Posted On: 04/10/19 12:05 PM

With great length and a penchant for playing strong defense, Clear Lake sophomore Andrew Formanek is a guy that will warrant plenty of attention for the next two years.

The 6-foot-5 power forward first caught our eye while excelling at the state tournament last month, and was again impressive with his grassroots team last weekend in Ames.

It’s his defensive tenacity that he emphasizes the most, and sets him apart. 

“My main goal is to be a huge defensive asset. I like to use my length to get blocks and cause chaos on the defensive side of the ball,” said Formanek. “And then offensively, my post up game, foot-work and finishing strong is what I like to do.”

With Clear Lake this past season, Formanek averaged 7.4 points on 60% shooting and 4.6 rebounds per game. He also led the 24-2 Lions in blocked shots.

“I just wanted to play strong and make sure I did what I could to help our team win games,” said Formanek. “Team-wise, going to state and getting the first win in the school’s history was a big accomplishment.”

This spring and summer, Formanek is playing with a group of North Central Conference standouts on NCC 16U.

“My goals are to spread my range a little bit and become a reliable 3-point shooter and free-throw shooter as well. I’ve been working on my driving, just making sure I’m strong with the ball,” said Formanek, who’s hoping to get his recruitment rolling this offseason.

“I just want to go out there and have fun, win some games, and maybe get some college coaches to look at me.”

He added: “I’ve gotten some emails and I have my first college visit April 26th at Coe, so it’s been D3 schools looking at me, and that’s what I’m hoping to get this summer, is more coaches to scout me.”