Warriors too much for Dodgers
WAUKEE — Division I prospects Tucker DeVries and Payton Sandfort combined to score 39 points as undefeated Waukee raced past the Fort Dodge boys basketball squad on Friday, 72-32.
DeVries, a 6-foot-6 junior who is being courted mainly by Drake and Creighton, led the way with 21 points for the 3-0 Warriors. Sandfort, a 6-7 junior who has drawn even higher interest, added 18.
Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery was in attendance to watch the Waukee prospects play.
“They’re every bit as good as their (Top-5 ranking). In fact, they’re probably the top team in the state,” FDSH head coach Tom Daniel said. “We just got overwhelmed early (the Dodgers fell behind 25-2 by the end of the first quarter. We did some positive things, but trying to slow down a team of Waukee’s size and talent is a very difficult task.”
Fort Dodge did make nine three-point baskets as a squad. Senior Jaheim Clayton led the Dodgers with nine points, while junior Dayson Clayton added six.
“We shot around 25 percent overall, which obviously isn’t going to keep us competitive on the road against an opponent like this,” Daniel said. “Waukee does a terrific job of altering shots, and they control the boards. They’re also really hard to slow down in transition, and their spacing is excellent.
“It’s just a different level of basketball for us top to bottom. I thought Jaheim and Dayson gave us good minutes. Averey Martin played pretty well. Ashton Hage came in and battled. The kids didn’t quit, but they’re frustrated. It’s been a tough start to the season.”
The Dodgers (1-5) host Des Moines Hoover on Tuesday evening before heading to Marshalltown on Friday.