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June 18, 2014

Iowa Mavericks Q&A

FREE!  Iowa Preps caught up with the Iowa Mavericks Orange and talked to them about how the first half of the AAU season went for this club.  Read more to hear about what athletes have stood out and their plans are for July. 

A special thanks to Tyler Cleveland in the help with this Q&A. 

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How did the first half of the AAU season end up going for your team overall?
Overall it was a success. We had shown many signs of improvement, and the kids are getting better. This group is one of the hardest working, competitive groups I have ever coached. They want to learn, and get better, and that 's what making them improve and us successful. We lead the state in wins with 22 at the 17U level, so that is another great accomplishment.

What tournament did you play your best at?
It is really hard to pick just one, but we had a great back to back weekend stint in Minneapolis. At the NY2LA event, we went 5-1 and won the championship, and followed that up with a 5-1 weekend in the Meg Vang Classic, winning 8 in a row through that stretch.

Who has consistently played the best for your team?
We have had a great balance of leadership, but if I had to pick a couple guys who have showed up and played great every weekend, it would be Jake Velky, Lincoln Conrey and Roman Youngblut. They are experienced Varsity players, and know how to get the job done, and help facilitate to their teammates. Caleb Hageman and Jay Wolfe have also played well every tourney we have been at.

Who has been able to make the most over improvements during that time?
This again is hard to pick a few, as everyone has improved since we started playing. The two that stand out were both new to our program, and you can see their improvement since we started. Jayden Clayton and Jeff Kardell, have shown huge signs of improvement, and have become some of our go to guys. Their explosiveness and knowledge of the game is great!

What areas can your team improve for the second half of the circuit?
We struggled at times on some little things, that make a big difference. Securing rebounds, getting loose balls, all of that. It is just a matter of toughness, I would like to see our guys get a little more tough, and continue to turn our defense, into easy fast break dunks, and points.

What are the keys for your team to have a successful run in July?
Having a full, competitive team at each tournament will be key for us. We will have some kids playing baseball, so they will be very worn out, but we will battle through it. July is a key month for them for recruiting, and for getting better before they hit their Fall school leagues.

Where will your team be playing in July?
We will kick off our summer circuit in Milwaukee, at the NY2LA event. We then go to the Jimmy V Classic in the Wisconsin Dells (an event we won two years ago, and semi-finals last year). And we will then finish off the AAU season with a week-long trip to Las Vegas, for the Fab 48 Classic.

What is going on with the recruiting of your players?
It is early, but we have a few players with some D2 interest, and a lot with D3 interest. Lincoln Conrey, Jake Velky and Roman Youngblut have some D2/D3 looks. Every one of our other players has had D3 interest throughout the Midwest. Have heard from coaches from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, MO, and Indiana.

Where can readers find out more information about your program?
You can see us at www.iowamavs.com, or we also post a lot of information on twitter, @iowamavsaau.

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