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Gavyn Elkamil Looking To Rebound From Injury

Gavyn Elkamil burst onto the scene in the spring garnering attention from schools all across the country, all due to his play. Those schools included Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Utah State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State and more. Those schools had planned to watch him at a regional camp, but that ended up changing.

He had all the momentum in the world, until an injury derailed it. A broken wrist to be exact. It was a freak accident as he pinned a shot off the backboard and landed on top of the player and fell on it wrong.  “It was at the beginning of June, but it set me back tremendously,” said Elkamil about the injury. “I had a lot of momentum heading into July with the live period and the regional camp.”

Elkamil was originally down about the situation but turned to a familiar source to help him get out of the rut that he was in. “At first I was really down about the whole situation but after awhile I started to trust in god that he was doing it for a reason and my faith started to get better.” 

The rising senior attacked his rehab and now feels hungrier than ever. “I’m ready to show everyone that I’m the best player in the state.”

“Seeing how fast it can be taken away from me has shown me to not take any games for granted, and my grind has been on another level.”

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Southeast Missouri State, and Southern Miss have all offered the senior, with him earning those offers before heading into his junior year. 

Ending your recruitment and choosing a school for the next level is usually what senior’s have in mind at this point in the year, but not for the Pittsburg native. He’s got a looming decision that could change his course and help him achieve his next goal of playing college basketball at the highest level. That decision? Reclassifying and attending a prep school. 

“Evangelical Christian School in Memphis. They’ve talked to my dad. They’re supposed to come watch me play this season,” said Elkamil about potential destinations. 

Although Elkamil has a prep year on his mind, that hasn’t stopped a slew of college coaches paying him a visit this fall since the live period started. “They all just want to see me play before they offer, which is understandable,” said Elkamil. “Just trusting God, staying patient, and continuing to work.”

Whether that decision comes this year or next, Elkamil knows that he wants to feel at home, and has a strong relationship with the coaching staff. 

“Just play every game like it’s my last. Know that I’m the best player on the court at all times and just have fun.”

A fine mindset to have heading into his last high school season. A chip on his shoulder? Indeed. Whether Elkamil heads to college next year, or takes a prep year. One lucky program will be getting a steal and wishing they took the chance on the kid from a small town in Kansas, who’s been fighting through adversity and showing why he needs to be the most sought after kid in the state.

SW IL Jets Fall League Preview

The 2019 SW IL Jets Fall League kicks off this weekend and will have no shortage of talent on hand. The league, which is in its first year, was brought to life by the SW IL Jets program director, Andre McMurray. The league will provide high-level play for six weeks on Sunday’s from September 8th until October 20th. But more importantly, it’s for kids to hone their craft in preparation of their high school basketball season, playing against some of the best local talent in the area.

McMurray had several potential benefits in mind when creating the idea of running their first ever fall league and he’s happy to see that come to fruition. “I just wanted to give the kids in the area another option to participate in a fall league and improve their game,” said McMurray. They’re not the only fall league in the area as Team Ramey and Brad Beal Elite run their own Fall League as well, but that’s not stopping him from providing another avenue for kids that’s not summer ball, in his own words.

Why a fall league? The answer is simple for McMurray, who wants to see kids exceed. “We just want them to have a real game like atmosphere before their high school season starts so they can just jump right into it.”

McMurray says they’re expecting at least 100 kids to be there on Sunday when the league starts. They won’t immediately get into game action to start. “We want to evaluate the kids we don’t have a feel for, we want the higher rated and more talented kids separated so they can battle each other and also improve their game,” said McMurray. There will be no easy games for teams come Sunday.

That local talent? Yeah, it’s pretty good. Ranging from the classes of 2020 to 2023, they’ve got future Division-I prospects who are playing for six Sunday’s, all for the same reason the other division prospects are as well, to just get better. 

“The talent we have in the league. Basketball junkies are going to want to get out and watch these kids get after it.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ryan Kalkbrenner 2020 Trinity Catholic: Kalkbrenner is the 73rd rated prospect in the class of 2020 according to 247sports, with a handful of high major offers. With all of the major programs across the country vying for his services, you’re not going to want to miss seeing him in action on Sunday for  the Fall League. The 6’11”center has a great feel for the game and controls the paint with his shot blocking prowess. Kalkbrenner is one of the player’s McMurray is most excited about having in the league, delivering high praise for the kid.

Rashad Weekly-McDaniels 2020 Trinity Catholic: McDaniel, the fresh Central Michigan commit, is taking no days off after the commitment. McDaniels is immediately getting into the basketball groove to get prepared for the next level. McDaniels’ leadership and ability to get his teammates involved will provide great basketball for the fall league. 

Ethyn Brown 2021 Belleville East: Will be one of the better defenders in the league, but is also fearless on the offensive end. Brown has the ability to score at all three levels, which will be on display every Sunday of the league. 

Shaun Riley 2021 Mt. Vernon: Riley has an innate ability to block the ball on the defensive end, will be one of the best shot blockers in attendance. Riley is developing into a nice stretch-four, who can really run and space the floor. 

Cole Farrell 2021 Hazelwood Central: Farrell is not afraid to challenge you at the basket with his explosiveness and athleticism. Players will need to keep Farrell in front of them or else he’ll blow by them and score with ease at the rim. 

Quani Rudd 2021 Mt. Vernon: Quani is sneaky athletic with deceptive explosion. Known more as a slasher, his offensive game is continuing to evolve as he learns to score at all three levels. There will be no shortage of impressive highlights from Rudd during the Fall league. 

Jordan Pickett 2023 Belleville East: Pickett will be one of the youngest prospects in the Fall League, but when he steps on the court he displays game that’s beyond his years. Pickett displays great leadership skills at the point guard position which should not go unnoticed during the league.

2020 PG Rashad Weekly-McDaniels Commits To Central Michigan

Rashad Weekly-McDaniels just verbally committed to Central Michigan, he tells Recruit Look Hoops.

Weekly-McDaniels is a three star prospect according to various scouting services.

McDaniels officially visited Central Michigan on August 28th and committed just a week later. He chose the Chippewas over UW-Milwaukee, and Western Illinois. 

What stood out about Central Michigan over the rest? The family atmosphere and the small campus feel.

“It just felt like home,” said McDaniels. “Out of all the schools I visited, this just felt like the place for me,” added McDaniels. “I really love how small the campus is. My dorm is right across from the gym, so I’ll be able to get to work at anytime.” 

Even though it felt like home and it’s aura had a family atmosphere, that’s not the only thing that’s draws a recruit in when choosing a school. Which rings true for McDaniels’ case. Coach Davis hit a homerun during McDaniel’s recruitment with both him and his parents. 

“Coach Davis is another big reason why I’m committing to Central Michigan,” said McDaniels. Relaying a lot of the same sentiments that McDaniels preaches, Davis is huge on communication. Which could be why he’s reeling in a natural leader and point guard. “Communication is huge for me, and Coach Davis is big on communication as well. He was always talking to me and that meant a lot to me.”

What’s McDaniels want Chippewas fans to know about him as a player? “That I’m a team player. I’m a pass first guard and I always want to get my teammates involved. I’m just always going to play with a smile too, that’s just who I am.”

The Chippewas may have officially added McDaniels, but they know they can’t stop there. Neither is McDaniels who is beginning to peer recruit early for the Chippewas in hopes of bringing some more talented players with him to Mount Pleasant, Michigan. 

“Josh Wallace from Link Year Prep and Sam Richardson from Hancock. They’re both. St. Louis kids,” said McDaniels regarding who he’s trying to get to join him. “Coach Davis actually called me this week and asked who I would think would be great additions to our class, those two immediately came to mind.”

McDaniels a point guard out of St. Louis, Missouri for Trinity Catholic is the first commit in 2020 for Central Michigan and Coach Keno Davis. 

What type of player is Central Michigan getting in Rashad Weekly-McDaniels?

“Weekly-McDaniels is a big bodied guard who looks like he should be a college running back. McDaniels uses his body well when getting to the rim and his strength allows him to finish through contact well. McDaniels has an improving three-point shot that will be key for him at the next level. Loves getting his teammates involved, a true pass-first point guard. He’s a natural leader and it shows on the basketball court. His defense is improving, which will need to be a big thing for him to continue to focus on before he gets to the next level.”

Tyler Simpson – Recruit Look Hoops

Recapping 810 Varsity’s Titan Classic

We spent last weekend at the Titan Classic hosted by 810Varsity and Lee’s Summit West High School. There were teams from all around the metro competing, and we got an early look at some prospects and varsity teams. Here are some quick hot-takes…

(keep in mind… this is summer basketball and some teams are missing players)

Raymore-Peculiar High School is a balanced team that will make a run at the conference title. They have solid guard play and big-man, Kian Scroggins, is one of the best post players in the state.

College coaches : Get our Scouting Report on Kian Scroggins (NCAA Certified Service)

Raytown South High School was very impressive over the weekend. They won the big-class bracket, knocking off defending Kansas state champions, Blue Valley Northwest. Not a ton of size but a ton of athleticism and interchangeable pieces. This team will make a run at state.

Lee’s Summit High School coached by Blake Little has the potential to be very good – like state bound good. They were young last year, but a lot of that youth got valuable JV and Varsity minutes. Their frontcourt is tall and deep and their backcourt has ball-handlers and shooters everywhere.

College Coaches : Get our Scouting Report on Amari Kemp (NCAA Certified Service)
College Coaches : Get our Scouting Report on Bud Crawford (NCAA Certified Service)
College Coaches : Get our Scouting Report on Brycen LaRue (NCAA Certified Service)

Lee’s Summit West High School coached by Michael Schieber will be looking to bounce back this year, and they have a chance to be pretty decent. Tayven Glasgow is the PG that makes this team go – add in a few underclassman that can hoop…and this team can be competitive throughout conference play.

College Coaches : Get our Scouting Report on Tayven Glasgow (NCAA Certified Service)

North Kansas City High School has athletes… a lot of athletes. Not too many teams can hang with them if you fall victim of their style, which is a track meet. They play fast, put a lot of pressure on opponents, and get a lot of threes up.

College Coaches : Get our Scouting Report on D’Anthony Pennington (NCAA Certified Service)

Blue Valley Northwest High School coached by legendary, Ed Fritz, has won 5 of the last 7 Kansas 6A titles, including three in a row. They have a solid team that has to be the odds-on-favorite to 4-peat. They took the loss to Ray South in the championship game at the Titan Classic, but coach Fritz has another special team in the making.

Grandview High School were only in for a couple showcase games, but from the early looks, they’re going to have the pieces in place for a Missouri Class 4A 3-peat. The back-to-back state champs have some size down-low and a deep rotation of guards. Look for Taj Manning to have a coming out party this year.