Zaruba, a 6-1 senior guard, averaged 23.6 points a game, the sixth-highest total in Class 1A. He shot 53 percent from the field and also made 49 of 141 3-point attempts and was a 67.8 percent free-throw shooter. In addition, he led the team with 71 steals and had 49 assists and 70 rebounds.
“I think part of it was we switched him to the two-guard spot,” Easton Valley coach Dan Beck said of the difference between Zaruba’s junior and senior seasons. “He was playing left wing for us, and we have a tendency to push the ball down the right side. That made sure almost every time down he was going to touch the ball.
“That was part of the difference, and our defense forced a lot of turnovers. He always played at the top of our press or zone, and with his speed and quickness he was good at finishing at the other end. He also improved his 3-point shooting, and because of his range, if they came out on him, with his quickness he could go by them. He also could post up most people.”
Jones, a 6-foot-6 senior, became Clinton’s all-time scoring leader this season, passing Dick Farwell’s record that stood for 60 years, and he became the first player in River Kings history to surpass the 1,000-point mark for a career.
He finished ninth in Class 4A in scoring (19 points a game) and shot 41.4 percent from the field and 76.6 percent from the free-throw line. Jones also averaged 7.3 rebounds a game, was the team leader with 45 assists and 36 steals, and blocked 29 shots.
Jones, who has signed a letter-of-intent to play next year at NCAA Division I Nebraska-Omaha, was one of six players honored from the Mississippi Athletic Conference in Class 4A.
Bettendorf’s Nicholas Baer, a 6-7 senior who was the MAC’s Player of the Year, and 6-5 junior Cortez Seales of North Scott were first-team picks; Bettendorf’s Cole Clearman, a 6-0 senior guard, joined Jones on the second team; and 6-3 senior Kendall Jacks of Bettendorf and 6-5 sophomore Will Carius of Pleasant Valley were named to the third team.