Posted On: 01/19/18 11:28 PM
Five Takeaways: Blue Valley West-Wichita North
MCPHERSON, Kan. — Wichita North held off Blue Valley West for a 60-48 win in the second day of the McPherson Invitational Tournament and advanced to Saturday’s fifth-place game with the victory. …
Jackie Johnson III led all scorers with 25 points, while O’mar Stanley added 14.
Here, Prep Hoops takes a look at five things that stood out in the contest.
Johnson (pictured) an elite freshman
It’s hard to imagine there are many freshmen around who are better than Wichita North 5’10 point guard Jackie Johnson III. He is an elite-level point guard prospect who could emerge as a national level recruit in the upcoming years. He has terrific quickness, is an elite ball handler with the ability to create and get where ever he wants on the floor. Johnson can dial it up from distance, has a nice floater in the lane and terrific court vision. He had 16 points and several assists at the halftime break on Friday and finished with 25.
After playing a year ago at Hogan Prep, O’mar Stanley is earning a reputation this season as one of the state’s premier prospects in the 2020 class. A long, athletic 6’8 forward, Stanley is tough to contain on the boards, blocks shots and does a good job defending on the perimeter as well as in the paint. Offensively, he is tough to contain around the basket but also has some skill and can operate a little on the wing as well. With his size, athleticism and emerging skill set, it’s hard to imagine Stanley not garnering significant college attention in the future.
Keneton Goodale impressed with his hard nosed play in the Blue Valley West backcourt, handling the ball under pressure, getting to the bucket and showing the ability to stick outside shots. He is a tough competitor who can run an offense and doesn’t make many mistakes. He finished with nine points for the Jaguars.
Butner does work in paint
An undersized 6’2 2018 forward for Wichita North, Ty Butner showed he could mix it up in the paint with the big boys on Friday, going for eight rebounds and 12 points for the Redskins. He is a hard worker in the paint, runs the floor exceptionally well and finishes tough chances in the lane and around the basket.
Underrated forward shines in win
Peyton Hatter, a 6’7 2018 forward, put together a solid performance on Friday for Wichita North, scoring 13 points and hauling in eight rebounds for the Redskins. He scored nine points in the first quarter, knocking down a 3 and showing a versatile, all-around skill set.