Seales Shines

Cortez Seales has been on the cusp of stardom for some time. The talented guard from Iowa might be ready break out after a strong performance at the Spiece Run and Slam last weekend.

Editor's Note: Seales told us that Western Kentucky offered him a scholarship Tuesday, shortly before this story was published.

Cortez Seales welcomed the challenge. "Playing up" with Kingdom Hoops' 17-U AAU team last year was expected to jump start his recruitment.

Hindsight being 20-20, the move might have backfired. Seales added a Drake offer to the one he earlier received from Northern Iowa but those were the only two that came his way.

The 6-foot-4 Seales decided to make another move. He switched from Kingdom Hoops to the Iowa Barnstormers this season.

"It was something that my family and I talked about. We just felt like it was the best thing for me," the Elrdrige (Iowa) North Scott High guard said.

The shift has worked out splendidly so far. Seales enjoyed a breakout tournament at the Spiece Run and Slam in Fort Wayne, IN this past weekend.

Here's a good write-up on the play of Seales and the Barnstormers at Spiece by Corey Evans of Roundball Rundown. They knocked off a favored Mac Irvin Fire team and advanced to the Final Four of the event.

"He had a great weekend," Barnstormers Coach Greg Stephen said. "He's an outstanding athlete and a very competitive kid. I've been impressed."

Seales attributes his strong performance to being more aggressive.

"I feel like I played really well at Spiece. I was kind of in that zone. I'm feeling it right now and getting used to the team (Barnstormers)," Seales said.

Seales earned first-team all-state honors this winter for the second year in a row. He averaged 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds for 21-2 North Scott.

Seales' early-season play on the AAU circuit has brought attention from Northern Illinois, Valparaiso and South Dakota. He has been on the radar for Iowa and Iowa State for a while.

"I haven't heard from Iowa in quite some time," Seales said. "I hope to, though."

Seales excels at slashing to the basket and making plays for himself and teammates. He's still developing his perimeter game.

"I know the (college) coaches want to see me be more consistent with my outside shot. That's what I'm working on," Seales said.

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