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Five Players to Watch in Kansas City

Leading up to the high school season, RL Hoops will be highlighting 20 to 30 players to watch this season. Here is the first installment of this list.

Kayden Fish, Junior, Staley 

Kayden Fish is one of the most versatile players in Kansas City. At 6 foot 6 inches, Kayden is a tweener with the ability to guard all 5 positions well. I call Fish, the Draymond Green on KC prep hoops because he doesn’t have an exact position and that is no problem. His IQ from the forward position allows him to have a great relationship with any point guard on the floor. His demanding frame makes him a terror in the paint with his ability to move players off the block. Fish played for both 16U and 17U Mokan Elite teams and He looks to take that momentum to the HS season with his Mokan Elite and Staley running mate, Kyan Evans.

Kyan Evans, Junior, Staley 

Kyan Evans will aim to lock up the title as the best point guard in Kansas City, with former Blue Valley Northwest Guard and current Oklahoma Sooner, Alston Mason gone. Evans had a great summer with Nike EYBL powerhouse Mokan Elite. After playing off the ball in May, Evans had the opportunity to lead the 16U Mokan Elite as the floor general at Peach Jam. Evans was impressive in his opportunity, eventually leading to his first Divison 1 offer from South Dakota. Look for Kyan Evans to pick up more offers this school year with Staley, and next summer with Mokan Elite.  

Alex Benassi, Senior, Lee’s Summit

 One of the most underrated players in the Kansas City Metro. Alex Benassi is coming off a strong summer with the Missouri Hawks. Benassi averaged 10.95 points per game on 42% shooting while adding five rebounds and three assists with the Lee’s Summit Tigers. Alex is tough, extremely smart, and patient with the ball. Benassi earned an invite to the RecruitLook Larry Hughes Elite Camp for the best players on the RecruitLook Hoops Circuit. Look for Benassi, and his teammates at Lee’s Summit to make some noise and make a run at the state championship in Missouri.

Chandavian Bradley, Junior, Platte County

 Chandavian Bradley is probably the best athlete in the Kansas City Metro. Bradley is a Four Star football recruit at Defensive End, with offers from Kansas State, Oklahoma, and more. After playing his 16U summer season with Team KC on the RecruitLook Circuit, Bradley has expressed his desire to play both sports in college. At 6 foot 5 inches, Chandavian’s motor and athleticism are his calling card. Never taking a play-off, Bradley plays tough hard nose defense and makes dynamic plays on the offensive end. Catch Chandavian on a Friday night eating quarterbacks, and this winter, making plays on the court for Platte county. 

Jordan Brown, Senior, Lawrence-Free State

Regarded as one of the best players in the Kansas City metro last season, Jordan Brown made the move to Lawrence, Kansas, and became a Firebird at Lawrence Free State. Brown attended Basehor-Linwood last year, earning all-state honors in Football and Basketball, before making his way back to Team YOBO for the summer. After ending the summer scorching hot, Brown earned an invite to the RecruitLook Larry Hughes Elite Camp. Brown at 6’4″ can shoot the ball at a high clip and will heat up with the best of them when he is in his zone. Brown will join a loaded Lawrence-Free State basketball team that finished runner up in the State Championship last year.

Hidden Gems – Hoops and Beyond

Hoops and Beyond hosted a summer Jamboree for 12 of the best teams in Missouri. The two day event at Webster Groves High School was filled with hidden gem. We’ll take a look at a few of them.

Ethan Chartrand 
6’2 Guard
Class of 2022

Chartrand is a smooth guard with sneaky explosiveness. He’s a crafty finisher in the lane and is adapt to making dribble pull-ups. He’s a solid athelte, and even dunked on one of the best rim protectors at the event which sent a roar between gyms!

Nassir Binion
6’3 Wing
Class of 2024

Binion is a determined defender, rebounder, and energy guy for CBC. He’s a young prospect in the class of 2024. With his hustle and atheltic ability, he appears to be one of the most promising prospects in St. Louis

Terron Garrett
6’2 Guard
Class of 2025

Garrett is a long and rangy young prospect. He  will attend Hazelwood Central this fall. He shows good feel, confidence, and the desire to defend. With all these qualities, he’s primed to become a major prospect in 2025.

Elite Forward Prospects – Hoops and Beyond

Hoops and Beyond hosted a summer Jamboree for 12 of the best teams in Missouri. The two day event at Webster Groves High School was filled with elite forward talent. We’ll take a look at a few of the top performers.

Robert Lewis 
6’9 Forward
Class of 2022

Lewis has only been playing basketball for a few years. His tools and upside are through the roof and this weekend he showed flashes of reaching his immense potential. At 6’9, Lewis runs the floor like a deer and has a quick second jump. He’s comfortable making plays with the ball and attacking the rim. On defense, he can switch onto guards and protects the rim at a high level when he’s locked in. 

Luke Northweather 
6’9 Forward
Class of 2022

Northweather is a highly skilled big man who continues to lead this Blair Oaks squad to victories. His combination of height, shooting, and ability to rebound makes him stand out in the gym. He’s a rock solid contributer who possesses the skill needed to succeed at the Division 1 level. 

Elite Guard Prospects – Hoops and Beyond

Hoops and Beyond hosted a summer Jamboree for 12 of the best teams in Missouri. The two day event at Webster Groves High School was filled with elite guard talent. We’ll take a look at a few of the top performers.

Dez White
6’2 Guard
Class of 2023

White plays for Helias Catholic. He’s an excellent shooter with added range. His pace of play and change of speed make him a difficult cover for defenders. White has great awareness of the holes in a defense and always fills the stat sheet. He currently holds 2 division one offers, and expect his recruitment to take off soon.

Braxton Stacker 
6’6 Guard 
Class of 2022

Stacker may have had the highest ceiling of any prospect in the event. At 6’6, the guard for Cardinal Ritter has long arms and is a downright explosive athelte. He plays way above the rim and defends at a high level with ease. Currently, Stacker is a slasher and elite transition scorer while he continues to work on his passing and outside shooting touch. He has the tools to be High-Major player and will gain attention at Peach Jam.

Matt Enright 
6’0 Guard 
Class of 2022

Enright has been a major contributor for the Statesmen the past 2 seasons. The lefty point guard is an excellent passer who also shoots a high percentage from 3. Enright’s toughness and will to win makes him the heart and soul of this squad looking to make a deep state title run.

Westminster Team Preview – Hoops and Beyond

The Wildcats out of Chesterfield, a suburb of St. Louis, return nearly all their production from last years team which lost to Vashon in the Class 4 state championship. This group has outstanding chemistry and skill at all positions.

After an early assessment, the Wildcats may be favorites to win it all this upcoming season.

Casen Lawrence 
6’0 Guard
Class of 2022

Lawrence is a floor general with serious touch from beyond the arc. He’s one of the best shooters in the state both off the dribble and catch. In addition, his high basketball IQ allows  him to set up teamates and direct traffic on the defensive end of the floor. He’s consistent, smart, and rarely makes mistakes. Casen Lawrence has the intangibles to be a very successful college basketball player. 

Kobi Williams 
6’3 Guard
Class of 2023

Williams is a three level scorer who also brings speed to this squad. He’s a solid athelte for an off-ball guard and uses his tools well. He possesss a good shooting stroke and knows how to get downhill. Kobi works off cuts and reads the defense well to find open spots on the floor. His overall feel for the game and skillset makes him a serious scoring threat.

Austin Vick
6’8 Center
Class of 2022

Vick is a traditional post player with great footwork, touch, and passing ability. His play style fits in seamlessly with this team and his unselfish manner does not go unnoticed. Vick has a variety of post moves and consistently makes the 18 foot jump shot. On defense his positioning is excellent when helping out teammates. His size, intelligence, and skillset will make him a coveted prospect for many colleges in the area.