Previewing the 2015 Jayhawk Invitational

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The 16th annual Jayhawk Invitational will be taking place this weekend on May 1-3 in various gyms in the Kansas City, Kansas area.

A number of college coaches and media outlets are expected to be in attendance.

Games will be held at the Drive5 Sports Center (Overland Park), the New Century Fieldhouse (New Century), and at three high schools–Olathe South, Olathe East, and Olathe North.

Click here for a complete schedule

Here is a look at the top players from Topeka participating in the event:

17U

Zach Lutz, 6-0, SG, Kansas Cagers, 2016 — Lutz (pictured) is ranked as the seventh-best rising senior in Topeka. He is coming off a junior season at Washburn Rural in which he averaged 6.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in 20 games while shooting 42.1 percent from the floor. Lutz is a good defender and someone to keep an eye on over the summer. [Watch junior highlights]

16U

Carson Denney, 6-5, PF, Kansas Cagers, 2017 — Denney, who plays at Topeka High, is coming off a steady weekend at the Eddie Ford Classic in Kentucky helping team to a 3-1 record. Denney had eight points and six rebounds against the Arkansas Wings.

Jesse Moss, 6-1, SG, CTG, 2017 — Moss, who plays at Shawnee Heights, has been having a good spring thus far with Called to Greatness, which is 8-0 with two tournament wins to their credit.

15U

Jett Canfield, 5-10, PG, KC Run GMC, 2018 — Top-ranked 2018 point guard Jett Canfield has played in two highly-competitive tournaments in the UA Association in New Orleans and Louisville with KC Run GMC.  In the final game of last weekend’s tournament in Louisville Canfield scored a team-high 14 points, which included four 3-pointers.  Canfield leads the team in assists this summer. As a freshman at Hayden Canfield was named City Newcomer of the Year averaging 9.3 points and 3.0 assists starting all 21 games. [Watch freshman highlights]

DeShawn Hanika, 6-2, SG, Capital City Kings, 2018 — Hanika is an athletic player from Washburn Rural to keep a close eye on.  Last week while playing for the Kansas All-Stars he threw down an impressive two-handed dunk on a breakaway [Watch here].

Tyler White, 6-3, SG, Capital City Kings, 2018 — White has good size at the position and is a solid all-around player. He was the only freshman on Shawnee Heights’ varsity/JV roster last season as the T-Birds were one of the best teams in the state.

Jack Hamilton, 6-0, PG, Capital City Kings, 2018 — Hamilton, who plays at Washburn Rural, has good vision and is a good ballhandler.

14U

Zach Harvey, 6-2, G, PowerGroup, 2019 — Harvey, ranked No. 1 in his class, and his PowerGroup 2019 squad will be playing up an age division again after going 2-2 in the 15U division last weekend at the Eddie Ford Classic in Kentucky. Harvey, who played in the Stateline Showndown All-Star Game, is an explosive guard who has a bright future.

Jordan White, 6-0, G, PowerGroup, 2019 — White, who is the younger brother of top-ranked 2017 prospect Brayden White and will be attending Washburn Rural this fall, has been a productive player for PowerGroup and is one of the top incoming freshmen in Topeka.

Savian Edwards, PG, PowerGroup, 2019 — Edwards, who also is headed to Washburn Rural, is another player in the 2019 class to watch.

 

 


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