Prospect Emerges in St. Joseph

It doesn't happen all that often, but from time to time a local player will slip in under the Road Show radar. That appears to be the case with St. Joseph (MO) Benton junior Johnny Coy a 6-7 combo forward who has seemingly emerged out of nowhere while drawing lots of looks on the upper mid major to high major level.

Tuesday night, the Road Show made it’s way to Benton High to check Coy out and needless to say the slender forward was very impressive – despite being under the weather. It’s also a good time to give a rundown on Kansas City’s hottest player, Marcus Denmon, a kid the Road Show saw on Saturday night.


Johnny Coy - It’s not fair to say that Coy was completely unknown before his breakout junior season. In fact there were some rumblings out of the St. Joseph area as early as his eighth grade year that the slender Coy could be a player . However, until recent growth spurt got him to 6-7, nobody had really been up to check him out so he’s starred in relative anonominity.

An unknown no longer, Coy went for 30 points (13-23 FG, 2-5 3 PT, 2-6 FT), 14 rebounds (seven offensive), seven blocks and five assists in a near dominant performance against Kansas City (KS) Schlagle. A versatile player who can score off the dribble, with the jumper or in the post, it’s Coy’s movement off the ball and feel for the game that really stand out. He’s a heads up dribbler who finds teammates with crisp passes, he’s comfortable driving right or left and he’s a big time operator along the baseline.

While he’s a good shooter, he doesn’t exactly have textbook form on his jumper while set as he tends to fling the ball off his right shoulder a little. However, once he’s on the move he explodes into a very nice looking jumper that has plenty of arch and rotation. He needs to add weight/strength to his lean frame and it’s unclear whether he’s more of a three or a four at this point. But, he looks like he’s still growing and he’s got plenty of room to improve.

A visit from Arizona State last week turned into a scholarship offer and things have heated up rather quickly. Missouri and UNLV were out last week, Wichita State was out on Monday and others like Iowa State, Creighton, Missouri State and more have scrambled to get involved. He’s expected to run with KC Pump ‘N Run this spring/summer and odds are a lot more schools will be looking to get involved.

Marcus Denmon - Saturday night, the 6-3 junior combo guard was busy leading Kansas City (MO) Hogan Prep to their fifth straight win and second straight tournamant title (Savannah and Spring Hill) since his return. After gaining some notoriety as a sophomore at Lincoln Prep, Denmon was an academic casualty the second half of last season and his transfer to Hogan cost him the first half of this year.

After going for 37, 34, 34 and 33 during his first four games back, Denmon -- whose older brother Martane Freeman played at Colorado -- was a bit more quiet as a scorer (15 points) as Missouri assistant Melvin Watkins looked on. Still, it’s easy to see why he’s emerged as one of the hottest prospects in the KC Metro area. Armed with a true scorer’s mentalitiy he’s extremely quick off the dribble, willing to pull up and shoot jumpers from deep and perhaps most impressive is that he’s a ballhawk of a defender who has quick hands and excellent lateral quickness.

Because of the long layoff, Denmon is still going to have his off nights but at this point he’s thrown his hat into the race for KC player of the year. In addition to Missouri, Denmon has also heard from Missouri State, Wichita State, Iowa State, Saint Louis, Creighton and others. Denmon also mentioned that Kansas has requested a copy of his schedule.

Colleges in attendance- Missouri (Saturday for Denmon), Wichita State (Monday for Coy).

  • Total teams seen- 174
  • Total games watched- 101
  • Total miles traveled- 10,077

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