3A Preview: Wings Watchlist
BY:Trey Sterner

3A will be a fun class to track this year with a deep talent pool. Read below about some of the top guards to keep an eye out for coming into this Varsity Season.

Tanner Berggren | 2024 | 6’3 | Bondurant Farrar

Season Stats: 4 ppg 2.5 rpg 37.3% 3PT 58.4% eFG 61.5% FT

If there is anyone set up to make a big leap in their senior season, it will be Berggren. His role will expand in his senior year and he looked ready to step right into it throughout the grassroots season. A smooth shooter from three and the midrange, Berggren was first and foremost a floor spacer for the Bluejays last season. This year, watch for him to show off his moves on the block and in the mid-post, passing vision, and rebounding much more.

Ben Bockman | 2024 | 6’4 | Decorah

Season Stats: 22.4 ppg 9 rpg 3.8 apg 1 spg 37.5% 3PT 54% eFG 81.4% FT

Bockman had an all-state level season in 22-23, and with more weapons around him in 23-24, I don’t see that changing this Winter. He’s a very talented scorer that can both fill it up from the three-point line as well as get it going in the post. In addition to the scoring, Bockman is a double-digit average rebounder, excellent passer, and high effort defender. I’m excited to see the new look Decorah team and Bockman’s senior season.

Derek Weisskopf | 2024 | 6’4 | Williamsburg | Iowa Football Commit

Season Stats: 19.2 ppg 8.5 rpg 3.3 apg 2 spg 54.5% eFG 71.3% FT

The Hawkeye Football commit will have a big load to carry this basketball season after his Williamsburg team graduated a lot of his fellow leaders last spring. If anyone is up to the task, it would be Weisskopf. His dominant athleticism, driving, rebounding, and legitimate ball skills and passing make him a player that demands double teams when he has the ball. Also thriving on the defensive end and attacking in transition, I don’t see his top of the leader board levels of production changing.

Colton Rasmussen | 2024 | 6’4 | Atlantic

Season Stats: 18 ppg 4 rpg 1.7 apg 1,2 spg 32.5% 3PT 47% eFG 69% FT

Rasmussen had a huge junior season with Atlantic. His great play culminated in an offer from Simpson College over the summer, likely not the last to come for the 2024 wing. He’s an explosive athlete, skilled shooter, gets to the rim well, and makes plays using his length and athleticism on the defensive end and on the boards. I’m impressed by his footwork on pull ups, quick release on his jumper, and bounce around the rim.

Luke Frazell | 2025 | 6’4 | Waverly Shell Rock

Season Stats: 12.2 ppg 3.7 rpg 1.6 apg 48.6% 3PT 60.7% eFG 81.4% FT

Frazell is one of the most impressive returning shooters in 3A. Frazell shot the three as well as anyone last season, showing a fluid release, movement shooting, and shooting ability in transition or half-court offense. With a strong frame as well, Frazell gets involved on the boards, can get into the paint off the bounce, and finishes well around the rim. WSR and Frazell should be serious championship contenders this season.

Briar Klaver | 2024 | 6’4 | Webster City

Season Stats: 14 ppg 8.3 rpg 1.6 apg 1.5 spg 39.1% 3PT 62.3% eFG 60% FT

Klaver is a player I haven’t had a chance to watch in person yet, but I hope to change that this year. His numbers from last season pop off the page. Not only was he putting up big box scores, but his Webster City team saw a high level of success.

Evan Hammer | 2024 | 6’5 | Carroll

Season Stats: 13.5 ppg 8.3 rpg 2.6 apg 1.3 spg 1 bpg 50.6% Efg 59% FT

Hammer is tough to put into either the wing or forward category, he is more of a hybrid. He is a strong interior scorer, rebounds very well, and is effective defending the interior. In addition to these post skills though, Hammer shows some great passing vision, touch in the midrange, and can defend on the perimeter. His versatile skill set helped him to earn his first offer from Central College over the summer.

Jaidyn Coon | 2026 | 6’5 | Storm Lake

Season Stats: 13.6 ppg 7.3 rpg 1.4 apg 1 spg 1 bpg 34.2% 3PT 56.2% eFG 80% FT

Coon is an impressive prospect who has been continuing to catch eyes over the course of the Spring and Summer. What immediately jumps out when you watch him is his vertical athleticism, speed downhill, and movement ability. When you watch more, you realize he is much more than just an impressive athlete. Yes, he can finish above the rim, block shots, get to the rim, and dominate in transition, but Coon is also a very good shooter, sees the floor well on both ends, and can create off the bounce.

Braylon Thomsen | 2025 | 6’4 | Assumption

Season Stats: 10 ppg 3.7 rpg 1.4 apg 45% 3PT 62.4% eFG 76.3% FT

Thomsen is a skilled, smooth scoring win that should get even more quality scoring opportunities with the addition of another elite guard to this Assumption team. A 45% 3-point shooter, I have no doubt that Thomsen will convert on a high amount of catch and shoot threes or looks attacking closeouts. Watching him in the summer, it is also apparent he has added strength in the offseason, which should help him to be an even more impactful rebounder and defender this season.

Jack McGuire | 2026 | 6’4 | Pella

McGuire is set to burst onto the scene in 3A this year as a sophomore. He had a great summer both with his Pella team and in Grassroots play with Beyond Ball. Strong, athletic, skilled as a shooter, and a very tough to stay in front of driver, McGuire’s scoring will give the Dutch a huge bump on the offensive end this season. He’s also a strong rebounder and gets deflections on the defensive end. As he continues to get stronger and gain varsity experience, he could be a serious problem for the Dutch’s opponents.