Kansas Battle of The Rankings

TOPEKA, Kan. – The first annual Kansas Battle of the Rankings took place over the weekend at Christ the King School. There were 80 high school participants in the camp.

Senior guard Justin Purtee and junior forward Ty Modupe had the top two performances of the weekend as a number of participants have the ability to play Division I basketball.

The best game of the weekend was a 95-93 overtime game in which the Spurs came back from 23 points down in the second half to defeat the Sixers. The game-winning basket was scored by senior Trence Hollis with less than five seconds in the game. Junior sharpshooter LaShawn Kelley tied the game at 93 for the Spurs with less than 30 seconds left.

The best play of the camp came when senior JoRon Reese dunked on two guys right at the buzzer. The dunk had everyone out of their seats and after the play Reese went over to the opposing team's bench and sat with their team.

Justin Purtee (right), SG, Topeka – Was the star of the camp as he led all players in scoring averaging 22 points a game. His signature game came when he scored 37 points on 15-of-24 shooting including 5 three-pointers. He also added 13 rebounds. In the game, he scored his team's first 18 points. Purtee was receiving low-major Division I interest and should receive plenty of attention after this weekend.

Purtee handled the ball well as a 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard and showed his inside-out game all weekend. He led all players in three-point field goals made and drove to the basket finishing with both hands. Purtee has excited a number of coaches with his game before this weekend and once they see the game film on his camp performances, they will be even more impressed.

Purtee led his team a 73-68 victory in the Gold All-Star game as he dunked it on the game's final play after a turnover. Purtee scored 23 points in the all-star game, which tied for the game-high.

Demarkis Dobbins, PG, Olathe North – Outstanding competitor was fun to watch all weekend. Dobbins (5-10/165) has a strong body and excellent quickness. His on-ball defense is superb and showcased his skills very well all weekend. He is a prospect to watch this year as a returning all-league player. If he continues to play he did over the weekend, he'll be sure to catch an eye of a Division I coach.

Chris White-Ready, SF, Topeka – At 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, White-Ready is a great scorer inside, but Division I coaches have questioned his ability on the perimeter. This weekend, White-Ready made a conscience effort to show coaches he could provide more on the perimeter and he did. He hit three-pointers and handled the ball well bringing it up the court at times against Dobbins in the Gold All-Star game. White-Ready scored 23 points in the Gold All-Star game. White-Ready is currently receiving interest from UMKC, Eastern Kentucky, and others.

Albert Glover, SG, Junction City – Only 16 years old after starting school early in Germany. Has outstanding athleticism and penetrates well to the basket. Doesn't use his outside jumper as a weapon, but can knock it down. Glover had numerous highlight-reel plays over the weekend. He currently carries a 3.0 GPA.

Matt  Nelson, SF, Seaman – Nelson has the athleticism (37-inch vertical jump), size (6-foot-5), and grades (4.0 GPA) to be a Division I player, however he has had troubles at times taking over games. This weekend was an excellent step in the right direction as he was matched up against White-Ready and Purtee. Nelson took advantage of the event as he tied for third in scoring amongst all players. Nelson's top game was a 21-point performance against Dobbins' Lakers squad.

Colin O'Neill, PF, Leavenworth – Recently moved from Georgia and has impressed Larry Hogan, his high school coach, in the early going. He didn't have a lot of productive plays on the offensive end of the court, but did an admirable job on defense particularly against Ty Modupe, a 6-7 junior receiving high-major interest.

Kyle Hammerschmidt, PG, Thomas More Prep – Hammerschmidt went down with an ankle injury in the first game and did not return. However, he did show good ability as a 6-foot-3 point guard.

Ty Modupe, PF, Highland Park – Modupe was the most explosive player in the camp and had a number of highlights. Coming into the camp, Modupe was the biggest name as he is receiving preliminary interest from Kansas, Clemson, and Iowa. At 6-foot-7 and 205 pounds, Modupe showcased his variety of skills.

After a quiet first game, Modupe exploded in the next three games with scoring outputs of 17, 19, and 27 points playing just two of the four quarters in each game. The first three games he showed off a variety of post moves and had as many as 10 monster dunks including ones in traffic.

But it was his final game that showed why high-major programs have an interest in him. Before the game he talked about how he wanted to show his perimeter game and ball-handling ability. And he did. In the fourth game, he hit a number of jumpers creating his own shot including 3-of-4 from behind the three-point line. Modupe finished with 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting. It was the second-highest scoring game of the camp behind Purtee's 37-point effort.

Ashton Patton, PG, Topeka – Patton has outstanding quickness at 5-11 and 165 pounds, but was slowed this past weekend with an ankle injury however he did show glimpses of his ability. He possesses very good ballhandling ability, which enables him to get to the basket with ease. Also uses his 3-point shot to keep defenders honest.

Jordan Embers, SG, Louisburg – Embers (6-4/180) is receiving Division I interest from Evansville, Davidson, Creighton, Drake, and Long Beach State. He showcased a great stroke from the outside and got after it on the boards as well. Embers has a bright future and carries a 3.5 GPA. This past summer he attended the Gonzaga basketball camp.

Bryce Simons (left), SG, Seaman – Simons (6-3/175) loves competition and it showed in his final game as he went up against Anthony Caine from Junction City, who was well represented at the camp with 17 participants.

Caine's teammates thought he could take Simons, but they obviously haven't seen enough of him. Simons went head-to-head with the athletic Caine and hit a number of highly contested jumpers from 15-20 feet. Simons is a good shooter off the dribble, which allows him to get his shot when he needs to.

Rico Richardson, PG, Highland Park – Richardson entered the camp with a lot of hype as he led his team to a victory and outscored Brandon Knight, one of the nation's top 2010 players, at AAU nationals this past summer. At the camp, Richardson did not disappoint as he showed excellent ball-handling ability and hit a number of three-pointers as well. Richardson is a very smooth player and proved he can handle going up against seniors and juniors despite being just 5-10. He is expected to grow and if he does, look out.

Highlights of the event were shown each night on one of the local news stations in Topeka, KSNT-27…Over 300 people were in attendance both days…Missouri State commitments Kyle Weems and Lamont Austin were in attendance and will sign their letter of intents next month in the early signing period…All games were videotaped and DVD's will be available for coaches.

"I thought the camp was really good and competitive. There were pretty good players there and people put on a show." –Ty Modupe

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