The basketball season may technically be over but the accolades continue to bring us back to the hardwood as four area boys hoops stars earn All-State honors.
Recently the IPSWA (Iowa Print Sports Writers Association) released its inaugural boys basketball All-State teams and four area basketball stars made this list expanding through Class 2A, Class 3A, and Class 4A including Ryan Schmitt of Van Meter, Steve Borneman of Dallas Center-Grimes, rounded out with Nathan Johnson and Dylan Jones of Waukee.
In the world of Class 2A basketball, it was Van Meter’s Ryan Schmitt making the Class 2A second team. For the vast majority of the season he paced a Bulldog team that led 2A in field goal percentage by notching 14 points per game.
Schmitt ended the season with 352 points scored while leading the Bulldogs in rebounds (194), field goal made (147), and showcased skill from the free throw line, shooting 62 percent. He will be one of just two seniors currently set for the 2018-19 roster.
In Class 3A Dallas Center-Grimes earned a representative on the second team thanks to senior Steve Borneman. Despite just 15 games played this season, Borneman showed both his offensive and defensive capabilities accounting for 15.5 points per game while dishing out a team best 56 assists for the Mustangs.
Defensively Borneman picked up 23 steals and hauled in 95 rebounds. Borneman will leave the confines of Dallas Center-Grimes basketball with 710 career points, 175 total assists, and a career average of 11.5 points per game.
Class 4A yielded two hardwood hero’s and both came from Waukee High School in rebounding machines Nathan Johnson, who earned a second team All-State spot and Dylan Jones, who earned a third-team All-State spot. Jones had a phenomenal junior campaign leading the charge off the glass with 235 rebounds this season which put him squarely in third across all of 4A.
Jones wreaked havoc defensively with 58 blocks on the season which paired nicely offensively with nearly 11 points per game. Fellow Warrior senior Nathan Johnson also found success off the glass averaging seven and a half rebounds per game while leading the Warriors in scoring by averaging just over twelve points per contest. Johnson will end his Waukee career with 611 career points.