Posted On: 03/16/20 2:56 PM

The Prep Hoops Circuit is just around the corner!  It is time for us to start previewing the teams participating in the circuit!

We caught up with Iowa Mavericks to discuss their upcoming season!  Check out what they had to say!

The History: The Mavericks started in 2011. They have had many student-athletes come through our program that has gone on to attend college and play athletics and get a great education.

2020 Goals? Our goal for our program as a whole for 2020 is to give our players a platform to better their game, get the exposure they need, and to make the process fun and enjoyable & that should all lead to getting wins at the tournaments we attend. We want to ready every player that comes through our program for their High School seasons next year, and then potentially college after that.

The Mission: We want to make an environment that is enjoyable. We are a program who accepts multi-sport athletes (when many don’t) and we encourage it. We understand kids miss tournaments for other sports (High School), and for events such as family vacations and prom, etc. We want to make sure that we give each and every kid an opportunity to perform on a high level at events, and that we are bettering them at practice each time we step on the floor.

Why Prep Hoops: The platform that Nick Carroll and his team have put together has been second to none. We were one of the original members and last year we had the largest
program in the PH Circuit across the whole country. PH Circuit just lets our guys be
seen and tested on the highest level. We can guarantee that every time we go to a PH
Circuit event that we will have great officiating, top-notch staff, easy to access gym’s,
and much more. We have played on a few other circuits in the past 4 years and none of
them compare to what we had last year with PH, and will have this year. Nick & his
staff care about our groups and that is what separates them from other circuits out
there. We plan to be here for the long run!

Team Strengths: We have always prided our program’s philosophy on the defensive end. We are always a scrappy group that can and will get the job done on the defensive side of the floor. And our guys all buy into that. We truly believe that defense leads to offense, and
it has worked wonders for our guys and our program. We will always be an uptempo
group. We love to push the ball and score quick baskets in transition and then pressure
the heck out of people in the full court. We have been one of the most steady programs
competing at every tournament we’ve been to over the last 8 years and tournament
directors can count on us showing up to compete no matter the opponent or
circumstances.

This year we have a lot of size, especially at our 17U level. We will definitely
look to make that something we key in on and use to our advantage.

X-Factor Players:

17u | 6’4 | Junior | Kyle Kelley | West Delaware HS | is a tough player in general.
He is our leader on the court and can get whatever task he gets handed to him. Very
coachable kid who has a few D2 and NAIA schools already on the radar. He can shoot
the ball, attack the rim with vengeance, and plays defense as good as anyone in the
area.

17u | 6’6 | Junior | Justin Recker | Monticello HS | is new to our program this
year and he will bring a slew of options to our 17U Group. He can dominate on the
block but then he can also step out and hit key deep shots when needed. Defensively
he is a rim protector that gets blocks and rebounds with the best of them in this class.

16u | 6’5 | Sophomore | Zach Erwin | Camanche HS | comes back for his 16U
year after a dominating 15U season and a great Sophomore year at High School where
he helped lead Camanche to a State-Semifinal berth. He can do it all and at 6’5 he is a
true Point Guard which you do not see very often. He can attack the rim and he can
score assists like it’s his job.

16u | 5’9 | Sophomore | Ryan Dolphin | Pleasant Valley HS | a starter for varsity for his
PV team in HS, Ryan is another true point guard. At his size he is relentless. He can
get to the basket and score & draw contact, shoot from the perimeter and he defends
as our program preaches. He has a relentless motor and is a driving force for this
squad.

Players to Watch: 

17u | 6’5 | Junior | Ethan O’Donnell | Liberty HS | great footwork, shooter, defender

17u | 6’3 | Junior | Luke Lambert | Monticello HS | true grit point guard can score anywhere
on the floor

17u | 5’10 | Junior | Jordan Lawrence | Camanche HS | coming off of an ACL tear last
year, Jordan is a true PG who can dish and facilitate. We are expecting him to be one
of our on-court leaders of this group.

16u | 5’10 | Sophomore | Cam Guenther | Linn-Mar HS | combo guard who can
facilitate, and play relentless defense.

16u | 6’5 | Sophomore | Colin Shults | Liberty HS | big man who is coming into his
game. He has great moves on the block and is a great post defender.

Circuit Schedule: Hard Work Season Kickoff, Hard Work Live, Battle At The Lakes, Madtown Showdown, Hard Work Region Finals