Top Performances: 2021 KC hoopers make a big impact

Recapping the top performances from Truman High School facing off with rival William Chrisman High School, and then we traveled to Lee’s Summit West to watch the 810 Varsity Showcase between Lee’s Summit West and Piper High School.

Najee Williams – 6’3” – 2021 – Marcus Denmon Elite – Truman HS

Williams finished with 20 points by living above the rim last Friday. Connecting on four explosive dunks and an alley-oop layup. Najee still needs to be more consistent on his pull up jumper, but the athleticism and feel for the game is certainly there. 

Max Black – 6’5” – 2021 – 810 Hoops – Truman HS

Black had it going early for the Patriots, knocking down three’s in bunches. Black scored 17 points by pick and popping, spotting up, and even off the dribble once. At 6’5” with good vision, Black makes Truman extremely versatile. 

Runey Hernandez – 6’6” – 2021 – 810 Hoops – Truman HS

Hernandez along with Black are a nuisance for defenders in the frontcourt. Runey made the right plays all night, stretching the floor and delivering timely passing for the Patriots. Hernandez will be a big piece in a potential state championship run for the Patriots. 

Luke Jordan – 6’2” – 2021 – Mokan – Lee’s Summit West 

Luke had his way with Piper Saturday night. Jordan had 19 points hitting timely three’s, knocking down mid range jumpers, and playing active defense. Jordan is the guy for a Lee’s Summit West team that runs like a well oiled machine. 

Dilyn Taylor-Cantu – 6’3” 2021 – Marcus Denmon Elite – Piper HS 

Taylor-Cantu can really put the ball in the basket. Showing the ability to score by spotting up, pulling up, and slashing. In a year with expectations being lowered due to the departure of Tamar Bates (IMG Academy) Taylor-Cantu has been a real bright spot for Piper.