2006 Focus: Jason Bohannon

It's just a fact that Iowa guys don't get the same respect that players on the east and west coast do when coming out of high school. Jason Bohannon is hoping that will change.

The Martin Brothers have a reputation for churning out talented players year after year. This year is no exception – and Jason Bohannon is the cornerstone of this year's squad.

The 6-foot-3 ½, 180-pound Bohannon, a junior guard at Linn-Mar High (Iowa), averaged 22.6 points this past season – up from 16.5 points per contest during his sophomore campaign.

Bohannon led Linn-Mar to the state title game for the second straight year, but the Lions fell short, losing to Bettendorf, 81-60, in the Class 4A championship game.

``We were both 24-1 going into the game and we thought we could have won, but we really struggled in every phase," Bohannon said. "We made a lot of bad decisions and they did everything right."

Now Bohannon will turn his focus to showing his skeptics that he belongs among the nation's elite.

``I want to prove I can play with the best players out there," he said. "Iowa guys don't get a lot of publicity."

Bohannon is a smart, heady player who can shoot the ball and also makes good decisions with the ball in his hands. He said the area of his game that has improved the most since last summer is his quickness.

``I'm taking the ball a lot stronger," Bohannon said.

As for whether he's viewed as a point or off-guard, he could really care less.

``I just prefer to be called a guard," he said. "I like to bring the ball up the floor, but I also like coming off screens. I think I can play either one."

Wisconsin came in to meet with Bohannon last week while Iowa and N.C. State have already made plans to visit in the next week or so. Bohannon has already taken a visit to Stanford and the Cardinal will likely make a visit to the Midwest.

``Those are the main four right now," Bohannon admitted.

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