Posted On: 12/29/17 12:36 PM
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — O’mar Stanley, one of the state’s premier young big men is off to a strong start to the 2017-2018 season with his new team.
A 6’8 2020 forward, Stanley is a versatile and skilled athlete who can do a variety of things. He has good size and length and is still growing. He can play above the rim at both ends of the floor as a shot blocker and finisher around the basket, and is skilled enough to operate on the block or on the perimeter.
He says he takes pride in his ability to communicate on defense, and underrated aspect of the game.
Stanley is coming off a strong summer competing alongside fellow Blue Valley West teammate Spencer Bain for the MoKan Elite 15U squad.
He says he not only grew up a lot on the court competing against strong competition, but off the court as well.
“It was one of the times I had to travel with out a parent so that made me appreciate the things that were done it also made me more independent,” he says. “I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a player when playing with MoKan Elite.”
Blue Valley West is in the process of meshing a strong group of younger players together with a handful of experienced seniors and Stanley says the group is still coming together,
“We’re starting off slow but I can see the potential in every practice,” he says. “Our team is very Young but we do have 5 Seniors that will bring some passion and experience, and I’m grateful for that.”
A fan of former Baylor standout Jonathan Mothley, Stanley says his dad has been the biggest influence to date on his basketball career.
“He has pushed me through every basketball adversity u can think of It’s also my family,” he says. “I want to put the ‘Stanley’ last name on the map.”
Stanley has attended elite camps at Missouri, Missouri State and Central Missouri last summer and while he received a lot of positive feedback, he has not yet drawn any offers.