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Posted On: 12/5/17 8:04 PM
Five Takeaways: Shawnee Mission East-Bishop Seabury
Shawnee Mission East took on Bishop Seabury in the opening round of the Championship Showdown at Shawnee Mission East on Tuesday.
After the two teams went to the half with SM East leading by 12, the Vikings opened the second half on a 15-0 run to pull away.
Here, Prep Hoops takes a look at some things that stood out in the contest.
SM East on the rise
It’s hard to believe that these were essentially a .500 team a year ago. They’re likely going to be a player in Kansas 6A this season. They have two legit future Division I prospects in 2018 Jack Shoemann and 2019 Zane Meeks, size, good guard play and several tough, hard nosed role players.
Bishop Seabury a scrappy crew
One year after going 20-5 and placing third at the Kansas 2A state championships, the 2017-18 Seabury squad is a young team that started three sophomores and a freshman on Tuesday. They were a little overmatched, but hung tough with SM East in the first half and were down just 12 at the break. The game was never really in doubt, but the Seahawks at least made it competitive against a deep and talented 6A SM East squad.
Zane Meeks a rising prospect
A 6’8 2019 forward, Shawnee Mission East Zane Meeks has shot up college boards in recent months as he fills out as a future stretch 4. He doesn’t really shoot a lot of 3-pointers at the high school level right now, but he shows a quick release with a fluid shooting stroke. He instead prefers to roam the paint and is a force on the boards. On Tuesday he had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first half.
Jack Shoemann a smooth operator
The recent Colorado State commit is a long 6’7 wing who handles it pretty well and can really shoot from long distance. He has a smooth, left handed shooting stroke. He opened Tuesday’s game mostly playing on the perimeter but took his game into the post a little in the second half and showed a diverse offensive skill set.
Kelyn Bolton and underrated PG
Bolton has tremendous speed and quickness, is a good rebounder, and proved to be nearly impossible for Seabury to stay in front of on Tuesday. He is really good in transition pushing the pace and puts a lot of pressure on the defense to get back and protect the basket. His outside shot still is a work in progress but with improvement he could find a home at the next level.
Luke Hornberger a good building block
A 6’4 2020 post player, Seabury’s Luke Hornberger was a little overmatched inside against SM East, but he had some good moments at the offensive end. He had eight points in the first half going against the 6’8 Meeks and worked hard at both ends of the floor. Seabury doesn’t have a lot of size and will rely on Hornberger to play big in the paint.