However, no where was better than Blue Springs (MO) South where the annual Blue Springs McDonald’s and Coca-Cola basketball tournament was taking place.
On display where one of the area’s top seniors -- Rockhurst’s Conner Teahan-- one of the top juniors in the city -- Truman’s Steve Moore -- and one of the most improved players in the city -- Blue Springs South’s Rashaad Lucas.
BLUE SPRINGS TOURNEY TOP PERFORMERS
Steve Moore - Just like he did between his freshman and sophomore seasons, the Independence (MO) Truman big man has made tremendous strides since the end of his sophomore season and is off to a hot start as a junior. Playing against an overmatched Columbia (MO) Hickman team, the nearly 6-9 BF made the most of his time on the floor going for 28 points (10-11 FG, 8-8 FT), 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Most noticeable in his game is how much he’s improved as a scorer. He establishes good position, catches everything thrown his way, keeps the ball high and takes everything to the rim and backboard. A big and strong lefty he runs well and has bulked up to 235 pounds. Moore made several acrobatic catch and finish plays and had a beautiful play on the right block where he gave a left shoulder fake, spun to his right shoulder and dropped in a pretty six foot jump hook. He’s gotten interest from Kansas, Missouri, Missouri State, Creighton, SLU and Wichita State among others and is in the process of cementing himself as a legitimate high major prospect.
Rashaad Lucas - This time last year, Lucas was watching his Blue Springs (MO) South teammates from the sidelines because of academics. The 6-1 PG got back into the swing of things during the summer with Rocktown and the KC Keys, but he was admittedly out of shape and didn’t quite accomplish what he’d hoped to. Monday night, there was an entirely different Lucas on display as he showed off his newly reshaped body and a much more disciplined game.
A very talented passer in the open court, the quickness Lucas has gained after losing 25 pounds or so since the end of the summer makes a huge difference. He was speeding up and down the court and dissecting the Ft. Osage (MO) High defense with precision passes. Along with his flashy passing, Lucas racked up at least four steals and 13 points as South blew out their opponents. You have to give him credit for taking his lumps over the last year and responding with a great attitude and work ethic.
Conner Teahan - For his Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst squad to have any chance of returning the state Final Four, Teahan is going to have to put a lot of points on the board. That’s just fine with him as he’s a tough kid who works extremely hard off the ball to get himself freed up for open jumpers.
After missing a few early shots, Teahan heated up on his way to 27 points (10-19 FG, 3-7 3 PT, 4-4 FT) while adding three rebounds and three steals. One of the premier shooters in the city, the 6-5 guard needs little space or time to get his shot off and he’s confident enough to keep firing even when they aren’t falling. One of only three seniors on a very young team, Teahan is also the Hawklets biggest post threat and he added a couple of pretty spin moves and jump hooks in the paint along the way. A star on the gridiron as well, word has it that Kansas State recently offered him a football scholarship while Ole Miss recently added a hoops offer to go along with a standing offer he’s got from Wichita State.
MORE NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT
Because of his ability to shoot the ball, strength and toughness, it’s not going to be a surprise if Teahan gets heavily recruited by schools on all different levels this winter. There’s no doubt that he can be a very good player on the upper mid major level and he’s starting to prove again -- after an injury riddled summer -- that he’s a good enough athlete to play on the high major level. One area he still needs to improve is his ability to create shot opportunities for himself off of the dribble. … Grandview (MO) High’s Brandon Kinnie has to be one of the more impressive athletes in the Metro area. Standing 6-3, he’s built like a college tight end and has explosive leaping ability around the hoop. He powered his way to 21 points in the paint in tough loss to a hot shooting Blue Springs (MO) High squad. Given his tight end build, it isn’t a surprise that he’s being recruited heavily to play that position on the college level after being named a first team all-stater as a junior when he racked up just under 1,000 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns (all-state teams from this year aren’t out yet). … Speaking of Blue Springs, they aren’t the biggest team around but they run their offense very well and every player on the team can shoot from deep. If they keep up their hot three point shooting, they’ll cause teams a lot of headaches this year. …Ft. Osage was beaten up pretty badly by Blue Springs South but 6-6 junior Vernon Weddle is a pretty nice looking prospect. He’s a slender but athletic big man who runs the court well and has range to 15 feet on his jumper. He didn’t score a ton of points, but the potential to play college basketball on some level is there. …
Schools in attendance- Missouri.
- Total teams seen- 45
- Total games watched- 30
- Total miles traveled- 3,380
Up Next- St. Louis Shootout, Dec. 7, 2006 (http://www.stlshootout.com)