Posted On: 10/17/16 12:31 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.
Top 20 players tipped the final All-Star game of the day at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Here are a few top prospects who stuck out:
The white team, coached by Sand Creek’s Rob Hawkins, beat the black team coached by Smoky Hill’s Anthony Hardin 123-122 in a close game that came down to free throws. The game’s co-outstanding players were Lincoln’s Umar Jalloh with 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Rock Canyon’s Sam Masten with 25 points and four rebounds.
Umar Jalloh, Lincoln: The 6-6 senior contributed in many different ways for the white time. He rebounded well, was really tough driving to the basket and was smooth in transition on both sides of the ball. Jalloh was a very strong player and definitely has some length to him. He also showcased a sick put-back jam for the white team.
Sam Masten, Rock Canyon: Masten was nasty attacking the basket, and was not only a scoring threat but also served as an even bigger danger on the court due to his smart playmaking abilities. The 6-4 junior guard navigated traffic well, was great at drawing contact and was an overall tough player to guard.
Daylen Kountz, Denver East: The 6-4 combo guard was stealing the show early on in the game. Kountz, the top-ranked 2018 player, was a great playmaker for the white team in the Top 20 game and consistently finished in transition at the basket; finishing at the rim was one of his strongest skills.
Jamison Washington, Denver East: The 6-2 senior was very athletic and had a nice touch on the ball. He posted some quick, tough coverage on defense and can finish above the rim on offense. He whipped out a put-back jam for the black squad, and handled the ball well and shared with his teammates.
Kenny Foster, Smoky Hill: Yung Ken, a sophomore, was the youngest player in the Top 20 exhibition game. The 6-5 guard started for the black team and was always active on the glass. Foster was a great defender, especially in transition, and was great shooting from mid-range, but could also knock down shots from behind the 3-point line.
Ravel Moody, Thomas Jefferson: Moody was a very dynamic player in the Top 20 game – probably one of the most athletic guys on the floor. The 6-3 senior wing showcased a wicked two-handed jam and almost sent the game to overtime with some free throws, but sunk two of three for the 123-122 final. He shot the ball well, creating different opportunities for himself and others.
Jalen Sanders, Valor Christian: The 6-6 senior made offensive statements with a put-back jam and long-range shooting. The small forward was an all-around very skilled player for the winning white team.
Jervay Green, George Washington: Green was an athletic 6-3 guard who proved to be a monster defender. He played tenacious D that disrupted the white team’s offense, and also showcased a slick one-handed jam.
David Simental, Pueblo West: The 6-2 senior was great shooting from downtown and had a very nice touch on the ball. He posted great defense, but was also really tough for defenders to guard as well. Simental had really great control over the ball and handled it very quickly and efficiently. He penetrated the lane well, finished at the rim and was tough on the glass.