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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.

Josiah Mobley : Scouting Report

Josiah Mobley is a 2021 point guard that we’ve seen recently and he should be a name that college coaches track this spring and summer.

Name: Josiah Mobley
Height: 6’1
Grad: 2021
High School: Whitehall-Yearling
State: Ohio
Position: Point Guard
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Strengths: Mobley is a shifty player with a lot of spring in his step. He’s high energy and works extremely hard on both ends of the floor. We were really impressed with his lateral quickness and ability to turn ball-handlers and make them uncomfortable with his quick hands and in-your-face defense. He’s the type you can let loose on picking up full court.

Mobley has a nice offensive game to him. He’s an efficient player on the offensive end. Makes minimal mistakes and can do a little bit of everything…. he can handle the ball, he can score it, he can distribute it, he can play off the ball…

We think he’s best when creating off the dribble and getting his teammates involved. Once he gets that going and defenses start to anticipate it, then it opens up his perimeter shooting and mid-range jumper. We’d like to see him be more aggressive attacking the rim at times but we feel that will be the next progression of his offensive game as he’s showed the ability to do it.

Cawhan Smith keeps the Kahoks undefeated

Gutsy.

Cawhan Smith (2020) played this past Summer with Gateway Illinois on the RecruitLook Hoops League and so we got to see him several times throughout the grassroots season. The word that describes him best is… Gutsy.

Cawhan plays at Collinsville High School — the number 1 ranked large class school in the greater St. Louis Area — and their undefeated season was on the line at the Highland Shootout against De Smet.

Ray’Sean Taylor, Cawhan’s Collinsville and Gateway IL teammate, gets a lot of the pub and rightly so — Taylor is in the conversation for Mr. Basketball Illinois this year. But, it was Cawhan’s night to shine, even on a night where Taylor had 26 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals.

Cawhan had a gutsy performance — hitting big shot after big shot on his way to 17 points.

Cawhan hit a 3-pointer with 2 minutes left in OT to tie the game. He then hit a pair of free throws with :50 seconds left to give Collinsville the lead, but his best was still to come. Cawhan stepped up and hit a game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer!

Eight points in overtime. Game winner. Undefeated season still intact. What a performance!

Quani Rudd is 2021 to know

Quani Rudd is coming off an excellent holiday tourney being named 2nd team all tourney at the Centralia Holiday Tourney. The high flying wing from Mt.Vernon does it all for the rams. He plays inside, outside and often guards the best player. He continues to improve off a strong summer where he picked up D1 offers and interest with the SW Illinois Jets.

Quani will continue to improve and see his stock climb as his game continues to develop. A 6-5 wing that can score at all 3-levels, plays above the rim, can handle the ball, can guard multiple positions and be a go-to scorer will be highly coveted this coming spring/summer by Division 1 schools.

Quani will be playing with the SW Illinois Jets on the RecruitLook Hoops League.

Lennox Erupts, Leads Truman Against Lutheran North

Kaimen Lennox of Truman High School is a man on a mission, wanting to show that he is more of a scorer this year than years before. Lennox proved that friday night in their win against Lutheran North out of St. Louis, finishing with 28 points, Lennox wowed many in attendance. Displaying his scoring prowess, elite court vision, and much improved defense. 

Lennox attributes his new found scoring mindset to his teammates. “I’m really trying to win the Direnna Award, so they continue to push me and back me up the most.” 

“Don’t sleep on us.”

That’s the message that Lennox is professing to everyone in the Kansas City Metro and the state of Missouri. Truman has a very talented team and veteran leadership, but they can’t seem to put it together in the early season. They’re a team that takes a few games to get them going and really find their identity, but they’re wanting to change that this season. “We never really have a statement win and we want to change that.”

To go with Lennox’s scoring ability, he has incredible court vision as well. Last night against Lutheran North he showed that, finding teammates in ways not a lot of players can. A few passes were jaw-dropping and simply amazing. It’s an attribute he prides himself on highly. 

“More people focus on the scoring and the wrong parts of the game,” said Lennox. “I want to get to the next level, I’m not the tallest or the most athletic so I have to focus on the intangibles.”

The defense from Lennox was most impressive last night, seeing he’s got quicker and able to slide his feet easier to stay in front of the player he’s defending. It’s a part of his game that he knows he wasn’t very good at so he really went to work on improving it. 

With the win over Lutheran North, it sets up a showdown against their crosstown rival in Wiliam Chrisman. The mindset heading into the championship game is all about having no fear. They believe this is their season and they’re going to go after anyone that’s in their way. 

But what makes the game tomorrow even more special is the match-up with his AAU teammate Isaiah Jackson. “We’re going to go at it, he’s still my brother, but I hope everything goes right.”

It’s going to be a battle, and a must-see game. 

The 2020 guard is a sought after commodity for colleges at the next level as well. Having heard from a majority of the local Division Two schools such as Northwest Missouri State, Washburn, & Drury. South Dakota State, Nebraska-Omaha, and Missouri State are also showing interest as well. 

Lennox has no timeline for making a decision, he just wants to find the right fit. Regardless, any school at whatever level he ends up at will be getting a steal and a great point guard.