Jayhawk Invitational: Day 3 Rundown

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Championship day at the Jayhawk Invitational proved to be a busy one for the KC Pump ‘N Run organization. LJ Goolsby's program successfully defended titles in both the 16U and 17U divisions and fell in the semifinals of the 15U division. As the thunder rumbled outside, players from 2008, 2009, 2010 and even 2011 were busy shaking the rims inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Marcus Denmon, SG, KC Pump ‘N Run- Because of issues with his morning ride, the 6-3 guard missed a quarterfinal game Sunday morning. After that, he had to watch from the bench for a half in the semis. Despite the lost time, the live bodied wing continued a terrific spring. He's a bucket maker and caught fire late during the finals as Howard Pulley looked to mount a comeback.

Denver Holmes, SG, KC Pump ‘N Run- Forced to play center this season for his undersized high school team, the 6-4 guard looked terrific playing on the wing and earned a well deserved spot on the all-tourney team. He's athletic, tough and loves to bury jumpers from 15 to 20 feet. The Missouri Valley is going to be watching him closely.

Scott Suggs, SG/SF, St. Louis Eagles- This was about as good as we've seen Suggs play in a while. He fought through a bum ankle and put a nice shooting display. He's skinny, but he can also handle the ball and is a skilled passer. He's almost unselfish to a fault and it was good to see him looking for his shot a little more.

Jordan Taylor, PG, Howard Pulley- He finally ran out of gas a little in the finals, but that doesn't take away from his fine weekend. He plays with poise, control and understanding of what his team needs from him. His floater on baseline drives is a bread and butter scoring move.

Michael Dixon, PG, KC Pump ‘N Run 16's- The MVP of the 16 and under division, Dixon completely controls the game. He rarely, if ever, misses an open teammate, takes care of the ball and can lock up opponents defensively. He needs more strength and to keep working on the release point of his jumper, but his midrange game is super. He's established himself as one of the top PG's in the Midwest.

Rodney Williams, SF, Howard Pulley- You can see the confidence oozing from the high flyer now that he's got a few tournaments under his belt. He can put it on the floor a little, has range to the three point line and he won't turn 16 until July. His baseline drive and two handed smash over a helpless KC Pump ‘N Run big man was one of the most impressive dunks of the entire spring!

Anthony Marshall, SG, Las Vegas Prospects- The smooth lefty from Sin City was impressive all weekend long. He's got a good jumper, plays smartly and has a nice frame to work with. As he improves with his off hand and looks to attack a little more with the dribble. His play put him on the all-tournament team.

Trent Lockett, SF/SG, Net Gain Sports- This good looking 6-5 wing was a nice find in the 16 and under bracket. He is a good shooter, has nice size and plays hard on both ends. He really likes to shoot two dribble pull-ups and has the strength to finish off buckets near the hoop while being bumped.

Kony Ealy, PF/SF, St. Louis Eagles 15's- This long and slender athlete is a good looking young player. He's more of a power forward at this stage, but moves well and has the long and lanky build of a wing. Judging by his game, odds are pretty good that he eventually transitions to a perimeter player.

Joe Jackson, PG, Compton Magic 15's- A quick kid who is tough to contain off the dribble, Jackson is building off an impressive freshman campaign at Memphis (TN) White Station. He loves to get to the rim, has some serious bounce and can knock down some deep jumpers if he needs to keep the defense honest.

Damion Cain, PF, Compton Magic 15's- Talk about a nice looking young prospect! He's about 6-6, has long arms and even more impressively he's a smart low post player. He never gets below the block while setting up shop leaving him room to operate and he's got athleticism that matches his early skill. Played well enough to be named the MVP of the 15 and under division and will be one of the top freshman on the west coast next fall.

Freshman Clint Bozner from Villa Park High outside of Los Angeles is another terrific looking prospect on the Compton Magic 15's. The 6-7 forward is skilled, shoots with range and is a crafty finisher around the hoop. He should be a fun one to watch develop down the road. … Julian Johnson provided Kony Ealy with some help on the St. Louis Eagles. A well built wing, the 6-2 product of Whitfield High in greater St. Louis is an intense competitor with some bounce in his game. …

One more freshman to note -- of several talented youngsters – on the Compton Magic 15's is Louisiana product DeAndre Patton. He's a smooth looking 6-4 guard with a nice feel for the game. … The Midwest Mission fell in the finals of the 16 and under division but it wasn't for lack of effort from 6-1 PG Darian Kelly. The Girard (KS) High product his several jumpers and played the role of patient setup man … Look for Brewster (KS) High product Jeff Reid to have a new home next year. It looks as if the 6-5 SG's family is moving to Topeka and he'll likely lace them up for Kansas high school powerhouse Highland Park. The high major prospect made his way onto the all tournament team in the 16 and under division. …

We wrote yesterday that Armand Battle's range extended to 17 feet, we were wrong. The 6-6 SF's range actually extends to beyond the three point line. He's looking more and more comfortable on the wing and is deserving of some high major looks. … The MVP of the 17 and under division was KC Pump ‘N Run's Dominique Morrison. The 6-6 SF has improved significantly in the past year and used his sweet jumper and old school feel for the game to contribute all weekend long …

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