3A schools. A 6-1 senior guard, he made a name for himself early in his high school career with his ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter (52.4% from 3 as a sophomore), and while those numbers from deep took a hit as he got older, he was still a highly efficient scorer whose 166 made free throws ranked third in 1A, and his 88.3% from the charity stripe led the class (among players with more than 12 attempts).
Zach Martinek, West Fork (2019)
Stats: 19.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 54.1 FG%, 44.4 3P%, 83.2 FT%
One of the most efficient and versatile scoring threats in the state, Martinek put together a great senior season for the Warhawks before heading off to play college ball at NAIA Morningside. An athletic, 6-3 wing, he led West Fork in scoring and assists, while finishing second in rebounding. A strong scorer with a great frame, his ability to score from anywhere on the floor, and defend multiple positions, will make him a strong college player.
Jackson Louscher, South O’Brien (2020)
Stats: 20.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.5 steals, 50.3 FG%, 75.0 FT%
Only Nick Reid made and attempted more free throws than this versatile 6-2 wing. Louscher led the Wolverines in scoring, rebounding and assists, and was a focal point of a South O’Brien defense that ranked second in 1A in scoring average against, allowing just 40.6 points a game. He’ll be the key piece of a South O’Brien team that will be among the favorites in 1A next season.
Nik Coble, WACO (2020)
Stats: 17.9 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.5 steals, 3.6 blocks, 59.4 FG%
Look at those averages, and it’ll tell you everything you need to know about this 6-5 forward for the Warriors. He makes an incredible impact on both ends of the floor with his versatility (he even stepped out and knocked down 19 3s at a 40.4% clip), and he played at a high level all year. During the Warriors’ somewhat surprising run to the substate final, he averaged 19.3 points (59.6 FG%, 75.0 3P%), 15 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 blocks in the four games. Dominant.
Bryce Coppock, Newell-Fonda (2020)
Stats: 28.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.9 steals, 49.5 FG%, 41.6 3P%, 72 3PM, 76.1 FT%, 150 FTM
A 6-0 junior guard, Coppock finished third in the class in scoring at 28.2 points a game, and did so while putting up some pretty impressive efficiency numbers (50-42-76 shooting splits). He led the Mustangs in assists, steals and blocks (in addition to scoring), and finished second on the team in rebounding, while playing a schedule largely made up of 2A and 3A schools.
TJ Schnurr, Bishop Garrigan (2019)
Stats: 16.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.0 blocks, 54.8 FG%, 71.6 FT%
The leading scorer and rebounder for state qualifying Bishop Garrigan, Schnurr capped off a strong career with a great senior season, helping lead the Golden Bears to their first state tournament since 2010. He’ll play his college ball alongside Zach Martinek at Morningside.
Brennan Sefrit, Bedford (2020)
Stats: 21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 4.0 steals, 40.4 3P%, 92 3PM, 83.2 FT%
Brady Happel, Dunkerton (2019)
Stats: 18.5 pints, 7.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 3.8 steals, 52.8 FG%, 71.6 FT%
Caleb Grizzle, Ankeny Christian Academy (2019)
Stats: 17.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 3.9 blocks, 53.5 FG%, 37.5 3P%, 76.5 FT%
Hunter Decker, Sioux Central (2019)
Stats: 18.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 50.6 FG%, 41.8 3P%, 61 3PM, 70.4 FT%
Cole Burmeister, Exira-EHK (2019)
Stats: 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 3.1 steals, 47.1 FG%, 79.6 FT%
Trent Williamson, Earlham (2019)
Angelo Winkel, Bishop Garrigan (2021)
Kaidion Larson, Prince of Peace (2019)
Izic Mackey, Alburnett (2019)
JD Stout, Keota (2020)
Honorable mentions: Hunter Rickels, Calamus-Wheatland (2019); Jack Kelley, Don Bosco (2019); Jared Gast, St. Albert (2019); Parker Hitt, Mormon Trail (2019); Spencer Schorg, St. Mary’s (2020); Tate Bear, Meskwaki Settlement (2019); Ben Obert, Coon Rapids (2019); Keegan Simons, Ar-We-Va (2019); Gavin Kies, Burlington Notre Dame (2019); Dakota Rold, Exira-EHK (2019); Arturo Montes, Grand View Christian (2019); Harouna Sissoko, Grand View Christian (2019); Zach Johnson, Dunkerton (2019)