In the January of 2013 video above: The Register’s Randy Peterson talks with Jerry Myles, who was shooting hoops at Hilton Coliseum before an Iowa State game.
A young gem of Iowa high school basketball is transferring out of state, hoping for a brighter future with one of the Midwest’s top prep school squads.
Davenport West coach Mark Bigler and the family of sophomore-to-be Jerry Myles announced Tuesday that the Class of 2016 prospect is leaving the Falcons and Davenport to attend Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kan.
“After talking to his dad and seeing what their goals for Jerry were, I kind of started thinking it could be something that worked,” Sunrise Christian coach Kyle Lindsted said on Wednesday. “They’re making a move for all the right reasons. They want competition, they want tough coaching, they want all that.
“We’re not for everybody and we don’t always go chase Top 100 kids, so, we want kids that want to work hard and have good attitudes.”
Myles was the highest scoring freshman in Class 4-A last season, averaging 11.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for Davenport West.
Recruiting source Rivals lists Iowa, Iowa State, and Creighton among the verbal offers for the 6-foot 5-inch wing.
The Class of 2016 prospect played AAU basketball with Quad City Elite before recently joining Mo-Kan out of Kansas City.
“I’ve been here 15 years, and now we’ve got more guys than I can take and we’ve finished in the top 10 in the country the past two years,” Lindsted said. “I used to have to go find guys, but now I can kind of choose who I want. It’s a great situation and a place a lot of great players want to be involved in.”
Moving to suburban Wichita, Kan., shouldn’t affect Myles’ recruiting profile — current Iowa center Gabe Olaseni attended Sunrise Christian Academy and was part of the team’s 2011 National Association of Christian Athletes national championship.
“In the year we had Gabe, we knew we had something special,” Lindsted said. “When you’re talking about someone that’s 6-foot-11 and as athletic as him, you’re going to see great strides because his work ethic is there. Gabe is the model spokesperson for our program.”
The Quad City Times reported in the fall of 2012 that Myles open enrolled to attend Davenport West. The Falcons finished 9-14 last season.