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Posted On: 10/24/18 9:37 AM
October 15th kicked off a special holiday for Kentucky High School hoops. This date represents the start of the 2018-19 high school basketball season. For teams across this state, this day represents the start of a tough journey to get your team to play at Rupp Arena in march. This year is no different, teams in the 10th Region are ready to go after a long wait. Here is a pre-season watch list for players to keep an eye on this winter.
1. Dontaie Allen, Pendleton County: this 6’7 Forward has been one of the most talked about prospects to come out of the 10th Region since Darius Miller (’08). High scoring playmaker who in his junior year averaged 31.8 ppg, 11.4 rpg, while also shooting 59% from the floor. Back in August, Allen committed to the University of Kentucky to play under head coach John Calipari. Allen boosts an already impressive Kentucky 2019 recruiting class. Dontaie, with 2,697 career points, is looking to surpass a career 3,000 points this upcoming season.
2. Jordan Graham, George Rogers Clark: Graham put in tremendous work over the summer with MATTS Mustangs (KY) and is looking to carry his talents over to the high school season. Jordan is poised to lead a healthy GRC crew to the KHSAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 2012. Averaged 11.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg his junior year with the Cardinals. Jordan currently holds offers from Tennessee Tech (D1), Tusculum (D2), Georgetown (NAIA), Pikeville (NAIA), and Campbellsville (NAIA).
3. Reid Jolly, Campbell County: there’s not much we can’t say about Jolly, 6’4 Forward with great upside and can score at ease. Also brings in the experience of a KHSAA Sweet 16, when his team advanced to the Elite 8 last year. Reid averaged 18 ppg and 10 rpg his junior year and is looking to take the defending region champions back to the state tournament for his senior year. Currently holds offers from Thomas More (NAIA) and Malone (D3).
4. Trey Meister, Scott: shifty guard who has unlimited range. Excelled over the summer playing for Ohio Ballstars and is ready to take Scott back to a regional championship. An impressive summer has led college coaches scrambling to steal this 6’4 Guard. Trey averaged 14.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, while shooting over 50% his junior season. Trey currently holds several college offers; Thomas More (NAIA), Marietta (D3), Capital (D3), Mount St. Joseph (D3), and Anderson University (D3).
5. Brennan Canada, George Rogers Clark: the intangible duo of Canada and Graham, are favorites to lead GRC to Rupp Arena. This 6’7 Forward brings the complete package to the table, averaging 13.1 ppg and 7.2 rpg during last years campaign. GRC leads the pack in terms of pre-season candidates to win the region. Canada currently holds a single offer from Campbellsville (NAIA).
6. Quenton Turley, Harrison County: 6’1 Point guard out of Cynthiana has flown under the radar as one of the best prospects in the 10th Region. Boasting high scoring numbers – 16.8 ppg and under 3 rpg, Turley is looking to have a breakout season for Harrison. Harrison looks to contend for the 38th District title and attempt to make noise come February.
7. Chad Ohmer, Scott: as a sophomore, Chad was a starting guard for the Eagles in their historic run at Rupp. Listed at 6 foot, Ohmer plays like a much bigger guard, being a tough/gritty defender. Scott, like many of the schools listed above, pack a 1-2 punch and have multiple weapons to use this upcoming season. Ohmer looks to keep his squad rolling, who has been in the region championship 3 out of the last 5 years.
8. Spencer Free, Harrison County: 6’2 combo guard who has a very high basketball IQ. Has been a stiff presence in the region for the past 3 years and is looking to have a breakout senior season. Free, posting 13.2 ppg and 4.5 rpg, is looking to improve those numbers this winter. Spencer had a great summer with KY Vision.
9. Alex Schalch, Robertson County: 6’6 big playmaker, bringing in 7.2 rebounds per game last season. Leading Robertson County in scoring also, averaging 16.3 ppg. Alex looks to defend Robertson’s “All A Championship” and compete in the 38th district to make a regional tournament appearance.
10. Myron “Duce” Ralls, Montgomery County: skilled sharpshooter who is not afraid to pull up anywhere beyond the arch. Ralls can play either backcourt positions averaging 14.2 ppg his junior season. Duce is looking to lead his team to compete with GRC in the 40th district and attempt to get Montgomery a region title.
Other Players to Watch:
Mason Rusch, Calvary Christian (26.7 ppg – 2.9 rpg)
JD Schumacher, Bishop Brossart (10.8 ppg – 3.7 rpg)
Drew Wilson, Campbell County (10.3 ppg – 2.1 rpg)
Nathan Joyce, Scott (7.7 ppg – 3.5 rpg)
Sebastian Dixon, Robertson County (10.2 ppg – 2.1 rpg)
Jaylen Lofton, Mason County (11.4 ppg – 7.3 rpg)
Jake Swolsky, Mason County (11.4 ppg – 4.6 rpg)
Stephen Cordle, Augusta (10.7 ppg – 7.2 rpg)
Tad Fisher, Bracken County (8.4 ppg – 5.5 rpg)
Travis Strings, Paris (11.5 ppg – 4.6 rpg)
Pharaoh Davis, Montgomery County (9.8 ppg – 7 rpg)