Vashon came into the Highland Shootout with a 12-0 record. They left with their first loss but learned a lot about themselves in the process. Imhotep (PA) is one of the best teams in the country and the Wolverines were in it till the end. There were many positives for this young squad to take home. Tony Irons has built a powerhouse program on Cass Avenue in the northside of St. Louis. His team is young, but there are many intriguing prospects.
Kennard Davis appears to be among the elite in Missouri. The 6’5 wing has a motor that never stops. He’s a relentless defender and plays at an intensity level matched by few. This season the team relies upon him heavily. His game has evolved because of this. The 2023 prospect has always been a great slasher, but he’s now showcasing a smooth shooting stroke and a much-improved handle. His game has become more well-rounded each time we see him and he’s an exciting prospect to watch in person.
Freshman guards Dierre Hill and Trey Wiliams have been thrown into the fire. With that being said, both are ready for the big stage. Hill is an incredible defender for a young player. He’s similar to Kennard Davis but in a smaller frame. Trey Williams on the other hand is a sniper from deep with a good feel for the game. He spaces the floor for his teammates and is not afraid to take on a challenge on the defensive end. He’s very nonchalant but steps up in big moments. These two guards have a bright future.
Anthoni Sandford is a presence in the paint. The 6’5 big has a strong and wide frame. He’s a great screen setter, uses his body to dominate the glass, and is an enforcer near the rim. He’s the ultimate team guy who Tony Irons trusts. Sandford shows elite toughness and a desire to win. He’ll be a key player as Vashon sets their sights on another state title.