TOP PERFORMERS FROM TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
Dominique Morrison - There may not be a hotter player in the state of Missouri than Raytown’s 6-6 star. Playing anywhere on the floor from point guard to power forward for the Blue Jays, the Oral Roberts signee continued his scoring rampage dropping in an effortless 26 points. An old school type player who is a skilled shooter, crafty with the ball and supremely confident, Morrison has led Raytown to an undefeated season and has them ranked #1 in the state. His development from a freshman with a little extra baby fat into one of the most dominant players in the city has been impressive to watch.
Marcus Denmon - It isn’t a surprise to see Denmon go out and give an opponent 32 points, that’s just what the 6-3 guard does. The future Missouri Tiger has always been wired to score and he can burn defenses from deep, off the dribble or with pull-up jumpers. However, in the past there were times where it seemed like he was convinced that the only way his team could win was for him to put up as many points as possible. In his senior season, Denmon has matured and learned to trust his teammates and the results have been terrific. He still gets his points, but he’s doing it with fewer shots and he’s succeeded in making those around him much better players by sharing the ball and letting them know that he trusts them and the seven assists and six boards he added alongside his 32 points was evidence of that. For good measure, Denmon showed off his improved explosiveness by throwing down one of the best dunks of the season on a baseline drive that he punctuated with a violent right handed throwdown.
Michael Dixon - Early on, Dixon seemed to be forcing the issue with a couple of quick shots and sloppy passes. As a result, Raytown South jumped out to a double digit first quarter lead on Dixon’s LS West squad. Then, the 6-1 junior point guard settled down, got locked in on defense and started creating for others. The next thing you know, the Titans are right back in the game and they ran away and hid during the second half. A pure floor general, Dixon is at his best when he looks to get others involved first and then score if his team needs and offensive boost. His ability to bait opponents into cheap fouls all over the floor is a nice advantage and he’s a terrific free throw shooter. He finished with 18 points and his team moved into a district championship game where they’ll face up with Morrison and Raytown.
Dominique Newton - Suffering from the effects of the flu and a long season, the Raytown South senior was far from 100% on Wednesday night. Still, the six foot scorer put forth a pretty good effort and finished with 16 points during his final high school game. Despite the loss, Newton can look back on what was a strong senior season. Odds are that the next time he takes the floor for a game that matters, Newton will be doing so as a Division One basketball player. He’s currently got interest from Tulsa, Western Illinois, Texas San Antonio, UC-Riverside and others.
MORE NOTES FROM THE PAST COUPLE OF NIGHT’S ACTION
Another Raytown South senior who will be playiing college basketball is 5-11 PG Michael Gholston. Extremely quick and a terrific open court defender, Gholston has worked hard to improve his jump shot and as a result he’s getting looks on the D1 and D2 level. Among those in the crowd to watch him on Wednesday night was an assistant from Ohio Valley Conference member Tennessee Tech. … About a month ago, Lee’s Summit West lost an important part of their team when sophomore guard Rodney Givens transferred across state lines to Bishop Miege. In his absence, the Titans have seen more than a few players really step up. Included among that group is junior Todd Fletcher. A 6-2 WG with a sweet jumper, Fletcher is much more athletic than defenders expect him to be and his increased aggressiveness attacking the basket has been a huge boost to LS West. Also coming up big for West are senior forward Aaron Rollin who despite only being 6-3 provides interior toughness and rebounding and 6-6 sophomore Melvin Turner. Turner is toothpick skinny and his skillset is more that of a wing player, but he came up with some big plays in the lane on Wednesday night and certainly has some tools. … Even though Dominique Morrison has been racking up huge scoring numbers, Raytown is far from a one man show. Senior Aldon Smith – who will play defensive end at Missouri – is an intimidator, 6-7 280 pound senior Brandon Scaife adds beef and junior Josh Gibbs leads a solid crew of guards and wings. Perhaps the next in line to carry the scoring load, though, is 6-3 WG Frank Williams. The skinny sophomore has length, athleticism and a feathery touch from deep. … Even though his team took a loss at the hands of Hogan Prep, the work put in by Sumner Academy’s Reece Holliday was definitely appreciated. It’s hard to say exactly what position the burly 6-1 sophomore plays but he sure gets a lot done. He dominated the glass, attacked off the dribble and even hit a few jumpers on his way to 32 points. …
Finally, the race for player of the year in Kansas City is shaping up to be a three horse race. From the Kansas side you have Bishop Miege’s Travis Releford who has been having the kind of season that everybody expected him to have during his senior campaign. However, because of the seasons being put together by Denmon and Morrison over on the Missouri side, the Kansas bound wing has got himself some serious competition for post season accolades. …
Schools in attendance- Missouri, Tennessee Tech.
- Total games watched- 107.
- Total teams seen- 188.
- Total miles traveled- 16,087.