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Zach Lester signing

Clear Lake senior Zach Lester, third from right, after signing his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at DMACC next fall. Also pictured, from right, Clear Lake coach Jeremey Ainley, Lester's uncle Mike Lester, and his mother, Stacey.

CLEAR LAKE — Zach Lester had his choice of whatever he wanted to do after high school.

As a standout athlete across four sports, the offers were there all over the place. The most compelling came from football and basketball.

He had preferred walk-on offers on the table from Iowa and Iowa State in football, and a host of different schools after him in basketball. In the end, basketball won out, and on Wednesday, Lester signed his National Letter of Intent to play for DMACC next fall.

“I didn’t really decide I wanted to play basketball for sure until like a week and a half ago,” Lester said. “I definitely thought about playing football a lot, but I feel like a made the right choice playing basketball.”

The allure of potentially playing Division I basketball sometime in the future ended up being too much to ignore for Lester.

Lester put up statistically the best season by an individual at Clear Lake in school history this year. He poured in 30.2 points per game, which was third in the state behind future Iowa Hawkeye Joe Wieskamp of Muscatine and Drake commit Garrett Sturtz of Newton.

He finished sixth in the state in steals with 92 and added 114 assists.

Lester said when it came down to it, DMACC’s consistency and its traditional success of sending players on to the next level was too much to pass up. His high school coach, Jeremey Ainley, who was a former NIACC men’s basketball assistant, said Lester has the talent to do it.

“He’s just scratched the surface,” Ainley said. “He’s a typical Iowa kid who we always got in at NIACC that they’ve never really focused on one sport and they’re a talented athlete that competes at the highest level. Once they kind of focus into one sport and shoot and play year round, the sky is the limit.”

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