Several future members of the Iowa men's basketball team were in action on Friday night, and here is a quick recap of what they did.
6-9 forward Alex Thompson of Ames scored 16 points in a losing effort, as the Little Cyclones dropped a game to West Des Moines Valley 59-49.
Thompson was 8 of 11 from the free throw line but was held to just 4 of 12 shooting from the floor. 6-10 center Ross Marsden missed the game due to injury, so that left Ames a little short handed in the paint.
By the way, Iowa is keeping close tabs on Marsden, who is a junior. Though they might not have any scholarships to offer next fall if Doug Thomas signs with Iowa this spring, they are trying to convince Marsden to walk on and then earn a scholarship the following season when Iowa will have six scholarships to give. If he would walk on, that might be a way to circumvent the 8/5 rule, if it is still in place, otherwise Iowa will not be able to replace all of the scholarships they will lose when Pierre Pierce, Jeff Horner, Greg Brunner, Nick DeWitz, Erek Hansen and the aforementioned Thomas would be seniors. Iowa State also has interest in Marsden, among others.
A pair of future Hawks set school scoring records on Saturday night: JR Angle scored a school record 46 points as Indian Creek beat Eminence 83 to 53. Angle scored 20 points in the only game he has played this year, as he has been battling the effects of the flu.
7-0 center Seth Gorney netted 43 as Vandalia-Butler won 77-51 and game their coach his 500th win.
Gorney had 20 points by halftime and 33 after the third quarter, indicating that he was solid in this game from start to finish.
Carlton Reed was also in action and his team won, but an Internet search for his statistics did not find anything.