Posted On: 07/16/21 8:11 AM

Not every guy gets to attempt 20 shots a game. Not everyone runs the point. But there are a whole lot of jobs that must be done for a team to succeed. Team-first guys do the dirty work that it takes to win. And often they miss out on the spotlight.

Here are a few small school guards who do some of that dirty work (in alphabetical order):

Blake Aurand, 6-foot-4 forward, 2022, Republic County:

Aurand is a long and physical guy who can defend a variety of spots. He crashes the glass to the tune of 7.9 rebounds a game, which helps him score a lot of his points in close. On defense, he is not afraid to bang with big opponents. He is a real presence and swats 1.9 shots a game for the Buffaloes.

Tyler Boeken, 6-foot-3 forward, 2022, Iola:

Boeken brings a powerful football-style to the court. He had a lot of talent around him last year, so he focused on rebounding – 7.7 per game – and defense. He brings a toughness and physicality that supports his teammates. Next year he may need to lift his 9.3 scoring average.

Dylan Hynes, 6-foot-1 forward, 2022, Solomon:

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