Final Recap: Topeka Invitational Tournament

TOPEKA, Kan. - A recap of the Topeka Invitational with a number of Division I prospects in the tournament.

Saturyday's Scores

Championship: Highland Park 65, Wichita East 53
3rd place: Lawrence 64, Topeka 63
5th place: Wichita Northwest 53, Topeka West 48
7th place: Seaman 80, Washington 62

Chris White-Ready, 6-4, Topeka – You knew White-Ready was not going to duplicate his 40-point effort against Wichita East, but you figured he would have been productive. Instead, White-Ready came out a bit flat finishing with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting. However, he did pick up an offer from UMKC and a number of other programs have inquired about the natural scorer.

Lamont Austin, 5-11, Highland Park - He controlled the game with his tempo and defense when his shot was not falling. Austin is a great leader for the Scots and is expected to fit in nicely at Missouri State next season.

Kyle Weems, 6-6, Highland Park - Weems led the Scots in scoring during the tournament like he has all season. His 16 points in the championship game helped lead the Scots to 11-0 on the year.

Justin Purtee, 6-4, Topeka – Playing point guard appears to have affected his ability to be an impact player on offense. He can shoot the ball, but is struggling to find his rhythm of when to shoot and when not to shoot as he is trying to run the team. Scored 12 points in the loss to Lawrence in the final and missed an open 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have won the game for the Trojans.

Matt  Nelson, 6-5, Seaman - Nelson was more active in the tournament's final day finishing with 15 points. He's a kid that would be a great complimentary player at the next level and is a kid with a 4.0 GPA, so you won't have to worry about him at all.

Marcus Butler, 6-3, Washington - Dropped 26 in the seventh place game in a losing effort, but needed 26 shots to do so. Butler finished second in the tournament in scoring averaging 22 points a game. Butler could be headed the prep route next year.

Ty Modupe, 6-7, Highland Park – Finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game including a few crowd-pleasing dunks. Modupe is starting to show why he is one of the most athletic players in the state.

Garrius Holloman, 6-5, Wichita East - Holloman was a non-factor in the championship game finishing with 13 points, but a majority of them came late in the fourth quarter when the game had already been decided. He did not take care of business on the defensive end of the court all tournament, which is a cause of concern considering his athletic ability.

Chris Harper, 6-3, Wichita Northwest - Three games in three days was enough to bother Harper enough and he was ineffective on Saturday's game hitting just 1-of-5 from the floor. He does a very good job in transition with the ball, but is primarily an undersized post player on a team that needs him down low. Harper has excellent quickness and explosiveness to the rim.

Adrian Herrera, 5-11, Highland Park - Herrera is a deadly shooter from the perimeter and is excellent off of screens. He has great footwork and foot speed especially on defense. In the championship game Herrera scored 16 points including seven in a row during Park's 24-5 run.

Bryce Simons, 6-3, Seaman – Simons scored 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting to help lead the Vikings to their lone win of the tournament. Simons showed more confidence in his shot on the final day and does a great job of competing against everybody. Still looking to improve on the defensive end of the court.

2010 Checklist

Rico Richardson, 5-11, Highland Park – Richardson scored just four points, but had a key reverse layup during Park's run. Richardson can create shots for himself and has the ability to make plays, but is in a shooter's role this season. Look for Richardson to emerge as one of the state's top players next season.

"We got the championship, my first since I've been here." –Kyle Weems


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