It’s safe to say that it was a more than successful season for the Waukee High School boys’ basketball team across the 2018-19 season. After all, they did wrap up their second straight 20 plus game winning season and captured a state tournament one seed, the highest seed earned in program history.
Waukee was top ten in Class 4A scoring, assists (third at 341), steals (177), blocks (second at 115), and rebounds (fifth at 756). It certainly was an all around team effort to acquire those numbers but there were two prominent Warrior stars who stood out and as such, earn All-State honors according to the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association. Those two individuals are none other than seniors Dylan Jones and Noah Hart.
Both collegiate bound stars had more than solid seasons and ended up with Jones earning a second team All-State selection with Hart earning a third team All-State selection. Both seniors come off of earning All-Conference, and All-District honors and have wrapped them all up with All-State honors.
Dylan Jones, a no doubt second team selection, put up first team like numbers on a consistent basis all season long. Jones compiled 358 total points on the season and averaged 14.3 points per game. When speaking of consistency, Jones was the ultimate embodiment of the word with a Class 4A second best mark of 73.7 percent shooting from the floor. Jones connected on 137 out of 186 total attempts. Jones was also among elite company in terms of rebounding on the season as his 195 rebounds ranks fifth across the entire Class 4A landscape. Despite all of that however, Jones prided himself on his defensive abilities and it’s easy to see why when he paced all of Class 4A with 72 blocks, 16 blocks more than the runner up.
“Dylan is an all around player,” began head coach Justin Ohl. “You won’t find anyone who competes harder than him. He has worked so hard for so long to get here. What you’ve seen on the court is the product of many hours before, during, and after practice shooting the ball and hitting the gym. He’s developed himself into an All-State caliber player and it’s been a blast to watch him play this season.”
While Jones easily deserves the credit bestowed on him by the masses, he himself is the last one to give him credit.
“A lot of what you see by me on the court is the great work of all my coaches over the years and great work by my teammates,” began Jones. “My coaches put me in positions to get the bucket or rebound. Without great passing from my teammates I wouldn’t be doing as well as I have been. Without the support of my family it might be a different story. I appreciate what people say but it all starts with my coaches, teammates, and family.”
Jones concludes his time at Waukee with 767 total points scored and a career average of 10.5 points per game.
Despite a shortened season, fellow senior Noah Hart was honored with a third team All-State selection. The honor was well earned due to the fact that before the season ending knee injury, Hart posted up an average of 11 points per game and nearly five assists per game. Even with bowing out of the season early, Hart still managed to end up second on the team in total assists with 59. Hart captured a total of 135 points through 12 games of action on 60.7 percent shooting from the floor.
Two of those points came in the consolation round of the state tournament where one of the best moments in sports you’ll ever watch happened. North Scott head coach Shamus Budde teamed up with coach Ohl of Waukee to allow an uncontested two point bank for Hart, giving him his only two points of the state tournament. It was a grand gesture and a nice way to end off the tenure that was Noah Hart at Waukee High School. Ultimately Hart was an integral part of Waukee’s success through the first 12 games and even when he wasn’t on the court, there was a lot of good coming from the former number 11.
“The thing about Noah is he’s a team first kind of guy,” said coach Ohl. “Even if he’s injured he still helps out the team because of his knowledge of the game and the great court vision that he has. His assistance has been great for us and while we couldn’t have him on the floor, he was still extremely valuable to this team.”
Hart wraps up his three year varsity career with Waukee with 480 total points and an average of eight points per contest.