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Posted On: 10/10/18 12:00 PM
PREVIEWING KC: On the Cusp
With basketball practice a month away, Prep Hoops takes a look at several players to watch this upcoming season, starting with some Kansas City area players who are on the cusp of a breakout season.
Tyler Nelson, 6’2, G, 2019, Rockhurst
Nelson is a talented guard who can get buckets in a variety of ways. He has a well-rounded skill set and is a solid shooter from deep, near the free throw line and around the glass off the move. Nelson moves well off the ball and can find openings and back door looks when defenders slack off on the far side of the floor. Nelson is a player on the rise.
Erick Slack, 6’4, F, 2019, North Kansas City
Slack is a versatile small forward who can run the show and play off the ball. He looks great with the ball in his hands. Someone who can create off the dribble for himself and others. He’s a better passer than gets credit for and can score anywhere on the floor. Slack also feels comfortable in transition as he can finish around the basket or push the ball ahead.
Kyle Taylor, 6’1, G, 2019, St. Pius X
An underrated guard who hasn’t gotten a lot of hype up to this point, Taylor brings a well-rounded skill set to the floor for a lead guard. A year ago he led St. Pius X in scoring at 13.3 points per game, while adding 2.7 rebounds per game. He shot 45 percent from the field and connected on 26 3-pointers.
Max Titus, 6’1, G, 2019, KC East
An underrated lead guard, Titus handles the ball well, gets his team into its offense and is a capable scorer. He averaged more than 16 points and 3.3 per game last season and made 83 3-pointers while shooting 35 percent from behind the arc.