DES MOINES — The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) announced the 2021 boys basketball all-state teams on Tuesday. Pella’s Grant Nelson and Karl Miller were amongst those selected in Class 3A after leading the Dutch to the title. Nelson was a first team selection while Miller got the second team nod. Knoxville’s Kieren Nichols also made the second team in 3A.
Nelson, a senior, was a key cog in leading the Dutch to their first state title since 2003. The 6-foot-1 guard average a team-high 17.4 points while shooting a blistering 48.3% from the floor, 44.7% from three and 80.9% from the free throw line to go along with 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals. He was the all-tournament team captain in 3A.
Miller, a junior, was another lights-out shooter for the Dutch this year. He would average 15.7 points per game on 50% shooting from the field and 42.5% from beyond the arc and 66.7% from the charity stripe to go with 5.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He was also an all-tournament selection in 3A.
Nichols, a senior, was first team selection a year ago for Knoxville. He continued his dominant scoring ways this season, finishing fifth in 3A at 19.8 points per game while shooting 46.2% from the floor, 32.3% from deep and 68.3% from the line to go with 2.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals.
Tucker DeVries, of Waukee, was selected as Mr. Iowa Basketball 2021 by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.
DeVries is a Drake University commit, where he’ll play for his father and Drake head coach Darian DeVries. He selected Drake over Creighton, Iowa State and Oregon.
On a Waukee Warriors team that won its first state title this year and featured three other Division I recruits, DeVries led scoring this season with 18.5 points per game while also averaging 6.6 rebounds per game and 5.6 assists per game. He ended his career with 1,092 points for the Warriors in 67 total games.
“Tucker DeVries represents all that is good about Iowa high school basketball,” Waukee head coach Justin Ohl said. “He is a fierce competitor, tremendous leader and talented player. Tucker’s shot making ability and overall skill set are a result of the countless hours he has put in over the course of his high school career.”
Sports writers attending the meeting included Matt Coss (Quad-City Times), Pete Temple (Monticello Express), Nick Petaros (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier), Tyler Hetu (Creston News Advertiser), Jim Johnson (Southeast Iowa Union), Troy Hyde (Newton News), Colin Peters (Oskaloosa Herald), Kyle Ocker (Ottumwa Courier), Scott Spurgeon (Bloomfield Democrat), Ross Thede (Marshalltown Times-Republican), Kristi Nixon (Mid-America Publishing), Mark Schafer (Carroll Times Herald), Dale Wegner (The Sac Sun), Matt Gengler (Missouri Valley Times-News), Greg Grabianowski (Algona Publishing), Noah Rohlfing (Marshalltown Times-Republican), Perry L Bell (Marion County Express), Mike Oeffner (Harlan Newspapers) and Daryl Schepanski (Anamosa Journal-Eureka).
Coaches attending the meeting included Pete Messerli (Marion High School), Dwight Gingerich (Hillcrest Academy), Nick Merritt (Springville), Don Logan (IBCA), Mike Hilmer (North Linn), Steven Soukup (Danville), Mike O’Connor (Dowling Catholic), Travis Evans (Bondurant-Farrar), Josh Wilkerson (Woodbury Central), Michael Molony (Beckman Catholic), Kory Petzenhauser (Spencer), Jason Van Mersbergen (Des Moines Christian), Aaron Thomas (Aplington-Parkersburg), Michael Collison (Iowa Falls-Alden High School), Joe Smeins (Jesup), Ryan Wilson (Fort Madison), Tim Lambert (Monticello), Derrick Dengler (Montezuma), Randy Carney (Iowa Valley), Jeff Schertz (Ballard), Jed Alexander (Van Meter), Tyler Miklo (Johnston), Justin Ohl (Waukee High School), Ras Vanderloo (Sioux City East), Josh Davis (Camanche), Clive Clark (South Central Calhoun) and Joel Rankin (Dallas Center-Grimes).
The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association was founded in February 2018 to carry on the tradition of newspapers selecting all-state teams for Iowa high school sports.
Grant Nelson (Pella, SR)
Emarion Ellis (Assumption Davenport, SR)
Connor Drew (Ballard, SR)
Luke Rankin (Dallas Center-Grimes, SR)
Justin Recker (Monticello, SR)
Keaton Kutcher (Mount Vernon, SR)
Andrew Formanek (Clear Lake, SR)
Ryan Blum (Glenwood, SR)
Kieren Nichols (Knoxville, SR)
Karter Petzenhauser (Spencer, JR)
Cole Glasgow (Dallas Center-Grimes, JR)
Ashton Hermann (Ballard, JR)
Karl Miller (Pella, JR)
Jake Layman (Sergeant Bluff-Luton, SR)
Kyle Kelley (West Delaware, SR)
Christian Withrow (Clear Creek Amana, SR)
Dayton Davis (Fort Madison, JR)
Colby Collison (Bondurant-Farrar, SO)
Dylan Johnson (Western Dubuque, SR)
Max Weaton (Fairfield, SO)
Carson Toebe (Clear Lake, SO)
Kaleb Booth (Carroll, JR)
Brayson Laube (Marion, SO)
Adam Mattes (Newton, JR)