Locals Shine at Mullen Event

In today's world of high profile summer events that are heavily backed or influenced be Reebok, Nike and Adidas, a tournament like Mullen's High Profile Team Tournament is a welcome escape. Sure there are a few shoe sponsored teams in attendance at the ongoing Shawnee tournament, but more than anything there are a bunch of kids fighting for college scholarships.

While there aren’t a ton of players in attendance who have appeared on the Kansas radar, there are a few locals who are being or have been recruited by Kansas at some level or another in attendance.

METRO AREA STANDOUTS AT MULLEN HIGH PROFILE

Isacc Miles - When he isn’t being peppered by questions about whether or not he’ll stay at Bishop Miege next season or transfer to a prep school, the 6-2 combo guard has been getting the job done. Regardless of where he ends up at school next year or whether he reclassifies to the class of 2007, Miles is a legit high major player. He’s shot well from downtown, used his college ready frame to get to the basket, defended and made others around him better. KC Rocktown is drawing rave reviews and he’s a huge reason why.

George Goode (2007) - Fresh off of a sparkling performance at the Nike All-America camp, the 6-7 forward from Raytown (MO) South has continued his solid play. Equally comfortable draining silky threes from deep or jamming on people in the lane, the slender 2007 talent continues to impress. Kansas is expected to stop by and watch him and the other local standouts on Friday and the likes of Baylor, Texas, Miami, Kansas State, Iowa, Iowa State, Colorado, Texas Tech, Purdue and others have already been by to take a look at the budding star.

Tyrel Reed (2007) - Because he doesn’t play the flashiest brand of basketball around, a lot of what he does tends to go unnoticed. A solid 6-2 PG, Reed put the KC Pump ‘N Run 16’s on his shoulders Thursday afternoon and willed them to victory. He made sharp passes to teammates for easy baskets, defended, and hit a game winning 22 footer with just under 10 seconds to play. His spring was marred some by injury and fatigue, but he’s back to full strength now and proving why he’s already so coveted by colleges.

Travis Releford (2008) - Because he’s currently enrolled in summer school courses Releford has only been able to play in one of his team’s three games to this point. That being said, his play in that game made a large impression. The patient 6-4 sophomore to be uses his ball handling and explosive burst to the basket to get to the rim at will. He’s finished with either hand and is starting to show PG skills. Said one high major assistant, “There’s a reason I’m following him everywhere he goes, that kid can play. I’ll take him right now and he can play wherever he wants.”

Rahmon Fletcher (2007) - Because of his relatively diminutive size, the 5-9 PG for KC Rocktown may get overlooked by some bigger programs. That doesn’t change the fact that the lefty from Kansas City (MO) Paseo can play. Mind-numbingly quick with the ball in his hands, Fletcher jets in and out of traffic creating easy scoring opportunities for teammates. He’s always been able to get his own offense whenever he wants and still can, but the improved ability to run a team and more reliable jump shooting has made him a terror.

Casey Crawford (2006) - Coming off of a splendid Adidas Superstar Camp, the 6-9 BF from Blue Valley North has been attracting hordes of coaches. A tremendously skilled big man who shoots with ease out to 20 feet, Crawford has proven to be equally tough around the rim. More and more high major programs from the Big 12, Big 10 and ACC have taken notice of his ability while upper level mid majors are fighting to hold them off in hopes of securing a guy who could be an impact player in the right system.

Brady Morningstar (2006) - The prep school (New Hampton) bound Lawrence native shook off a rough Thursday morning during a nice outing on Thursday night. Standing 6-3, he’s a guy capable of running the show or scoring from the wing thanks to soft touch on his jumper. A surprising athlete who isn’t afraid to attack the basket, Morningstar’s strength is making those around him better and making the difficult play look simple. Whether or not he adds strength during a prep school year will go a long way towards determining what level he ends up on when he arrives on a college campus in the fall of 2006.


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