EBOSS ROAD SHOW- ST. LOUIS ROADIE
The Road Show had been planning all season to get out and see a promising trio of sophomores in St. Louis. Thanks to weather caused game cancellations last week, the schedule set up perfectly to watch all three of them – Christian Kirk, Brad Beal and Ben McLemore – during a 20 hour span of games on Friday and Saturday.
Although circumstances beyond this author's control prevented the Road Show (or anybody else for that matter) from getting a look at McLemore on Saturday, the trip was still worthwhile.
Christian Kirk, 6-7 PF, St. Charles West- Under the watchful eyes of Minnesota assistant Saul Smith, Kirk thoroughly shredded the Ft. Zumwalt East defense for 24 points (10-12 FG, 4-4 FT) and seven rebounds in limited minutes. He outran defenders to finish with monster slams, slammed home rebounds and slammed home alley-oops. At around 6-foot-7, he's quite bouncy and has a long and lean frame. He's not bulky yet, but plays very strong. While the dunks got the crowd going, it was his jump hook spinning right or left and patience that was the most promising aspect of his game. At his size, he'll need to continue to add to his face-up game. Mentioned interest from Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and the entire Missouri Valley. He's been sitting on an offer from Southern Illinois for a while now and picked another up from Saint Louis late last week.
Brad Beal, 6-3 SG, Chaminade- Friday night, Beal had another scoring explosion scoring 25 of his game high 33 points during the second half against DeSmet. Leading Chaminade to the finals of the Ameritime Classic, Beal also assisted on the game winning bucket Friday night. Of course, the Road Show wasn't there on Friday night. Saturday, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard found the sledding a little tougher as Chaminade fell to a very good Hazelwood Central squad in the finals. Face-guarded all over the floor and facing a double team almost as soon as he caught the ball, Beal had a lot of shots rim out in a 2-12 performance from the field in a seven point, four assist effort. Even if the shots weren't dropping, he's proven over and over that he can make shots. What was impressive, though, is the sophomore's skill level. He's under control, creates shots easily going right or left, has a quick release and what looks like a killer mid-range game. He's only 15 years old, is still growing and has a terrific demeanor. Mentioned Kansas, Illinois, Florida and Missouri as the schools most involved in his recruitment.
MORE NOTES FROM THE WEEKEND
As was mentioned in the opening, 6-foot-4 sophomore shooting guard Ben McLemore didn't play. For unknown reasons, his Wellston (MO) Eskridge team was unable to make it's noon game on Saturday. The buzz on this young man's talent from those who have seen him is very positive. Positive enough, that another trip to the STL will likely be made in hopes of evaluating him. … While Beal struggled on Saturday, his teammate Brandon Lockhart really turned it up. An unsigned six foot point guard, Lockhart has excellent end to end speed and made some big shots. He could certainly help a program somewhere on the division one level. … Senior shooting guard Alex Bazzell of St. Charles West is fun to watch. Crafty, competitive and confident, Bazzell is perhaps the best pure shooter in Missouri high school basketball. His release is quick and compact and he's pretty good at getting himself open looks with or without the ball. A bit undersized for a shooting guard, he handles well enough and could be a nice late addition to a lower level division one program. … Hazelwood Central's championship win at the Ameritime Classic gave a pair of seniors a chance to stand out. 6-foot-3 senior shooting guard Bryce Foster had it cooking from deep draining six of his nine high arching jumpers en route to 25 points. On the other side, he proved capable by following Beal everywhere he went. While Foster manned the perimeter, skinny 6-foot-7 forward Connell Crossland was active to the tune of 20 points and 11 rebounds. He needs to add weight, but he can play somewhere and could develop into a nice prospect after a few years to work on his game and body at a junior college. …
Total teams watched- 156.
Total games watched- 93.
Total miles traveled- 14,036.