Iowa’s Top Players – Regardless Of Class: #16-20
Throughout the month of October, the state of Iowa received a much needed Player Rankings Update. There was a total of over 60+ players added to the database throughout the four high school classes and those lists are only going…
Throughout the month of October, the state of Iowa received a much needed Player Rankings Update. There was a total of over 60+ players added to the database throughout the four high school classes and those lists are only going to continue to grow. In the article below I wanted to switch it up and try out something new within the Rankings. I am going to list the top #16-20 players in the state, regardless of their grade level. Each one of these players is a college level prospect/commit, that has stood out on multiple stages over their career thus far.
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#20 – Averie Lower – 2026 – SG – Clear Creek Amana High School
Averie Lower is one of the top shooters in the entire state, no matter of grade level or class. Her ability to square her body to the basket is high level and whenever she lets it go, it always has a chance of going in. Over the past 6 months, Lower has received a handful of offers to compete at the D1 collegiate level and it makes scene as to why. She stands at a healthy 6FT, she can move well laterally, she is quick acting to the ball, she has better then average vision, and she can shoot better then most she steps on the court with. Lower and her Clear Creek Amana team will put together another good season going into the Playoff’s. If they work hard enough and certain things that are not in their control fall into place, we could see this Clippers group competing around the State Championship in 2024. They will have to take it one game at a time but they have all of the pieces to make it happen.
#19 – Mya Crawford – 2025 – SG – Ankeny Centennial High School
Mya Crawford is a recent Drake women’s basketball commit and I can’t wait to see what she will do at the next level. Not only is Crawford a skilled player, she is an emotional leader and an overall go-getter. She makes things happen out of no where and is always there to pick up or defender her teammates when things get chippy. I’ve had the chance to see Crawford play for a few years now and she has slowly progressed to being a consistent producer on the court, no matter her surrounding. That’s going to be important when she is trying to see the floor at the collegiate level with the Bulldogs. I think she has what it takes to play at that level but she is going to have to eat on defense and live off of her energy. If she can do that, we will be hearing her name for a few more years to come out of Iowa. Just in a different form of competition.
#18 – Ellie Muller – 2026 – C/PF – Dowling Catholic High School
One of the most promising young talents throughout the state of Iowa coming into this season is Ellie Muller of Dowling Catholic. Muller is a 6’2/6’3 Post/Forward, that demonstrates balance, coordination, touch, and discipline. Obviously the eye-opening attributes of Muller’s is her mixture of length, athleticism, and skill. Recently, this talent has brought in a handful of P5 offers with plenty more to come. This winter the Dowling Catholic Maroons are going to have a good chance to compete at the State tournament before their season comes to an end. If they prepare properly, they have the roster to make a deep run and possibly bring home a Championship. As for Muller’s future, I’ll be interested into seeing where she ends up. She has raw talent and a good head on her shoulders. Anywhere she ends up, she should be successful.
#17 – Grace Knutson – 2024 – SG/PG – Cedar Falls High School
One of the best guards in the state plays for Cedar Falls High School and her name is Grace Knutson. Knutson is a guard that can switch between point the 1 and the 2 position currently. She really shines with the ball in her hands and displays a shifty, yet quick dribble but she is also very good at shooting from all over the floor. It doesn’t matter if it’s off of the dribble or off of the catch, as long as she has some rhythm as to what is going on offensively, she is going to have a clean look at the hoop with the skill-set she possesses. Before suiting up for the Drake Bulldogs herself, Knutson will give it one more go around on the high school floor this winter. She has the pieces around her and is good enough that, if they can turn it on in important moments, they will make some waves this year. They just have to lock in and play with intent, something more than doable. As for Knutson, being a Top 20 ranked player throughout your entire state is something to be proud of.
#16 – Brooklyn Stanley – 2024 – PG – Bishop Heelan High School
Brooklyn Stanley isn’t going to be the Guard that is going to blow you away with crazy moves but with fundamentals and strong drives to the basket. Stanley, a NW Missouri Bearcats commit, is swift in everything she does. She demonstrates great body control while attacking the rim and is knowledgeable enough to dish it off to an open teammates when defense brings help. Stanley played AAU out of SD so I didn’t get to see her as much as I would of liked to this past 6 months but from everything I have seen, she has been holding her own and killing it at a high level. If you’re a coach and want a Point Guard that is going to listen to you and make things happen once the play breaks down, Stanley is your PG. The Bearcats dug deep in this 2024 Class in Iowa and it’s going to be interesting to see how things play out. This is an efficient program with a rich history, if they can keep everything in motion and slowly acclimate their new talent, they will be looking competitive for years to come at the collegiate level.