PARKERSBURG — One glance quickly reveals that Alec Oberhauser isn’t a typical Class 2A high school point guard.
Standing just over 6-foot-6 with a lengthy wingspan to match, Oberhauser is the tallest member of an Aplington-Parkersburg basketball team that entered the week 10-0 and ranked fourth in the state’s most recent Associated Press poll.
Point guard skills have been developed over time by the dedicated multi-sport athlete who stood 6-1 before hitting a major growth spurt after his sophomore basketball season.
“I really just had to take care of my body,” Oberhauser said, addressing the growing pains he endured. “My knees were hurting from growing a lot. I was always icing them.
“My coordination was a little off. The summer from my sophomore to junior year was kind of tough.”
Oberhauser persevered, and Aplington-Parkersburg coach Aaron Thomas kept him in the point guard role where his versatile skill set is routinely on display. He’s tall enough to shoot over shorter defenders and quick enough to dribble around the ones who can match his size.
“He does a great job of bringing the ball up for us and distributing,” Thomas said of the point guard who leads 2A with 7.4 assists per game — a number nearly three times higher than his turnover average. “With his height we’ll try to look to isolate him on the block every now and then. He’s a great rebounder for us. ... He fills the stat sheet each and every game.”
Oberhauser, who first broke into the varsity lineup after the starting point guard was injured his sophomore season, is just as versatile on defense. His lengthy arms cause havoc at the top of a press. He’s capable of playing in the center of a zone or man defending either a perimeter or post player.
During last week’s convincing, 75-38 win over a 6-3 Gladbrook-Reinbeck team, Oberhauser flirted with a triple-double as he tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to go with three blocks and two steals. The senior is averaging 14.8 points on 56 percent shooting with 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals, 2.1 blocks and less than two fouls per game.
Beyond his impressive statistics, Oberhauser has been a valuable team leader. He’s a regular in the weight room who often gets guys together for pick-up games. Oberhauser even joined cross country for the first time last fall and contributed during the school’s state-qualifying run.
“It helped a lot, just improving my stamina,” Oberhauser said. “I’m able to stay in longer spurts (on the basketball court) and not come out right away.”
With his dad, Roger, serving as Aplington-Parkersburg’s head baseball coach and assistant girls’ basketball coach, Alec Oberhauser has grown up knowing the type of work it takes to be a contributor on a successful team. He’s also a standout baseball player and competes in tennis.
“He’s very much cut out of that cloth, almost a coach’s mentality, without a doubt,” Thomas said. “He’s spent a lot of time with his dad in the gym. He gets it. He’s got a very high basketball IQ and understands what it is we want to do. He sees things on the court.”
Oberhauser is just one part of a cohesive team that returned most of the key pieces from last year’s 17-5 season. Carter Cuvelier, a 6-foot-5 junior, is another multi-dimensional weapon — averaging 19.2 points a game — while fellow seniors Grant Truex and Coby Hoff are each putting up 10 points a night.
This marks Aplington-Parkersburg’s best start since the 2014-15 Falcons won their first 20 games and reached the state tournament.
“It was fun watching those guys play,” said Oberhauser, who was a freshman that season. “They obviously scored a lot of points and really got up and down. Practicing with them was fun, too.
“We kind of talk about our freshman year, what they were like, and what we need to improve on.”
Thomas points toward commitment and effort as similarities between this team and that 2014-15 group.
“I see the same focus and same will to win,” he said. “I saw that more importantly in June and July, and even last spring in the time they put in the gym and weight room to get themselves prepared.
“This group plays extremely hard and extremely focused every game. I don’t worry if they’re going to show up for not.”
Beyond high school, Oberhauser has committed to continue his basketball career at Grand View University.
“His best basketball is probably two years away,” Thomas said. “When he’s just playing basketball, I’m excited to see how good of a player he becomes. Grand View is going to get a kid who is extremely committed to basketball who is not afraid to work.”