Players Looking to Improve Skills at Darting Basketball Academy

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A number of players in Topeka are participating in the Darting Basketball Academy for the upcoming year.

Topeka standouts Zach Harvey (No. 1 in 2019), J’Shaliek Hendricks (No. 5 in 2017), and Brayden White (No. 6 in 2017) are among the top prospects participating in the 18-week training focused on improving individual skills.

It is the second full year of the academy, which has seen in an increase in enrollment to close to 200 participants coming in from across the state.

“This past year was a lot of fun to watch the growth and progress of so many kids,” said founder and skills enhancement program director Kerry Darting.  “Knowing that we are helping kids take steps toward their goals and dreams is very exciting. s we get ready to start back up we are really looking forward to the continued growth of returning members as well as those that are starting the program this year.”

Harvey, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, is one of the best prospects in Topeka in years and has already earned national attention. He averaged 12.0 points in 13 games for Hayden as a freshman becoming one of the highest-scoring Topeka freshmen in years.  Harvey will be playing for KC Run GMC this summer.

Hendricks (pictured) is a 6-foot-1 point guard at Topeka High who showed flashes as a junior averaging 7.1 points and 3.0 assists while shooting 47 percent from the field.  He is one to keep a close eye on during the spring and summer evaluation periods playing for SSA Elite and Top City where he could be in store for a breakout offseason.

White, a 5-foot-11 point guard, excels as a passer averaging 4.5 assists during his junior season at Washburn Rural where he has been a three-year starter.  He also averaged 5.7 points in 12 games after missing the first nine games with a wrist injury.  He will be playing for SSA Elite this summer.

Other ranked players participating in the Darting Basketball Academy include: Michael Brooks (No. 7 in 2017), Koriyon Carr (No. 5 in 2018), Jordan White (No. 3 in 2019), and Tyler White (No. 10 in 2018).

Zachary Ebert, Tyler Zentner, Sam Wingert, Tyler Lynn, Elliot Mehrens, Korbin Kido, Charlie Roeder, and Ky Thomas are also in the academy.

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