Author: Mike Enright

Payton Sandfort named 1st Team All State

Payton Sandfort (2021 / SF) was named 1st Team All-State! The versatile Waukee HS star can score at all 3 levels.

20ppg, 8.7rpg, 4apg, 45% 3FG.

Offers: Iowa, Minnesota, Drake, Utah, Loyola Chicago.

Payton will play this AAU Season with Kingdom Hoops out of Iowa.

Josiah Mobley earns 2nd Team All-Conference

Josiah Mobley helped lead his team to a share of a conference title in the tough Mid-State League in Ohio. Mobley was also recognized for his play with a 2nd Team All Conference award. Mobley averaged 11pg, 4apg, 5rpg, and 3spg.

Name: Josiah Mobley
Height: 6’1
Grad: 2021
High School: Whitehall-Yearling
State: Ohio
Position: Point Guard
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Jonathan Dunn picks up 2 D1 offers

Jonathan Dunn (2021) is a 6’7″ small forward from Hazelwood Central. Dunn recently just picked up his first Division 1 offer from SIUE after they were courtside for his game. Thirty minutes later, Louisiana-Monroe reached out to the powerful small forward and offered. That’s a great night for a player that is likely going to breakout this spring and summer.

Dunn plays with a nonstop motor on both ends of the floor. He runs the floor extremely well and has great movement–downhill and lateral. His strong frame and explosiveness allow him to finish at a high clip around the rim–he’s shooting over 60% from FG this high school season. He can extend the floor on offense with his ability to consistently knock down the 3 pointer–making 45% of his shots this season from deep.

Look for Dunn to gain more D1 offers this spring and summer as he runs with the SW Illinois Jets.

Q&A with 2021 Joe Berry

Joe Berry is a 6’2″ guard in the class of 2021 with a cumulative GPA is 4.4. He’s averaging 17.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.6 steals per game, and shooting 57% FG and 39% 3-FG.

We caught up with Joe discuss his season and recruitment.

RLH: How has the season been going for you at Washburn Rural HS?

JB: The season has been going very well for us so far. We are tied for first in the Centennial League (Class 6A) with only two games left. We have a very young team, but we have been getting better all season and we are playing our best basketball right now. 

RLH: You guys are currently 13-4 overall. How are you guys handling the pressure of being a top team in the state? 

JB: Even though we are young and there were only a few that got any playing time last year, we have players who were in the program and experienced what we are trying to do now. Last year we took second at state and our record was 23-2. We have handled the pressure of being a top team well by coming out every game with the expectation to win.

RLH: You’re a top option on a solid team. How are you handling the defenses knowing that you’re the go-to guy on offense?

JB: I have seen defenses this year that are specifically designed to stop me. I know that when teams do this, my teammates will be open and I can get them the ball. Coach prepares us for defenses that will be more focused on me. No matter what the defense throws at me, I know that I have to do whatever it takes to help the team win. 

RLH: You’re a top 3 player in the state in your class. What is your case on why you should be #1?

JB: Two years ago I was ranked 19th in the state. I moved up last year to the 8th spot and now I am number three. Hopefully I will continue to move up and reach the number one spot. I think I should be #1 because I have led my team to a 37-6 record in the past two years in 6A. 

RLH: If a college coach asked what are the strong parts of your game? What would you say?

JB: One strong part of my game is my ability to get to the rim and finish. I have a quick first step that has helped me get past defenders. Another part of my game that is strong is my deep range from three. I stay in front of my man and shut down their best player. 

RLH: What are you doing to improve as a basketball player?

JB: I am working on my shot constantly, trying to perfect it. Watching game film has raised my basketball IQ to another level. Lifting every day has helped me to be a more physical player and hard work has helped me reach my goals. 

RLH: Are there any updates on your college recruitment? What schools are contacting you the most? Any offers?

JB: As of right now, I do not have any offers, however, over 15 coaches are in contact with me. I have taken 3 unofficial visits to the University of Chicago, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Emporia St. I’m hearing from schools in the IVY League, West Coast Conference, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Patriot League and Summit League.