Film Room Part I Film Room Part II Film Room Part III IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Spring evaluation period is in high gear. It’s time to get noticed. I’ve been taking a look at highlights from Class of 2024 prospects…
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Spring evaluation period is in high gear. It’s time to get noticed.
I’ve been taking a look at highlights from Class of 2024 prospects from Iowa. We’ve hit crunch time for the group as it winds down its junior year of high school. I linked the first three installments above.
Here’s Part IV:
, G, North Scott – Reid (6-6) is a long-limbed wing with a diverse set of skills. He hits the backboards hard, including on the offensive end. He has a knack for seeing the angles of where shots come off the rim. He’s a strong finisher with both hands on dribble-drive. He shows a nice release point on his shot with a smooth stroke from the outside. He averaged 11.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in ’22-23, shooting 47.4 percent on triples.
, F, Urbandale – The 6-foot-5 Phillips averaged a team best 5.2 rebounds as a junior, adding 8.6 points a game for a balanced Urbandale attack. Phillips is solidly built with good athleticism. It allows him to stand out as a two-way player. I like his shooting form and release. They’re crisp. He runs the floor well and finishes at the rim with either hand. Strong reflexes and reaction time allow him to block plenty of shots.
, F, Dubuque Senior – Williams (6-6) paced a talented Senior team in scoring (12.4 PPG) and rebounding (7.6 RPG). He’s a bouncy athlete with long arms, comfortable finishing with both hands inside. He’s a strong rebounder because of his natural gifts but he also understands angles, positioning and the need to attack the glass hard. He shows keen timing on defense in blocking shots, and he runs the floor well. He plays with excellent effort.
, G, North Scott – Phillips is enjoying a strong Spring after a junior season that saw him lead the Lancers with 14.5 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. He’s well-liked on Prep Hoops as the No. 12 prospect in the state for ’24, but attention from colleges is lagging behind considering what he brings already and the room to go before hitting his ceiling. The 6-foot-7 lefty consistently gets to the rim and is a strong finisher. His mid-range game, including a step-back is nice. He erases a lot of shots on defense.
, G, Iowa City Liberty – Hughes isn’t going to wow anyone with his athleticism. He knows that. It’s why he maximizes his natural gifts, marrying them with sharp basketball skills. First off, Hughes (6-2) can light you up from behind the arc with a quick release and picturesque form. He helps spread out a defense and always is shot-ready. He’s developing his mid-range game and consistency when attacking the rim. He averaged 11.5 points and shot 41.3 percent on threes as a junior.
, G, Sioux City East – The 6-foot-3 guard also goes by “Fitzy.” No matter what you call him, Grant is an explosive player with solid skills. The left-hander is physically strong, which he utilizes well on both ends of the court. He offers sharp shooting form. He inflicts most of his damage at the rim but also possesses productive mid-range and pull-up games. He’s adept at finding teammates when the defense doubles him. He led the Raiders with 14.5 points per game last season, adding 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
Demarion Honaker, G, Camanche – The 6-foot-7 Honaker is athletic, but it’s his strong basketball skills that stand out most. They helped him average 16.8 points and 8.0 rebounds a game last season when he shot almost 70 percent from the field. He scores at all three levels with a smooth looking deep shot, a strong pull-up game and an ability to finish at the rim. He rebounds and runs the floor very well. He’s more strength than explosion at the rim.