Point guards are often considered the glue to any basketball team.

That’s evidenced nowhere better than this season’s Quad-City Times All-Metro boys basketball squad.

Excluding Davenport Assumption post Billy Daniel, the captain and lone senior of the group, the remaining four members of the team were the point person for their respective school’s offense.

Bettendorf’s Cole Clearman, Rock Island’s C.J. Carr, Clinton’s Jalen Jones and North Scott’s Cortez Seales served as their team’s leading scorers and facilitators.

Daniel, a repeat All-Metro selection, finished as Assumption’s all-time career leading scorer (1.088 points), a two-time Mississippi Athletic Conference player of the year and contributed to 55 wins for the Knights in the past three years.

Clearman and Carr spearheaded their teams to conference championships, while Seales and North Scott registered 20 wins and Jones was the MAC’s second-leading scorer.

Marshall Shedeck, who propelled North Cedar to a third straight state tournament berth in Class 2A, headlines the All-Eastern Iowa team. Wisconsin recruit and Rockridge junior Ethan Happ is the captain of the All-Western Illinois team.

Curtis Clark, who guided Bettendorf to 25 wins and an appearance in the Iowa 4A state title game, is the coach of the year.

Meet the captain

Davenport Assumption’s Billy Daniel

A FULL CAREER: The 6-foot-5 post played in two Class 3A state basketball tournaments, was an Iowa Newspaper Association first-team all-state selection twice, the Mississippi Athletic Conference player of the year twice and propelled the Knights to an undefeated run through the league as a junior.

“Very blessed to have an opportunity like this the last three years,” Daniel said. “I was happy to end my career in Des Moines with this group of guys, and it is great to leave a legacy for the younger kids to look at and strive to do even better.”

BRIGHT LIGHTS: Daniel said the turning point in his basketball career came during the Iowa-Illinois Shootout as a sophomore. With J.T. Vonderhaar saddled with foul trouble against United Township, Daniel stepped up to score a team-high 20 points and grab six rebounds in a 62-60 defeat. “That was when I thought this was something I could be very successful at,” Daniel said.

ALL-TIME GREAT: According to Assumption’s records, Daniel leaves as the school’s unofficial all-time leading scorer with 1,088 points. “That’s unbelievable,” Daniel said. “I can’t describe the feeling because I never expected to be in that spot. I owe a lot to my teammates — even the guys who didn’t play a lot that pushed me in practice. Everybody contributed to my success.”

MEMORABLE GAMES: While Daniel said the defeats to Western Dubuque and Waverly-Shell Rock at the state tournament the past two seasons are games he won’t forget, Daniel had two of his best outings against Iowa City West, which has reeled off 52 consecutive wins and two straight Class 4A titles.

Daniel had 25 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in a 61-55 loss to the Trojans his junior year, followed by 22 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in a buzzer-beating defeat to West in this year’s season opener.

“Those are the top of my list just for the fact of the caliber of players we were playing against,” Daniel said.

NEXT CHAPTER: Daniel has signed to play basketball at Division-II Truman State in Kirksville, Mo., next season, coached by former Assumption standout Matt Woodley.

“Outside shooting and becoming a better on-ball defender are the things I really need to improve on,” Daniel said. “But ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to play college basketball — and getting your education paid for makes it even better.

“It is amazing to continue a game I love and a chance to fulfill my dream as a young child.”

— Matt Coss

All-Metro basketball


First team

C.J. Carr, Rock Island

Height, year: 5-7, jr.

Honors/stats: All-Western Big Six selection, AP Class 4A All-State third team, Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Special Mention selection; averaged 12.4 points, 4.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals; led Rocks to fourth straight league title

Coach Thom Sigel: “C.J. was the catalyst for most of the things we did. He has the ability to score when we needed that, but he has worked on developing as a point guard, especially defensively, distributing the ball and controlling the tempo.”

Cole Clearman, Bettendorf

Height, year: 5-11, jr.

Honors/stats: Two-time all-Mississippi Athletic Conference first team, Iowa Newspaper Association 4A all-state second team, all-substate team; averaged 13.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists; helped Bulldogs reach 4A state championship game

Coach Curtis Clark: “Cole is one of those natural scorers. When things are going well for him, it is like a big ball that starts rolling that is pretty hard to stop. … The thing I’m proud of this year is that he learned to trust his teammates a lot more.”

Billy Daniel, Davenport Assumption (captain)

Height, year: 6-5, sr.

Honors/stats: Two-time MAC player of year, two-time INA 3A all-state first team, 3A all-tournament team at state; Division-II Truman State signee finished with 1,088 career points; averaged a league-best 19.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 blocks. 1.6 steals

Coach Joe Barrer: “Billy is a winner with the way he competes and how he’s such a smart basketball player. He has done an awful lot for this program the last three years. I think he’ll go down as one of the greats at Assumption like his father.”

Jalen Jones, Clinton

Height, year: 6-6, jr.

Honors/stats: Iowa Newspaper Association 4A all-state second team, all-MAC first-team selection; had MAC’s best single-game point total with 33 points against Davenport North; averaged 19 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.6 steals

Coach Nick Lawrence: “Jalen did a great job of running the show for us this year. He had the ability to take over games and really tried to assert himself as one of the best players in the conference. He played out of position at (point), but did a really nice job of adapting to it.”

Cortez Seales, North Scott

Height, year: 6-4, so.

Honors/stats: Iowa Newspaper Association 4A all-state first team, all-MAC first-team choice, all-substate team; led Lancers in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, averaged 14.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.8 steals

Coach Shamus Budde: “Cortez is developing into a more complete player. He has always been a very good offensive player, but this year he learned that there are actually two ends of the floor. His versatility on both ends of the court was an important component to our team and our system.”

Second team

Kain Arthofer, Pleasant Valley

Height, year: 6-3, sr.

Stats: The two-time all-MAC selection averaged a team-best 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game as Spartans reached 4A substate final

Nicholas Baer, Bettendorf

Height, year: 6-7, jr.

Stats: The second-team all-MAC choice registered 9.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and nearly 2 blocks per game in igniting Bulldogs to 4A state title game

Kendall Jacks, Bettendorf

Height, year: 6-3, jr.

Stats: The INA 4A all-state third-team selection and 4A all-tournament team recipient averaged 9.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and was team’s top perimeter defender

Brandon Vice, Moline

Height, year: 6-6, jr.

Stats: The all-Western Big Six selection and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association honorable-mention choice averaged 10.2 points and led the conference in rebounding at 7.8 per game

Matt Vonderhaar, Davenport Assumption

Height, year: 6-4, sr.

Stats: The all-MAC first team recipient and Des Moines Register third-team all-stater averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and buried a team-best 58 3-pointers

Honorable mention

Alleman – Adam Hoogerwerf, sr.

Bettendorf – Dylan Sortillo, jr.

Clinton – Brady Ernst, so.

Davenport Assumption – Nick Schebler, sr.

Davenport Central – Trey Hollingshed, so.

Davenport North – DeMarcus Davis, sr.; Blain Samuelson, sr.

Davenport West – Geo Butler, jr.; Jerry Myles, fr.; Marlon Stewart, so.

Moline – Drew Owens, sr.; Jed Wood, sr.

Muscatine – Luke Rauenbuehler, sr.

North Scott – Grant Graham, so.; Eric Huber, sr.

Pleasant Valley – Conor Bryant, sr.; Austin Esters, jr.

Rock Island – Raahsaan Brown, sr.; Brian Richardson, sr.; Trey Sigel, jr.

United Township – Lamont Mitchell, so.

- Matt Coss, Doug Green


Bettendorf’s Curtis Clark

In his first season replacing Kevin Skillett, Clark guided the Bulldogs to a perfect 16-game run through the Mississippi Athletic Conference and to the Class 4A state championship game.

After spending the past six seasons as the Bulldogs’ sophomore coach, Clark was promoted to head varsity coach last summer after Skillett was named the school’s athletic director.

Clark’s team succeeded thanks to defense. With four juniors in their starting lineup, the Bulldogs (25-1) allowed more than just 50 points three times all season and held opponents to 36 percent shooting.

It won 18 consecutive games by double figures during one stretch of the season.

— Matt Coss

All-Eastern Iowa

First team

Marshall Shedeck, North Cedar (captain)

Height, year: 6-4, sr.

Honors/stats: Iowa Newspaper Association 2A all-state second team, unanimous all-Cedar Valley first team, IBCA all-substate team; led Knights to third straight state tournament berth; averaged team-best 17.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.4 steals

Colton Bormann, Preston

Height, year: 6-0, sr.

Honors/stats: INA 1A all-state second team, all-Big East Conference first team, IBCA all-substate team; averaged 16.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, made state-best (all classes) 90 3-pointers and shot 58 percent from beyond the arc for 20-win Trojans

Cole Crawford, Wilton

Height, year: 6-5, sr.

Honors/stats: INA 2A all-state third team, unanimous all-Cedar Valley Conference first team, IBCA all-substate team; finished career with 784 points; averaged team-best 22.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, shot 62.6 percent from field

Kasey Lasack, Midland

Height, year: 6-0, sr.

Honors/stats: Big East Conference MVP, IBCA all-substate team; finished career with 1,575 points; averaged team-best 22.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 6.7 steals per game, scored season-high 38 against Tipton

Bo Lingle, Northeast

Height, year: 6-4, sr.

Honors/stats: All-Big East Conference first team; IBCA all-substate team; averaged team-best 15.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.9 blocks, 1.5 steals, led team to 2A district final

Second team

Jacob Hay, North Cedar

Height, year: 6-0, jr.

Honors/stats: Averaged 10.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2 steals in helping Knights reach third straight state tourney

Tyler Newsom, West Liberty

Height, year: 6-2, sr.

Honors/stats: All-Cedar Valley Conference first-team choice averaged team-best 14.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and a team-best 53 3-pointers

Isaac Sturm, Bellevue Marquette

Height, year: 5-10, sr.

Honors/stats: All-Big East Conference first-team selection registered 16.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.5 steals

Cory Wirth, Maquoketa

Height, year: 5-9, jr.

Honors/stats: All-Wamac East division first-team recipient was team’s floor leader with 7.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.7 steals

Chase Zaruba, Preston

Height, year: 6-1, jr.

Honors/stats: All-Big East Conference first-team choice averaged a team-best 17.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals and made 51 3-pointers

Honorable mention

Calamus-Wheatland: Jake Janssen, sr. Central DeWitt: A.J. Smith, sr. Clinton Prince of Peace: Lucas Laufenberg, jr. Durant: Von Glaser, jr. Louisa-Muscatine: Daniel Ortiz, sr. Maquoketa: Blaise Waller, sr. Midland: Seth Groth, sr. North Cedar: Jayden Johnson, so. Preston: Logan Wilhelm, jr. Tipton: Scott Pelzer, sr. Wapello: Jordan Schoonover, sr. West Liberty: Kyle Miller, jr.; Brett Becker, jr. Wilton: Tyler Hetzler, jr.; Seth Kaufmann, sr.

All-Western Illinois

First team

Ethan Happ, Rockridge (captain)

HEIGHT, YEAR: 6-7, junior

HONORS/STATS: IBCA and AP first-team all-state; first-team all-West Central; 23 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocked shots per game; committed to Wisconsin

Steven Armoska, Rock Falls

HEIGHT, YEAR: 6-4, senior

HONORS/STATS: First-team All-Big Northern West, special mention IBCA Class 3A all-state; 21 points, 8 rebounds per game; shot 55 percent from field for 21-7 team

Dayton Ince, Kewanee

HEIGHT, YEAR: 5-9, senior

HONORS/STATS: Unanimous first-team All-Three Rivers; honorable mention all-state; 17 points, 5 assists for team that was 14-0 in league play; Class 2A state 3-point shooting champion

Jacob Johnston, Erie

HEIGHT, YEAR: 6-4, senior

HONORS/STATS: Second-team all-state by IBCA and AP; Three Rivers player of the year; 23 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists per game; topped 1,000 points in career; scored 49 and 40 in two regional games

Trevor Lay, Kewanee Wethersfield

HEIGHT, YEAR: 5-11, junior

HONORS/STATS: Second-team AP all-state; first-team all-Lincoln Trail; 20.5 points, 4.7 assists, 2.5 steals per game; 79 percent free-throw shooter; had 49 points, 12 assists vs. Ridgewood

Second team

Bryan Heath, Rockridge

HEIGHT, YEAR: 6-3, sophomore

HONORS/STATS: First-team all-West Central; third-team AP all-state; 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assist per game

Donovan Oliver, Kewanee

HEIGHT, YEAR: 6-4, freshman

HONORS/STATS: Honorable mention all-state; second-team all-Three Rivers; averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds per game

Jared Richmond, Riverdale

HEIGHT, YEAR: 5-9, senior

HONORS/STATS: First team all-Three Rivers; honorable mention on two all-state teams; 19 points, 5.5 assists, 2.5 steals per game

Dylan Schultz, Orion

HEIGHT, YEAR: 6-1, senior

HONORS/STATS: First team all-West Central; 16.2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals per game; MVP of Warkins Cardinal Classic

A.J. Sharp, Sterling Newman

HEIGHT, YEAR: 5-8, junior

HONORS/STATS: First-team all-Three Rivers, honorable mention all-state; 13.2 points, 2.5 assists per game for 25-5 Sweet 16 team

Honorable mention

Annawan: Tony Gripp, sr.; Michael Smith, sr. Galva: Dexter Ingels, jr.; Reece Hoxworth, sr. Geneseo: Jordan Starkey, sr. Fulton: Nick Fish, sr. Kewanee Wethersfield: Tyler Litton, sr.; Kegan Jacobson, sr. Mercer County: Tanner Matlick, sr. Prophetstown: Carter Ames, sr.; Devin Johnson, sr. Ridgewood: Elisha McCreary, sr. Rockridge: T.J. Henry, sr. Rock Falls; Alex Leaf, sr. Sterling: Zach Rehmert, jr. Sterling Newman: Kyle Moore, sr. West Carroll: Tommy Losch, sr.; Trevor Jones, jr.

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