Posted On: 12/29/17 11:04 PM
I had the opportunity to run over to Lexington Christian Academy and check out the second round of games from the Central Bank Jim Rose Classic. The tournament featured 8 teams from all over the state with Central, Letcher County Central, Beechwood, Madisonville-North Hopkins, Conner and Lexington schools Fredrick Douglass, Tates Creek and host LCA. The tournament was ultimately won by the host school in a blowout. Here are some of the top performers I saw.
DaShawn Jackson, Fredrick Douglass – The Freshman had a very good game against Beechwood. He finished with 19 points and 3 rebounds. DaShawn was an efficient 7-12 from the floor, including 4-7 from 3. He’s definitely one to keep track of over the next 4 years.
Scotty Draud, Beechwood – Another 2021 kid, Draud is already ranked highly and could certainly move up over his high school and AAU career. The long wing shooter is averaging almost 22 points per game this season. Scotty had 3 strong games and was named to the All Tournament team.
Carter Hendricksen, Lexington Christian – North Florida is getting a steal with the 6’9 sharpshooter from LCA. Hendricksen exploded for 23 first half points against Madisonville in the semifinals. With Kyle Rode still not 100% back from injury, Carter has stepped up to take on more of the scoring burden and he was scoring at all 3 levels throughout the tournament as LCA went 3-0 after stumbling to a 1-2 finish in the King of the Bluegrass last week.
Ksuan Casey, Madisonville-North Hopkins – Standing 6’9 and possessing an impressive array of post skills, Casey is going to move way up in our next 2020 rankings update. Perhaps the biggest surprise was Casey’s defensive timing as he blocked several shots at the rim. The big man even showed his ability to step out and hit a corner 3 on an inbounds play. Already being recruited by Western Kentucky and Miami (Ohio), Casey will be a good candidate to blow up on the AAU circuit if he can drop some of the extra weight he’s carrying.