Five Takeaways; Olathe NW (Kan.)-KC East (Mo.)

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Posted On: 12/4/17 9:11 PM

Five Takeaways; Olathe NW (Kan.)-KC East (Mo.)

EUDORA, Kan. — In the first round of the Eudora Tournament on Monday it was all Olathe Northwest as the Ravens put together a big second quarter to build a 44-24 lead at the half and cruised to a 72-44 win.

Here, Prep Hoops takes a look at some of the things that stood out in the contest.

Luke Waters is a skilled forward

At 6’6, the 2018 forward is a tough match-up for most high school teams. He is good in the low post against smaller players, but when a big guards him he can face up and attack or shoot over the top from 3-point range. He had 19 points and four rebounds in the opening half of Monday’s win over KC East.

Jackson Nicodemus is an underrated PG

At the high school level, point guards who can handle it, dish it and shoot it are a rare commodity, but that’s exactly who Nicodemus is as he put together a terrific first half on Monday before sitting much of the second half as Olathe Northwest opened a big lead. He knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 19 points in the first half and even chipped in four rebounds. He also impressed with some nice look-away passes and found the open man throughout the contest.

Jack Parks a key for Olathe NW

At c’5, 230-pounds Parks is a 2018 big man with long arms and good size. He has the ability to rebound, defend the post and at the offensive end can step out and hit a 3 or score around the basket. He had a limited impact in the Owls’ win over KC East as he went to the bench with foul trouble early.

Max Titus has strong game

A 6’0 2018 point guard, Titus is a good athlete who handles the ball well and does a lot of good things for a team that sometimes struggles handle it and create. He knocked down three 3-pointers in the first quarter, had 13 at the half and added a 3 in the third quarter to finish with 16 points.

Zach Mann a strong post presence

Mann probably didn’t have his best game in the post on Monday, but he battled inside and worked hard at both ends of the court. A 6’6 2019 post, Mann finished with eight points and a game-high eight rebounds, but went 0-for-7 at the free throw line, leaving several points behind on the line.

Quality sportsmanship

KC East was a little outmanned against a really good Olathe Northwest squad, but they battled hard throughout and had some good moments. East impressed with good sportsmanship throughout, going out of their