The West Des Moines-based YMCA Capital City League held its annual draft on Thursday night, featuring 13 former, current and future Cyclones. The six-team league has rosters made up of players from Iowa State and Drake, among other local talent.
Georgios Tsalmpouris and Naz Long are the only Cyclones that won't be playing in the league. Tsalmpouris returned home to his native Greece for the summer to play ball on the junior national team while Long is recovering from hip surgery on both hips.
Listed below are the rosters:
If I were to handicap the league, it's tough to not like the make up of the Hannah Homes squad, featuring Hallice Cooke, Deonte Burton and Kale Abrahamson (Drake), though I am curious to see how ready Cooke is to play coming off hip surgery. Don't sleep on former Des Moines Hoover products, Ray Miller and Deanthony Zanders either.
I also like the Jameel McKay/Nick Babb combo for Walnut Creek YMCA and Renaissance Granite and Quartz would figure to at least have a puncher's chance, bringing the likes of Abdel Nader, Daniel Edozie and the promising Reed Timmer (Drake) together.
Georges Niang and Monte Morris will find themselves on rosters a little lighter in the talent department, though Morris' Phoenix Renewable Resources team could be a sleeper.
Pairing up Wisconsin products, Matt Thomas and Nick Noskowiak, was certainly an intriguing twist, but their Capital Orthopedics team could struggle mightily.
The schedule has yet to be posted, but as I do every summer, I'll be posted up in these steamy gymnasiums, taking in the action and reporting back for you fine readers of WRNL.