The Iowa Barnstormers are official members of the Prep Hoops Circuit and they are one of the top AAU programs in the Midwest. They have high-level talent every year and they are a first-class program in all avenues. Let’s take a deep dive into the Iowa Barnstormers!
Program Name: Iowa Barnstormers
Teams & Age Groups: 15U Gold, 15U Black, 16U Gold, 16U Black, 17U Gold, 17U Black
The Barnstormers were founded in 2005 with a single team and have grown into something very special. They were born with a vision of helping talented young men in Southeast, IA gain opportunities to play basketball at the collegiate level.
The Barnstormers main focus is to help get kids opportunities to play basketball at the collegiate level. They focus on trying to help every kid, regardless of level, find a home to play at in college. They also try to use basketball as an avenue to help young men learn life lessons and hopefully when they become men, they become productive members of their community and give back.
When it comes to youth basketball, the Barnstormers typically have 5th-8th grade teams that are based out of Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. They also draw players from all over Southeast Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
This program does a great job of building up players, getting them exposure, and helping them get to the next level. Let’s take a look at some of the recent players that have had high-level success:
- Joe Wieskamp- San Antonio Spurs
- Keegan Murray- Iowa
- Kris Murray- Iowa
- Emarion Ellis- Marquette
- Joey Hauser- Michigan State
- AJ Green- UNI
- Bowen Born – UNI
- Even Brauns – Belmont
The Barnstormers have also had 50+ Division 1 players, and 25+ Division 2 players in the past 10 years
This excellent program has many current players that are on similar paths, compared to the players above. On the Barnstormers 17U teams, they haveand who have Division 1 offers already, as well as interested at all levels of Division 1 basketball. and currently hold Division 2 offers as well. On their 16U, and are the #1 and #2 ranked players in the state of Iowa according to Prep Hoops and both have visited High Major programs already. They have many other guys at all 3 levels that are ready to take that next step. Their 17U group from top to bottom is filled with kids that will play college basketball at some level.
(2023) |6-8 SF| Cedar Falls – A skilled forward who is an elite shooter. High IQ player who is extremely versatile at his size with the ability to score over both shoulders on the low block. He could be a potential candidate to blow up nationally this spring/summer.
(2023) |6-1 PG| New London – He is extremely athletic and strong. A shifty PG who can defend on-ball at a high level and score at will. He has shown tremendous improvement in his playmaking over the last year. Holds 2 D1 offers.
(2023) |6-2 G| Marion – He is a knockdown shooter. Laube is one of the best shooters in the Midwest. He is also athletic and a very high IQ player. Brayson Can play the 1 or the 2.
(2023) |6-8 PF| Wilton – He is a physical post player with a great feel around the rim. Kirkman has such a great skill set for a post. He can also play inside or out.
(2024) |6-6 G/F| Bettendorf – He does not have a weakness in his game. Wilkins does everything on the floor well. He is very athletic and has the ability to knock down shots at a high level.
(2024) |6-5 SF| Iowa City West – He has the ability to really knock down shots. Earl also attacks the rim in an impressive manner.
Here are a few Barnstormer players that are underrated and we highly recommend that you keep your eyes on these guys throughout the spring/summer.
(2023) |6-6 PF| New London – A forward who is crazy athletic. Kade is an under-the-radar guy that can take a huge leap this spring/summer.
(2023) |6-5 G/F| Rock Island (Illinois) – He is also extremely athletic. Cam has all the tools to be a high-level college player. Everyone is intrigued by his athleticism.
(2023) |6-2 CG| Liberty – A combo guard with major bounce. Fisher may be the biggest stock riser in Iowa over this past high school season.
(2024) |6-1 PG| Decorah – He is truly an “old school PG” who just does everything a coach wants to be done at the PG spot. Treyton led his team to the state tournament this year and just makes very few mistakes on either end of the floor.
This program prides itself on being the best in Iowa, and one of the best in the Midwest at placing kids in college. The Barnstormers goal is to help EVERY kid find a place to play at the next level.
Everything that the Barnstormers do is centered around preparing young men to play basketball at the next level, and also have success in life when the ball does stop bouncing for them. They believe that by holding young men accountable to high standards on and off the court, to being great teammates, to building culture, and being coachable, all of these traits not only transfer to collegiate basketball but most importantly to the game of LIFE!