Tuesday’s stop was Liberty for their annual tournament where future Missouri point guard Mike Dixon was on display with a handful of unsigned seniors with division one interest. Thursday, the Road Show was in McPherson checking out highly touted freshman Perry Ellis of Wichita (KS) Heights and Nebraska signee Brandon Ubel. The week will finish with stops at the St. Thomas Aquinas Tournament on Friday and the Topeka Invitational Tourney (the T.I.T) on Saturday.
TUESDAY AND THURSDAY’S NOTABLES
Perry Ellis - Averaging in the neighborhood of 18 points and 15 rebounds through his first nine high school games, the 6-foot-7 forward had helped to lead Heights to a 9-0 record and the number one ranking in class 6A. Thursday, with Kansas State assistant Matt Figgers looking on, Heights fell victim 51-50 to an upset minded Hutchinson (KS) High team on a straight away bank shot from 16 feet just before the buzzer sounded.
Held well below his season averages, Ellis scored six points (2-3 FG, 2-6 FT) while grabbing nine rebounds. Long and athletic, it’s clear to see that Ellis has a terrific frame for a young player and he can flat out run. Past viewings have confirmed his already high skill level so there are no worries from that standpoint. On Thursdsay it was a mixture of Hutch doubling him, some troubles getting him the ball and Ellis playing like the 15 year old he is that led to an “off” game. Bottom line, the young man is a tremendous talent but there are going to be growing pains from time to time.
Mike Dixon - Dixon and his Lee’s Summit (MO) West teammates were looking a bit sluggish early in their opener at the Liberty Tournamant. With the game tied midway through the third quarter, the future Mizzou point guard took over by hitting a three and creating transition opportunities for his teammates as they blew open a game against Blue Valley North. Dixon finished with 28 points on the night and looks to have increased his explosiveness off the floor and overall quickness off the dribble. His mid-range game (pull-ups, floaters, etc.) remains the strength of his game. Thursday night, Dixon scored another 22 as LSW took out Raytown South to move into a championship game showdown with host Liberty High.
Brandon Ubel - In the fall, Ubel signed to play for Doc Sadler at Nebraska. A 6-foot-8 four man from Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley West, Ubel is a heady and skilled player. Although his release on his jumper is a little low and out front, the senior gets tremendous arch and rotation on his shot and he easily swishes home open looks out to the three point line. Off the ball he moves smartly and does a great job of positioning himself to create scoring angles. Ubel looked good in a 20 point outing/win against Shawnee Mission East. Looking ahead, he’ll need to continue to add strength and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the increased athleticism he’ll face upon his arrival at a Nebraska program that is starved for size.
MORE NOTES FROM TUESDAY AND THURSDAY
McPherson (KS) High’s gym is affectionately known as the “Roundhouse”. In the Road Show’s view, it may be the best high school gym in the state of Kansas. …. While sitting in the stands on Thursday, it was tough not to be struck by the already lofty expectations some fans had for Ellis. … Raytown (MO) South senior Rian Pearson is enjoying a huge senior season. The 6-3 wing is an explosive athlete who has been putting up big scoring numbers all season long. According to Pearson, he’s now been offered scholarships by Arkansas Little-Rock, Wisconsin Green Bay, and Oral Roberts (where his older brother Roderick will be a junior next season after sitting out a transfer year). … Liberty surged early on Tuesday night to blow out an overmatched Fort Osage team. Leading the way was 6-6 senior forward Shaun Adams. An above average leaper who finishes alley-oops with authority, Adams has filled out a bit and improved the mechanics on his jumper. Still available, Adams had some division one attention headed into the season and he is a guy that should still be on radars as he looks for somewhere to play his college ball. … A final local senior on D-1 radars at the lower level is Olathe (KS) East senior Bruce Reed. A 6-5 combo forward, Reed can step out to the three point line and finishes with dunks over opponents on the interior. Among those showing continued interest are Wagner where teammate Danny Mundweiler is headed next year and the just mentioned Adams visited officially during the fall. … Speaking of Wagner, their head coach Mike Deane was on hand Tuesday to check out his signee Mundweiler and keep tabs on Reed and Adams. …
- Total teams watched- 138.
- Total games watched- 84.
- Total miles traveled- 13,299.