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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
CEDAR RAPIDS — It's still there. Being named Iowa's 2016 Mr. Basketball isn't going to remove it.
Jordan Bohannon didn't accomplish everything he wanted to in his incredible career at Linn-Mar. Tops on that list is never making it to the state basketball tournament.
Four years as a varsity player, no postseason games at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
'Obviously, my main goal was not accomplished. That's tough,' Bohannon said. 'But that's just more motivation for me to use in college. I'm not going to let that happen again.'
The me-against-the-world attitude the 6-foot-1 point guard and University of Iowa signee has used to become an elite player remains.
'I think I've always had a chip on my shoulder, ever since I was younger,' he said. 'No one ever believed in me. No one ever thought I'd be the fourth Bohannon to go Division I. That's always been in the back of my mind every single day I was working out. I just need to keep working hard. Hopefully I can do the best I can to help Iowa in the near future.'
Bohannon was selected for Iowa's top hoops honor by a vote of the state's sportswriters. It and the 2016 all-state teams are sponsored by the Iowa Newspaper Association.
Jordan and Jason Bohannon are the first brothers to be named Mr. Basketball. Jason won the honor in 2006, before moving on to the University of Wisconsin and a short professional career in the United States and Germany.
Jordan is the fourth Linn-Mar prep to receive it, with Marcus Paige (2012) and Todd Lumsden (1983) the others. Four other Metro preps have been named Mr. Basketball: Kennedy's Al Lorenzen (1984), Regis' Adam Spanich (1995), Prairie's Justin Wessel (1996) and Jefferson's Jarrod Uthoff (2011).
The first Iowa Mr. Basketball was Maple Valley's Todd Berkenpas in 1981.
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'That's exciting. Jordan had a tremendous season,' said Jason Bohannon, who lives in North Liberty. 'It's really neat to see all his hard work pay off like that.'
'Both of those guys were tremendous shooters,' said Linn-Mar Coach Chris Robertson, who also coached middle brothers Zach and Matt Bohannon. Zach Bohannon played Division I ball at Air Force and Wisconsin, Matt is a senior for a Northern Iowa team that will play this week in the NCAA Tournament.
'I thought it was pretty appropriate that Jordan had 92 3-pointers this season, which tied Jason's school record,' Robertson said. 'Jason was probably a little more bouncy athlete. But Jordan worked even harder because he wasn't quite as good an athlete.'
Jordan had no high-major Division I offers until taking his game to another level over last spring and summer's AAU season. He was offered by Iowa's Fran McCaffery in late August and jumped at it.
Bohannon led Class 4A and was third overall in the state this season with his 25.8 scoring average. His 92 3-pointers also led 4A and was second in the state to Gladbrook-Reinbeck's Joe Smoldt, who played five more games.
Bohannon shot 42.8 percent from distance, 92.4 (121 of 131) from the free-throw line and even led Linn-Mar in rebounds (5.3 per game). His career point total of 1,591 ranks third all-time in Metro history, behind leader Paige and Jason Bohannon.
'Our family have always been Hawkeye fans,' laughed Jason Bohannon, when asked what it was like as a Wisconsin graduate to have a brother going to rival Iowa. 'You know, it's a good fit for him. It's a great situation for him, with the ability to be on the floor right away.'
Jordan said he hopes that shoulder chip he carries will help him make an immediate impact for the Hawkeyes.
'That's the confidence level I need,' he said. 'My goal is to start from day one.'
Bohannon was joined on the Class 4A first team by Iowa City West junior guard Connor McCaffery. He averaged 16 points for a Trojans team that was state tournament runner-up, losing in the final to West Des Moines Valley.
McCaffery's teammates Devontae Lane and Wali Parks were selected second and third-teamers, respectively, in the back court and front court. Senior center Laveechie Williams of Cedar Rapids Washington, who averaged a double-double this season, was a third-team utility player.
Cedar Rapids Xavier won the Class 3A state championship, and Saints center Max Techau was honored as a third-team pick. The 6-foot-7 junior center averaged 14 points, 6.7 rebounds and over two blocked shots per game.
Cascade center Devin Green and Anamosa guard Kolin Schulte were first-team picks in Class 2A. Green averaged over 20 points in helping his team to a runner-up finish to Western Christian, while Schulte scored over 22 points per game as Anamosa qualified for the state tournament for the first time, placing fourth.
Monticello guard Derek Manternach was named a second teamer, with third teamers including Anamosa forward Tyler Zumbach, Dyersville Beckman guard Colin Squiers and Iowa City Regina's Nate Stenger.
The Class 1A all-state teams included guard Eli Gingerich of Iowa Mennonite (second), guard Ethan Wyant of Jesup (second), guard Jovonte Squiers of Lone Tree (second, utility) and guard Jake Hilmer of North Linn (third).
All-State Boys' Basketball
Front line — Will Carius, 6-7, sr., Pleasant Valley; Joe Wieskamp, 6-6, soph., Muscatine; Tra'Von Fagan, 6-7, sr., Cedar Falls; Back court — Jordan Bohannon, 6-1, sr., Linn-Mar; Turner Scott, 5-10, sr., West Des Moines Valley; Connor McCaffery, 6-6, jr., Iowa City West; Utility — A.J. Green, 6-1, soph., Cedar Falls; Connor Murrell, 6-5, sr., Sioux City East
Front line — Douglas Wilson, 6-5, jr., Des Moines Hoover; Ted Brown, 6-9, sr., West Des Moines Dowling; Tony Bonner, 6-8, sr., Council Bluffs Lincoln; Back court — Dontre English, 6-1, sr., Des Moines North; Derrick Howard, 6-4, sr., Clinton; Devontae Lane, 6-2, jr., Iowa City West; Utility — Kyle Crowl, 6-3, sr., Council Bluffs Lincoln; Quinton Curry, 6-6, jr., West Des Moines Valley
Front line — Isaiah Wade, 6-7, sr., Waterloo East; Wali Parks, 6-4, jr., Iowa City West; Van Rees, 6-6, soph., Sioux City East; Back court — Bailey Basala, 6-5, jr., North Scott; Adam Rose, 6-4, jr., Waukee; Drew Maschoff, 6-4, jr., Ankeny; Utility — Colby Shane, 6-3, sr., Ames; Laveechie Williams, 6-5, sr., Cedar Rapids Washington
Front line — Ryan Hawkins, 6-7, sr., Atlantic; Cordell Pemsl, 6-8, sr., Dubuque Wahlert; Ryan Kriener, 6-10, sr., Spirit Lake; Back court — Levi Jansen, 6-3, sr., MOC-Floyd Valley; Brady Sartorius, 6-0, soph., Mount Pleasant; Shammond Ivory, 6-2, sr., Perry; Utility — Landon Rash, 6-2, sr., Algona; Ryan VanWyk, 6-5, jr., Pella
Front line — Kyle Juhl, 6-5, sr., Harlan; T.J. Hockenson, 6-6, sr., Chariton; Austin Phyfe, 6-9, jr., Waverly-Shell Rock; Back court — DeAndre Burnside, 6-1, sr., Sioux City Heelan; Daric Laing, 6-2, sr., Chariton; Billy Brown, 6-3, sr., Spirit Lake; Utility — Will Warner, 6-3, sr., Pella; Connor Gholson, 6-2, jr., Newton
Front line — Max Techau, 6-7, jr., Cedar Rapids Xavier; Jake Kluender, 6-6, sr., Spencer; Cade McKnight, 6-8, jr., Grinnell; Back court — Alec Fuhs, 5-9, sr., Webster City; Trenton Hillbrands, 6-0, jr., LeMars; Nate Mohr, 6-1, soph., Glenwood; Utility — Dylon Storey, 6-3, sr., Bondurant-Farrar; Riley Till, 6-7, sr., Dubuque Wahlert
Front line — Josh Van Lingen, 6-6, sr., Western Christian; Devin Green, 6-7, sr., Cascade; Keaton Van Soelen, 6-6, sr., Des Moines Christian; Back court — Kolin Schulte, 6-1, sr., Anamosa; Levi Jungling, 5-11, jr., Pella Christian; Jaylan White, 5-9, sr., Interstate 35; Utility — Matt Dentlinger, 6-7, jr., Carroll Kuemper; Collin Hill, 6-5, jr., South Hamilton
Front line — Granger Kingland, 6-3, sr., Lake Mills; Marcus Winterfeld, 6-6, sr., Sioux Center; Logan Gilman, 6-3, sr., Monroe PCM; Back court — Will Mertens, 6-2, sr., Van Buren/Harmony; Connor Neuroth, 5-8, sr., Dike-New Hartford; Derek Manternach, 6-3, sr., Monticello; Utility — Nolan Chapman, 6-2, sr., Treynor; Jay Small, 6-1, jr., Hinton
Front line — Tyler Zumbach, 6-6, sr., Anamosa; Makonn Anderson, 6-4, sr., Shenandoah; Nick Ellis, 6-5, sr., Aplington-Parkersburg; Back court — Colin Squiers, 5-11, sr., Dyersville Beckman; Nate Stenger, 6-2, sr., Iowa City Regina; Will Hasken, 6-2, sr., Northeast Goose Lake; Utility — Canyon Hopkins, 6-4, sr., Earlham; Ben Juhl, 6-0, jr., Des Moines Christian
Front line — Spencer Brown, 6-8, sr., Lenox; Andy Geelan, 6-5, sr., Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire; Kyle Wagner, 6-4, sr., IKM-Manning; Back court — Joe Smoldt, 6-0, jr., Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Jackson Lamb, 6-3, sr., Nodaway Valley; Connor Sonius, 6-1, sr., West Hancock; Utility — Damon Struve, 6-2, sr., South O'Brien; Peyton Pedersen, 6-3, sr., Central Decatur
Front line — Christian Reischauer, 6-2, sr., Colo-Nesco; Jacob Kuhlmeier, 6-5, sr., West Fork; Riley Van Wyhe, 6-2, jr., Central Lyon; Back court — Eli Gingerich, 6-2, sr., Iowa Mennonite; Dalton Moser, 6-4, sr., Boyden-Hull; Ethan Wyant, 5-11, jr., Jesup; Utility — Jovonte Squiers, 6-1, jr., Lone Tree; Blake Bormann, 6-2, sr., Easton Valley
Front line — Brad Fisher, 6-6, sr., Ankeny Christian; Colt Scott, 6-3, sr., Bedford; Jacob Taylor, 6-1, sr., Diagonal; Back court — Jake Hilmer, 5-9, fr., North Linn; Travis Miller, 6-3, sr., Council Bluffs St. Albert; Dillon Sanchez, 6-0, sr., Danville; Utility — Danny Amile, 6-3, sr., Janesville; Nate Paulus, 5-10, sr., West Hancock
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