2014-2015 Players to Watch

(SR) Lucas Jones- SM East
(SR) Anthony Bonner- Lawrence
(SR) Javion Blake- Olathe East
(SR) Tyriq Gunnels- SM West
(SR) Josh Moore- Olathe North
(SR) Louis Rollins- SM West
(JR) Justin Roberts- Lawrence
(JR) Joey Wentz- SM East
(JR) Marcus Weathers- SM North
(JR) Michael Weathers- SM North
(JR) Cameron Hunter- Olathe East

30 comments:

  1. Funtarov is not playing at Free State this year, he transferred to Seabury.

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  2. Laimonas Chatkevicius...? i think this is a fictitous person...he definatley doesnt go to northwest

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  3. Yahoo sports had messed up earlier in the season and listen him as a ONW player, I just forgot to take him off. Thanks for the reminder.

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  4. Listed not listen..... but ya I had never heard of him either. Apparently he's from the east coast, going to K-State next season.

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  5. Check out FRESHMEN Dainan Swoope from Shawnee Mission South very excellent player starting for varsity who scored twenty in the win against SME.

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  6. Lloyd Young at SMN is scoring over 20 a game. Take a look at him!

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  7. Both are talented, but neither have played great competition yet. I think Swoope has played BVN, and had only 6 or 7 points. That being said, he is a Freshman so it's still impressive. But i'll be more interested to see how they do when facing Shavon Shields, Vance Wentz etc.

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  8. Swoope had 20 against Vance Wentz

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  9. Ezra Talbert 6'7" sophomore at Olathe East has the biggest upside of any non-senior in the Sunflower. Has current interest from Missouri State and Creighton among others. He can dunk on anyone and shoots the 3. Has a very nice mid-range game. Solid rebounder and defender. He has a true inside / outside game. He is a hard working kid with a great attitude. Very committed to the weight room. Will continue to get better as his body continues to mature. Next to Custer, the best Sophomore in the city.

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  10. Also check out Devin Newsome@ Shawnee Mission South. Anyone that knows real basketball understands that the car cant move without the keys! True basketball isnt about how many points a player scored if all they do is stand on the perimeter and shoot and plays no defense. It is about an overall game of the player. That is why I dont like these ratings because it is only about who scored how many points. Anyone can score when they are wide open!

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    1. Agree there is more to it than scoring, but have you seen how some of these scorers get guarded in this league? I don't think many get the opportunity to stand around and be wide open for long !

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  11. I have been on the Ezra Talbert (6'7" Olathe East Combo Forward) bandwagon for a year. I think I have been proven correct. He was offered and has committed to Creighton. Along with Jay Temaat, I see Ezra as a co-favorite for Sunflower Player of the Year in 2012-2013. He was clearly under utilized at Olathe East last year as a sophomore big player when they had 4 Senior bigs. He will clearly be under the radar no longer Being a commit to a top 25 program, he will have a huge target on his chest. In my opinion, he will deliver.

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  12. excited to watch SMS play this season!!

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  13. Laimonas Chatkevicius played for MO-KAN a couple years back. He's original from Lithuania and moves to CT as a junior. Looks like he actually followed Frank Martin to South Carolina.

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  14. If you are looking for complete players to watch, have you seen Connor Soukup(SR) from OS? He is playing point guard for them and has done a great job running the team and handling the ball, even after not playing the position. A tough, hard nosed player that makes the little things happen defensively and is a great on-ball defender and asked to guard the best shooters. Plus I understand he is averaging 15 PPG this season and can drill the 3 pointer. Not recognized like Nelson and Knight but should be.

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    1. Couldn't agree more. The reason Soukup hasn't been added yet is I was waiting for a cold game from him. But give him credit Soukup is one of the more consistent players in the Sunflower League. He will be added tomorrow. Generally I try to add one player a week when I update the rankings. Couldn't agree with you more about him needing to be recognized, but on a team with so much talent it's hard to point out every player. OLS this season reminds me a bit of KU in the fact that they have 3-4 different guys who could lead them in scoring any night.

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    2. no comparison between Soukup and Nelson. Nelson is a showboat while Soukup is a player. My vote definately goes to Soukup.

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    3. I think they are both very good players and both had great seasons this year. I support both of them along with all of the boys for OS this year. It is dissappointing we missed going to state on a controversial, or in many peoples opinion, a WRONG call.

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  15. Over the weekend I noticed an athlete and I mean an athlete. Devin Ruis plays small forward for the Olathe South basketball team. Devin is only 6’ 1” if that, I watched him bag with the likes of 6’5 forwards and up, then I watched him guard the perimeter like it was natural. On the offense end he did more of the same scoring down low like he was 6’5. Then stepping out and knocking down three’s. Also South had the luxury to move him from forward to guard when they were in foul trouble. He did that in the Lawrence game a lot and didn’t miss a beat. I played basketball at the college level and I can tell that is not an easy task. South is very lucky to have a player like that.

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  16. Check out Devin Anctil at ONW. 6'2" Soph who matches up with big centers on the tip and in the 3 games I saw him in, out jumped the bigs 2 out of 3! Good hops not the only part of his game, he's very athletic and shows some serious leadership on defense. He is tough & just makes things happen. Great at forcing turnovers and shutting down perimeter shooting. Refreshing to watch.

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  17. Love the boys. thank you

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  18. After watching the SM South vs Lansing game, i have come away quite confused. I dont feel as if i watched championship caliber competition, there were certainly some excellent plays by both teams but no consistency at all. One shining star was Dainan Swoops play on both sides of the ball, one bit of advice to young Dainan, lose the showboat after each shot as if its the game winner.
    Im still struggling with the decision of the Lansing coach, with a bit more than 4 minutes to go in the game and Lansing closing the score to within a few points, SM South was clearly confused and Lansing stopped shooting, open shot after open shot were not taken and the ball passed back out and eventually turned over. Lansing could have easily taken over this game and won. Whats up Coach???
    Last but certainly not least in the non championship caliber performances were the officials, Just before this game the KS officials of the year were awarded, one would think this would inspire the crew doing the game. Instead there were inconsistancies, delayed , to flat out blown calls, one goateed official seemed more interested in what was being said by the crowd than the game.

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  19. Watch out for junior guard Tyriq Gunnels from SM West. Played a little varsity as a sophomore and could really have a breakout year.

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  20. One update to your players to watch. Tez Scroggins is no longer at Olathe East. An update to last year's seniors. Kyle Smith is at William Jewell. Thanks for this forum. It is great.

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  21. Brady Skeens - Washburn Commit
    Devin Newsome - Nebraska Omaha Commit

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  22. How can Keeton Cross not be on this list? He's the leader of the team that is going to win this League. Brady Skeens is awesome but SMNW wouldn't be winning this league without Keeton Cross.

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    1. Keeton Cross should be on the list I would agree but the Skeens kid is clearly the leader of the Northwest team. Without him they are a middle of the pack team at best.

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    2. I think the two in tandem is what is putting this team on top including the other really good Seniors. But SMNW has had Div 1 Players on their team just in the recent years and were middle of the pack. Brady Skeens needs a team around him for the team to be successful and a floor General who can make sure he gets the ball. I think that was the meaning of the first comment.

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  23. SMW senior guards Tyriq Gunnels and Louis Rollins should be on this list this year. Watched them play over the summer. Them boys can go.

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