All-Breakout 2018 Hunter Strait, Cedar Rapids Washington, 6’ PG He had an outstanding summer, making a name for himself while traveling the country and attending elite camps. He wiggled his way into a starting role with the Warriors during the…
Hunter Strait, Cedar Rapids Washington, 6’ PG
He had an outstanding summer, making a name for himself while traveling the country and attending elite camps. He wiggled his way into a starting role with the Warriors during the latter half of last season and ended the season with averages of 4.3 points and 2.7 assists per game. With the departure of Jared Printy to Linn-Mar, this could be the season where Strait solidifies himself as a true star.
Sam Ingoli, Dowling, 6’3 G
Likely the top candidate from the sophomore class to breakout, Ingoli was withheld from Dowling’s varsity last season, and spent last winter slicing up sophomore defenses in the CIML. This season the talented guard is projecting to be a starting guard with a talented varsity group, and we fully expect for him to flourish in that role.
Tyler Kelley, West Delaware, 6’3
The Martin Brothers product had a great summer playing alongside Jason Taylor and Carondis Harris-Anderson, and we think that momentum will carry into his sophomore season. He was coming off the bench last season with the Hawks and averaged a mere 1.2 points per game. Three starters graduated from that team and it could be Kelley’s turn to fill that void, making him a star sooner rather than later.
Devonte Thedford, Hoover, 6’1 PG
He’s been on our radar since we first saw him play two summers ago. And though he suited varsity last season as a freshman with one of 4A’s best teams, he seldom played. He’s seemingly in-line to grab a starting guard spot with the Huskies this season after a slew of seniors graduated, and his cool approach to the game should make him a very legitimate threat to be considered a rising star in 4A.
Carter Boothe, Central Decatur, 5’11 PG
Booth was starting by season’s end with the Cardinals last season, but was never fully able to elevate his game to breakout status. Even with star guard Peyton Pederson coming back for his senior season, we think Boothe will make the next step this season and solidify himself as one of 2A’s most reliable point guards.
Derrick Diggins, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 5'11 G
Diggins showed glimpses of breaking out late last season when he was starting for a state qualifying Cougars squad. A bevy of seniors have graduated and that means it will be Diggins’ turn to carry the load. Look for the talented guard to exponentially improve upon his 5.8 points per game he averaged last season.