Midwest Live: A look at standout bigs


Posted On: 04/29/18 6:00 PM


LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Midwest Live tournament in Lawrence, Kan. featured several standout performances. Here, Prep Hoops takes a look at several bigs who stood out this weekend.

Daniel Abreu, 6’5, F, 2020, Hillcrest (Mo.), Missouri Flight

Abreu continues to impress with his play as he athleticism, quickness and a well-rounded skill set. He can shoot a little from the outside, is terrific at attacking the basket off the bounce, able to take bigger post players out to the perimeter, and also has terrific body control around the basket and the ability to finish tough chances in the paint.

DeShaun English, 6’5, F, 2018, Pittsburg (Kan.), Victory

An active big man, English can block shots, runs the floor and has an emerging skill set. He is an athletic player who does a lot of his damage at the offensive end in the paint but has the skills necessary to step away from the basket as well. He is a quick jumper who plays bigger than his listed height due to his quickness, length and athleticism.

Damarius Peterson, 6’7, F, 2019, Newton (Kan.), Kansas Hoggs

Peterson is a strong, imposing physical presence in the paint who combines size, strength and a well-rounded skill set for a big man. He has a good feel for passing the ball, moves well without the ball along the baseline and even showcased a smooth looking 3-point shot from the head of the key.

Trent Smith, 6’6, F, 2019, Carl Junction (Mo.), MIssouri Team Carroll

A skilled forward, Smith can do a variety of things for a player his size. He’s a strong, well-build 6’6 forward who has long arms, and jumps extremely well. He is comfortable at the high post where he is a terrific passer, shooter and has a feel for the game. He can shoot out to the 3-point arc and showed he can also score around the basket on Saturday.

Andrew Sonner, 6’4, F, 2020, Olathe East (Kan.), Speed 2020

Sonner is a big, thick forward with the ability to mix it up in the paint or step out and knock down perimeter shots. He was a handful at times on the offensive glass on Friday for the KC Spurs Black 16U squad, and showed good form and mechanics on his 3-point stroke.