CEDAR RAPIDS — Are you ready for some basketball? A lot of basketball?
The 2019 version of the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout begins Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Center with seven boys’ games. There will be seven more games next Saturday, Jan. 19.
Things get under way at 10:15 a.m., when River Valley Conference foes Bellevue and Durant meet. Then it’s what should be a dandy game between Class 2A second-ranked North Linn and Aplington-Parkersburg (a 2A state tournament semifinalist last year) at approximately 11:45.
Mount Pleasant and Camanche meet at 1:15 p.m., then it’s Marion and Independence at 2:45, Waterloo West versus Iowa City High at 4:15, Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Oskaloosa at 5:45 and Linn-Mar against Cedar Rapids Kennedy at 7:15.
Oskaloosa features 7-foot junior center Xavier Foster, considered one of the top college recruits in the nation. He averages 15.3 points, 12.5 rebounds and 6.6 blocked shots per game.
The Indians, last year’s Class 3A state runners-up, also have 6-10 senior Cole Henry, a Northern Iowa signee who averages 20.8 points and 11.7 rebounds.
Next week, Alburnett and Springville tip things off at 10:15 a.m., followed by New London and Don Bosco (11:45 a.m.), Cedar Rapids Xavier and Fort Madison (1:15 p.m.), Dyersville Beckman and Solon (2:45), Cedar Rapids Washington and Bettendorf (4:15), West Delaware and Waverly-Shell Rock (5:45) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Johnston (7:15).
Bettendorf, of course, features Ohio State signee D.J. Carton. He averages 24 points per game.
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Admission for adults to each of the Shootout sessions is $10, which gets you in to all of that day’s games. Students are $5.
Tournament organizers have teamed up this year with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They are asking each participating school to raise money, with a goal of $10,000 total, which will go toward granting a wish to a local kid.
Around the Hoop
— West Central ended a 47-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 43-41 overtime victory over Elkader Central. The Blue Devils got 17 points, nine rebounds and four steals from sophomore Aidan Nelson in the win, their first since beating Waterloo Christian, 66-56, on Jan. 3, 2017.
— North Linn super senior Jake Hilmer broke the state career steals record in his team’s 104-36 win Tuesday night over Central City. Hilmer had six thefts in the game and has 464 in his career. He already owns the state’s career assists record (948) and is closing in on 2,000 career points, having 1,907 going into NL’s game Friday night against Alburnett.
— Central City junior Nick Reid had 15 points in that aforementioned game to go over the 1,000-point mark for his career.
— Belle Plaine senior Dylan Fry recorded a whopping 30 rebounds in his team’s 74-44 loss last Friday night to unbeaten Montezuma. All 30 boards were of the defensive variety. The 30 rebounds is the highest single-game total in the state this season.
— The Iowa High School Athletic Association will announce postseason pods for Class 1A and 2A next Friday, Jan. 18. Postseason pods for Class 3A and 4A will be revealed Jan. 25.
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