Topeka High 2017 point guard James Warren helped the KC Elite win the St. Louis Eagles Spring Classic in St. Louis, Mo.
“It went great,” Warren said. “It was my first championship out of town in a while so it felt pretty good. It was great competition and a great experience.”
The 5-foot-8 freshman was steady at the point throughout the weekend as the KC Elite went 3-0 in pool play and defeated the Peoria Area Elite 72-55 in the 15U championship game.
“I’m a pass-first player, I like to get the ball to our other players and then score when I feel it’s open,” Warren said.
He’ll be playing in tournaments across the country this summer with stops in New Orleans, California, Las Vegas, and possibly Chicago.
“I’m looking to get even better with better players around me and just try to compete,” Warren said. “I really want to learn how to pick up the intensity when I play and being humble when we start to win.”
Warren led the Topeka High freshman team in scoring this past season and is one of the top young players in Topeka to keep an eye on.
“James is a great kid,” Topeka High assistant coach Robbie Sanders said. “He’s very personable and he’s a smart player. He’s a look-you-in-the-eye kind of kid that’s refreshing. He needs work on his ballhandling and decision-making, but he’s deceptively athletic and heady. Kid has a very bright future.”
As a sophomore he’ll be looking for a role on the varsity squad as he works to improve his game.
“I’m working on being able to slash and drive off of both sides, getting a little bit stronger, and be able to shoot over people,” Warren said.