Posted On: 10/10/16 6:11 PM
The Colorado Chaos Basketball Club’s 14th annual Rocky Mountain Fall Showcase All-Star Games tipped off Saturday at Legend High School, featuring the top high school hoops players in the state. Spectators, college coaches and scouts gathered to watch the five-game event put on by Chaos director Dave Matthews, where freshman, sophomore, junior, senior and top 20 games set a perfect stage for the state’s top prospects in the region to exhibit their skills, talents and how well they match up against other elite players in the state.
Players graduating in 2019 tipped the second game of the day at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. Here are a few sophomores who stuck out:
The black team, coached by Holy Family’s Pete Villecco, beat the white team coached by Regis Jesuit’s Jeff Gallegos 128-112. The most outstanding player in the 2019 game was Castle View’s Chase Hettinger, with a game-high 28 points, six 3-pointers and three dunks.
Chase Hettinger, Castle View: The 6-3 shooting guard showcased his exceptional aim during the sophomore exhibition game, and fired off a game-high 28 points that helped earn him the honor of the most outstanding player. Hettinger really stretches the floor and knocked down six 3-pointers and flew to the rim for three dunks. He’s extremely athletic, good in transition, finished above the rim and posted some good defensive play on the perimeter.
Bailey Verk, ThunderRidge: Verk was a scrappy defender underneath the basket for the black team and played very aggressively the entire time he was on the court. The 6-4 forward did damage on both sides of the ball. He made offenses really work to cut to the bucket and grab rebounds when he was defending, and created different shots when he was on offense.
Blake Whitelaw, Regis Jesuit: The denier! Whitelaw was shutting guys down left and right when he was on defense. 6-6 Whitelaw has great length that really helped him cover the lane well for the white team and swat away different types of shot attempts.
Kwane Marble, Denver East: Marble was a very strong player for the white team and performed pretty dominantly. Listed at 6-1, this guard has length and was one of the most athletic guys on the court for the 2019 game – especially around the rim. He was quick, very light on his feet and whipped out a few spin maneuvers that drew audible reactions from the RMFS crowd.
Dayne Prim, Grandview: The 6-5 forward was relentless on the glass. He played with a lot of toughness and had a great touch on the ball. Even if he missed at first in the paint, he doesn’t give up and fought to finish at the rim.
Hunter Shkapich, Colorado Academy: Shkapich was listed at 6-0 on the sophomore roster and exhibited some great shooting and athleticism during the RMFS 2019 game. He knocked down some jumpers and shot the ball really well. He also did a good job moving the ball around for the black team.
Andre Sepeda, Greeley West: Sepeda may have been the shortest guy on the court at 5-8, but boy does he make up for his size in so many other departments. He was quick and effective on the fast break, handled the ball well and has definite range on his shots. He played in the sophomore game with aggression, and was fearless in driving to the basket.
Check back for more game recaps from the 2016 Rocky Mountain Fall showcase throughout the week.