Posted On: 10/7/16 7:49 PM
The high school season is fast approaching, a Saturday will provide a preview of some of the state’s top players with the Rocky Mountain Fall Showcase.
The event, put on by Colorado Chaos director Dave Matthews, will feature top players from the 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 classes in a showcase format, with a top-20 all-star game to top it all off.
Prep Hoops Colorado contributor Morgan Dzak will be in attendance all day Saturday to take in the action.
Here are our three things to watch at the RMFS, which begins at 10 a.m. at Legend High School:
What will the young guns bring?
We got to see a number of promising incoming freshman in action at our Prep Hoops Top 250 event in Lakewood last month, and some of them will be playing on Saturday.
Rangeview has a trio of promising players in 6-4 Jaden Gale and 6-2 twin brothers Christian and Christopher Speller. Ty Foster is a young Lincoln point guard who impressed at the Top 250. And 6-7 Jake Hassett of Rock Canyon is certainly a player to watch, one who first jumped on our radar at the Spring Kickoff back in April.
What other first-year high school players will make a splash?
What kind of impression can uncommitted seniors produce?
As the season approaches, a handful of our top 2017 players have begun to settle on their future college homes. The state’s top two players in D’Shawn Schwartz (Colorado) and Colbey Ross (Pepperdine) have recently made their Division I choices, while others like Kayden Sund (Chadron State) have locked into the competitive D-II route early.
There are still a large number of 2017 players available for schools at all levels. Among the top guards playing in the afternoon’s senior games are Luke Wilson, a 6-2 sharpshooter from Boulder; Austin Remus, a 6-1 quick-with-the-ball guard who plays for a great program in Valor Christian; and Michael Ward, the 6-0 PG from Mead who is fundamentally sound and loves to compete on the defensive end.
A potential sleeper in the game: Mike Vrabel, a 6-2 guard/small forward from Chatfield who has worked tirelessly on his game this summer and brings good toughness.
Who shines in the top-20 game?
Nearly all of the state’s top players, save for Schwartz and Ross, are scheduled to take place in the afternoon’s marquee top-20 game. Will Braxton Bertolette, the state’s top shooter, catch fire. Will Daylen Kountz, the state’s top junior, bring the house down with thunderous dunks like he did at the Top 250. Can sophomore Kenny Foster steal the show as an underclassmen.
There should be a lot of great moments in this game, particularly if kids are going hard. Especially intriguing should be some of the point guard battles. The state’s top two 2018 PGs — Jon’il Fugget and Xavier Cooper — will oppose on another. Meanwhile, Bertolette and David Simental will be playing on the same side. Simental really stood out in last season’s junior game.
You can count on a lot of great plays with this group. Who will make enough of the them to be named MVP?