Author: Mike Enright

O’Fallon having terrific season

O’Fallon is off to a great start at 15-3 and only sitting 1 game behind Collinsville for the SWC lead, but they face a big road test tonight against DeSmet. O’Fallon came off a great week beating Ladue in the Denver Miller Kirkwood Tournament.

O’Fallon has been getting balanced scoring from several key members.

Shaun Riley II : The 6’6 Junior is the leading scorer, averaging 12.2 points a game and 7.8 rebounds per game. The athletic lefty has expanded his game to the perimeter and is scoring from all 3 levels now. His downhill attack is tough to stop as he can finish with authority at the rim.

Dawson Algee: The 6’3 Sophomore is averaging 10 points a game and 7.2 rebounds a game. Dawson is a load around the basket and eats up rebounds on the glass. Algee’s motor and aggressiveness are what every coach wants on his team.

Caleb Burton: The 6’2 smooth sophomore point guard is having a strong encore to his freshmen season. Caleb averages 3 assists a game and 3 rebounds a game to go along with 8.6 points a game. His game has really taken off on the defensive end — he often guards the teams best offensive player.

Drew Tebbe: The 5’9 sharpshooting junior is the fuel to O’Fallon’s fire. He is shooting 40% from the three with several games of over 5 makes. He is dangerous from anywhere on the floor which creates driving lanes for other players.

O’Fallon has interesting games in the next few weeks. 
1/21 at Desmet
1/28 at East St. Louis
1/31 vs Collinsville
2/7 vs Belleville West
2/8 vs Chaminade in the Bank of O’Fallon Shootout 

Trae Swartz is buzzing

Trae Swartz from Ottumwa High School in Iowa is having a terrific junior season. The 2021 small forward is averaging 22.4ppg on 52% shooting from the field and 46% from 3-point range. Trae’s had scoring games of 42, 36 and 33 points this season.

He has played a lot of post, but at 6-4 he isn’t considered a true post for the next level. However, this post work is creating new elements to his game as he develops more of a scoring prowess. His ability to score inside and out is a true mismatch for defense — smaller guards can’t defend him in the post or mid-range, and bigger forwards can’t stay with him on the outside.

Trae’s shooting and overall scoring abilities are getting a lot of attention right now, but he’s contributing to his team all over the court. He’s currently the team’s leading rebounder at 6.5 per game.

Trae will be an interesting prospect to monitor this spring and summer on the travel scene. He’s been hearing from several division two programs across the midwest with a few low-to-mid majors checking in on him too.

Cole Farrell continues his ascend

Cole Farrell (2021) is one player we’ve seen numerous times this year, dating back to April for the RecruitLook Hoops League. One thing we’ve learned… you don’t want to stop watching him — he’s that electrifying.

Farrell, the 6’4 wing from Hazelwood Central (Mo), continues to build off a successful summer. Farrell started to gain the attention of division one coaches as his name was buzzing in the coaches pit. SEMO and SIUE jumped in early and offered him after the RecruitLook Hoops event in Atlanta.

Teams see the extreme potential that Farrell possess. He’s kinda a tweener on the offensive end because of how athletic and fast he plays. He isn’t a true point guard, but he has great handles and is super fast with the ball. He isn’t a true stand on the perimeter wing and shoot the three, but he can stroke from deep when he needs to.

We’re excited to continue watching Farrell’s development. He is going to make a college coach extremely happy with his high flying, rim running, elite defense and athletic abilities. An offense that will allow him to just be himself and play loose is going to be perfect for him.

Farrell is going to see his stock soar this spring and summer, especially when he’s making plays like this…

Trevion Labeaux 2022 Wing

Trevion Labeaux is enjoying a nice sophomore season for Waterloo East. The 6-5 wing can play multiple positions on the court — he’s versatile with his size and athleticism, and he’s built for an underclassmen.

You might see his highlight dunks on YouTube, but it’s his all around game on the offensive end that is impressive. He knows how to get to his spots on the court to score, and he’s exceptional in the mid-range game. He’s got good elevation and form on his jumper…coupled with his height/length…it’s tough for defenders to contest him.

He’s currently averaging 15ppg and 7rpg while shooting 58% from the field.

His stock this spring and summer should continue to improve. If he can continue to develop his perimeter shot and creativity on his scoring, he’ll be one of the more sought after 2022s in the area.

2020 Highland Shootout Playmakers

We spent the day at the Highland Shootout watching some great games in a sold out gym. Here are a few playmakers from the event.

Jaehshon Thomas (2021 / G) is a competitive player for Whitney Young. He rebounds, defends, and makes plays when asked of him on the offensive end. His jumper is fluid and he’s a consistent scorer on the perimeter.

Phil Russell – Vashon’s senior floor general can get hot fast. He is quick off the dribble and defends full court all game. Dropped 31pts & received the game MVP honors. SEMO is getting a stud!

Thomas Redmond of DeSmet has a feel for the game which allows him to get to his spots on the floor for jumpers. He also showed the ability to be a secondary ball handler and run an offense.

Larry Hughes Jr. – The 2022 wing is a great shooter off the catch and bounce. He has a lot of confidence already and will be a big name in the Midwest for the next 2-3 years.

Rashad McDaniels – 36 points for the Central Michigan signee. Connected on multiple threes and got in the lane with ease using his strong frame to finish. Led his Trinity team to a 77-67 victory and he earned MVP honors.

DJ Steward – The Duke signee tied current Missouri player, Javon Pickett’s scoring record. The packed highland gym got to catch a glimpse of what a future NBA talent looks like.