Missouri Basketball Showcase: Team No. 2 Evals
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Prep Hoops Missouri takes a look at the players from Team No. 2 from the Missouri Basketball Showcase at Francis Howell Central. These evals come from the action that I watched during Saturday’s first day of action. Connor Turnbull…
Prep Hoops Missouri takes a look at the players from Team No. 2 from the Missouri Basketball Showcase at Francis Howell Central. These evals come from the action that I watched during Saturday’s first day of action.
6’10″ Fort Zumwalt North: The 2022 forward showcased his elite shot blocking skills as he protected the rim with his usual vigor. He also showed his nice touch that extends out to 3-point range. He picked up new offers from Mizzou, SLU and Indiana State after the event. He has a big upside as he continues to get better in every facet of the game.
6’3″ Kickapoo: A dynamic 2023 wing player who put on an impressive show during the weekend. His explosiveness was on display throughout the day along with his well-rounded game. He shot the 3-pointer well while also scoring on drives and offensive outbacks. He picked up an offer from hometown Missouri State after his big weekend.
6’2″ Ruskin: The smooth 2022 point guard was excellent at both ends of the floor. He set up teammates and got into the lane and he played well off the ball as well as he drained a number of 3-pointers. Talented with a high basketball IQ.
Ahlante Askew 6’1″ Republic: The 2023 two-way point guard impacted play at both ends. Defensively, he moves his feet and he has a quick set of hands. He had several strips, deflections and steals. He’s also a gifted offensive player who can create off the dribble and shoot the 3.
Donald Bangham, Jr. 6’3″ Ruskin: This was my first time watching this 2022 wing in person and I was impressed with how skilled and assertive he was. He was strong with the dribble and he could create a shot and wasn’t afraid to take big shots. In the first game, he hit consecutive 3-pointers to break a tie game in the closing moments. He was constantly putting pressure on the defense.
6’6″ Blue Springs: The 2022 sharpshooter had a short day on Saturday after being injured in the first game and not returning. Before that, he was able to show that smooth lefty stroke, either from long distance or the one-dribble pull up from the mid range.
5’10″ Whitfield: The 2023 point guard was usually one of the smaller players on the court, but he continued to play his usual fearless style as he attacked the basket and played downhill basketball. He did a nice job of keeping the pace moving fast when he was in the game.
6’3″ John Burroughs: The 2024 guard was one of the younger prospects at the event, but he displayed some nice savvy, especially when it came to passing the ball. His court vision was excellent as he passed teammates open. He also had his mid range jumper off the bounce working.