Basketball Event Saturday In St. Louis

St. Louis area basketball fans will be able to check out some exciting action on Saturday (Dec. 13) with eight games at the CricKet Wireless Midwest Showdown Shootout at Normandy High School.

Among the prospects scheduled to participate are Mississippi signee Reggie Buckner, Alabama signee Cully Payne, Southern Illinois signee Kendal Brown, Wisconsin-Milwaukee signee Lonnie Boga and juniors Phillip Jackson, Lavonte Dority and Mike McCall.

Cully Payne

The schedule kicks off at 11 a.m. with the lone girls game of the day as Miller Career Academy takes on Memphis Manassas and standout junior Desiree Phillips.

The first boys game, at 12:30 p.m., features Wellston against Decatur (Ill.) MacArthur. Wellston has an interesting prospect to watch in 6-foot-5 sophomore Ben McLemore, while MacArthur is led by 6-4 senior Monty Wilson.

The defending Missouri Class 2 champions from Harrisburg trek to suburban St. Louis to play a team from Chicago in Providence St. Mel at 2 p.m. St. Mel is a team to watch with Jackson, a promising 6-9 junior forward who has drawn attention from several mid-major schools and could get looks from high-majors.

Kendal Brown

Brown, the Southern Illinois-Carbondale signee, will lead Evansville (Ind.) Harrison against Parkway South at 3:30 p.m. Parkway South features one of the St. Louis area's top point guards in senior Ben Hoener.

The 5 p.m. game, which matches Schaumburg (Ill.) High against local squad Francis Howell features one of the top prospects of the day in Payne, a 6-2 point guard who committed to DePaul before later signing with Alabama. Howell is led by 6-5 senior forward Cody Sorenson, who averaged 17.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a junior.

One of the top prospects scheduled to participate in Saturday's event is Buckner, a 6-8, 200-pound forward who picked Ole Miss over Missouri and others. He will lead Memphis Manassas against Whitfield, led by 6-3 junior guard Julian Johnson, in the 6:30 p.m. game.

The top team in the St. Louis area, McCluer, will play Chicago Foreman in the featured game of the day at 8 p.m.

Lavonte Dority

McCluer is paced by the Boga brothers — senior Lonnie and sophomore point guard Shaquille Boga — and senior guard Jerrel Partlow. Foreman is led by junior guards and Division I prospects Dority and McCall.

Dority, a 6-foot guard, holds scholarship offers from Marquette, Indiana, Baylor and New Mexico with interest from several more schools. McCall, a 6-2 guard, has offers from Southern Illinois, Indiana State, Texas A&M, Washington State, Wichita State, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois and has interest from several schools, including Saint Louis, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The final game of the day, scheduled for 9:30 p.m., features two St. Louis area teams with strong traditions in host Normandy and East St. Louis (Ill.). East St. Louis has a promising sophomore to watch in 6-3 Keonte Minor, who could play basketball or football in college.

Tickets are available through

Link to Midwest Showdown Shootout Web Site

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