Ranking Iowa's top 15 basketball prospects in the 2020 class, v2.0

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Norwalk 2020 point guard Bowen Born showed off every facet of his game during the AAU event Battle at the Lakes.
Matthew Bain, mbain@dmreg.com

Entering the all-important July live recruiting periods, here’s the Register’s updated version of the top 15 in-state 2020 basketball prospects.

This ranking is based on observations and conversations with recruiting contacts at the college and high school levels.

1. Xavier Foster, PF, Oskaloosa

AAU team: Pure Prep

Height: 7 feet

Previous ranking: 1

It’s hard to say anything that hasn’t already been said about Foster. He’s a highly skilled 7-foot rim-protector with a promising 3-point shot and versatile offensive arsenal. Iowa, Iowa State, Baylor and USC are the main four at this point, although Texas A&M and Providence are making a bit of a late push.

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2. Bowen Born, PG, Norwalk

AAU team: Iowa Barnstormers

Height: 5-11

Previous ranking: 2

Born is a pure gamer who knows basketball as well as anyone in the country. His handle is excellent. He can shoot with the best of them. He can score in bunches from all three levels. And he consistently makes his teammates better. Drake and Northern Iowa are among his offers, and Iowa and Minnesota are among those interested. 

MORE:Bowen Born opens up on blossoming recruitment

3. Even Brauns, PF, Iowa City West

AAU team: Iowa Barnstormers

Height: 6-9

Previous ranking: 3

A Belmont recruit, Brauns is a big, strong kid with rockets in his legs. His natural gifts are his calling card right now, and he’ll only become more daunting as his basketball skills continue to catch up. Brauns has greatly improved in his rebounding and rim-protection since last summer.

4. Ty Anderson, SF, North Scott

AAU team: Iowa Barnstormers

Height: 6-5

Previous ranking: 4

A UNI recruit, Anderson has a high floor. He is an elite defender who will guard multiple spots in college. The one thing he’s missing is a consistent jump shot. If he develops that, you’ve got a great two-way player. If he doesn’t, you’ve still got a defensive bulldog who can score around the basket.

5. Tyler Andrews, SF, Cedar Rapids Kennedy

AAU team: Beyond Ball/Howard Pulley 16U

Height: 6-6

Previous ranking: 7

North Dakota State is among the schools continuing to track Andrews, who is one of the state’s better athletes. His basketball skills still need fine-tuning. If he can become more consistent, he has good upside with his length and athleticism.

6. Jack Wetzel, SG, formerly Cedar Rapids Kennedy

AAU team: Gain Elite Minnesota

Height: 6-5

Previous ranking: 6

On his way to California for prep school his senior year, Wetzel is another long, knockdown shooter who will space the floor and work hard on the boards in college. Lengthy shooting guards and wings are in high demand, and Wetzel fits the bill. Denver, Illinois-Chicago and South Dakota State are among those in the picture.

7. Nick Reid, SG/SF, Central City

AAU team: Iowa Barnstormers

Height: 6-6

Previous ranking: 5

Nebraska-Omaha and Army continue to monitor Reid, who garnered buzz by averaging 32.5 points per game last season. In college, he projects more as an off-the-ball, knockdown shooter.

8. Goanar Biliew, PF, Denison-Schleswig

AAU team: Beyond Ball

Height: 6-8

Previous ranking: 8

Biliew is another high-caliber athlete who needs some fine-tuning, but the pieces are there to eventually be molded into a productive low-major or Division II forward. D-II schools are mostly tracking him at this point, and a strong July could lead to offers.

9. Will Berg, PF, West Des Moines Valley

AAU team: Iowa Barnstormers

Height: 6-8

Previous ranking: 9

Berg is a skilled big who has good footwork inside and a shot that can stretch outside the paint. Air Force just handed him his first Division I offer, and he also holds an offer from D-II Truman State.

10. Masen Miller, PG, Iowa City Regina

AAU team: Iowa Barnstormers

Height: 6-1

Previous ranking: Unranked

Miller has generated Division II buzz — and some D-I nibbles — with a strong spring and summer thus far. Truman State offered in May. His 3-point shot is his ticket to a college roster. He drained 43% of those attempts for Regina last season, and he’s among the top shooters on the Adidas Gauntlet.

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11. Easton Darling, G, Winterset

AAU team: Martin Bros

Height: 6 feet

Previous ranking: 13

Darling is a volume shooter with a quick release. He isn’t a pure point guard right now, and he doesn’t have ideal size for a shooting guard. He does have speed, though. Lots of it. He can cover 94 feet in a blur, and Air Force just offered in late June. D-II Upper Iowa has also offered.

12. Cody McCullough, PF/SF, Ankeny Centennial

AAU team: All Iowa Attack

Height: 6-7

Previous ranking: Unranked

Likely a stretch forward at the D-II level, McCullough holds offers from Truman State and Wayne State. Although not overly athletic, he’s skilled and crafty with a good motor, and he works hard on both ends of the floor.

13. Caleb Delzell, PF/SF, Camanche 

AAU team: Iowa Mavericks

Height: 6-7

Previous ranking: Unranked

Similar to McCullough, Delzell also projects as a D-II stretch forward, although his 3-point shot is more developed — he knocked down 33.3% as a junior. Truman State has offered.

14. Zack Lasek, PF, Highland

AAU team: Martin Bros

Height: 6-7

Previous ranking: 10

Lasek is a big-bodied stretch forward who lacks ideal agility, but he can shoot 40-plus percent from long range. He also has a future in college football; Northern Iowa has offered him as an offensive lineman.

15. Jake Schockemoehl, G, Wahlert Dubuque

AAU team: Pure Prep

Height: 6-3

Previous ranking: 12

Still not sure if Schockemoehl will play more at the 1 or 2 at the next level, but colleges are going to notice a kid with length and skills on the perimeter. D-IIs Truman State, Sioux Falls and Minnesota State have all offered.

Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at mbain@dmreg.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

Source: Des Moines Register