DES MOINES – One Iowa university is all over the 2013 Iowa Newspaper Association’s all-state boys’ basketball teams. Nope, it’s not the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Northern Iowa Panthers have three signees or commitments who are on the first team in their respective classes. Iowa City West senior Jeremy Morgan is on the Class 4A first team for a second consecutive year, joined by junior teammate and UNI commitment Wyatt Lohaus.
In Class 3A, Waverly-Shell Rock’s Klinton Carlson is a first-team pick. Ankeny center Ted Friedman was named to the 4A second team.
Just to take the Panther theme even further, Iowa Falls-Alden junior center Casey Schlatter is a first-team selection in 2A, and he’s been offered a scholarship by Northern Iowa.
Iowa signee Peter Jok of West Des Moines Valley is the 2013 Iowa Mr. Basketball. The 6-foot-6 wing averaged 23.6 points for the Tigers, shooting 42 percent from 3-point land and 92 percent from the free-throw line.
The Class 4A first team also includes Western Dubuque senior guard T.J. Lake, whose team moved up from 3A this season and went undefeated until the substate final. Lake was a first-team pick last season in Class 3A.
The lone Metro all-stater is Cedar Rapids Jefferson junior guard Jacob Olson. He’s a 4A third-teamer.
Vinton-Shellsburg was rewarded for its outstanding season by placing two players in 3A: Grant Sagan on the first-team front line and Max Kearns on the second-team back court. The Vikings were top-ranked and undefeated heading to the state tournament, where they lost in the quarterfinals to Harlan.
Also on the 3A first team is Anamosa senior guard Spencer Barnes, a third-teamer last year. Josh Jirak of Center Point-Urbana was named to the second-team back court, and Williamsburg’s Matt Heitmann to the third-team front court.
West Branch scoring machine Rylan Murry was named to the 2A first-team front line after being a second-team selection last season. The 6-foot-8 senior is headed to Division I Nebraska-Omaha.
Second-team picks included North Cedar forward Marshall Shedeck and MFL MarMac swingman C.J. Mason. Their teams met in the state tournament quarterfinals, with Mason and MFL MarMac winning.
The three 1A teams were dominated by picks from Northwest Iowa, which has won 16 1A championships since 1991. Area kids who made it were Lone Tree’s Bryan Forbes (first team), North Tama’s Mitchell Boerm (second team) and Sigourney’s Vaclav Bujnoch (second team).
The INA teams are selected by the state’s newspaper sportswriters, including The Gazette’s Jeff Johnson, who sat in on the 4A meeting. Various coaches sit in as well to offer aid.