With events that bring in teams from all over the country pretty much wrapped up, the Road Show is making a final tour of the greater KC Metro area. Friday night, it was time to head back to where it all began, Leavenworth High School. Doing battle in the LV were Lawrence and standout senior Dorian Green and Leavenworth with star wing Nino Williams.
This Week's Standouts
Dorian Green- It's getting late in the season which means it's time for Lawrence's 6-foot-2 combo guard to take over. This time last season, the slender shooter unleashed a scoring barrage on the state of Kansas that nearly turned into a rather unprobable state championship. Up to his old tricks, Green hit Leavenworth with 28 points on an assortment of pretty pull-up jumpers, deep threes and hanging drives in the lane. He hit a tough runner that crawled in to force overtime and then secured the win with some free throws in the extra stanza as Lawrence eaked out a 43-40 win. Next weekend, Green will take an official visit to Colorado State.
Nino Williams- Listed as a junior, the 6-foot-5 small forward will spend a year in prep school after he finishes up at Leavenworth meaning he'll ultimately land in the class of 2011. Saddled with early foul trouble, Williams didn't get as many touches as he probably deserved because of Lawrence's sagging zone. With the game on the line, Williams hit a huge three shortly before the third quarter buzzer and then scored on jumpers from each baseline and converted a tough lefty tip to force overtime. An electric athlete who is tough on the glass, Williams has turned himself into a dangerous jump shooter.
Alec Burks- One of the elite scorers in the KC Metro area, Burks went for 24 points under the watchful eyes on Tuesday night in a come from behind win over Hickman Mills. The 6-foot-4 wing finished off the week by going for 40 in an overtime win against Raytown on Wednesday and another 24 on Friday night against Kearney as Grandview improved to 24-1 on the season. A bit of an old school player, Burks relies on changes of pace, shot fakes, a strong mid-range game and sneaky athleticism to lull defenders to sleep. Grandview is making a push for the state playoffs and Burks is among the front runners for player of the year.
Quantel Denson- A new name around Kansas City, the Grandview junior looked impressive while battling through foul trouble. He's a long 6-7 athlete who can run the floor, has excellent hands and finishes around the rim. Still a little rough around the edges, Denson is sure to emerge on the radar of low to mid major programs throughout the Midwest by the end of the summer. His emergence gives Grandview a reliable inside scorer to balance Burks' perimeter work.
More Notes From The Week It's always fun to make it back to Leavenworth for a game because even 16 years after this author's graduation not much has changed. Longtime coach Larry Hogan is still patrolling the sidelines,there's still generations of Zeck family members in the stands -- this time here to support sophomore PG Alec Zeck -- and Mr. Mathis and Mr. Young are STILL working the scorer's table. The best part though? Strolling through back hallway and finding out that the walls outside the basketball office and locker room are still plastered with notes from college coaches, stories on former players and various awards that have been won over the years. … A freshman to potentially keep an eye on down the road is Hickman Mills' Earl Peterson. A skinny 6-foot-2 combo guard, he plays mostly on the junior varsity for now but is a dangerous scorer off the dribble and from deep. There's no way to predict how much he'll develop just yet, but he plays a little like a young Marcus Denmon. … Finally, Lawrence is going to lose a lot with the graduation of Dorian Green. However, Lions fans can look forward to a pretty good replacement next year when K.J. Pritchard arrives. The son of former Jayhawk, and current Portland Trailblazers GM Kevin Pritchard, the 6-2 freshman combo guard with deep range has to play ninth grade competition because freshman in Lawrence don't attend high school. Were he at Lawrence this year, there's not much doubt that Pritchard would log heavy minutes and he just might be the best freshman in the state not named Perry Ellis. …
Total teams watched- 180.
Total games watched- 108.
Total miles traveled- 16,538.