Posted On: 09/24/20 1:27 PM
The MoKan Fall League features plenty of premier talent and names throughout the next couple of months but there are plenty of guys who will make noise in the league and prime themselves for a break through high school season.
Here we take a look at the guys who put together a solid 2 games in the first week and have the chance to really take off in the upcoming months.
Jack Webb Jack Webb 6'4" | CG Shawnee Mission South | 2021 State KS , 6’4 Guard/Wing, Shawnee Mission South
Webb had a really strong week 1 at the MoKan Fall League. He knocked down the 3 ball at a nice clip including great looking foot work on multiple occasions lifting from the corner to the wing and getting his body turned and knocking down shots. His athleticism complements his shooting ability nicely, including a nice tip in coming from the weak side and getting to the basket in both the half court and transition scenarios. Webb’s skillset from shooting the ball, being effective with his athletic ability, making solid passes, and a steady rebounder make him a great well rounded guard that can be used in a wide variety of offensive playstyles. He made plays for himself mostly playing off ball in the last weekend, but if he has more on ball opportunities to make plays, I am confident he can show that ability as well.
Brooks Langrehr, 6’3 Wing, Harrisonville
Langrehr is the pure definition of a solid basketball player. He has the combination of IQ, length, strength, and ability that you would want in a wing player for a winning basketball team. In week 1 he got going on the defensive end showing his ability to stay in front of ball handlers and got multiple deflections being in the right spot in help side. On the offensive end, Brooks did a little bit of everything with not one single offensive aspect out shining the rest. He hit some pull up mid range, catch and shoot 3s, scrap put backs on offensive boards, and got to the rim off of some drives. His wide range of being able to do a little bit of everything pairing alongside his constant effort and high IQ have him poised to not only have a strong Fall League, but high school season as well.
Howard Johnson Howard Johnson 6'1" | SG Junction City | 2022 State KS , 6’ Guard, Junction City High School
Johnson is a player who is continuing to grow both skill wise and with learning the mental aspect of the game. Playing on a Fall team with a plethora of talent, Johnson managed to put together two really solid games in week 1. In both games he managed to go on personal 7 point and 8 point runs in the second half where what he can do on the offensive end really shined. He is a good 3 point shooter hitting 3 on the day with limited opportunities, and can get into defenders bodies to draw contact highlighting this ability with a strong and 1 finish in game one through both his defender and a slap down from a help defender with his right hand. His defensive ability is growing and constantly guarding some of the top 2022 guards in the area this summer has helped get him accustomed to the athleticism it will take to stay in front of guys this fall and winter.
Tyson Ruud Tyson Ruud 6'3" | SF Basehor-Linwood | 2023 State KS , 6’3 Wing, Basehor Linwood
Ruud is a very intriguing 2023 player who stood out in Saturday’s contests. He has great length with a very springy bounce to him which was shown in one of the stand out plays from early Saturday where he sprinted back on defense in transition and blocked a layup attempt right before it got to the backboard. He was great at getting rebounds high, coming down, and pushing into transition which with his athletic ability, will be a problem for defenses. He has a nice 3 point stroke knocking down 4 of them in the games I watched, 2 of them coming back to back off of the dribble with a hand right in his face which was really impressive. Ruud has a high ceiling and it will be exciting to see how his game develops over the fall and winter.
Jeremiah Kendrick, 5’11 Guard, Highland Park
In the early morning games from Saturday, the 2023 guard put on a scoring clinic to start the fall league off. Kendrick lived at the rim on drives and it was hard for guys to stay in front of him. he was able to get in the paint both using his left and right hand and finished with a high efficiency. Due to his ability to get by guys with limited moves or resistance, Kendrick did not have to shoot many jumpers but still managed to show he has an ability there, hitting a nice pull up elbow jumper in game 1, and multiple off the dribble three pointers in game 2.
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