By Barry Poe
Photo of Bettendorf's Caden Wilkins submitted
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a position-by-position look at some of the top players in Iowa high school boys basketball. This list focuses on the shooting guards.
There are hundreds of standout boys basketball players in Iowa and these lists are not intended to be comprehensive. Let us know about the other shooting guards worthy of fans’ attention in 2022-23.
Derek Weisskopf, 6-3, Jr., Williamsburg
Already committed to play football at the University of Iowa, Weisskopf has also made a name for himself on the basketball court. As a sophomore, he led his team in scoring and rebounding at 15.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and was named the Wamac Conference West Division Player of the Year. Weisskopf is also a 6-foot-9 high jumper.
Caden Wilkins, 6-6, Jr., Bettendorf
Considered the top prospect in the state of Iowa for the Class of 2024, Wilkins has an offer from Bryant, but high-major programs like Iowa, Wisconsin, Marquette, Illinois, Iowa State and Nebraska are all interested. As a sophomore, Wilkins led Bettendorf in scoring (16.1 ppg.) and rebounding (5.8 rpg.). He played in 31 games this spring and summer for the Iowa Barnstormers 16U team, averaging 17.8 points while shooting 51 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc.
Mason Costello, 6-3, Jr., Waukee
Costello is part of a Waukee team that is loaded with talent, so he’ll be asked to score some this season and be a leader as a senior. During his sophomore season, Costello averaged 9.0 points per game and had some huge scoring games over the summer for Pure Prep.
Gavin Thomas, 6-0, Jr., Aplington-Parkersburg
The son of Aplington-Parkersburg head coach Aaron Thomas, Gavin is a combo guard who can play with or without the ball in his hands. As a sophomore, he averaged 13.5 points and 3.4 assists per game.
Cyrus Courtney, 6-1, Jr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Yet another talented junior, Courtney is a standout athlete in both basketball and football. He came off the bench for Kennedy last season, contributing 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.4 steals.
Da’ Shon Fisher, 6-1, Sr., Iowa City Liberty
Fisher is one of the most explosive athletes in the state, taking advantage of his quick first step and leaping ability to finish around the rim routinely. He averaged 17.4 points per game on 52-percent shooting as a junior.
Aidan Yamilkowski, 6-4, Sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier
Yamilkowski averaged 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds last season for Xavier and has received an offer from Mount Mercy. The athletic 6-4 wing had some strong all-around games over the summer for Martin Brothers.
Cole Marsh, 6-5, Jr., Waverly-Shell Rock
Marsh averaged 14.4 points and 4.7 rebounds as a sophomore, leading the Go-Hawks in both categories. He also played quarterback on Waverly-Shell Rock’s football team.
Grant Tigges, 6-4, Jr., Waukee Northwest
A strong shooter, Tigges made 44 percent of his 3-point shots and averaged just under nine points as a sophomore. He will continue to be a role player this season but will be expected to take a stronger role as a senior next year. The Wolves won 20 games in their first season as a high school program and bring back nearly everyone from that squad.
Trevian Carson, 6-4, Sr., West Des Moines Valley
Carson was a major contributor on a team that finished with 20 wins last season. A versatile defender and talented passer, Carson also contributed six points per game, but will probably be asked to score more this season, since 60 percent of Valley’s scoring graduated.
Si’Marion Anderson, 6-2, Sr., Waterloo West
Anderson had a breakout season for the Wahawks, averaging 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a junior. He plays for the Iowa Barnstormers AAU team.
Kyle Sternberg, 6-4, Sr., AHSTW
A skilled wing with great length, Sternberg averaged 15.8 points while shooting 51 percent from the field. He also averaged 3.5 combined steals and blocks per outing.
Ethan Patterson, 5-11, Sr., Washington
Patterson averaged 16.1 points per game, while pulling down 3.4 rebounds and handing out 2.2 assists while leading his team to its third straight Southeast Conference title. He finished fourth in Class 3A with 69 3-pointers.
Riley Edwards, 6-3, Sr., Southeast Polk
Edwards had a strong junior season, averaging 19.0 points while also leading the Rams with 2.5 assists per game. Southeast Polk was a young team last season, so with the return of Edwards, it could be one of the most improved teams in the CIML.
Isaiah Naylor, 6-0, Sr., Roland-Story
Naylor led his team to a state tournament berth last season, scoring 17.1 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. He was the leading scorer in the Heart of Iowa Conference.
Keavian Hayes, 6-2, Sr., Sioux City West
A talented combo guard, he is at his best with the ball in his hands, taking advantage of his quickness and physicality. Hayes was a 53-percent shooter, averaging 17.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the Wolverines.
Prince Jallah, 6-1, Sr., Marshalltown
Jallah is an athletic defender who can defend both on the perimeter and because of his length in the paint against bigger bodies. He averaged 12.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists and will have his hands on the ball more often for the Bobcats this season.
Connor Borbeck, 6-2, Sr., Pleasant Valley
Borbeck averaged 13.5 points and 2.7 assists per game last season, making 37.4 percent of his 3-point shots. He is the top returning scorer from a team that won its first 22 games before falling in a substate final.
Jack Wagemester, 6-1, Sr., Cedar Rapids Prairie
Prairie made it to the Class 4A state semifinals last season and Wagemester is the top returning scorer from that squad. He made 41 percent of his 3-point shots and provides defensive versatility.
Sam King, 6-4, Sr., Des Moines Roosevelt
King is a strong all-around playmaker who averaged 12.8 points per game last season. King is coming off a solid summer with Pure Prep where he showed he can get others involved or score from different levels.
Henry Manning, 6-1, Sr., Waukee Northwest
Manning is another of the number of returning players for the Wolves, who won 20 games in their inaugural season. Manning is a good outside shooter who scored just under 11 points per game.
Keishawn Pendleton, 6-0, Sr., Waterloo West
Pendleton will pair with teammate Si’Marion Anderson to form a talented back court for the Wahawks. Pendleton finished second on the team at 13.8 points per game while handing out 2.5 assists.
Andrew Mauro, 6-1, Sr., W.D.M. Dowling
Mauro averaged a team-high 13.3 points per game for the Maroons last season. He can score from all over the court and has the ability to get to the free throw line often, so he’ll be asked to handle the ball more this season.
Luke Korver, 6-1, Sr., MOC-Floyd Valley
Korver drained 67 of 132 shots from beyond the arc (50.8 percent) while averaging 16.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season. The Dutch hovered around .500 last season, but are considered among the favorites in the Siouxland Conference this season.
Ayden Klein, 5-11, Sr., MOC-Floyd Valley
Another reason for optimism in the MOC-Floyd Valley camp, Klein averaged 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals and plays bigger than his listed height. He had a good summer with the Pentagon Schoolers.
Jaime Grossoehme, 6-1, Sr., Webster City
A sharpshooting lefthander, he shot 48 percent from beyond the arc while leading his team with 14.3 points per game.
Drew Britson, 6-1, Sr., Garner-Hayfield/Ventura
Britson put together a very strong junior season, averaging 16.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He’s a talented player who can score when needed, but also get his teammates the ball.
Jackson Kutcher, 6-0, Jr., Mount Vernon
Kutcher missed all but four games last season because of an injury, but buried 12-of-20 3-point attempts in the final four games. He is healthy now and coming off a strong summer with the Martin Brothers team.
Kiki Deng, 6-4, Soph., West Des Moines Valley
Deng is a tremendous athlete who thrives when he is finishing through contact and above the rim. He had a strong summer for the DI Minnesota team and is primed for a breakout sophomore season at Valley.