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Players to Watch: Summer Slam II

By Chad Rader, 810 Varsity, 06/27/19, 8:00AM CDT


Check out players to watch in Summer Slam II, June 28-30

Below are Players to Watch for:

Summer Slam II
Date: June 28-30
Locations: Shawnee Mission East, Shawnee Mission Northwest HS

>> Full schedule, brackets

Top players
KT Raimey – Olathe North
Kian Scroggins – Raymore-Peculiar
Tamar Bates – Piper
Jack Chapman – BV Northwest
Zeke Mayo – Lawrence
Alston Mason – BV Northwest
Kaimen Lennox - Truman
Dakari Middleton – Free State
Markell Hood – BV Northwest
Jack Shelpak – BV North
Branden Eckles – Olathe South
Keeshawn Mason – St. Thomas Aquinas
Andrew Orr – BV North
Mozae Downing – Free State
Luke Adams – BV North
Kobe Johnson – Ottawa
Mayson Quartlebaum – Lawrence
Cory Davilla – Basehor-Linwood
Michael Cahill – St. James Academy

Cory Davilla
6'7" 235

32" vertical...Great hands, didn't start playing until 8th grade, young for his class, and gets better daily.  Good FT shooter and has great lateral movement

Connor Younger
Quick, left-handed, sharp shooter


Trevor McBride
6'1" 2022

Point Guard who helped BLHS to a runner up finish in their first year in 5A.  Above average defender and court sense.

Jordan Brown
6'3" 2022
Sharp Shooting two man who can put it on the floor - very good defender.


Blue Valley North

Jack Sheplak 
6’3” 2020
Averaged 13 pts, 43% 3 Pt.
2nd Team All-EKL
Excellent outside shooter and mid-range. Great in transition and attacks the basket well. 


Andrew Orr
6’8” 2021
Good athlete.  Moves his feet well.  Runs the floor hard and a solid rebounder.  Improving post moves and has the ability to shoot from 15-17 feet.


Luke Adams
6’ Junior
8.5 pts, 40% 3 Pt.
Solid point guard that handles well and excellent 3 pt. shooter with deep range. 


Blue Valley Northwest
Markell Hood 
6’5” Guard

Strong bodied wing that can guard multiple positions. Excellent in transition. Athletic, handles and passes ball well.

Jack Chapman 
6’5” Shooting Guard
Has lots of range from behind the arc, as well as hitting mid-range jumpers. Tremendous pull-up shooter off the dribble. Drives inside and aggressive in transition too.

Alston Mason
6’0” Point Guard
Quick, athletic, willing to drive past defenders. Shoots well off the pass and the dribble. Also solid passer as well.

Free State
DK Middleton
6-4, G
A strong scoring guard, both from outside, and slashing. Also good in transition.

Mozae Downing
PG, 2022

Brennan Watkins

5-9, 2021

Played on Kearney's Elite 8 team as a freshman. Averaged 17 PPG, 4 Assists last season as a sophomore, connecting on 39.6% 3Pt and 88% FT

Zeke Mayo
6-2, G

Can handle the ball and attack the basket. Good instincts on floor. Willing passer and creative scorer. He make timely plays on the floor and can connect when the game is on the line and time is winding down. He has an array of runner and floaters he uses in the lane and he can play above the rim in transition.

Mayson Quartlebaum
6-4, G/F
A versatile performer with good size and a talented skillset. He can make plays on the block and move either way and score. He can also step back and knock down 3-pointers. He is comfortable inside and can rebound and finish plays, but he’s also willing to handle the ball and distribute some on the perimeter.

Kenyon Myers
6'5", 2020
Explosive athlete with excellent touch. A willing defender and rebounder who scores a "quiet" 17-22 per game.

Trayon Grant
6'2", 2021
Combo guard with high level passing vision and a soft shooting touch. Is becoming an improved defender and rebounder as he continues to grow.

North Kansas City

Danthony Pennington – Friday only
6’1” Combo Guard
Pure Scorer, Outstanding Ballhandler, 1st Team All Conference and All District

Riak Mabour
6’4” Forward
Athleticism Off The Charts, Great Finisher, Rebounder and Shot Blocker

Olathe East
Andrew Sonner 
6-foot-5, F 
Versatile forward with a good motor. 
Ability to play inside/outside. Multi-sport athlete with good hands. Rebounds well on both ends. 

Antwaun Massey
6-foot-7, F
Long athletic forward with a solid feel for the game. Runs the floor well. Has a wealth of physical potential.

Olathe North
KT Raimey
6-4, Guard
One of top players in 2020 class in KC. Raimey has long, rangy frame. Quick feet and balance, and can shoot well outside, and gets inside to the basket and finishes in traffic well. Can play either PG or SG.

Syl Union
5’11 PG
Playmaking PG who can get to the paint and create for himself and teammates.  Very tough on ball defender.

Olathe South
DJ Stubblefield
5’10” 165 PG

Returning starter. Shot 45% from the 3 pt line last season.

Solid off the dribble and finishing around rim. Developing defender and leadership skills.

Branden Eckles
6’6” 210 Forward

Returning starter. Developing in to a nice inside/out threat.

Solid post moves. Improved player off the bounce. Does have

The ability to shoot from the perimeter.

Kobe Johnson
6’5” F
Very good stretch 4 type. Good footwork in the post, finishes well. Good mid-range game. Solid shooter from beyond the arc. Handles ball well for a big. 1st Team All-Conference, Kansas Class 4A Honorable Mention.  16.4 ppg, 5 rpg.

Tamar Bates 
6’4 SG

Long athletic wing that can shoot it with range. Can handle the ball, pass the ball, and score with anyone

Jaron Briggs 
6’1 PG/SG
Athletic defensive specialist. Likes the challenge of guarding other team’s best player. He is strong and quick and improving his jump shot every day. 

Christian Arndt 
6’5 PF
Work horse rebounder. Good defender who can switch out onto guards. Can make a jumper out to 12-15 feet. Unselfish player with good upside 

Gabe Eskina 
6’3 SF
Plays hard. Tough kid. Has the ability to guard a guard or a post. Strong kid who can step out and shoot 3s and also drive to the basket. Great competitor 


Kian Scroggins
6’7” F

Scroggins has nice athleticism at forward and high endurance. Solid shooter from the beyond the arc and mid-range. A constant motor on the glass.

Shawnee Mission East

Nick Arensberg 
6'1'' , SG, 2020
Great 3 point shooter, good driver, MVP of the McPherson Tourney last season as a junior.

Preston Reynolds
6’3”, SF, 2021
Great athlete - runs the floor - good rebounder - decent shooter from 15 feet and in

Tony Friends
5'9", 2020, PG
Great athlete - good ball-handler - extremely quick and can really get to the basket.

Will Townsend
6'5 ", PF, 2021
Good rebounder , especially on the offensive end, runs the floor hard and is a good shooter.

Tommy Dreyer
6'1", SG, 2021
Great 3 point shooter - very good driver and is very athletic.

Shawnee Mission Northwest

Logan Skeens
5’11”   2020
Is a very good defender.  Can shoot from anywhere on the floor and his effort of play allows him to get many loose balls and rebounds.  Very good basketball IQ and is a gym rat. 

Damar’e Smith
6’0”    2022
Good athlete.  Handles the ball very well and can sees the floor well.  He has a high basketball IQ.  Was 3 shots away from setting the school record for 3 point field goals made as a freshmen a year ago.

Landon Wagler
6’4”     2022
Lots of potential.  He is becoming more aggressive the more he plays.  He has a great mid-range jumper but can score from anywhere on the floor.  Can post up or play the guard position.

St James Academy

Michael Cahill
5’10 PG 
 Great feel, Great Vision, getting better in the ball screen action. Never turns it over, Makes open 3’s, Good defender.  A super heady player with high IQ, good skill, and an above average athlete. Loves the game, A constant worker.

Tyler Claiborne
 6’2 175 lb wing
Super tough, physical, ultra competitive.  Really good 3 point shooter, above average athlete, learning to drive and finish at the rim.  A complete gym rat! Lives in the gym. 

Sam Somerhalder
6’6” Wing
Ultra skilled, super long, great finisher above the rim. Great feel, driver who has great feel in kick outs and super unselfish.  Rebounds ball above the rim, and able to bring ball and finish in transition. Will play some point guard for us this year.  An improving shot. A super high IQ who has great vision.

Zach McKnight
6’5 Forward
Played post most of his life.  Long, with good passing skills from the high post.  Good instincts in blocking shots and uses his length well.  Getting more aggressive as he gets older and stronger.  Good upside

St. Thomas Aquinas
Keeshawn Mason
6'8" Post/Wing

Runs the floor well and finishes on the block. Expanding his jump shot and range to beyond the arc. Does a great job influencing shots and rebounding on the defensive end.

Cooper Jackson
6'0" Guard

Great hands defensively; pushes the tempo in transition. Great on ball defender.

Phillip Bell
6'6" Post

Great runner in transition. Does a lot of of the dirty work on the offensive glass. Always in the right spot when the ball comes off the rim.

Zarian Navy
6'3" Guard/Wing

Long and athletic wing that can get out and pressure passing lanes and ball handlers. Has a great jump shot off screens and dribble penetration. Slasher to the rim.

Will Gavin
6'2" Wing

Great shot maker off the dribble and off screens. Runs well in transition. Long and athletic.

Kaimen Lennox
6'2" PG
Averaged 18.3 ppg as a junior- very good off the ball screen.  Explosive athlete.  Getting D2 and low major looks.

Sam Billimon
6'2"   Combo- can play PG
Averaged 9 ppg as a junior- excellent 3 point shooter- strong physically and gets to the rim.

Runney Hernandez
6'4" Guard- wing player
Has excellent potential- son of former Royals pitcher Runelvys Hernandez - could be 6'6' to 6'7" eventually- Good 3 point shooter- Has always been a guard- just hit a growth spurt.

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