Ricky Kreklow, SF, Columbia Rock Bridge- Thanks to some fall back surgery, the 6-foot-6 Missouri signee is playing healthy for the first time in a while. After a few forced shots early, he settled in and showed his skill as both a shooter with range and facilitator for others off of the dribble. Finished the night with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in a come from behind 75-70 over Wichita Heights.
Quantel Denson, PF, Grandview- The official scorer looked to have short changed him a few rebounds and steals, but no matter how you slice it the 6-foot-8 big man was effective. Sealed his man in the post, made good catches and converted. He's got some bounce, length and quick hands. If academics are in order, he'll generate a lot of late interest.
Reese Holliday, SF, Sumner Academy- Sometimes you just have to focus on production and the 6-foot-3 senior always brings it. He continually finds ways to score around the rim, gets to the free throw line, comes up with every loose ball and makes plays. He was good for 30 and 13.
Trevor Releford, PG, Bishop Miege- O'Hara tried to press the 5-foot-11 point guard early and he was lights out getting to the rim. When the press turned into a 2-3 zone he settled in and made plays for his teammates. As always, he entertained the crowd with his flashy ball handling and passing and finished with 26 points and six assists as Miege held on for a 58-56 win.
David Kravish, PF, Lee's Summit North- A long and pencil thin 6-foot-9 insider, Kravish motors up and down the court like a much smaller player. He's got soft hands, finishes around the rim with dunks and has touch to the free throw line. Lack of bulk means he gets pushed around some, but he's got some fight in him and pushes back.
Perry Ellis, PF, Wichita Heights- Watching the game, you got the sense that Ellis had a "quiet" night. Look at the stats and you are somewhat surprised to see that he still managed to put together a line of 21 points and seven rebounds. Runs the floor very well, is a finisher near the rim and doesn't force too much. As he matures, he should become more active on the defensive end and a little more demonstrative in calling for the ball.
Travis Jorgenson, PG. Rock Bridge- Looking at him, you might think that he would belong in a 2017 checklist. Don't let his baby face and 5-foot-8 size fool you though, the freshman can flat out play. Highly skilled and crafty, he took control of his team and led them to a victory. Racked up eight big assists to go with six second half points.
Liberty junior Denton Koon is going to start attracting up to mid level division one attention if he hasn't already. Standing near 6-foot-7, he's a fluid face up four man who can hit some jumpers, attack off the dribble from 17 feet and get on the glass. He was good for 21 and 12. … Grandview senior guard J.T. White is generously listed at 6-0 (he's probably closer to 5-10) and he's the national high school high jump record holder at 7'5 ¾ ". He showed off every inch of that bounce on a ridiculous two handed alley oop finish plus the foul. Wow. … Grandview's junior perimeter players R.J. Leverette (5-9 PG) and Tyler Rambo (6-4 SF/SG) are both division one level prospects. Leverette is an under control playmaker while Rambo is a strong kid who excels in transition and along the baseline. … Sumner Academy sophomore Benny Parker probably doesn't go any bigger than 5-foot-9, but he's got a lot of toughness packed into his sturdy frame. He's very speedy with the ball and a superior on the ball defender. …
Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Steve Carver was the recipient of a 1,000 dollar scholarship from event organizers after scoring 16 points and grabbing four rebounds in a two point loss. A 6-foot-7 face-up four man with deep shooting range, Carver signed with Holy Cross in the fall and sports a very impressive 4.17 GPA. …
After his team's 75-70 loss to Columbia Rock Bridge, Perry Ellis declined to list schools. Kansas was in the building to watch him. … A sophomore teammate of Ellis at Wichita Heights, Evan Wessel is still a week away from returning to the floor due to a broken hand. Still, he's generating interest from Wichita State (offer), Missouri State, UMKC, Stanford and others. … Sumner Academy senior Reese Holliday is drawing late looks from Colorado State, Wichita State and Wisconsin Green Bay. …
There were no head coaches spotted, but assistants from Santa Clara, UMKC, Colorado State, Northern Iowa and Kansas were all dispatched for Saturday's action.
"We're not playing Alabama for the next four years."
College coach watching Crimson Tide signee Trevor Releford.