Recently, I traveled to Blue Springs High School to watch Braden Appelhans, Ikenna Ezeogu, and Eli Wingert take on the Park Hill Trojans. Blue Springs has a roster loaded with size and versatility. Between 6’6” Appelhans, 6’5” Ezeogu, and 6’8” Wingert, Blue Springs takes up a lot of space on the court. The Big 3 at Blue Springs High School has the Wildcats primed for a deep state run.
Braden Appelhans – 6’6” – 2022 – KC Run GMC – Blue Springs
Braden had it going Tuesday scoring 23 Points on 5/8 shooting from three. At 6 foot 6 inches, Appelhans’ skill set makes him one of the most attractive recruits in the Kansas City Metro area. Building off a strong summer with KC Run GMC, Braden has honed in on his three-point shooting this season connecting on 48 three’s on 51% shooting this season. With good athleticism, Braden can add a fourth star with some improved end ball handling and overall defensive presence. Appelhans is a rising recruit in the 2022 class and should get plenty of attention this spring and summer.
Ikenna Ezeogu – 6’5” – 2022 – Team YOBO – Blue Springs
Ike Ezeogu is one of the best 2-way athletes in the country. As a football player, Ike holds several offers at DE/TE from Big 12 and Big 10 schools. As a basketball player, Ike is a force in the paint. Blocking shots from a post position and chasing them down in transition, Ezeogu is a true junkyard dog. Tuesday night, Ezeogu showed the best parts of his game scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Ike will probably go play football at the next level, but he is still a good basketball player and will have offers if he chooses to take that route.
Elijah Wingert – 6’8” – 2021 – Team YOBO – Blue Springs
Eli Wingert has had a strong senior year for the Wildcats averaging 12 points and 9 rebounds. Wingert is a true stretch 4 with the ability to play Center in smaller lineups. He has a smooth stroke on his jumper, and defensively Wingert is agile enough to guard the paint and the perimeter. He still has ways to go on improving his frame, but his IQ and skill at 6’8” make Wingert an intriguing recruit for coaches.