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Iowa City West basketball player Jeremy Morgan has started to experience the effects of recruiting.

The recruiting trail has met up with Morgan, as the senior-to-be has received three scholarship offers within the last two weeks. This is coming off of the beginning of AAU season, which runs from spring and then throughout the summer. Morgan is a member of the Iowa Barnstormers squad, which also has fellow West teammate Dondre Alexander.

Morgan has heard from a bevvy of Division-I schools — including Iowa and Wisconsin, most notably — and has current offers from nearby Northern Iowa, Rice, and Weber State.

It will be interesting to see what other programs decide to reach out to the 6-6 Morgan, who helped lead the Trojans to a Class 4A state championship this past winter. The assumption is that more recruiting activity will pick up as the summer moves along.

Morgan, who has mostly played forward at West, is on record saying he envisions himself as a guard at the collegiate level.


(West’s Dondre Alexander — Photo credit to The [Cedar Rapids] Gazette)

During West’s state title run, especially in boys and girls basketball, athletes and even some students went to social media sites to show their support and then ultimately revel in victory.

Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan — the dynamic duo of the boys’ hoops squad — were perhaps the most proactive out of any players. They both took to Twitter to share their excitement and behind-the-scenes commentary during that memorable run.

Some of the girls team did as well, including senior Mackenzie Piper.

Using Storify, here is a link to some of the Tweets that were published before, during, and after the state tournament stretches.

Below you will find a link to a data interactive timeline of West High’s state title winning season and a screen shot of the timeline. The Trojans had one of the best seasons in Johnson County prep sports history.

Most of the data collected — scores, stats, and other miscellaneous facts — is courtesy of the website Quik Stats Iowa. This is of interest because a chronological time lapse of the season has not been created up to this point and a summary of some major events and noteworthy points exists on the timeline as well. The timeline, created on TimeRime, can be found at this link.

Funny how much of a contrast can occur from one high school in the very same city to the next.

Iowa City West, as you can see, will be very experienced even coming off of their state title. City High, not so much.

Five of the Little Hawks’ best players are graduating and moving on to future endeavors. They don’t have the best resumé recently — City went 9-14 this past season — and at the current moment, they don’t have a head coach.

Wait, what?

Yes, Adam Loria resigned earlier this month after four seasons at the helm. Loria went 38-53 during those years. He will remain on staff at the school, but will focus more on his family and higher education for the time being.

City High plans to have a new coach in place by May 1.

One benefit of losing those five seniors is that the Little Hawks will have a lot of senior leadership on next year’s squad while still boasting a considerable amount of juniors and even sophomores. So while the future may not necessarily be right now as the saying goes, it may be sooner rather than later.

With or without Lora, the Little Hawks will still aim for success.

The Iowa City West boys basketball team is fresh off a state championship.

They have a coach who’s been in his position for two-plus decades. They have two Division-I recruits that heading into their senior seasons.

Really, nearly every key player from the state title winning team is returning for the 2012-13 season. So the Trojans will likely have high hopes going into their defense of the state championship, but they’ll have plenty of experience.

Jake Gylten is the only senior in this past seasons’s starting lineup, meaning four starters will be back.

Those players include Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan, both of whom will be sought after beginning this summer for both collegiate football and basketball. Alexander has been the go-to player for the last two years, but Morgan is right there with his teammate.

Morgan, the son of former Iowa Hawkeye Michael Morgan, might have the highest ceiling out of any prep player in the area. The 6-6 prospect can also play multiple positions.

Rounding out the all-star trio is Wyatt Lohaus, who will be a junior. Lohaus is the son of former Hawkeye Brad Lohaus and has a bright future. Lohaus average 12 points this past seasons as a sophomore and will likely have an increased role next season for West.


The Iowa City West boys basketball team squares off against Linn-Mar today at 3:15 p.m. in the Class 4A state semifinal.

West is 24-0 while Linn-Mar is 20-4.

The Trojans defeated Waukee 74-52 on Wednesday to advance to today’s action.

Head coach Steve Bergman’s had already accumulated one of the best seasons in school history and in area history. West got bounced in last season’s tournament by the Lions, so a bit of revenge is on the line this afternoon.

Juniors Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan continue to be forces to be reckoned with in postseason play for West. The duo is perhaps the best in the entire state, and their play on Wednesday against Waukee was nearly flawless.

Well actually for Alexander, it was arguably. Alexander tallied 13 points — two of them by way of a thunderous dunk — on 6-of-6 shooting. Morgan added 15.

Linn-Mar features the best player in the state at point guard in Marcus Paige. The North Carolina recruit scored an unfathomable 49 points in a sub-state game last week and is averaging 28.4 points per game.

Either Alexander or Morgan will likely defend Paige, which is a tough task for any prep player. The Lions have centered there offense on Paige for the last two seasons, and for good reason, so that will be a matchup to keep an eye on.

The game can be seen on KCRG-TV 9.2 and heard on KXIC 800-AM.

The West High girls basketball team defeated City High in a quarterfinal playoff game on Wednesday afternoon, 55-52.

The Women of Troy sealed the win on a blocked 3-point shot shot attempt at the buzzer.

West (23-1) moves on to the semifinals now, and will play Waukee at noon on Friday. West head coach B.J. Mayer’s squad last lost on Jan. 28.

City High was close throughout the entire game, and the fact that they had an opportunity to send the game into OT at the end is a testament to the Little Hawks’ postseason makeup.

The Women of Troy got two big free-throws from Brianna Sturtz within the final 15 seconds of the game, and ultimately City couldn’t overcome that last deficit.

West boys headed to state finals: The boys basketball team is going to state next week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The Trojans (23-0) are a 2-seed in a loaded field for Class 4A.

Linn-Mar (Marion) is the defending champ and arguably the favorites to win this season. Marcus Paige – who is heading to North Carolina in the fall — scored 49 points in Linn-Mar’s last playoff game. Yes, 49.

Ankeny is the top seed, and is also 23-0.

West placed fourth at state in 2011.