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Tamin Lipsey is good at basketball. Like, really good.
There's a reason Iowa State offered him before he began high school at Ames. There's a reason he was one of Fred Hoiberg's first offers after taking over at Nebraska. There's a reason schools such as Iowa, Michigan and Illinois are eager to see what he looks like when he comes back from his ACL tear this spring. There's a reason he was one of eight freshmen in the country selected to last summer's gold medal-winning USA Basketball U16 National Team.
As a freshman starting on varsity last year, he averaged 17 points, 4.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game while shooting 52.3 percent and 37.9 percent from long range. He was also one of the state's best perimeter defenders, and his first-year performance landed him on the Register's All-CIML and All-Iowa teams.
He's not the only sophomore prospect making waves in Iowa. This state's crop of 2022 basketball talent is shaping up to be strong. Here are five names other than Lipsey that Iowans should keep an eye on.
Josh Dix, SG, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln
A long, 6-foot-3 guard, Dix is scoring 17.9 points per game while shooting 51.2% and 38.8% from 3-point range. He's adding 5.3 rebounds and a pair of assists per game. South Dakota State has already offered.
Trevion Labeaux, SG/SF, Waterloo East
Labeaux checks in at about 6-3 and is a high-upside, athletic prospect who simply looks like a natural on the basketball court. Not sure what position he'll play in college yet. He's averaging 14 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 57.6%.
Cole Glasgow, SG, Dallas Center-Grimes
Glasgow is another 6-3 scorer who's effective from inside and outside. He's averaging 17.6 points per game while shooting 55.8% and 44.8% from long range. Belmont had shown early interest, and Drake hosted him as a game-day visitor earlier this month.
Trey Lewis, PG, Johnston
Lewis is advanced in his talent and skill level. He played up with Xavier Foster on Pure Prep's 17U squad for a few games last AAU season and didn't look out of place. The main question with Lewis? His size. He's listed at 5-8, which is most often too short for serious Division I looks. We'll see if he grows over these next couple years.
Ruot Bijiek, C/PF, Dowling Catholic
The only non junior or senior playing varsity basketball at Dowling is freshman Omaha Biliew, who's regarded as one of the country's top 2023 prospects. So don't read much into Bijiek not playing varsity yet. He's a skilled 6-9 post player whose body is still developing, and he's excelling at the sophomore level. Schools such as TCU, South Dakota State and Missouri-Kansas City are monitoring him.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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