Posted On: 03/21/19 8:57 AM
Born was sensational all year for the Warriors, who finished as the runner-up in 3A. The second leading scorer in the class this year, he led 3A in free throws made, field goals made and was second in 3-pointers made. The uber-skilled lefty guard showcased just how explosive he can be on the state’s biggest stage, outscoring Ballard by himself, 40-39, in the quarterfinals at the state tournament. He’s primed to blow up this summer with the Barnstormers.
The emotional leader of the 3A champions, Henry was dominant this season, averaging a double-double and dishing out north of four assists a game for the Indians. He battled through a hand injury during the latter third of the season, and delivered on a promise he made to bring a state title to Oskaloosa. A supremely talented 6-10 point-forward, he’ll head to Cedar Falls to play for UNI.
Derek Krogmann, West Delaware (2019)
Stats: 21.3 points, 13.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.5 blocks, 58.8 FG%
Krogmann finished his career with 1,679 career points and 1,128 rebounds, the latter of which ranks 10th all-time in Iowa. Relentless on the glass on both ends of the floor, the future UNI preferred walk-on is a skilled lefty big man with good footwork and touch around the rim, and he pairs his skills with a nearly 7-foot wingspan to help him dominate the rebounding category. He helped lead the Hawks to two state tournaments and is a three-time all-state honoree.
Some people around the state criticize the way Foster plays at times, because they see a 7-footer hanging around on the perimeter, but Foster is the epitome of the modern day big man with his ability to stretch the floor and protect the rim. And protect the rim, he did. He blocked 148 shots this season – only four TEAMS (Siouxland Christian, Grand View Christian, Bishop Garrigan, Ankeny Christian) around the state, regardless of class, blocked more shots than that. His presence in the paint completely alters the way teams attack the Indians, and while his offensive game is still a work in progress, he can score in a variety of ways. There’s a reason he’s a highly coveted prospect nationally.
Molstead’s team fell just short of a trip to State, but the 5-11 senior guard led the class in scoring and assists, putting up some huge games for the Comets. A four-year varsity starter, he finished his career with 1,821 points, which broke former Hawkeye Greg Brunner’s school record and ranks 85th all-time in the state. He’ll play his college ball at Wartburg.
AJ Becker, Maquoketa (2019)
Stats: 19.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 44.9 FG%, 43.8 3P%, 89 3PM, 80.7 FT%
The leading scorer for a Maquoketa team that spent some time ranked #1 in the class, the 6-3 senior guard led 3A in 3-pointers made (89) and did so at a highly efficient clip. An extremely talented shooter with the ability to shoot both off the dribble and catch effectively, his 89 3s ranked third in the state, regardless of class.
Collin Lister, Carlisle (2019)
Stats: 24.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 36.2 3P%, 64 3PM, 79.8 FT%
A 6-3 guard, Lister led the Wildcats in scoring (ranking third in 3A), assists and steals, and had some monster games when Carlisle got hot down the stretch this season. His ability to score from anywhere inside halfcourt makes him incredibly difficult to defend.
Owen Coburn, Spirit Lake (2019)
Stats: 22.2 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 blocks, 67.0 FG%, 81.1 FT%
The future South Dakota State big man is one of the most talented bigs we’ve seen come through Iowa in years. At 6-10, he has the ability to score on the block, stretch out and knock down jumpers, and he’s a highly gifted passer as well. He’ll be a major piece for the Jackrabbits over the next 4-5 years, and he likely would’ve landed on the first team had he not missed nine games with an injury.
Drew Enke, Clear Lake (2019)
Stats: 13.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 47.3 FG%, 34.8 3P%
Enke’s numbers may not stand out among some of the other players on lower all-state teams, but he was the best player for a Clear Lake team that was the last remaining undefeated team in 3A, and his presence extends beyond just the raw numbers. He was a fantastic defensive player, as evidenced by his work against Bowen Born in the Lions’ narrow semifinal loss. His length and athleticism allow him to be a versatile defender who contests everything. He contributes across the board.
Goanar Biliew, Denison-Schleswig (2020)
Stats: 18.2 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, 68.0 FG%, 70.9 FT%
The 6-8 junior big man exploded onto the scene this year, adding nearly 10 points a game to his scoring average and helping the Monarchs become one of the most improved teams in the state this year. An athletic big who finishes around the bucket and protects the paint (74 blocks), he looks primed for a big summer, and he’ll pair with fellow junior Charlie Wiebers to make Denison-Schleswig a power next season.
Dylan Peeters, Davenport Assumption (2019)
Stats: 17.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.7 steals, 2.9 blocks, 51.4 FG%, 75.2 FT%
Conner Groves, Sergeant Bluff-Luton (2019)
Stats: 16.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 44.2 FG%, 39.5 3P%, 64 3PM, 83.1 FT%
Christian Stanislav, Glenwood (2019)
Stats: 20.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 52.0 FG%
Easton Darling, Winterset (2020)
Stats: 20.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.6 steals, 45.3 FG%
Alex Irwin, LeMars (2019)
Stats: 19.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 44.0 FG%, 74.0 FT%
Kylan Smallwood, Creston (2019)
Keaton Kutcher, Mount Vernon (2021)
Macklin Shanahan, Maquoketa (2019)
Jacob Schockemoehl, Dubuque Wahlert (2020)
Rian Yates, Oskaloosa (2019)
Honorable mentions: Kieren Nichols, Knoxville (2021); Logan Shetterly, Pella (2020); Nathan Michels, Benton (2019); Daniel Wright, Sergeant Bluff-Luton (2020); Connor Drew, Ballard (2021); Jake Hull, Grinnell (2020); Matt Ockey, Gilbert (2020); Carson Toebe, Clear Lake (2022); Dylan Spina, Benton (2019); Tyler Johnson, Norwalk (2020); Tyler Endres, Norwalk (2019); Zach Carr, Glenwood (2020); Casey Kleemeier, Winterset (2019); Malga Yanga, Storm Lake (2019); Mach Nyaw, Storm Lake (2019); Will Henricksen, Marion (2020); Sean Peeters, Davenport Assumption (2020); Nate Mueller, ADM (2021); Charlie Wiebers, Denison-Schleswig (2020); Cael Schmitt, Dubuque Wahlert (2020)