The second annual Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout tips off this coming Saturday, January 11th, at Coe College, with seven games on the slate. We get started with Don Bosco vs. Alburnett at 11:00 am, and conclude with Cedar Rapids Kennedy vs. St. James Academy (KS), with tip scheduled for 8:00 pm, and plenty of quality basketball in between. Below, we run through eight more prospects that you should keep an eye on during this first session of action.
NOTE: The games scheduled for Saturday, January 11 have been postponed to Saturday, February 1 at a TBD location.
2020 SG Jake Beckmann (Xavier)
The 5-10 senior guard is a confident shooter with “in the gym” range. He’s averaging 10.4 points a game for the Saints, and shooting over 40% from behind the arc. He’s capable of getting red hot and dropping 15 in a quarter, so Charles City will have their hands full with him. Don’t give him an inch of space or he’ll torch you.
2020 SF Davis Wagner (Xavier)
A 6-2 playmaking wing, Wagner is at his best when he’s playing downhill and getting to the rim, where he’s an effective finisher with either hand. He’s averaging 11.3 points for Xavier, and is effective on the offensive glass as well.
A big, physical and athletic wing, Haag is only averaging 8.6 points a game so far this season for the Wahawks, but West is winning games and they’ve had an extremely balanced group so far, with eight players averaging at least 4.0 a game. He showed a much improved jumper over the summer and fall, and while he’s only 5-21 from 3 so far this season (23.8%), he’s a better shooter than that and it’s only a matter of time before he gets heated up.
A versatile 6-5 wing who can do a bit of everything on the floor, Keller is a high-level passer who sees the floor really well and can dominate a game without scoring. He’s an efficient scorer who is shooting 57.1% from the floor, but averages just 6.5 points a game, instead finding other ways to impact the game – passing, rebounding and contributing on the defensive end.
2020 PG Daquavian Walker (Waterloo West)
Walker leads the Wahawks in scoring at 16.5 points a game, and he’s also swiped a team-high 30 steals. A lightning quick guard who thrives on getting to the rim and pushing the tempo in transition, he’s a nightmare for opposing guards to try to defend.
2020 G Isaiah Johnson (Waterloo West)
Johnson is second on the team in scoring at 11.0 a game, and he’s been the team’s best perimeter shooting threat so far, knocking down 39.3% of his attempts from the arc. The 6-3 wing is capable of doing a little bit of everything on the floor.
Perhaps the best prospect of this group, Christian could also have a future on the gridiron. A strong, athletic 6-4 wing capable of scoring in bunches, he’s averaging 18.1 points a game for the Little Hawks and is posting 49-40-84 shooting splits. When he’s engaged on both ends of the floor, he’s one of the best two-way players in the area, as his blend of athleticism, strength and size is tough to match on either end of the floor.
2021 PG Bryon Benton (City High)
Benton is a quick guard who likes to push the tempo and get to the rim. He’ll need to continue to add weight and strength to his frame, but he’s athletic and a solid finisher in the paint. If he can clean up the careless turnovers, he could become one of the better guards in the MVC.