Diamonds and Ice

Future Hawkeye May has quick state tourney exit
March 11, 2009, 5:14 am
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Last year, Eric May made a 40-footer at the buzzer to give Dubuque Wahlert a win over Harlan in the Class 3A state championship game. This year, well, it didn’t go quite as well.

May, the University of Iowa signee, and Wahlert suffered through a 31.4-percent shooting effort from the field in a 56-41 loss to Norwalk in a 3A quarterfinal Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

May made just 6 of 20 shots from the field, including a 1-of-11 performance from 3-point land. Not the way the 6-foot-5 senior wanted his prep career to end.

“It wasn’t going tonight,” May said. “I felt like there were a lot (of shots) that rimmed out. I guess it just wasn’t there. I didn’t get to the hole enough, I didn’t get good enough shots to get into a rhythm quickly enough. I think that must have been the problem.”

Wahlert ended its season 18-7. This was not the same caliber Golden Eagle team as last season, so just getting to state was a good accomplishment.

“It was exciting, it was fun,” May said. “This is the worst way it could end. But you know at least we got here. We came together to get here. I love all these guys. We had a great time.”

Now it’s time for May to prepare for Iowa. He said it’ll be difficult to getting ready for the 2009-2010 season, but he’s looking forward to it.

“A lot of work. A lot of work this summer,” he said. “Every day it’s going to be a battle. Lifting weight, everything. It’s going to be a battle.”

Despite concentrating on his season, May, as expected, played close attention to this Iowa team. It’s a Hawkeye bunch that has perservered through youth and injuries.

“They’re playing like this with potentially three starters out,” May said. “They’re in every game. With maturity, with everybody getting a year older, they’re playing a lot of (underclassmen) … I can’t wait to get there next year.”


Hawkeye football/hoops recruits playing in C.R. Monday

Fans of Iowa football and men’s basketball in Cedar Rapids will get a glimpse of the future tonight, as basketball recruit Eric May and football recruits Jordan Cotton and Drew Clark play in a Class 3A boys’ basketball substate final double-header tonight at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Dubuque Wahlert (17-6) plays Mount Vernon (16-7) in the first game at 6:30. May, a 6-foot-4 forward, averages 24.3 points per game for the Golden Eagles, who won last year’s 3A title on a 40-foot shot at the buzzer from May.  He’s a good athlete, with strength, jumping ability and some shooting range. 

Mount Pleasant (19-4) plays Marion (19-4) in the other substate final at The Cell. That’ll give fans a chance to see Cotton and Clark, albeit on the basketball floor and not the gridiron.

Cotton is a 6-foot-1 senior guard for the Panthers who averages 14.4 points per game, second on the team. He is shooting 50 percent from the field and is 24 of 79 from 3-point range. He’s also a 71-percent free-throw shooter.

Cotton, son of former Hawkeye running back Marshall Cotton, was ranked a three-star (out of five) recruit as a wide receiver. He played running back for Mount Pleasant. Clark is an offensive line recruit for the Hawkeyes from Marion who averages 3.8 points per game.

Here’s football video of Mr. Cotton and hoops video of Mr. May: