As part of our high school season preview coverage, we’re taking a look at some of the top returning players in each class. In this article, we’re taking a look at the top ten returning rebounders in Class 4A.
1.) Cody McCullough, Ankeny Centennial (8.7 rebounds per game)
The 6-7 big man ranked third in rebounding in 4A last year, and led the Jaguars in scoring at 11.9 points a game. Don’t be surprised to see him average a double-double this year for Centennial.
2.) Andre Brandon, Iowa City Liberty (8.3 rebounds per game)
Brandon suffered a torn Achilles in early April, but is expected back for a Liberty team that returns every single player from last year’s roster. The skilled combo forward led the Lightning in scoring last year.
3.) Ty Anderson, North Scott (8.2 rebounds per game)
A future UNI Panther power forward, Anderson is one of the most athletic and active big men in the state. He’ll be the focal point of opposing game plans for a Lancer team that will be among the best in 4A yet again this year.
4.) Jaden Keller, Waterloo West (7.4 rebounds per game)
A 6-5 wing, Keller also led the Wahawks in assists last year and is one of the few players on this list who is capable of leading the break after pulling down a defensive board.
5.) Jayden Houston, Davenport North (7.0 rebounds per game)
Listed at just 6-1, Houston is the shortest player on the 4A list, but he uses his high-level athleticism to compete on the glass on both ends of the floor. He pulled down more offensive rebounds (84) than defensive (77) last season.
6.) Quran Owens, Council Bluffs Jefferson (6.9 rebounds per game)
Owens, a 6-3 senior wing, is one of three players on this rebounding list that also found themselves among the top 10 returning scorers (Brandon, Anderson).
7.) Will Berg, West Des Moines Valley (6.5 rebounds per game)
A 6-8 senior forward, Berg is among the most talented big men in the state, even if his numbers may not always indicate in on a deep and balanced Valley team. His unique ability to stretch the floor, protect the rim and run the floor make him a valued prospect.
8.) Jaden Loveless, Des Moines Hoover (6.4 rebounds per game)
The only player on this list who averaged more rebounds than points (3.7) last year, Loveless will be asked to become a much bigger scoring threat for a Huskies team that lost 35.4 points from Adam Jackson and Hosea Treadwell.
9.) Romanique Hellems, Des Moines Roosevelt (6.3 rebounds per game)
Hellems had a productive junior year for the Roughriders, averaging 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. He’ll be the go-to threat this year for a Roosevelt team that lost four players who averaged in double figures.
10.) Aldane Barrett, Davenport West (6.0 rebounds per game)
Coming off a productive summer with the Iowa Barnstormers, Barrett, a 6-7 junior, will be asked to become a force for the Falcons this winter on both ends of the floor.