The two settings offered a stage for some of the area’s better known players like Releford and Shawnee Mission South’s Will Spradling to show what they could do. But, there were also a couple of new faces that should be making their way onto the radar of those who like to track the area’s potential college prospects.
Trevor Releford - Friday night, the 5-11 PG used his quickness, creative ball handling and ability to force tempo to lead Miege to a win over Washburn Rural from Topeka. During Saturday’s championship game, Releford came out looking to get others involved early. Scoreless after one quarter, Releford exploded during the second and third quarters single handedly outscoring SM Northwest 25-19 as Miege built an insurmountable lead. Helping to forge a lead that swelled to as many as 30 points late, Releford dazzled the crowd with his ball handling antics. More importantly, the junior was drilling his much improved jumper from all over the place and mixing in some floaters on his drives to the hoop. Few, if any, defenders in the metro area can keep him in front of them and when he’s draining jumpers like he did in Friday’s 31 point outing he becomes awfully tough to stop. According to Releford he’s hearing heavily from most of the Missouri Valley (Creighton, Wichita State and Missouri State all stopped by to watch at Aquinas). He’s also started to get more attention from Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas State and said that he’s been told he’ll be hearing from OU’s Jeff Capel soon.
Will Spradling - During Friday’s game against Wichita’s Bishop Carroll, Spradling proved to be far too much to handle. Already committed to Kansas State, the 6-1 (maybe even 6-2) junior displayed his high skill level and ability to create in transition or a half court setting. Because of his ability to shoot with range and ability to make shots off the bounce, Spradling becomes dangerous. He doesn’t miss open teammates and given time to survey a defense he’s almost always going to make the right decision. While he’s still pretty slender, Spradling is noticeably stronger and has much improved quickness since this time last year. It wouldn’t be surprising if he snuck in another growth spurt and added size would give him the ability to play either the wing or the point making him even more dangerous.
Rico Richardson - At 5-11, Richardson doesn’t really have a defined position. Because of his lethal shooting ability from deep, Highland Park coach Ken Darting most often deploys his star as a shooting guard. But, his ball skills are improving and he has started to initiate the offense from time to time. Regardless of whether he’s playing on or off the ball, Richardson is a player. He wants the to take big shots, he plays with confidence and he’s a proven winner who has been a major component of HP’s current 23 game winning streak.
OTHER NOTES FROM THE WEEKEND
Keep an eye on Shawnee Mission Northwest junior Steve Carver. A face up four man on the next level, Carver has a sweet jumper that he can bury all the way out to the three point line. He’s smart, has a good looking frame and plays hard on both ends of the floor. Because of his skill set, Carver is rapidly emerging as a legitimate Division One prospect in the class of 2010. … Naturally a wing, Carver’s sophomore teammate A.J. Spencer plays in the paint because he’s Northwest’s second biggest player. A long armed 6-3, maybe 6-4, Spencer is a crafty playmaker along the baseline with an excellent feel. An excellent passer, it would be interesting to see how he’d fare given the opportunity to play on the wing and in space. He’s surrounded by shooters at Northwest and that would likely give him even more of an opportunity to make plays while still freeing him up to chase down loose balls and offensive rebounds. … The decision to transfer away to Bishop Miege from Lee’s Summit West wasn’t an easy one for Rodney Givens. But, the 6-1 junior guard is making the most of it. A dangerous shooter from deep, Givens has been a sure outlet for Releford and has forced defenses to stay honest instead of sagging to stop his point guard’s penetration. A shooter by nature, Givens is also making the best of his opportunities to run the offense and he’s much improved as a ball handler. …
Wichita East’s Leon Flowers is a talented kid. A long 6-3 WG with a rainbow jumper, Flowers is a fine athlete who can also create his own shot off the bounce. From a talent standpoint, he’s got a chance to play on the next level but he’s got to find some consistency in his game. … Another potential talent at East is Flowers’ sophomore teammate Ja’Ln Williams. An intense competitor on both ends of the floor, Williams will really get into his opponents and isn’t going to back down from a challenge. His jumper wasn’t falling on Saturday night, but you have to love the fire and intensity with which he plays the game. … Finally, the weekend saw the emergence of Kansas City (MO) Northeast’s junior point guard Daylen Robinson as a potential D1 prospect. Quick and compact, he gets into the lane and makes plays for himself and teammates off the dribble. He doesn’t miss open teammates and has the ability to penetrate gaps on zone defenses thanks to his quickness. While he’s still rough around the edges and needs a little work on his jumper, Robinson is a talent with plenty of tools. …
- Total teams watched- 148.
- Total games watched- 89.
- Total miles traveled- 13,456.