Category: TEAM PREVIEWS

Hoops Roundup: Iowa Edition 1

We’ll take some trips around the state as the playoffs start to look at some impact players on different teams. Our first stop is at: Des Moines Hoover, Des Moines Lincoln, and Iowa City Liberty.

Des Moines Hoover

Chase Henderson is a 6’0 Sophomore point guard developing into an elite decision-maker. He can shoot off the dribble or catch. His offensive versatility keeps the defense on its heels. Chase makes his teammates better and already shows tremendous leadership capability. He is currently averaging 17 points and 5 assists per game.

Manny Austin is a 6’3” shooting guard who competes on both ends of the court. Manny is as an aggressive a guard as you can find. He relentlessly attacks the basket. His efforts do put him in foul trouble at times which can cause major trouble for Hoover as he is their best defender. He has improved as a shooter with current splits of 44/41/80. 

Jaden Loveless is a 6’3” Senior stretch four. He excels in catch-and-shoot situations. Jaden has a strong frame which helps him be a great defensive rebounder. He can guard the 3-5. He is a player that can spark a team back in the game. 

Des Moines Lincoln

Trovary Cavil is a 5’9” freshman floor general that can shoot from 28 ft out. He had a ton of assists in the games we watched but failed to get much scoring momentum. Trovary is quick but can struggle with guards with huge wingspans as he lacks the size right now as a freshman. He should overcome this as he grows and develops over his HS career. He is averaging 14.7 PPG which is good for first on the team. His development will be fun to watch as 4 years of CIML ball usually irons out a star.

Ja’Vion Bell is a 6’4” Freshman forward with crazy upside. He has been developing a post game and is already great at finishing from anywhere off the catch. He’s currently averaging 7 points and 6 rebounds a game.

Jaryen Graham is a 6’0” Senior Combo Guard. He is one of the vets on the team that provides hustle plays all game long. Jaryen has the ability to bring the ball up the court and can switch to the 3 to attack from the wing. He currently shoots 48% from the field. This team lacks shooting and if Jaryen could hit a couple threes each game that would be a major help. 

Iowa City Liberty

Ethan Odonell is a 6’5” power forward who is very versatile offensively. He is able to get the defense off their feet with fakes and finishes through contact. One way Liberty may look to win games is by Ethan getting opposing bigs in foul trouble. A college weight program could really make a difference for him. 

Ira Hazeltine is a 6’0 shooting guard. He is an elite shooter that hits threes at a 40% clip. He is a shifty player that can make players miss on the way to the basket. His quick release makes it hard for defenders to close out in time. 

Basil Aldoss is a 6’3” point guard that always makes the right play. He has the ability to score more than he does, but Liberty’s offense has been slow as of late. He leads the team in assists and steals. He’s also averaging 9 points a game. Basil has the tools to play college basketball.

Impact Players at O’Fallon Christian

Roddy Alexander | O’Fallon Christian | Class of 2021 | Guard

Alexander is a utility guard who possesses a very strong frame. His scoring ability and competitiveness are strengths. Through the first half of the season, Alexander is averaging 17 points per game. He attacks the rim and absorbs contact well which leads to and-one opportunities often. From three, he is capable and a player who builds confidence after each make. All in all, Roddy Alexander is a complete guard and a very productive player to watch for in the St. Louis metro area. 

Kristian Davis | O’Fallon Christian | Class of 2022 | Guard

Davis is a twitchy guard who has the size and skillet to play with or without the ball. At 6’2 Davis is very good at getting on the defenders hip and making plays in the lane. He excels in transition and pushing the pace is where a majority of his production comes from. Davis was set to play for Brad Beal Elite 16u this past summer and was going to be a key piece at guard. Overall, a solid guard prospect who can fill a variety of roles. 

Raynard Horry | O’Fallon Christian | Class of 2022 | Point Guard

Horry is a guard who plays with a lot of heart and brings elite speed to the court. He is extremely shifty with the ball and makes teams pay for bringing full court pressure. On defense, he is active on the ball and opportunistic while pursuing steals. In addition to this, he is vocal and always has positive body language. Horry is averaging 10.8 points per game and has 40 steals on the year so far! An exciting floor general to follow. 

Roundball Review: Vashon Wolverines

Vashon is one of the best programs in Missouri year in and year out. They have a long history of winning state championships — 14 in total. And their coach, Tony Irons, has won 4 state titles as a head coach (3 with Vashon & 1 with College Preparatory). The Wolverines group this season is off to an outstanding start at 5-0. This past Saturday they defeated Father Tolton 72-36 and we would like to highlight the talent on display for this year’s group. 

Keshon Gilbert | Vashon | Class of 2021 | Point Guard

Gilbert is a transfer from Las Vegas. He has come to St. Louis for his senior year to be coached by Tony Irons before heading back out west where he’s signed to play for UNLV. Gilbert is a 6’3 floor general who excels in the pick and roll. Overall he has good passing vision and makes the game look easy as he gets downhill. He has incredible hangtime when finishing around the rim and this makes him dangerous scoring in the paint. He is a plus athlete and plays with tenacity. One of the best point guards in the entire country. 

Nicholas Kern | Vashon | Class of 2021 | Small Forward

Kern is a 6’6 rangy athlete committed to play at VCU where he projects to fit in very well. His ability to impact the game without the ball on cuts, offensive rebounds, and straight line drives makes him a premier prospect. His handle has improved this past summer and it shows as well. Defensively, Kern has the tools to be a defensive stopper on the wing in the Atlantic 10. Kerns upside and tools make him a fun prospect to watch and he looks to lead his team to a state title this season. 

Recko Bailey | Vashon  | Class of 2021 | Combo Guard

Bailey is a defensive stopper in every sense of the term. Bailey plays with a desire and intensity unmatched by anybody else on the court. Anytime he has gone up against a talented guard in St. Louis, he has made it a difficult night for them. His energy is the catalyst for this group on defense and that is why he provides so much value to Vashon. 

Kennard Davis | Vashon  | Class of 2023 | Small Forward

Davis appears to be the next great prospect at Vashon long-term. At 6’4 already he is growing into a solid frame for a wing. Against Tolton he had a breakout game. Davis scored 16 points by hitting 4 three pointers and throwing down an impressive dunk in the second half by evading the defender in transition. This game might be a gamechanger for Davis as people in the region will start to become more aware of his talent and potential. Davis was set to play for MOKAN this past summer on the EYBL circuit. 

Trevon Love  | Vashon | Class of 2021 | Guard

Love brings speed and quickness to this already athletic group. He defends full-court step for step with opposing guards, and gets steals at a high rate. On offense he brings whatever the team needs on any given night chipping in on multiple buckets and moving the ball around. He separates with speed in transition, knifes down the lane and makes plays on offense, and can hit the open three if the opportunity presents itself. Love is coming off a solid summer where he played with Team GoL1ve in multiple tournaments. 

Kentucky High School Region 1 Basketball Preview

1.Marshall County

All eyes will be on Marshall County again this year with Mr. Basketball candidate and WKU signee Zion Harmon leading the way. Marshall county will not be a one-person show as backcourt running mate Jay Nimmo is primed for a break out season.

2.McCracken County

McCracken County has all the ingredients to be a top team in the 1st region and return to the state tournament. Led by point guard Noah Dumas who is a shifty guard that can get all players involved and take over the game, while 6’7 Ian Hart and 6’3 Ian Mccune will contribute heavily for the Mustangs.

3. Murray

Coach Curtis is reloading this year at Murray, with Super Sophomore 6’3 Grant Whitaker returning who averaged 18 ppg as a freshman last year. Also, returning are a couple of strong guards in Gabe Taylor and Charvelle Mccalister. One player primed for a breakout season is 6’5 Trey Boggess; he is a forward that plays inside and out.

4. Mayfield

Mayfield will be one of the dark horses this year in the first. Returning leading scorer Deangelo Brooks who averaged 14.4 ppg last year, and returning senior guard Colby Kennemore.

5. Paducah Tilghman

Paducah Tilghman will rely on Eli Brown and tradition to be the dark horse of the 1st region. A pair of juniors in Mian Shaw and Troy Williams will also pace the Tornados for another successful season.

Top 1st Region Players

Kentucky High School Region 6 Basketball Preview

1.Fern Creek

Fern Creek is absolutely loaded, led by 6’0 senior point guard Jaden Rogers, a talented frontcourt in seniors 6’8 Darius Washington, and  6’8 Cearrius Warren. Tigers are one of the Echelon Recruit’s favorites to take home the state championship.

2. PRP

One of the most improved players in the state will be 6’7 Victor Lado. Victor had a strong summer with Kentucky Ambition and will look to pace the Panthers. On the other end for PRP is the guard play by 5’6 sophomore Zamareon McCown. The 1-2 punch from Lado and McCown will make the Panthers a top team in the 6th.

3. Jeffersontown

J-Town’s Brandon Rayzer-Moore is back to lead the way along with Jaylen Fairman. Casey Steadman had a very good summer and will play a much bigger role for the Chargers.

4.Desales

6’10 senior center Sekou Kalle is one of the best post players in the state and averaged a double-double all year long. 6’4 Sophomore Keith Robinson had a stellar freshman year and will look to improve for this year.

5. Doss

Doss will be the dark horse in the 6th region this year. Led by 6’6 senior Tony Moss and returns leading scorer 6’2 junior Inslee Carrol, the Dragons have the ingredients to cause an upset with some of the upper echelon teams in the 6th Region.

Top 6th Region Players