The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Varsity Basketball team started the summer hot, winning nine of their first ten before finishing 12-8 overall in June. Many Rails went back to their AAU teams for July and the daily workouts continued up to the final week before school on the southside was back in session.
Despite battling through some summer injuries, senior point guard Josiah Conkrite led the Rails in scoring at 14.4 points per game while shooting 32 percent from three. Conkrite’s effective field goal percentage of 52.2 led all backcourt players as well.
Junior Ben Badger played in 14 games for the Rails, averaging six points, two assists and two rebounds per game. Fellow junior James Anderson saw some time at the point as well in his 14 appearances.
Junior Nate Feller played in all 20 contests, finishing the summer at 8.8 points per game while leading the Rails in rebounding at 3.5 per game. Feller also tallied over one steal per game and finished with 29 assists. Feller also led the team with a plus-minus ratio of +102 when he was on the floor.
Senior Ben Knoebel also played in all 20 games for the Rails. Ben averaged just over five points a game as he transitioned from a spot shooter to an attacker that can stretch the floor and guard multiple positions.
Junior Kameron Young splashed on to the scene with a plus-minus ratio of +50 over the summer as he appeared in all 20 contests, averaging just under four points per game.
Senior forward Felix Gallagher made a successful first step in his transition from post player to forward for the Rails. In 16 appearances, Gallagher gave his team a +80 in his time on the floor, averaging four points and four rebounds as he stretched his game out to the three point line and guarded five positions on the floor.
Senior Karon Allen may have taken a bigger jump than anyone this summer. A defender and rebounding who played limited minutes for the varsity squad last year raised a lot of eyebrows for the Rails as he averaged four points per game for the Rails, also extending his range to the three point line and attacking the rim with confidence.
Senior Logan Sharp used his thinned-out frame and ever-expanding post touch to lead the Rails in shooting percentage at 61 percent on the summer. In his 20 appearances, Logan averaged 7.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at the center position. Logan also finished the summer with a +89 and the lowest turnover percentage on the squad.
Junior Maiwut Jock made a social media splash this summer with a highlight tape full of dunks and blocks. The biggest splash he will make with the varsity squad this year will be his dynamic, ever-improving ball skills at 6-7. Maiwut played the five in all 20 of his appearances this summer but has the ability to guard up to five spots and start a break with his handles.
The Rails are working every day in the class, weightroom and in the Roundhouse but the next on-court action against an opponent will be in the Urbandale Fall League. Games are Sunday Nights in October.
The Railsplitters will be at Cash Saver on Fleur from 11-2 Saturday and in front of Jim’s Coney Island at SW 9th Day on Sunday, September 9. Come see the Rails and buy a t-shirt with our upcoming schedule!