Three of the top boys' basketball players in the Marshalltown area have been recognized on a statewide level with the naming of the Iowa Newspaper Association's all-state basketball teams.
Seniors Chanse Creekmur of Marshalltown and Trevor Hook of Grundy Center have earned INA all-state honors for the second year in a row, while Colo-NESCO junior Brandon Eley is an all-state selection for the first time.
Creekmur, a 6-foot-6 swingman, has earned his second consecutive Class 4A first team all-state honor after averaging 20.7 points per game for the Bobcats. He led Marshalltown (10-13) in scoring for the second year in a row, this season coming on the strength of 53 made 3-pointers. Creekmur ranked fifth on Class 4A's scoring average list.
Creekmur posted the school's single-game scoring record of 42 points in a win over Fort Dodge this winter. He has verbally committed to play basketball next year at Arizona State University.
Hook has a number of suitors for the next level of his basketball career. The Class 2A first team all-state selection, a 6-foot-5 small forward, averaged team-highs of 16.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists for the 19-5 Spartans this winter.
Hook, who finished second on the school's all-time scoring chart, was a third-team utility pick on last year's INA all-state squad.
The name Eley has been synonymous with basketball success in Colo-NESCO the last few years, starting with two-time all-state selection Chandler Eley and coming full circle now with his younger brother Brandon.
Brandon Eley has been named to Class 1A's first team as a junior, helping the Royals to a 20-3 record this season. He led Colo-NESCO in nearly every statistical category, including points (19), rebounds (7.5), assists (5.1) and steals (4.4) per game.
Chandler Eley was a second-team all-state pick as a senior (2008) and a third-team selection as a junior.