QUAD CITY ELITE ALUMNI ROLL CALL
"If Iowa is able to sustain
during Peter Jok’s injury, Nicholas Baer and all the small things he does will
play a major role.
He is one of two players in the conference to average 6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal per game. The other is Ethan Happ, and he doesn’t shoot 3s."
I found this gem in this story on an all Iowa sports website, Blackheart Gold Pants, "Iowa Basketball Lineups in Review: Big Ten Halfway Point"
Those last 5 words, "and he doesn't shoot 3's," are only relevant because the point of the piece was to suggest Baer should replace Peter Jok in the starting lineup, and 2 of the 5 proposed and likely other starters (Tyler Cook, and Ahmad Wagner), are points in the paint exclusive scorers, similar to Ethan.
Ethan leads his team in 5 statistical categories in conference play - points, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks.
(For the season Nigel Hayes edges Ethan in assists, 3.2 to 2.9 over all 21 games),
Ethan is also 4th on the team in minutes played. http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/team/stats/_/id/275/wisconsin-badgers
Nicholas leads his team in 3 statistical categories for the full season - rebounding, steals, and blocks, is 3rd in two more, total minutes played and assists, and 5th in total points scored. http://uiowa_ftp.sidearmsports.com/custompages/STATISTICS/mensbasketball/201617/statistics_1617.pdf
A check of the Big Ten Conference Individual Statistics https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?hl=en&shva=1#drafts?compose=159f3c96cf4894d1
reveals that spring and summer of 2013 Quad City Elite teammates Happ and Baer, appear jointly in the top ten in two categories
Steals - Happ 2nd, 42 total, 2.0 a game, Baer 9th, 29 total, 1.3 a game
Offensive Rebounding - Happ 4th, 2.9 a game, Baer
10th, 2.2 a game
Ethan is in the top ten in a 3 more categories, for a total of 5.
Total Rebounding, 3rd, 189 / 21= 9.0 a game
Field Goal Percentage, 3rd, .606
Scoring, 8th, 14.5
Baer is in the top ten in a 3rd
Blocked Shots, 30 / 22 = 1.4 a game (9th),
and the top 13 in a 4th, Total Rebounding, 137 / 22 - 6.2 a game (13th).
The third Big Ten Conference Quad City Elite alum, 2016 Isaiah Roby, is 19th in blocked shots, 19 / 21 - .09 a game.
Quad City Elite AAU program, was founded by current Rock Island High School
varsity assistant coach Logan Wynn for the 2012 AAU season.
Happ and Baer were teammates on the 17U team in the spring/summer of 2013, officially identified as the recruiting class of 2014.
Both Happ and Baer redshirted in 2014/15.
That QC Elite 2014 recruiting class team put the program on the map, winning at least 4 of the 8 tournaments it entered, and boasts a total of 7 current collegiate basketball players.
2 D1, Happ, Wisconsin and Baer, Iowa.
2 D2, C.J. Carr, Missouri
Southern and Kendall Jacks, Wayne State College (Nebraska).
Carr, a transfer after two seasons at D1 Southern Illinois - Edwardsville, leads his team in scoring (20.3), assists (108/21 = 5.14) and steals, (46/21 = 2.2) in 35 minutes a game. Obviously, between Happ, Baer and Carr, the QC Elite picked many a pocket in 2013.
Wayne State's Male Freshman Athlete of the Year in 2014/15, redshirted last
season due to a foot injury. The 3rd year, Sophomore leads the Wildcats in
scoring (14.9) and minutes played. Wayne State, (7-15, 5-11) has already more
than doubled the overall and conference win totals of Kendall's Freshman season
under new head coach, Jeff Kaminsky.
2 D3, Dylan Sortillo, Augustana College (Illinois) and Trey Sigel, Wisconsin, Platteville
Sortillo, a Junior, has started all 19 games, and leads the 16th ranked and CCIW conference leading Vikings (15-4, 8-2) in scoring, (13.9), and is second in minutes and assists, and 3rd in rebounding and steals. http://static.augustana.sidearmsports.com/custompages/Men's%20Basketball%20Stats/2016-17mbbstats/teamcume.htm
a Junior, has started 17 of 19 games for the 8-11, 1-7 Pioneers, and is second
on the team in scoring at 11.4 points a game.
1 NAIA, Brandon Vice, William Woods
first year transfer from BlackHawk Junior College is averaging 10.2 points and
6.8 rebounds in 26.1 minutes for the 14-9, 8-7 Owls.
Vice's 18 games started out of 22 is highest on the team.
Additional Quad City Elite alums playing collegiately include 2015's Tyler Hall at Montana State, Grant Graham at NW MO State, Larry Dixon at Black Hawk ,and 2016's Isaiah Roby at Nebraska, Noah McCarty at Northern Illinois, Isaac Gassman at Illinois State, Will Carius & Michael Pollack at D2 Northern Michigan, Donovan Oliver at Lewis, Jason Jones at Missouri Western, Sterling Thornton at Olivet Nazarene University, Ethan Meeker at Kirkwood, and CJ Neville at Black Hawk.
Hall was the Big Sky Conference's Freshman of the Year in 2015/16, and has already surpassed 1,000 points in just a season and a half for the Bobcats.
He is averaging over 23 points a
game in his Sophomore season.
Roby has played in all 20 of the
Huskers games as a true Freshman, starting 4 times.
McCarty has appeared in 19 of Northern Ilinois 21 games as a true Freshman, grabbing 2.2 rebounds in just over 8 minutes a game for the resurgent, 13-8, 5-3 in the MAC, Huskies. http://niu_ftp.sidearmsports.com/custompages/mbball/2016-2017/teamcume.htm
Carius has played in 10 of 19 games, starting 8 times, and averages 10.6 points and a team leading 6.3 rebounds a game, but has missed the last 3 weeks with an injury. http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/mbkb/2016-17/teams/northernmich?view=profile&r=0&pos=sh
All statistics referenced above were accurate as of Tuesday morning, January 31st.
By John Baer