SHAWNEE – After a year of playing in the shadows of three standout seniors, Daniel Kingcannon steps into a lead role for the Scots.
Kingcannon, a 6-foot-4 swingman, was the lone junior starter on Highland Park’s 23-2 team that finished second in Class 5A.
With the graduation of standouts Jahmal McMurray, Shaffee Carr, and Eddie Hunt, Kingcannon will be counted on to be a top player for the Scots under first-year head coach Jason Jones.
“Oh yeah, most definitely I’m looking forward to it,” Kingcannon said. “I just have to step up and be a leader and following off of what they did.”
Kingcannon averaged 6.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 25 games for the Scots while knocking down 21 3-pointers and shooting 41.1 percent from the field last season.
During the team camp over the summer, Kingcannon liked what he saw, but also feels the team still needs improvement.
“It pretty good,” Kingcannon said. “We still got some improving to do and we’re still working on chemistry. We still have to put some things together, but I think we’ll be OK.”
Kingcannon, along with 6-foot-2 junior shooting guard Jahlil Osby, will be counted on to carry the scoring load.
“Jahlil can do a lot for us on our team,” Kingcannon said. “I think he’ll really come in handy with points. He’s going to help us out a lot.”
Kingcannon had a busy summer playing with Top City, which included tournaments in Illinois and Texas. He also stayed busy improving his game in workouts.
“It was pretty good,” he said. “I put work in and improved a little bit. I still have to work on my handles. I’ve really been working up at the community center and we’ve been practicing a lot working on shooting and ballhandling.”
Kingcannon wrapped up his summer in the Sunflower Showcase. His nine-point game with three assists and three rebounds against CYM Academy was his best performance of the four games in the tournament as he knocked down 4 of 8 shots from the field.
“It went pretty good,” Kingcannon said of the tournament. “At first I started off pretty rusty, but I shot pretty good towards the end.”