Iowa’s Top Players – Regardless Of Class: #21-25
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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 #21-25 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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#25 –– 2025 – SG – North Polk High School
North Polk High School is going to have a chance to make a run this winter with the roster they have returning and a big part of that is because of Junior Guard,. Tuttle is the heart and soul of this team. It does take everyone’s best effort but it’s obvious that Tuttle is the most coordinated with the basketball in any given moment. From evaluating this team and Tuttle the past few seasons throughout the years, I’ve seen this group make leaps as a program. There isn’t really a time that Tuttle has been stopped by another opponent in a contest by more-so, only by herself. She is head and shoulders better than most she matches up with. This will all change at the collegiate level, where Tuttle will either play the 1 or the 2. No matter where she is stationed, I would be shocked if she didn’t have success. If she keeps it simple and doesn’t try to do too much, she will slowly see the floor more and more as her career moves forward with the Panthers. As for now though, Tuttle is locked in on one thing and that is bringing home a State Title this season.
#24 –– 2026 – PG – Waterloo West High School
The past two years I’ve seen Nakia play on all different type of floors, against all different types of competition across the country. Even with being witness to all of that, I think this winter high school season is going to tell us the most about her game and what she is really about as a player. If you know Nakia’s play-style, it’s elite in a few different ways. She has superior athleticism to most, she is skilled in all facets of the game both offensively and defensively, she is a constant communicator to the coaches/players around her, and she has a very high motor. The difference this winter is that she will be competing with a bigger high school, against some of the best players in the state. High school ball is much different than AAU. I want to see what happens when teams have a scouting report about Nakia. How will she adapt? How will she create for others instead? Stuff like that. Remember, Nakia is a West Point Women’s basketball commit so I’m not questioning if she can do this stuff in general. I’m questioning how elite can she be. What is her actual ceiling? We are soon to find out but for now, Nakia takes our #24 spot.
#23 –– 2025 – PG – Southeast Polk High School
, a University Of South Dakota Women’s basketball commit, is going to have two more years at the high school level before stepping onto the court for the Coyotes. Bartlett is a fire-y PG. She has an aggressive attitude on the floor and doesn’t take no for an answer. If she wants to make something happen, there is no one that is going to stand in her way. When you pair this attitude with some shifty and fundamental skill, you get a player that can consistently produce, no matter what level they are playing. I’m excited to see what Bartlett and the SE Polk Rams can stick together this winter. They will have a couple college committed players and some interesting underclassman on their roster. If they can find their rhythm early on in the year, they could make some noise come Playoff time.
#22 –– 2026 – PG – Bettendorf High School
is a name that most might be unfamiliar with throughout the state of Iowa but this winter, that all is going to change. McCorkle is a ferocious PG that stands around 5’8 and has an elite offensive skill set on the floor. Don’t get it twisted, she isn’t bad at defense in any facet but on offense is where she really eats. The way she dribbles, moves with the ball, creates and facilitates for others, or score is quite impressive. So impressive that in the past 6 months, she has picked up a handful of MM/P5 Division-1 offers to continue her basketball career after high school. The biggest being Ohio State thus far. McCorkle is going to shine this season. Her talent is one of the purest throughout the state and she is still learning. These next few seasons are crucial looking toward the future but as for right now, she is in a great place.
#21 –– 2024 – SF – Ballard High School
One of the best, uncommitted Seniors out of the state of Iowa isof Ballard High School and she comes in at #21 in the Top 25 Rankings-Regardless of Class. Thompson has quick feet, long arms with a lot of reach, and coordination around the rim. At the high school level, I could categorize her as a Forward/Combo Guard. She has an above average ability to handle the ball while pressured and can put it on the floor if need be but once she gets to the collegiate level, she will be asked to focus at the Forward position most of the time because of her mixture of height and speed. Over the past 3 seasons, Thompson has stacked up convincing numbers and had huge games. While still being uncommitted, she will definitely be one of the most sought after recruits this winter throughout Iowa. Not sure where she will end up but wherever it is, I’m sure she will have a successful career before it’s all said and done. She has a great attitude and competes like a winner, that stuff translates to the next level.