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KC's Greatest Bracket: Rush Region

By Chad Rader, 810 Varsity, 12/26/20, 5:15PM CST

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Pick who the top player in the last 10 years, in 810 Varsity's bracket

Vote for the greatest player in Kansas City the last 10 years (2011-20), as listed and seeded by 810 Varsity.

Criteria was based on:
- All-State and regional, national accolades
- State final and tourney success
- Collegiate and professional success

Four 16-player regions make up the bracket. Cast your vote - rounds are now one day each.

Rush Region

JaRon Rush won the DiRenna Award three times (1996, 1997, 1998) - the only player to do so - for the top high school player in Kansas City. JaRon went on to play at UCLA. 

JaRon was followed up by Kareem as the DiRenna winner in 1999. Kareem played with Mizzou and then was an NBA first-round pick in logging time in seven NBA seasons (2002-2010).

Brandon followed the duo and won a national championship at Kansas (2008), and was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Brandon played nine seasons in the NBA, including for the 2015 World Champion Golden State Warriors

Second Round Voting


All Candidates, 1R Voting

Semi Ojeyele, Ottawa

- Led Cyclones to Class 4A state title game 4 times, one state title
- DiRenna Award winner (2013)
- Parade Magazine National Player of Year (2013)
- Set Kansas state career scoring record, set Kansas state record for senior year (38 ppg)
- Went to Duke, transferred to SMU; AAC Player of Year (19 ppg, 7 reb)
- Currently in fourth season with Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics Semi Ojeleye will be a big factor this season

Dainan Swoope, SM South

- Helped Raiders to 2013 5A state title (25-0)
- Runner-up Gatorade Kansas Player of Year (2014)
- Played collegiately at Elon, Sam Houston State

Martez Harrison, University Academy

- 2x Missouri Class 3 all-state team
- DiRenna Award finalist averaging 34 ppg as a senior, 27.5 ppg as junior
- WAC Player of the Year as sophomore at UMKC

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Ishmail Wainright, Raytown South

- Played at Raytown South through sophomore year (13.6 ppg, 10 reeb)
- Top 50 recruit in 2013 class
- Played, started with Baylor four years
- Converted to tight end, signed with Bills in 2018

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Michael Hughes, Liberty North

- DiRenna Award finalist (2016)
- All-time Liberty North leader in reb, blocks, FG percentage and 2nd in points
- Missouri Class 5 all-state team (2016)
- Three-year starter at Duquesne
Top 25 Countdown: No. 11 Liberty North
Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity

Darius Hughes, Rockhurst

- DiRenna Award finalist (2019); first four-year letterman at Rockhurst in 20+ years
- Missouri Class 5 all-state team (18 ppg)
- Currently at Omaha


Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity

Jeriah Horne, Barstow

- DiRenna Award winner (2016)
- 3x Missouri Class 3 all-state team
- Helped lead Knights to 3 state title games, 2015 state title
- Played at Nebraska, Tulsa and currently Colorado


Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity

Anthony Bonner, Lawrence

- DiRenna Award finalist (2015)
- Helped lead Lions to a 24-2 record and Kansas Class 6A runner-up while averaging 19.3 ppg
- Played at Colorado State

Former LHS standout Anthony Masinton-Bonner to finish career at Emporia  State | News, Sports, Jobs - Lawrence Journal-World: news, information,  headlines and events in Lawrence, Kansas
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Mitchell Ballock, Eudora

- Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year (2017) and DiRenna Award finalist
- Averaged 25.4 ppg, 8.6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals as senior
- Three-year starter at Creighton, ranking in top 20 in many three-pointer categories


Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity

DeAndre Sorrells, Grandview

- 2019 Missouri Class 4 Player of the Year
- Helped lead Grandview to two consecutive Missouri Class 4 state titles
- Currently playing at Central Missouri

Season Preview: Grandview
Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity

Monte Harrison, LS West

 Player of Year finalist in Kansas City for football, baseball and basketball (DiRenna Award) finalist in 2014
- Helped Titans to Missouri Class 5 third-place (2014)
- Selected 50th overall in MLB Draft (2014)
- Currently plays for Miami Marlins


Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity

Jalen Lewis, Liberty

- All-time leading scorer in Liberty history; 19 ppg senior year
- DiRenna Award finalist (2018)
- 2x Missouri Class 5 all-state team
- Starts for Washburn University


Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Bishop Miege

- Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year (2018), 21.3 ppg, 8.1 rebounds
- 2019 McDonald’s All-American
- Big East Freshman of the Year at Villanova


Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity

DJ Jackson, O'Hara

- DiRenna Award finalist (2011), 22 ppg, 7 apg, 5 reb for O’Hara
- Played at Oral Roberts

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