In only his second year with the Wartburg Men’s basketball team, Jaran Sabus has more than made his mark on Wartburg’s basketball history.
Even as a bench player this past year, Sabus was selected as an honorable mention All-Conference player for his success on the court. Sabus said he owes his success to his coaches.
“I have received great coaching from all of my coaches, back to Coach Bjorkgren in high school and to Steege and Peth at Wartburg,” Sabus said. “They have helped make me into the player I am today.”
Fellow sophomore and Urbandale High School alumnus Coleman May has played with Sabus since they were 7 years old.
He said Sabus has grown both as a player and a person over the years.
Sports have always been a big part of Sabus’ life. He was once a member of an Urbandale team that advanced to the 2009 Little League World Series.
With the loss of senior starting guards Nick Webber, Lenart Kalan and Jordan Cannon, assistant coach Jason Steege believes the team will be in good shape with players like Sabus returning next season.
“He’s gonna be a guy we look to for leadership, he’s gonna be a guy we look to for scoring,” Steege said. “He’s gonna be a big part of the future of this team moving forward.”
A former B-team player during his freshman year of high school, Sabus has seen his game steadily improve each year.
This year, he produced one of the best games in Wartburg’s history in the Iowa Conference Tournament.
Sabus scored 35 points in the semi-finals of the tournament against the no. 2 seed Loras Duhawks.
This performance broke the school record for most points in a tournament game and May said it was quite a game to see.
“He was unbelieveable. We knew he was going off, but it just came out of nowhere,” May said. “He played so well in that game and just did what he does, battled people for rebounds and finished through everyone for buckets.”
After an appearance in the Sweet 16 this season, expectations facing the men’s basketball team will be understandably high next year.
Sabus will a big help to the team next year in reaching those expectations.
Next year, he will be taking on a bigger role as an upper classmen and understands he will be looked to as a leader.
“I know that I need to become a more vocal leader,” Sabus said. “I want to become the leader for the younger guys like the guys graduating this year have been for me.”