eBoss Road Show - Hot Hoops at the T.I.T.

With tournaments going on all over the Kansas City metro and plenty of games to choose from, the Road Show decided, instead, to hop on I-70 and head west to Topeka. The reason, semifinal action at the Topeka Invitational Tournament being held at Seaman High.

The action didn’t disappoint either as traditional class 6A power Wichita (KS) East outlasted fellow top five ranked Topeka (KS) High in an 81-77 slugfest and Topeka (KS) Highland Park flexed their muscles to run away from Lawrence (KS) High 70-52. With a 40-point outburst, the emergence of young prospects and a nice outing by a pair of kids who will play together in college at Missouri State. Additionally, the Road Show has a few notes from some games watched earlier this week.

TOPEKA TOP PERFORMERS AND RECAP FROM EARLIER IN THE WEEK

Chris White -Ready- The 6-4 combo forward from Topeka (KS) High had it dialed in from all over the floor during an entertaining 40 point outburst. He hit on some threes, faked and spun by defenders in the post and outsmarted East defenders over and over again. He’s not a high flying athlete and doesn’t blow by people off the dribble but he’s a good shooter given time to set his feet and was far too clever with fakes to be stopped on Friday night. Here’s a kid who has worked hard during his high school career and has a great attitude so it’s nice to be able to give him his props.

Leon Flowers - The sophomore from Wichita (KS) East isn’t a huge scorer yet, but he was easily the best college prospect on the floor during the Aces win over Topeka. The baby faced Flowers is a long and lanky 6-3 guard who can easily play the point or either wing position on the high school level. He’s a solid ball handler with either hand, gets into the lane with ease and finds open teammates for easy scores. As he adds strength and confidence he’ll get much better but he had the college coaches in attendance buzzing and there’s no question that he’s one of the top young players in the state of Kansas.

Lamont Austin and Kyle Weems - Highland Park’s senior duo will play together for the next four years at Missouri State, but right now the senior’s are focused on leading the talented Scots to a class 5A state championship. A 5-10 PG, Austin is the straw that stirs the drink and he repeatedly torched Lawrence defenders off the bounce before finding teammates for easy scores. He’s improved significantly as a jump shooter and because of his tremendous quickness Austin is a tough and pesky on the ball defender. He sliced and diced his way to 15 points and seven assists.

Meanwhile the 6-6 Weems provides some emotion, scoring and rebounding for Highland Park. He’s getting stronger and that added strength makes him a load in the post while his ability to hit jumpers out to 21 feet really opens things up. Weems best trait is that he’s an intuitive player who has a great feel for the game that combined with his versatility makes him tough to stop. He was good for 21 points that included a sweet step back jumper while getting mugged.

Jarryd Cole - Tuesday night the Road Show was up at Kansas City (MO) Winnetonka to pay respects to Cole. A 6-7 BF who has signed to play at Iowa next year, there isn’t a harder working player in the city. Even though his team struggles to get him the ball at times he never complains and when opponents maul him he never says a word to the officials. Instead, he goes about his business in workman like fashion and he finished with 22 points (9-12 FG, 4-7 FT) and 11 rebounds despite being limited by early foul trouble and not getting his first touch in scoring position until there were only 47 seconds left in the first quarter. With his powerful frame and quickness around the hoop, he’s equipped physically to battle in the Big Ten.

Dominique Morrison - The 6-6 junior didn’t have to work too hard on Wednesday night as he and Raytown (MO) High steamrolled a way overmatched Lee’s Summit (MO) High squad, but he still impressed. Two years ago he was a 6-2 post man with baby fat and rounded shoulders, now he’s developed into a long and skilled wing man who is a dangerous shooter. He’s comfortable shooting off the dribble or catch and has some old school post moves too boot. One could argue that he’s the most improved player in the KC Metro over the last year and he’s certified himself as a legitimate division one prospect.

MORE ROAD SHOW NOTES

With Bishop Miege struggling something fierce right now, there isn’t any way that Highland Park can’t be looked at as the favorite to take home the Kansas class 5A championship. It isn’t just Weems and Austin that make the Scots go either. Freshman combo guard Rico Richardson is a deadly shooter with a quick release and showed on Friday night why he’s one of the top 2010 players in the area. Junior Adrian Hererra is another lethal three point shooter and 6-7 junior Ty Modupe is another division one prospect. After a big game on Thursday, Modupe didn’t put up huge numbers on Friday but he’s long, athletic, and makes a big difference on the glass. … Wichita (KS) East junior Garrius Holloman was another D1 prospect on display in Topeka. The question, though, is whether or not the 6-5 forward can make the transition to the wing in college. He’s a terrific leaper, has long arms and a wiry strong frame, but because he’s the biggest player on his team he has to operate around the hoop. Holloman was good for 19 points and 17 boards on Friday night. … Back to Winnetonka, freshman guard Carvel Clagget is one to watch down the road. A 6-1 wing, he’s strong, aggressive and athletic. …

Colleges in attendance (Friday)- Georgia Southern, Missouri State, UNLV.

  • Total teams seen- 170
  • Total games watched- 99
  • Total miles traveled- 9,906

Up Next- Kansas City (MO) Hogan Prep vs. Gardner (KS) Edgerton (Spring Hill Tourney championship).


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