KC Classic: Phog.net Weekend Recap

The last day of the KC Classic didn't lack for surprises, as an unknown team made a run and a certain player made a surprise appearance.

Galveston Hornets

Mike Evans – 6'6 PF, 2011 – The surprise team of the event, this high school team turned AAU squad put on a show for anyone that would watch. They were led by shot-blocking stud Mike Evans, who started off the tournament by dominating KU commit Zach Peters and Team Texas. Despite his small size for a post, Evans gets off the floor with a quickness and swats darn-near everything someone throws toward the rim. He saved his best for the last day (or at least the last game that I saw from him), where he decided to show off a very nice stroke from mid-range. Someone in Texas (Texas Tech and Texas A&M are both looking, along with Houston and other Texas mid-majors) or the south (Auburn is looking) is going to score a good one in Evans.

Terran Pettway – 6'5 WF, 2011 –Terran Pettway joined up with Evans to lead the Hornets all the way to the finals. He's another mid-major prospect, with a lean 6'5 frame and good athleticism. He handles the ball well and is more of a perimeter player than Evans. He showed off a wonderful first step throughout the weekend and looks to have a solid jumpshot out to near the 3pt line. Quite a few mid-majors are keeping an eye on him.

Martin Bros. 16s

Mike Gesell – 6'0 PG, 2012 – Though Marcus Paige draws the most attention for the Martin Bros. 16s, Mike Gesell is every bit as important to their success. A good shooter and a solid overall player, Gesell spent a lot of time both on and off the ball in helping Martin Bros. to yet another tournament win (once again taking out Spiece Mo-Kan in the process). While probably not quite a Kansas target, he will be at their elite camp in June. Supposedly, Gesell pulled off a tough jumper to get the win over Oklahoma Elite in the finals.

Marcus Paige – 6'0 PG, 2012 – The steadiest presence in the 16s (and arguably, along with Nino Williams, the steadiest in the event), Paige once again did what his team needed him to do in order to capture the title. He's a natural floor-leader that is most comfortable running an offense. He shoots very well from the perimeter and even shows off a very tough step-back mid-range shot from time to time.

KC 76ers 16s

Ishmael Wainwright – 6'5 SF, 2013 – The surprise of the day was seeing Ish Wainwright make an appearance in the 76ers' semifinal loss to the Oklahoma Elite. Despite playing up an age group, it was clear that Wainwright was the most talented player on the floor. He showed off great range on his jumper and attacked defenders from the wing. He's a willing passer – and a good one – and has some ridiculously long arms that help him on defense. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to help the 76ers overcome their terrible free throw shooting down the stretch.

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