Posted On: 01/5/17 5:23 PM
The Best of the Midwest Showcase presented by 810 Varsity will take place this Saturday at MidAmerica Nazarene at the Cook Center in Olathe, KS.
Tickets to the upcoming Best of the Midwest Showcases are:
Here we break down everything you need to know about the showcase including each matchup, players to watch and predictions on each game.
12 p.m. — Basehor-Linwood vs. Hogan Prep
Matchup Preview: Basehor-Linwood is loaded with talent. After losing a tough one to Hayden by two points early on in the season, the Bobcats have responded with three straight wins. I will be looking for Basehor to drive to try and drive to the hole and feed their post players as Hogan Prep doesn’t have much height. Hogan Prep does feature one of the more talented guards in the Kansas City area in Damien Daniels who can score with the best of them. Prep lives and dies by the three ball, but if they are hitting they are tough to beat.
Players to Watch: Kurtis Tatkenhorst (BL), Kade Tatkenhorst (BL), Damien Daniels (HP)
1:30 p.m. — Topeka Hayden vs. Liberty North
Matchup Preview: This might be one of the best games we see all day. Hayden will feature arguably the top sophomore in the entire state of Kansas in Zach Harvey. Harvey has already received offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa and other schools as well. He has also received interest from North Carolina and that list will surely grow as the season goes on. Hayden will also feature 2018 Point Guard Jett Canfield. Canfield is a leader that can run a team, knock down shots, has good floor vision and makes plays for his teammates. Liberty North has one of the more under-rated backcourts in the state of Missouri with 2018 guard Robbie Hanson and 2017 guard Dominic Fragola. When they get going they are hard to stop. North is coming off a fifth-place finish at the William Jewell tournament, but they will have to make sure they don’t let Harvey and Canfield get hot or it will be a long day at the office.
Players to Watch: Jett Canfield (TH), Robbie Hanson (LN), Zach Harvey (TH), Dominic Fragola (LN)
Prediction: Topeka Hayden
3 p.m. — Olathe East vs. Raymore-Peculiar
Matchup Preview: Ray-Pec is in a rebuild mode this season. They still feature some talent, but have a record of just 1-5. Don’t overlook the five losses as they have played a somewhat difficult schedule, but they will need to get on track if they want to make a run into the state playoffs. East is also struggling this season after a run to the Class 6 playoffs a year ago. Whoever wins this game will be headed in the right direction of getting their season back on track.
Players to Watch: Wesley McCullough (RP), Key’Vaughn Shockley (RP)
5 p.m. — Blue Valley North vs. Park Hill South
Matchup Preview: You will want to make sure you are in attendance for this game. The No. 2 team in Class 6A Blue Valley North will take on one of the most talented young teams in Park Hill South. Park Hill South finished third in the William Jewell Tournament last weekend, but something tells me they think they should’ve won the whole thing. North has proven to everyone they are the real deal this season after a close loss to Blue Valley Northwest. This will be the battle of the backcourts as North will feature seniors Keilon Hunter and Coby Bullock and South will feature sophomore tandem Lamel Robinson and Desi Williams. Robinson has a host of high major Division I offers already. He can handle it, shoot it from distance and can really create for himself and his team.
Players to Watch: Coby Bullock (BVN), Keilon Hunter (BVN), Jacob Kline (PHS), Lamel Robinson (PHS), Desi Williams (PHS)
Prediction: Park Hill South
7 p.m. — Blue Valley Northwest vs. Lee’s Summit North
Matchup Preview: I am not sure what Lee’s Summit North has this year besides a couple of really talented players in juniors Elijah Farr and Logan Jenkins, but I do know they will have a large task on hand Saturday night when they face off against one of the best teams in the entire state of Kansas in Blue Valley Northwest. The Huskies will have to make sure they handle business on Friday night when they square off against Blue Valley, but Northwest is the real deal. They have already defeated nationally ranked Vashon in December and are led by Darien Jackson who has eight Division I offers including Kansas State and Oral Roberts commit Jamichael Morgan. If North can play physical and force Northwest to take bad shots they could hang around.
Players to Watch: Parker Braun (BVNW), Daron Davis (LSN and Mizzou Football Commit), Elijah Farr (LSN), Darien Jackson (BVNW), Logan Jenkins (LSN), Jamichael Morgan (BVNW), Joe Pleasant (BVNW)
Prediction: Blue Valley Northwest
8:30 p.m. — Bishop Miege vs. St. Joseph Lafayette
Matchup Preview: The final game of the night features Bishop Miege, No. 1 in the 810 Varsity Top 25 rankings. Miege is coming off a loss to St. Thomas Aquinas on Tuesday night and if I had to guess they aren’t too happy about it. Miege features Jeremiah Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound sophomore forward, and is ranked No. 2 in the PrepHoops Kansas rankings for 2019. Robinson is the real deal. He has a variety of post moves and is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive end as well. Alongside him is big man Francesco Badocchi who didn’t play Tuesday in a loss against Aquinas on Tuesday so that could be a huge advantage for Lafayette if he is still out. I will be looking for sophomore Josh Earley to play in his spot. In the backcourt the Stags feature Ezekiel Lopes and Semaj Ray who can knock down open shots and work their tails off on the defensive end. Lafayette counters with a couple weapons of their own in Lehigh commit Caleb Bennett, point guard Diego Bernard and Sterling Hicks, they are one of the better 1-2-3 punches in the KC area.
Players to Watch: Semaj Ray (BM), Ezekiel Lopes (BM), Caleb Bennett (SJL), Francesco Badocchi (BM), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (BM), Sterling Hicks (SJL), Diego Bernard (SJL), Josh Earley (BM).
Prediction: Bishop Miege