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Ranking Iowa's top 15 basketball prospects in the 2022 class, v1.0

Matthew Bain
Des Moines Register

Tamin Lipsey started gaining notoriety when Iowa State offered him a scholarship the summer after his eighth-grade year. Since then, the Ames point guard has blossomed into a top-tier prospect with interest from schools across the country.

He isn't Iowa's only notable basketball product in the 2022 class, though.

Far from it, actually.

Over the past couple of years, Iowa's 2022 class has developed into a deep group with several players boasting high-major potential, and plenty more who could become low- to mid-major players.

As these juniors-to-be enter a bizarre coronavirus summer recruiting period, here is the Register's first edition of the top 15 in-state 2022 basketball prospects.

These rankings are based on high school and AAU performance, staff observations and input from recruiting contacts at the college and prep levels:

(Dowling Catholic/Beyond Ball power forward/center Ruot Bijiek is expected to play for Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix next year, and is therefore not included in this top 15.)

1. Tamin Lipsey, PG, Ames

AAU team: D1Minnesota/All Iowa Attack

Offers: Iowa State, Nebraska, Minnesota

Interest: Marquette, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Cal, Xavier, Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio State, Illinois, Air Force, Holy Cross, Stanford, Texas

An ACL tear slowed things down a little, but the 6-foot-1 Lipsey is one of the country's premier point guard prospects, and his interest list reflects that. Already a gold medal-winner with Team USA, Lipsey is wise beyond his years on the basketball court, and he pairs that with an elite level of athleticism.

Ames freshman Tamin Lipsey hits a three point shot during Ames' basketball game against Johnston on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Johnston.

2. Josh Dix, SG, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln

AAU team: Iowa Barnstormers

Offers: South Dakota State, Drake

Interest: Creighton, BYU, Loyola Chicago, Northern Iowa, Belmont, Nebraska-Omaha, South Dakota, North Dakota State, Colorado State, Utah State

Dix is on his way to being a ready-made college shooting guard. The 6-3 guard's shot is quick and pure, knocking down 39.3% from long range. He's long with active hands and turns his frequent steals into fastbreak dunks. And he can dribble well, too. Dix has a shot to draw more high-major interest as his strength and athleticism develop. 

3. Tanner Te Slaa, PG, Boyden-Hull

AAU team: South Dakota Attack

Offers: South Dakota, South Dakota State, Augustana

Interest: Northern Iowa, Colorado State, Utah State, North Dakota State, Belmont 

Te Slaa is a long, 6-4 athlete who can play pretty much anywhere on the floor. His court vision and feel for the game would make him a great fit at point guard, though. He pairs those basketball smarts with a silky-smooth long-range stroke that helped him knock down 45.5% from beyond the arc last season.

Boyden-Hull's Tanner Te Slaa (15) shoots over North Linn's Cade Haughenbury (31) during their 2A state boys basketball championship game at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday, March 13, 2020, in Des Moines. Boyden-Hull takes a 26-20 lead over North Linn into halftime.

4. Cole Glasgow, SG, Dallas Center-Grimes

AAU team: All Iowa Attack

Interest: UC Irvine, Utah State, North Dakota, South Dakota, Belmont, Colorado State, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Drake, Northern Iowa

One of the more exciting 2022 prospects to watch, Glasgow is a physical, high-flying, 6-3 guard who can score in any way. Around the rim, posting up, midrange, long range, you name it. If he gets to his spot unimpeded, chances are the shot will fall.

5. Trey Campbell, PG, Cedar Falls

AAU team: Martin Brothers

Interest: Virginia Tech, Northern Iowa, South Dakota

Campbell pairs spider-armed length in his 6-4 frame with natural defensive instincts honed in the defensive-minded Cedar Falls program. He already has excellent court vision, too; he led the Tigers with 4.4 assists per game, which was top-10 in Class 4A. 

Cedar Falls's Trey Campbell shoots the ball during the Dowling Catholic vs. Cedar Falls boys' basketball state tournament Class 4A quarterfinal on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

6. Trevion LaBeaux, SF, Waterloo East

AAU team: All Iowa Attack

Interest: Nebraska-Omaha, Colorado State

Perhaps the best athlete on this list, the 6-4 LaBeaux is a highlight-reel joy to watch on the court. His natural athletic abilities make him an excellent rebounder. He needs to start taking and making more shots outside the paint, particularly from 3-point range, to garner more attention. If he does that, his upside is considerable.

7. Carson Toebe, G, Clear Lake

AAU team: Martin Brothers

Interest: South Dakota, Northern Iowa

Toebe is a well-rounded guard with good size at 6-3. He averaged 14.4 points and 4.5 assists per game last season. He shot 34.4% from 3-point range and played great defense with his size and activity. His stock will only grow as he continues to improve his ball-handling and athleticism.

8. Cameron Fens, C, Dubuque Hempstead

AAU team: Martin Brothers

Interest: South Dakota, South Dakota State, Northern Iowa

Fens is a 6-9 big who's skilled and active around the basket. Doctors think he may have a couple inches left to grow, too. His dad, Randy Fens, played D-I basketball at Northern Illinois in the 1990s. Next winter will be his first season on varsity; he dominated the sophomore level to the tune of 15 points and 10 rebounds per game last year.

9. Lucas Lorenzen, G, Okoboji

AAU team: Martin Brothers

Interest: South Dakota, South Dakota State, Augustana

Lorenzen put up some incredible numbers as a sophomore in Class 2A: 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game while shooting 52.6% overall and 43.8% on 3-point attempts. He's got good size at 6-4. He will need to improve in his athleticism and quickness to play guard at the next level, but he has impressive natural abilities.

10. Ashton Hermann, SG, Ballard

AAU team: Kingdom Hoops

Interest: Northern Iowa, Nebraska-Omaha, Augustana

There's certainly room for refinement in Hermann's game, but the 6-3 off-ball guard does a lot of good things on the floor. He's quick and disruptive in passing lanes. He's athletic around the rim. He's confident with his shot, which knocked down 32.7% from long range and 82.9% on free throws last year.

Ballard's Ashton Hermann drives to the hoop during the Center Point-Urbana vs. Ballard boys' basketball state tournament Class 3A quarterfinal on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

11. Gabe Burkle, PF, Cedar Rapids Prairie

AAU team: Martin Brothers

Interest: Belmont

Burkle is a light-footed, 6-7 forward with soft hands and good instincts around the basket. He would have more basketball interest if he wasn't so good at football — the sport he'll likely play in college. He holds football offers from Iowa State, Michigan State and Buffalo at tight end.

12. Jevin Sullivan, SG, North Polk

AAU team: Beyond Ball

Interest: Princeton, Missouri-Kansas City, Colorado State, Utah State, South Dakota State, Northern Iowa

Sullivan is a well-built, 6-3 guard who can pass, dribble and shoot while playing solid defense. Last season, he led North Polk with 19.7 points per game while shooting 38% from long range. He was one of the standout performers at the Best of Iowa League that took place in late June.

13. Trey Lewis, PG, Johnston

AAU team: Pure Prep

Interest: Belmont, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Cal

You'd be hard-pressed to find many point guard prospects in Iowa more skilled than Lewis, who averaged 10.9 points and 1.9 assists while shooting 47.3% from long range as a sophomore. Interest, though, will grow if he grows; he's about 5-9½ right now.

Johnston's Trey Lewis in the Johnston at Waukee basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Waukee.

14. Armonniey Thomas, PG, Marshalltown

AAU team: Pure Prep

Interest: Nebraska-Omaha, Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Thomas was asked to do almost everything for a young Marshalltown squad last year, and the 6-foot point guard averaged 19.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and three assists per game. He'll need to improve his shooting (39.4% overall; 32% on 3s) and reduce his turnovers, but there's no denying Thomas has skills to get him to the next level.

15. Jaxson Young, CG, Linn-Mar

AAU team: Iowa Barnstormers

Interest: Division II schools

Young hasn't played varsity yet at Linn-Mar, but the 6-1 guard performed well against good competition at the Best of Iowa League, and he's drawing high praise from evaluators across the state. He can play both spots on the perimeter, but he's really a score-first guard. Keep an eye on Young.

Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at mbain@dmreg.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

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