Diving into the remaining unbeaten teams in both Class 3A and 4A. Take a look at how each team has played this far into the season and the rest of the schedule that lies ahead. Class 3A Bondurant-Farrar (15-0) Jaxson…
Diving into the remaining unbeaten teams in both Class 3A and 4A. Take a look at how each team has played this far into the season and the rest of the schedule that lies ahead.
About the Bluejays – The Bluejays are the lone undefeated team in 3A and have held the #1 spot in the PrepHoops rankings for a while now. Colby Collison Colby Collison 6'4" | SF Bondurant-Farrar | 2023 State IA , who recently committed to Briar Cliff, leads the Bluejay offense, averaging 19.1 points a game. Collison has a very well-polished game and is a smart player on both ends of the floor. He’s an elite scorer on offense and uses his size and length well on the defensive end. Fellow senior Jaxson Fried Jaxson Fried 6'6" | SF Bondurant- Farrar | 2023 State IA is another standout player on this Bluejay squad. Fried is averaging 16.3 points a contest, to go with 6.4 rebounds. At 6’6″, he is a very intriguing prospect for college coaches. He has the ability to step out and shoot and is very versatile on defense. Everett White is the teams leading rebounder, averaging 7.9 a game. Junior Reed Pfaltzgraff Reed Pfaltzgraff 6'4" Bondurant Farrar | 2024 IA is the fourth Bluejay averaging double-figures, at 10.4 a game. Coach Evans has a very well-rounded squad this year, and with the scoring ability they have, they should continue to make noise in the postseason.
Toughest Remaining Games – 2/7 vs. North Polk, 2/9 vs. Knoxville, 2/14 @ Newton, 2/16 @ Indianola
Will They Go Undefeated? No. The Bluejays have some tough matchups coming up in February. The Bluejays ability to spread the ball out and get points from anywhere will keep them unbeaten until their season finale. I think Indianola will win a close one, and give the Bluejays their lone loss of the season. In a wide-open Class 3A, Bondurant-Farrar should make a long run in the postseason.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy (14-0)
About the Cougars – The Cougars have steamrolled through their schedule thus far, boasting a 32.1 point differential. This roster is absolutely loaded with talent. Kirkwood commit Colby Dolphin Colby Dolphin 5'10" | PG Kennedy | 2023 State IA (15.2 ppg) and Upper Iowa commit Kenzie Reed Kenzie Reed 5'11" | PG Kennedy | 2023 State IA (10.5 ppg) are the two defenses always key on. Junior Micah Schlaak Micah Schlaak 6'6" | PF Kennedy | 2024 State IA (11.9 ppg) has been a key piece for the Cougars this season. Schlaak is a very versatile player on both ends of the floor and has a ton of potential. He can score inside and out, and defend inside and out as well. Another key piece for Kennedy this year has been Cyrus Courtney Cyrus Courtney 6'1" | SG Kennedy | 2024 State IA (9.3 ppg). Courtney is very good on the defensive end, suffocating his matchup, and very good at getting steals (3.3 spg). He uses his quickness and athleticism to get to the hoop. The Cougars are an all-around good team on both sides of the ball. They share the ball, have multiple scorers, and they don’t quit playing on the other end.
Toughest Remaining Games – 1/31 vs. Waterloo West, 2/7 vs. Iowa City West, 2/11 @ Valley, 2/14 @ Xavier
Will They Go Undefeated? Yes. The Cougars have some tough matchups coming up in Waterloo West and Valley, two teams who have been playing really well lately. Kennedy has been rolling through their schedule, and I don’t see that stopping. I think they are the best team in 4A and expect them to prove that as the regular season winds down.
Sioux City East (16-0)
About the Black Raiders – Way out west, the Black Raiders have been rolling this season. Fitzgerald Grant Fitzgerald Grant 6'2" | SG Sioux City East | 2024 State IA “Fitzy” leads the way, averaging 15.5 points a contest. Grant is an efficient scorer, shooting the rock at 62.8%. He uses his strength to get to the hoop and finish in traffic. Preston Dobbs Preston Dobbs 6'5" | SF Sioux City East | 2023 State IA (15.0 ppg) is East’s top perimeter threat, shooting over 50% from three. Senior guard Cole Ritchie Cole Ritchie 6'2" | SG Sioux City East | 2023 State IA (6.9 ppg) is a secondary scorer, but the teams leading assister (3.6 apg) and rebounder (5.9 rpg). As a team, the Black Raiders are a very efficient scoring bunch, play good team defense, and shoot well from the charity stripe.
Toughest Remaining Games – 1/30 @ Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 1/31 @ Bellevue West, 2/3 vs. Council Bluffs Lincoln
Will They Go Undefeated? No. Just like CR Kennedy, the Black Raiders have been rolling through their schedule. Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Council Bluffs Lincoln were the lone teams from Iowa to play East close, so I expect a couple more close ones there. Then the Black Raiders travel over to Nebraska to take on an undefeated Bellevue West team that features the number one ranked player in Nebraska, Josiah Dotzler. Keep an eye on the Black Raiders come postseason time.