Posted On: 03/12/19 5:32 PM

After leading his team to an impressive state tourney run, Winterset guard Easton Darling now heads into what will be a critical 17U offseason.

There will be a lot of eyes on the 6-foot guard in the coming months, and with his ability to get to the hoop and to explode when he gets there, college coaches will like what they see

“Since last summer, I got a lot better at driving, getting to the rack, explosiveness and quickness,” said Darling. “I’ve done a lot of work in the weight-room, just getting stronger and more physical, and just more athletic in general.”

Darling was great as a junior, averaging 20.2 points and three assists per game for the Huskies, who finished third at state despite starting the season 2-3.

“We had three losses in a row on our home court at one point, so it was kind of a rough start, said Darling. “But we ended up clicking and getting back into winning form.”

Now, Darling will start his 17U spring with Martin Bros., they’ll be playing on the on the UAA Rise Circuit.

“We’re going to go out there and try and win every tournament, like always,” said Darling. “We start practices here in a couple weeks, and we’re gonna be looking to make some noise this summer.”

For recruitment, it’s been Nebraska-Omaha that’s been talking to him the most. Other schools Darling mentioned were South Dakota, North Dakota, Florida Atlantic, Central Missouri, Upper Iowa and Bemidji State.

“I’m looking for a school where I like the coaches, I like the team and the environment,” said Darling. “My goal has always been to play college basketball, and I just want to find a good fit for me.”