Iowa Mr. Basketball

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Each year, the Iowa Mr. Basketball award is given to the male athlete chosen as the best high school boys basketball player in the U.S. state of Iowa in the United States.

Awarded since 1981, winners were chosen by the Iowa Newspaper Association at the time that annual all-state selections are made until 2017. Starting with the 2018 season, the honor was awarded by the newly formed Iowa Print Sports Writers Association, who took over all-state selections for the newspaper industry starting with the 2018 high school basketball seasons.[1] Most of the award winners have gone on to play at the highest levels of college basketball, and some have continued play in the National Basketball Association.

Voting is done on a points system. Each voter selects first, second, and third-place votes. A player receives five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote, and one point for a third-place vote. The player receiving the most points receives the award.

Award winners[edit]

Year Player High School College Notes
2018 Joe Wieskamp Muscatine Iowa
2017 Joe Smoldt Gladbrook-Reinbeck Upper Iowa
2016 Jordan Bohannon Linn-Mar Iowa
2015 Daniel Tillo Sioux City North Kentucky / Iowa Western Pursued baseball instead of basketball.
2014 Wyatt Lohaus Iowa City West Northern Iowa
2013 Peter Jok West Des Moines Valley Iowa[2]
2012 Marcus Paige Linn-Mar North Carolina[3]
2011 Jarrod Uthoff Cedar Rapids Jefferson Wisconsin / Iowa[4] Currently plays in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks.
2010 Harrison Barnes Ames North Carolina[5] Named the "Player of the Year" in the USA Today 2010 All-USA high school boys basketball team.[6] 2015 NBA Finals Champion. Currently plays in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks.
2009 Brennan Cougill Bishop Heelan Iowa[7]/ Green Bay[8]
2008 Matt Gatens Iowa City Iowa[9]
2007 Clayton Vette Waverly-Shell Rock Iowa State[10] / Winona State
2006 Jason Bohannon Linn-Mar Wisconsin[11]
2005 Josh Van Es MOC-Floyd Valley Northwestern College
2004 Carlton Reed Waterloo East Northern Iowa[12]/Iowa
2003 Brooks McKowen Wapsie Valley Northern Iowa[13] Current Head Coach at Upper Iowa University
2002 Jeff Horner Mason City Iowa Currently Assistant Coach at University of North Dakota
2001 Tyler McKinney Urbandale Creighton
2000 Glen Worley Iowa City West Iowa[14] Currently Assistant Coach at Academy of Art University
1999 (tie) Kirk Hinrich Sioux City West Kansas Played in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and Washington Wizards
1999 (tie) Nick Collison Iowa Falls Kansas Played in the NBA for the Oklahoma City Thunder and is now currently retired.
1998 David Newman Hoover Drake / Northwestern
1997 Dean Oliver Mason City Iowa Played in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors from 2001–2003. Oliver is currently an assistant men's basketball coach at Illinois State.
1996 Justin Wessel Prairie Arizona
1995 Adam Spanich Regis USC / MCC / Oral Roberts
1994 Raef LaFrentz MFL Mar-Mac, Monona Kansas Played 11 seasons (1998–2009) in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, and Portland Trail Blazers.
1993 Jess Settles Winfield-Mt. Union Iowa[15]
1992 Eric Pothoven Pella Christian Liberty
1991 Fred Hoiberg Ames Iowa State Played 10 years in the NBA and is former head coach of the Iowa State University men's basketball team. Hoiberg is the former head coach of the Chicago Bulls.
1990 Mike Davis Waterloo East Southwest Missouri State / Southeastern CC
1989 Mike Bergman Waverly-Shell Rock Iowa State
1988 Wade Lookingbill Fort Dodge Iowa
1987 Robert Johnson Lincoln Iowa State
1986 Chris Gaines Waterloo West Hawaiʻi
1985 Brian David Kuemper Catholic Arizona
1984 Al Lorenzen Kennedy Iowa
1983 Todd Lumsden Linn-Mar Northern Iowa
1982 (tie) Randy Kraayenbrink Paullina Northern Iowa
1982 (tie) Ted Burbach Dubuque Wahlert Iowa State / Western Illinois
1981 Todd Berkenpas Maple Valley Iowa


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