CEDAR RAPIDS — As any good point guard would do, Matt Mims dished off.
The Cedar Rapids Xavier senior was regaled with all of his career accomplishments. They are considerable.
The school’s all-time leading scorer, he was a three-year starter who helped the Saints win back-to-back Class 3A championships in 2016 and 2017. He was selected for the 3A all-state tournament team those two years and this year, when Xavier finished third.
He was named the Mississippi Valley Conference Mississippi Division player of the year this season and the Metro player of the year. Now the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association has named him a first-team all-stater in 3A, the second year in a row for that honor.
Mims was asked what goes through his mind when he hears all those things, and the point guard in him immediately comes out. Pass the credit on to others.
“The great teams that I’ve been on,” he said. “Without these teams, I’d never have been put into these situations. They have made me so much better. As a younger player in the program, I just remember going at it with Mitch Burger. Always working out with guys like him, my brother (Michael), Adam McDermott.
“They just all made me better. I can’t thank the teams I have been on enough. Because if they wouldn’t have pushed me, I wouldn’t be in the positions I’m in right now.”
Mims averaged 21 points a game for Xavier this season, a bump of six from a year ago. He shot better, he had more steals and just about as many assists.
The 6-footer’s game improved.
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“I think I got a lot better from junior year to senior year,” he said. “I really wanted to work on my jumpshot, my 3-pointer, and Coach (Ryan) Luehrsmann really helped me a lot with that. And just controlling the game more, I think I got a lot better. Just getting my team into stuff, I feel like I did a lot better job of that my senior year.”
Mims will play next season at South Dakota State, which is in this year’s NCAA tournament. He said the plan is for him to redshirt, in order to get physically stronger and acclimated to the Division I college game.
He’ll leave about a week after graduation at Xavier for college, take a couple of classes and prep for what he hopes will be an outstanding career. It’ll take a lot to top what he did in high school.
The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association selected Muscatine’s Joe Wieskamp as 2018 Iowa Mr. Basketball. The Iowa Hawkeyes signee led his team to the Class 4A state tournament with a 33.7 scoring average and finished as 4A’s all-time career leading scorer.
Joining him on 4A’s all-state first team are Iowa City West junior Patrick McCaffery (also an Iowa commit) and Cedar Falls senior A.J. Green, who led his team to the 4A state championship. He is a Northern Iowa signee.
Other first-teamers are Cascade forward Haris Hoffman. His Cougars won the Class 2A state championship, and he was named 2A all-tournament captain.
The dynamic North Linn guard duo of Jake Hilmer and Ryan Miller are first-team picks in Class 1A. It is the second first-team honor for Hilmer, who set state records for single-season and career assists.
Joe Wieskamp (Muscatine), senior
A.J. Green (Cedar Falls), senior
Patrick McCaffery (Iowa City West), junior
Tyreke Locure (Des Moines North), junior
D.J. Carton (Bettendorf), junior
Garrett Sturtz (Newton), senior
Corvon Seales (North Scott), senior
Devonte Thedford (Des Moines Hoover), senior
Nathan Johnson (Waukee), senior
CaRondis Harris-Anderson (Waterloo West), senior
Carter Stevens (Dubuque Senior), senior
Lucas Duax (Dubuque Hempstead), senior
Luke Appel (Marshalltown), senior
Trey Hutcheson (Linn-Mar), junior
Sam Ingoli (West Des Moines Dowling), senior
Boston Grimes (Johnston), senior
Aidan Vanderloo (Sioux City East), junior
Seybian Sims (Iowa City West), senior
Malcolm Clayton (Fort Dodge), senior
Dylan Jones (Waukee), junior
Hunter Strait (Ankeny Centennial), senior
Troy Houghton (Council Bluffs Lincoln), senior
Van Rees (Sioux City East), senior
Brian Dayman (Pleasant Valley), senior
Brady Sartorius (Mount Pleasant), senior
Luke Vaske (Norwalk), senior
Zach Lester (Clear Lake), senior
Matt Mims (Cedar Rapids Xavier), senior
Elijah Hazekamp (Sioux City Heelan), senior
Jared Kruse (Oskaloosa), senior
Nate Mohr (Glenwood), senior
Andrew Blum (Glenwood), senior
Cole Henry (Oskaloosa), junior
Derek Krogmann (West Delaware), junior
Jack Molstead (Charles City), junior
Cooper Ross (Carroll), senior
Xavier Foster (Oskaloosa), sophomore
Bowen Born (Norwalk), sophomore
Steve Borneman (Dallas Center-Grimes), senior
Owen Coburn (Spirit Lake), junior
Connor Groves (Sergeant Bluff-Luton), junior
Spencer Touro (Benton Community), senior
Scott Leonard (Atlantic), senior
Chase Zielke (Marion), senior
Luke Velky (Waverly-Shell Rock), junior
Jackson Joens (Cedar Rapids Xavier), senior
Gabe Shields (South Tama), senior
Shane Chamberlain (Harlan), senior
Trenton Massner (Wapello), senior
Parker Badding (Carroll Kuemper), senior
Alec Oberhauser (Aplington-Parkersburg), senior
Jacob Vis (Western Christian), junior
Dillon Faubel (Treynor), senior
Isaac Prewitt (Des Moines Christian), senior
Carter Cuvelier (Aplington-Parkersburg), junior
Haris Hoffman (Cascade), junior
Marco Balderas (South Hamilton), senior
Zaine Leedom (East Marshall), senior
Luke Empen (Northeast), senior
Tyus Arends (Sioux Center), senior
Jared Nicholls (Colfax-Mingo), senior
Ryan Schmitt (Van Meter), junior
Luke Clausen (Treynor), senior
James Betz (Garner GHV), junior
Dev Patel (Camache), senior
Beau Cornwell (West Branch), junior
Sam Snyder (Forest City), senior
R.J. Harris (Avoca AHSTW), senior
Mitch Gehling (Dyersville Beckman), senior
Jace Davidson (Pocahontas Area), junior
Drew Olson (Osage), senior
Kyle Boerhave (Sheldon), senior
Jake Hilmer (North Linn), junior
Nicholas Ruden (Remsen St. Mary’s), senior
Brady Gavin (Martensdale-St. Marys), senior
Grant DeMeulenaere (Grand View Christian), senior
Ryan Miller (North Linn), senior
Jake Carley (Council Bluffs St. Albert), senior
Zach Martinek (West Fork), junior
Jesse VanWyk (Lynnville-Sully), senior
Paul Rundquist (Wapsie Valley), junior
T.J. Schnurr (Algona Garrigan), junior
Peyton Brasser (South O’Brien), senior
Joe Weber (Boyer Valley), senior
Carter Booth (Central Decatur), senior
Caleb Terhark (George-Little Rock), junior
Brett Givens (Lisbon), senior
Brady Happel (Dunkerton), junior
Caden Kickbush (Gladbrook-Reinbeck), senior
Codey Hicks (Janesville), junior
Brennan Sefrit (Bedford), sophomore
Keonte Luckett (New London), junior
Andrew Gibb (Fort Dodge St. Edmond), junior
Thomas Hensley (Anita CAM), senior
Jack Kelley (Don Bosco), junior
Bryce Coppock (Newell-Fonda), sophomore
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