Eric Bossi gives some run to Kansas City metro kids that coaches and fans should be on the lookout for in the future.

A few months ago rapper/producer/mogul, Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, ran the New York City marathon to raise money for schools in his hometown.

Just like Diddy, I am all about the kids in my neck of the woods. I'm not going to be running a marathon and shaving my head for them in hopes of raising millions of dollars. I'd love to do it and I am sure that the schools could use the money but let's face it, 26 miles is a LONG way and I am just too lazy for that.

However, I am not too lazy to help out in my own little way. So instead of focusing on KU targets, or a national event I'll spend a little time previewing and honoring some Kansas City metro kids that folks in the area should be on the lookout for this year.


Picking an all metro team is never easy, and it is important to separate the best long term prospects, from those who mean the most to their teams down the road. Also, I am only going to consider juniors and seniors for All-Metro at this point because none of the younger guys have proven enough at this point.


Nick Holmes, 6-6 Sr. WF, Olathe South - YALE

Leo Criswell, 6-9 Jr. BF/WF, Piper

Dane Watts, 6-7 Sr. BF, Warrensburg - CREIGHTON

Nathan Mann, 6-3 Sr. WG, St. Thomas Aquinas - WILLIAM & MARY

Marcus Walker, 6-0 Jr. PG, KC O'Hara

Headlining the first team is the single best talent in the city, Criswell. At 6-9 he handles, shoots, finishes above the rim and will draw the attention of major colleges from coast to coast. Considering Watts as a metro kid is a slight stretch, but he is too good to leave off. He shoots and rebounds and Creighton doesn't make many recruiting mistakes. Holmes is just all around solid and is as intense kid as there is in the city. Walker can be an electric scorer and is a big time PG when he decides to share the ball, Mann is perhaps the best shooter in the city and has never gotten the credit that he deserves.


Caleb Holmes, 6-6 Sr. WF, Olathe South - YALE

Brian Gettinger, 6-8 Sr. BF, SM South - UMKC

Joey Mundweiler, 6-1 Sr. WG, Olathe East

Joey Deas, 5-10 Sr. PG/WG, Oak Park

Keith "Boo" Richardson, 5-6 Sr. PG, KCK Wyandotte

On the second team, you simply won't find a quicker player in the city than the entertaining Richardson. Gettinger is another underrated kid who can shoot from outside and fights despite his thin frame, he'll help out at UMKC before he leaves. Mundweiler will likely lead the city in scoring and will make bushels of three's in doing so. Deas will finish off a great high school career and headlines what may be the best backcourt in the city.


Darius Hill, 6-7 Sr. BF, Blue Springs

John Merriweather, 6-7 Sr. BF, St. Pius X

Danny Brown, 6-2 Jr. WG, DeSoto

Mikey White, 6-3 Sr. WG, Blue Springs

Brandon Burgette, 6-0 Sr. PG, Lee's Summit North

Hill is an athletic and quick two sport standout who is generating plenty of   D1 attention as a hooper and wide receiver. Merriweather is a quickly improving inside/outside threat who is the son of former NBA'er Joe. Brown is poised for stardom this season because of his sweet stroke and ability to get to the hoop. White is another sweet stroking scorer from deep and Burgette is just a rock solid PG who gets the job done.


DeJuan White, 6-2 Sr. WG, Oak Park, Kayron Parrish, 6-3 Sr. WF, KC Northeast, Lorenzo Dean, 6-2 Jr. WG, KC Northeast, Robert Nutt, 5-9 Sr. PG, Lincoln Prep, William Griffin, 6-0 Sr. PG/WG, Grandview, Dominique Grayson, 6-5 Jr. WF, SM North, Hunter Henry, 6-8 Sr. BF, SM West, Matt Kleinmann, 6-10 Sr. C, BV West, Kendall Clark, 6-4 Sr. WF, BV N'West, Scott Remund, 6-5 Sr. WF, Park Hill, Mike Hutchingson, 6-4 Sr. WF, KC Sumner, Mike Sylvara, 6-4 Sr. BF, Belton, Chris Bamham, 6-6 Jr. BF, SM West, Andrew Meile, 6-1 Sr. PG, Olathe South, Earvin Ray, 6-2 Sr. WG, SM Northwest, Brady Morningstar, 6-1 Jr. PG, Lawrence Free State, Dain Dillingham, 6-2 Sr. WG, Lawrence Free State, Delmeko Brown, 6-1 Sr. PG/WG, Center, Josh Kimbrough, 6-5 Sr. BF, Raytown, Rapheal Robinson, 6-2 Sr. WG, Turner, Jason White, 6-4 Sr. WF, North Kansas City, Jeremy Rodery, 6-8 Jr. BF/C, Liberty.


Some of these guys you may have already heard of, some of them you might not have. Regardless, they are poised to take over the city and are the stars of tomorrow.

J.D. Christie, 6-5 So. WF, SM East- J.D. is a well built and fundamentally sound wing who has already exploded in couple of early season contests. He'll head fake you to death and has a great work ethic that will make him a D1 player.

Casey Crawford, 6-9 So. BF, BV North- Crawford is the sweetest shooting big man in the city, and it isn't even close. He can score in a variety of ways on the blocks and makes up for a relative lack of athleticism with his footwork and is a potential big timer down the road.

Rahman Fletcher, 5-9 Fr. PG, KC Paseo- Filling into the void left by Pooh Day, Fletcher is a ridiculously quick scoring PG. He specializes in getting into the paint and isn't afraid of contact despite his slight frame. He'll be packing them in at the IL Field house for years to come.

Roderick Pearson, 6-2 So. PG/WG, Raytown South- Pearson is the next big thing at historically powerful, but down this year, Ray South. He's a lefty with a good looking stroke, nice handles and long arms that create havoc on the defensive end.

Edriss Floyd, 6-2 So. PG, Truman- Floyd could be the best player from the Independence area since Will Palmer laced them up for Truman. He doesn't put up huge numbers but is a consummate PG with a big time body. He's a dead ringer for former Leavenworth standout and current Evansville PG Lucious Wagner.

Mark Smith, 6-7 So. BF, Hickman Mills- Smith is a raw post player at this point. Translation, he uses his impressive springs to aggressively block shots and dunk the ball whenever possible. As he gets stronger and plays wiser, he should develop into one of the premier big men in the metro.

Ryan Jehle, 6-5 So. WF, SM South- A sweet shooter who can put the ball on the floor a little bit, Jehle is going to sneak up on people. He could be the go to guy for a team that already features a D1 signee in the low post.

Greg Smith, 6-6 BF/WF, Lincoln Prep- Despite a terrific freshman campaign Smith managed to fly under the radar, that won't happen again. He has a nice stroke from 17 feet, is a good athlete and helps out on the boards. He's only a killer instinct away from being the best player in the IL.

Isacc Miles, 6-1 So. PG, Bishop Miege- Miles has a chance to be one of the top PG's that the city has produced in a while. Miles is strong, athletic, and patient and almost always makes good decisions with the ball in his hands. He has a nice mid range game and will be unstoppable once he becomes a consistent threat from three point land.

Domo Johnson, 5-8 So. PG, Bishop Miege- The other half of the best young backcourt in the city, don't let Domo's smallish size and baby face fool you. He is an assassin from deep and is improving his handles and decision making.


These guys aren't superstars and never get much respect for all of the dirty work that they do. They score when needed, are committed to the team and play as hard as anybody in the city.

Joe Tidwell, 6-1 Sr. WG, KC O'Hara

Quintin Totta, 6-4 Jr. WF/BF, St. Thomas Aquinas

A.J. Randle, 6-2 Jr. WG, KC Schlagle

Sylvester Gibson, 6-3 Sr. BF, Raytown

Matt Crotty, 6-7 Sr. BF, Olathe South


These are the guys that aren't afraid to let it fly from deep, some with absolutely zero conscience or recognition of whether or not it is a good shot, and they are generally pretty accurate.

Nathan Mann, 6-3 Sr. WG, St. Thomas Aquinas

Joey Mundweiler, 6-1 Sr. WG, Olathe East

Earvin Ray, 6-2 Sr. WG, SM Northwest

Joey Deas, 5-10 Sr. PG/WG, Oak Park

Mikey White, 6-3 Sr. WG, Blue Springs


When the ball is in their hands, you can always count on these guys to make the correct decision and find the open man. Some do it with flash, others do it without fanfare, either way they get the job done.

Brandon Burgette, 6-0 Sr. PG, Lee's Summit North

Andrew Meile, 6-1 Sr. PG, Olathe South

Isacc Miles, 6-1 So. PG, Bishop Miege

Leo Criswell, 6-9 Jr. BF/WF, Piper

Edriss Floyd, 6-2 So. PG, Truman


Pound for pound these are the best athletes and most exciting performer that the city has to offer. Whether it is ankle breaking crossovers, or high flying smashes these kids always put on a show.

Leo Criswell, 6-9 Jr. BF/WF, Piper

Keith "Boo" Richardson, 5-6 Sr. PG, KC Wyandotte

Kendall Clark, 6-4 Sr. WF, BV Northwest

Marcus Walker, 6-0 Jr. PG, KC O'Hara

Lorenzo Dean, 6-2 Jr. WG, KC Northeast

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