Waterloo Prime Time League Recap

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July 3rd

The July 3 Prime Time League games were the first time I stepped foot inside the Cedar Valley Sportsplex. It is a terrific facility throughout and is a great venue for the Prime Time League. Both games can be watched by spectators at once and while there isn’t an excess of seating there is an amount appropriate for the crowds.

Before I could even get settled in to my viewing experience the Jill Armstrong team featuring Jared Uthoff, Jeremy Morgan and Bennett Koch was catching my eye. Without a true point-guard on their roster Morgan was forced into ball-handling duties and he was performing the task of playing the point remarkably well.

In game one Morgan ended his evening with 25 points and four assists.

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Playing the point unveiled Jeremy’s ability to win against defenders off-the-bounce, finish in multiple fashions at the rim and it showcased his canny knack for timely passes.

Bennett Koch received post-entry passes with touch. Converting those entries into points at a 50% clip is still a work in progress, but his game could bring more impact to the Panthers front court than Ted Friedman’s. Koch attacked the boards with authority. He worked hard on defense – yet still got beat on occasion by the wits of the upperclassmen big men of the PTL. Koch also flashed the ability to run the floor and play up to the torrid tempos that are commonplace in the Prime Time League.

Deon Mitchell and Marvin Singleton were absent from the games. They were enjoying the holiday weekend back home with family.

In game 1B Panthers true freshman Wyatt Lohaus impressed with 21 points. What was most impressive about Lohaus’ 21, was how he got them. Never forcing the issue, or over-shooting. Lohaus’ actions are that of a pure point-guard – and his talent seems transcendent enough that redshirting him could be a mistake. His mid-range game is on a level where it may already be better than Kwadzo’s ever was.

Matt Bohannon continued his league-leading scoring ways with 29 points. Bohannon was making an obvious point to use his off-the-bounce game to get to the rim, pull-up jumper and free throw line. Being back in the PTL looks like it may be paying significant dividens for Bohannon. If he brings even a little of this dribble-drive game into the regular season it could significantly change the way teams guard Matt, and ultimately, the entire team.

In the late game Paul Jesperson scored 19 points. Flashing a solid pull-up and perimeter jumper game. Jesperson is in line for considerable minutes due to his prowess on defense. If He’s able to provide an all-around offensive game the junior swingman could light up the stat sheets this winter.

Ted Friedman scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Given the minutes he played it may be preferable to see some bigger numbers out of the Ankeny native. Then again, this is a summer collegiate league, not exactly the greatest litmus test of whether or not a player will take a step forward this winter.


July 10th

Back at the wonderful Cedar Valley Sportsplex on July 10 for the Prime Time League there were some notable performances from the UNI Panthers.

In game 1A Wes Washpun lit it up for 28 points. Getting to the rim nearly at will. The junior to be converted seven of eight free throws for Blendcard and dished out 7 assists.

Seth Tuttle sat out the July 10 game with a tweak in his back from workouts prior in the day. Tuttle said the injury wasn’t serious. It seemed his exclusion was simply a precaution.

Marvin Singleton scored 28 points for Culver’s/McCurry’s. Singleton appears to have slimmed down and re-emphasized his game from the wing. The senior to be still mixed it up well on the boards – grabbing eight. Teammate Deon Mitchell scored 13 points and dished out 5 assists.

In a 98-76 loss to Matt Bohannon’s team Jeremy Morgan and Bennett Koch scored 21 and 10 points respectively. Morgan dished out 9 helpers and Koch grabbed 5 boards. Despite average looking numbers Bennett Koch appears to move well and feels like he could play alongside Seth Tuttle. Morgan once again looked great running the point. He mentioned afterwards that he has enjoyed being able to work on his off-the-dribble game, but he understands he won’t be playing point guard at UNI.

In game 2 Paul Jesperson scored 23 points in a 109-89 win over Marion Iron Company/Vinton Merchants. The jumper was once again looking good for the Virginia transfer.

Ted Friedman scored six points and grabbed five rebounds. The sophomore to be from Ankeny still seems a half-step slow on both ends of the floor. He’ll have to figure out how to play defense without fouling or master a post-move to give himself a shot at more minutes this year.

Nate Buss and Wyatt Lohaus recorded double-doubles in their team’s loss.

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Lohaus with 12 points and 10 dimes. Buss with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Buss’ jumper rarely ever takes a night off. And July 10 wasn’t one of those nights. The 12 rebounds highlight, what I think, is Buss’ underrated rebounding ability. He’s a student of the box-out. Young big-men Ted Friedman and Bennett Koch could stand to benefit by incorporating Nate’s adeptness of box-outs into their games.

Wyatt Lohaus didn’t repeat his 21 point effort from the previous Thursday evening. Instead, he dished 10 dimes. Lohaus’ canny ability to let the game come to him is well ahead of the curve for a freshman. It was another evening of sharp passes and mid-range jumpers for the Iowa City native. It would seem that redshirting him may already be out of the question. Take his PTL numbers with a grain of salt if you must. The kid passes the eye test. He can ball.

The Panthers back in the Prime Time League was a great decision by Ben Jacobson and his staff. There is no doubt in my mind the UNI players benefitted from playing in this league. Having two games at the Cedar Valley Sportsplex was great.

The Sportsplex is an outstanding venue, so hopefully PTL commissioner Randy Larson would consider another date of games in Waterloo.

Perhaps the first round of the PTL playoffs?