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2022 Iowa State Tournament – High Profile ‘23s and ‘24s to Watch

‘23 Pryce Sandfort (6’7) – Waukee Northwest / D1 Minnesota

  • Sandfort, Northwest’s engine, is the highest profile ‘23 prospect in Iowa since Omaha Biliew left for prep school. He has no trouble scoring from anywhere on the court. The very definition of a three-level scorer. He’s a threat from 3, midrange, and driving to the rim, where routinely finishing above it. Pryce has a better frame at this age than his brother, Iowa freshmen Payton Sandfort, did in his junior year. Northwest’s game against Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Wednesday will provide an interesting matchup against Kennedy big Jackson Bowman. I’ll be very interested to see how Kennedy plans on defending Sandfort, due to his versatility on the offensive end.

‘23 Cade Kelderman (6’1) – Waukee Northwest / Kingdom Hoops

  • As Sandfort’s wingman at Northwest, Kelderman has considerably raised his stock into a legit D2 prospect with his play last summer for Kingdom Hoops and his strong junior campaign for Northwest. I’m very impressed with how well Kelderman plays within himself, never trying to do too much in the games I’ve seen. A capable shooter, he could be in store for a big tournament due to the amount of attention and gravity that Sandfort commands.

‘23 Dallas Bear (6’8) – Cedar Falls / Iowa Barnstormers (pictured)

  • This Cedar Falls sharpshooter hasn’t shot the ball as well this season as I would’ve thought he would coming into the year (33%; 56/168), however, Bear is still certainly a big threat from around the arc. I’ll be interested to see how well Bear does scoring around the paint if his outside shot isn’t falling. He has a tight handle and the ability to be a knockdown shooter on the wing. With interest from programs such as Iowa, Nebraska, Marquette, Drake, and Loyola-Chicago, Bear is a player to watch going into this state tournament. He’ll be playing alongside star point guard and Northern Iowa commit Trey Campbell, making the Cedar Falls Tigers a contender to bring home the 4A state title.

‘23 Brayson Laube (6’2) – Marion / Iowa Barnstormers

  • Laube is the prospect on this list that I’ve seen the least amount of, however, he was one of the standouts from last year’s RecruitLook Circuit. I’m excited for another chance to see him play live. He’s averaging 19 PPG going into the tournament on 50/42/75 splits. Laube has improved his athleticism over the past year, and adding that to his eye-popping shooting splits makes him a very intriguing prospect. Mid-Major and D2 coaches have been monitoring Laube this season, with offers from Truman State and Augustana, and interest from Omaha, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

‘23 Daniel Tobiloba (6’11)  – Grand View Christian / All-Iowa Attack

  • Tobiloba as a prospect is very perplexing, defensively he is a menace on the floor, blocking most shots in his general vicinity. He has great timing on his shot blocking, combining that with his verticality and wingspan make him a shot blocking threat most anywhere on the defensive end. Due to his intimidating stature, most teams at the 1A level don’t even look to attack him down low. On the other hand, Tobiloba is very limited on the offensive end of the floor. In Grand View’s quarterfinal win against Bellevue on day 1 of the tournament, Tobiloba finished with 19 rebounds and 9 blocks, but only 9 points, with none of his makes from the field coming off a post move or a drive. If Tobiloba can develop a better offensive game, he will be a highly touted prospect around the midwest.

‘24 Cade Courbat (6’7) – Cedar Falls / Martin Brothers

  • I loved Courbat’s game when I saw him play with Martin Brothers last summer. Courbat projects more as a stretch-4 in college, with his ability to space the floor and shoot the 3, as well as take defenders off the dribble to forcefully get to the rim. Courbat is a left-handed shooter, but an ambidextrous finisher, making him dangerous when coming downhill, with an ability to finish above the rim. Courbat is the tertiary option on this Cedar Falls squad behind Campbell and Bear, however, college coaches should be very intrigued by this 2024’s upside.

‘24 Carson Johnson (5’10) – Ankeny / Martin Brothers

  • Another standout Martin Brothers prospect from their 2024 class will look to make his mark this week at the state tournament. Johnson, listed at 5’10, routinely outplayed his size last summer and the few times I’ve seen him play this season. A shifty lead guard that can heat up and take over games at times. Equipped with a tight hand and a smooth stroke, Johnson is a huge threat from beyond the arc. I’m very interested to see Johnson matchup against Johnston star guard Trey Lewis in the quarterfinals.

‘24 Jacob Simpson (6’5) – Johnston / Pure Prep

  • The few times I’ve seen Johnston play I’ve been very impressed with Simpson. He plays his role very well within this loaded Johnston team and is the beneficiary more often than not of defensive overplays on teammate Steven Kramer, a South Dakota commit. I’m excited to see him match up against a smaller Johnston squad on both ends of the floor. A high-upside prospect on a good Johnston program.

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2019 Larry Hughes Elite Camp Preview

Press Release

August 2nd, 2019

RecruitLook Hoops will once again host the Larry Hughes Elite Camp on August 10-11, 2019 in St. Louis. This is an invite-only camp that will bring in some of the top high school basketball recruits from across the country. The two-day event will feature a mixture of 60 national recruits in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes – all getting the chance to learn from NBA-veteran and skills trainers.

NBA veteran, Larry Hughes, along with state-champion high school coach, Justin Tatum, will be the lead instructors for the Camp that will take place at Hughes’ brand-new facility.

Hughes has an impressive resume having played thirteen seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in the NBA. He was drafted by the 76ers in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 1998 NBA draft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year. Hughes was recognized as a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities, and was selected to the 2004-2005 All-Defensive 1st Team.

“Larry is passionate about spreading his basketball knowledge to the younger generation, which aligns with our vision and overall goal of RecruitLook Hoops,” says Mike Enright, Founder of RecruitLook. “It’s paramount that we have an influential partner like Larry to assist with the development of the next generation of basketball players.”

This camp will also feature wearable technology that is found in top-notch NBA facilities, including the RSPCT Basketball System to track shots, and the Kinexon’s sports technology cameras to measure player movement. All the data is tracked and logged into a digital locker, which will be shared to college coaches of all levels.

“We founded Larry Hughes Basketball Academy as well as our BTS (Basketball Training System) to develop athletes’ basketball abilities and basketball IQ — as well as their character and life skills,” says Larry Hughes, Founder of LHBA and BTS. “We share the same vision when it comes to assisting youth within the sport of basketball. We’re excited to build leaders on and off the court.”

The Larry Hughes Elite Camp provides athletes with an opportunity to showcase their skills against elite competition, while also learning more about the game of basketball and life-skills from special guests. In addition to the drill work and skills sessions the campers will receive, the camp will focus on teaching valuable lessons off the court.

The camp is not open to the public, only family members of the campers. Media requests need to be submitted to info@recruitlook.com.

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