For any college basketball recruiting fans in Iowa, this state boys' basketball tournament should be a blast.
Not only is there a bevy of quality prospects, which made choosing only 20 difficult. But those 20 are spread through all four classes, so every day of the March 4-8 tournament at Wells Fargo Arena will feature Division I-level talent.
Here are the top college prospects to keep an eye on in Des Moines.
1. Xavier Foster, PF, Oskaloosa
The five-star, top-25 junior is a major priority for Iowa and Iowa State. Foster also holds offers from USC, UCLA and Kansas, among others, plus interest from Duke, Kentucky and several others. He's an athletic 7-footer with sound instincts and a smooth jumper. Folks here will pay close attention to his recruitment this spring and summer.
2. Patrick McCaffery, PF, Iowa City West
A four-star Iowa signee who has enjoyed a monster senior season, McCaffery will be a main attraction for Hawkeye fans in attendance. He's still filling in his 6-9 frame, but he's just such a smart basketball player with light feet, a 44-percent 3-point stroke and the ability to guard multiple positions inside and outside.
3. Tamin Lipsey, PG, Ames
With D.J. Carton graduating, Lipsey looks to be the next blue-chip point guard to come out of Iowa. The 6-2 freshman already holds an offer from Iowa State, plus interest from North Carolina, Iowa and Michigan. He's mature beyond his years, is a crafty passer, can score from all three levels and ranks among the state's best perimeter defenders.
4. Noah Carter, PF, Dubuque Senior
Undersized but never outworked, Carter saw his recruiting stock blossom last summer and he signed with Northern Iowa in November. He stands 6-5, but he's got a Charles Barkley-like quality to the way he plays. Carter can score from all three levels at a high clip, and he's a tireless defender.
5. Cole Henry, PF, Oskaloosa
Henry is what college coaches picture when they say "point forward." A 6-10 lefty with considerable bounce, Henry is a fastbreak dunk waiting to happen. But, more often than not, the UNI signee is looking to set up his teammates first, working especially well with Foster down low or passing out of the high post.
6. Bowen Born, PG, Norwalk
Quick and crafty with a lethal long ball, Born is a recruiting priority for Drake and UNI, who have both offered. He was more comfortable off the ball last year. This year, the lefty has come into his own as a point guard, with passes you have to see to believe. Born holds other interest from Creighton, Colorado State and Iowa State, among others.
7. Issa Samake, PF, Grand View Christian
Samake took Class 1A basketball by storm last season after transferring in from Tennessee. The Drake signee's 6-7 frame and 7-4½ wingspan work wonders on both sides of the ball down low. He's athletic and nimble enough to stretch out to the perimeter, too. He'll have a high upside in the Missouri Valley Conference.
8. Harouna Sissoko, SF, Grand View Christian
Sissoko is an explosive, above-the-rim athlete who will likely play the wing in college. The 6-7 prospect, who transferred in from Georgia this year, holds offers from Tulsa and Coppin State, plus interest from Grand Canyon, Valparaiso and South Dakota, among others.
9. Even Brauns, PF, Iowa City West
Brauns is an athletic 6-9 junior. That was enough to get him on the map entering his junior year. And after struggling early, he has started to heat up in his first year at Iowa City West. He holds offers from Toledo, UNI and Milwaukee, plus interest from Iowa, Creighton, Wisconsin, Belmont, Princeton, Utah State and Nebraska.
10. Japannah Kellogg, SF, Ames
Kellogg is a long, 6-7 wing who has played guard a lot in his high school career, so he's a better handler than many tall wings. His offense mostly comes down low and his jump shot has plenty of room for improvement. But this Green Bay signee is a college coach's dream when it comes to the ability to switch on defense.
11. Ty Anderson, SF, North Scott
Anderson is a long and versatile athlete who's a good fit for today's position-less style of basketball. The UNI recruit can handle the ball, score in a variety of ways — including a nearly 40-percent clip from long range — and guard almost anyone on the perimeter.
12. Ryan Riggs, PF, Dowling Catholic
With sophomores, you're looking at potential as much as production. Riggs offers both. He's a 6-8 forward with a good frame, and he's averaging 12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds for Dowling. He recently visited Iowa State, and he has the makings of a potential high-major prospect.
13. Chase Courbat, PF, Cedar Falls
Picking between Riggs and Courbat was like splitting hairs, but we just haven't seen as much from the 6-9 Cedar Falls forward at the high school level. He's averaging 6.5 points per game. But he has performed well at regional camps and on the AAU circuit, catching early attention from Creighton, Wisconsin, Iowa, UNI and Drake.
14. Tucker DeVries, SF, Waukee
DeVries is a smart, 6-5 prospect who is going to be one of the state's best 3-point shooters before long. The son of Drake head coach Darian DeVries, Tucker is as natural and smooth as you'd expect from a coach's kid. Colleges are always looking for 3-and-D wings, and DeVries fits the bill.
15. Angelo Winkel, PF, Bishop Garrigan
Winkel is already well-built, and he could be an imposing force when his 6-9 body matures. He's basically averaging a double-double as a sophomore, albeit against small-school competition. We'll learn more about Winkel on the AAU circuit. He has visited Iowa, Iowa State and UNI. Creighton is also aware of him.
16. Jake Hilmer, PG, North Linn
Iowa's all-time leader in assists and steals, Hilmer is a lightning rod on the basketball court. Everything he does is quick — and precise. Division I schools were monitoring Hilmer. But playing basketball and baseball at Division II Upper Iowa was too good an opportunity to pass up.
17. Easton Darling, PG, Winterset
Darling is a productive lefty guard built in a similar mold to Born. His college future is at point guard, but he plays a lot off the ball right now. He recently visited Nebraska-Omaha and is hearing from North Dakota and South Dakota, among others.
18. Derek Krogmann, PF, West Delaware
Krogmann is one of the better walk-ons in the Midwest. He'll assume that role next year at UNI. The hardworking, 6-7 post has been averaging a double-double since basically the beginning of time. If he were 2 inches taller, he'd be a D-I scholarship kid.
19. Marcus Morgan, PG, Iowa City West
Morgan comes from a bloodline rich in basketball talent, and he is shooting above 40 percent from beyond the arc as a sophomore. At 6-3, he's got good height at the point, too. This will be a big summer for him. He could also have a college future in baseball (as a pitcher) or football (as a quarterback).
20. Payton Sandfort, SG, Waukee
Sandfort is a 6-6 kid who can shoot 40-plus percent from 3-point land. That, alone, will draw attention. His stock will increase as his body matures and he gets quicker. He's visited Minnesota and Indiana. UNI, Nebraska and Utah also have him on their radar.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.