SHAWNEE – A number of players were on display in the Kansas City area on the final weekend of the open evaluation period.
Top City’s 17U, 16U, and 15U teams participated in the Sunflower Showcase held at the Okun Fieldhouse. Oz Elite’s 2016 Jahlil Osby and PowerGroup’s 2018 Jett Canfield were also at the event.
The KC Hardwood Classic featured three Topeka players in each age division with Joe Miller playing with the KC Pumas, 2016 Jarin Downing with GameTime Rec, and 2017 Scott Wilson with the Kansas Cagers 15U.
Tez Scroggins (KC Run GMC) was in Louisville, Ky. at the AAU Super Showcase and 2017 James Warren (KC Elite) was at the Las Vegas Classic.
Here’s a look at how some of the top players performed:
CLASS OF 2015
Jahmal McMurray, 6-0, SG, Top City (Wichita Sunrise Christian Academy) – McMurray’s best game of the tournament came in the final game when he scored 22 points and had five assists in a 53-50 loss to Wichita-based Next Level Hoops Academy. McMurray made 8 of 13 shots from the field as he showed his superb shooting touch with many shots coming off the dribble. An assistant coach from Sam Houston State and Northern Colorado closely monitored McMurray in each game as both schools have him as a top target. Other schools will get a chance to see him when he reports to Sunrise Christian Academy next month.
Joe Miller, 6-4, SG, KC Pumas (Seaman) – Miller capped off an excellent summer with another impressive weekend at the KC Hardwood Classic. He scored 14 points in back-to-back games in front of 25 coaches each game and it appears it’s only a matter of time before the offers come in. After earning first-team all-city honors as a junior, Miller has been one of the most improved players in Topeka over the summer, which could lead to a big year for Miller and the Vikings.
Tez Scroggins, 6-0, PG, KC Run GMC (Shawnee Heights) – Scroggins played in Louisville at the AAU Super Showcase.
Daniel Kingcannon, 6-4, SF, Top City (Highland Park) – Kingcannon’s performance of the tournament came when he scored nine points against CYM Academy. He showed his variety of skills in the game tipping in a bucket and knocking down a 3-pointer. Kingcannon remains an intriguing player who steps into a lead role as a senior at Highland Park after filling a role as a starter last season.
Chris Edwards, 6-0, G, Top City (Washburn Rural) – Edwards’ best game of the tournament came in Saturday morning’s win over CYM Academy when he scored eight points while making a couple 3-pointers. The experience Edwards received this summer should help him during his senior season as he’ll be looking to lead the Junior Blues.
Jordaan Ramirez-Jennings, 6-2, G, Top City (Topeka High) – Ramirez-Jennings (pictured) took advantage of the playing time he received late in the final game knocking down a key 3-pointer with six minutes left and adding a lay-up later.
CLASS OF 2016
Jahlil Osby, 6-2, SG, Oz Elite (Highland Park) – Osby is a very athletic, active player on both ends of the court and is the clear-cut top 2016 prospect in Topeka. His best performance of the tournament came when he scored 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting including making four 3-pointers. He plays with a lot of energy and is a tough competitor, which will bode well for him in his future.
Jordan Newby, 6-4, SF, Top City 16U (Topeka West) – Newby has had a good summer with the Topeka Lakers and was Top City’s best player in his first tournament with them. Newby will be making his return to the court for Topeka West this season after sitting out last year to focus on academics after starting nine games as a freshman. He’s matured since the last time he played for the Chargers and could be their leading scorer as he looks to have a breakout season.
Harold Emanuel, 6-2, SG, Top City 16U (Topeka High) – Emanuel is a big-bodied guard who knows how to use his size to his advantage especially going to the basket, where he was fouled a number of times leading to him making 11 of 14 from the free-throw line in the first three games. He has an advanced knowledge of how to attack when facing up a defender from the baseline, however there are times when watching him that he leaves you wanting more. Still, he remains a player to watch and if he puts in the work, he can be a productive player.
Jarin Downing, 5-11, G, GameTime Rec (Topeka High) – Downing participated in the KC Hardwood Classic and had two productive games when we checked him out on Friday. He is comfortable at the point guard spot or playing off the ball. He did a good job of getting to the basket and using his left hand to finish, which you don’t see very often in a young guard. With his basketball bloodlines, he’s going to be one to keep a close eye on as he continues to develop.
DaiShoun Fox, 6-4, SF, Top City 16U (Shawnee Heights) – Fox is another 2016 player who has matured over the past year and he’s in position to be a player to watch in the next year. Fox is a long player who picks his spots on the offensive end and his length causes problems on defense. He had a nice one-handed dunk on a fast break in the final day of the tournament.
CLASS OF 2017
Poncho Freeman, 6-2, F, Top City 16U (Shawnee Heights) – Freeman is the only 2017 player playing up an age division and did a good job providing a burst in Top City’s second game making a couple lay-ups in the second half.
Treshaun Sizemore, 6-6, C, Top City 15U (Shawnee Heights) – Sizemore is raw with good size for a rising sophomore and he could develop into a solid player. It was a tough weekend for his squad, which was overwhelmed by more talented teams. However, Sizemore did garner some interest from college scouts in attendance.
James Warren, 5-9, PG, KC Elite (Topeka High) – Warren participated in the Las Vegas Classic.
CLASS OF 2018
Jett Canfield, 5-9, PG, PowerGroup 2018 (Hayden) – Canfield has solidified himself as the top incoming freshman in Topeka and could be Hayden’s starting point guard as they challenge for a state title. He’s an excellent ballhandler who plays with a lot of poise. He’s also a very good shooter and a smart defender on an excellent summer program. In the semifinals of the 15U division at the Sunflower Showcase, Canfield poured in 24 second-half points to lead the team to a win. The team fell short in the title game, but it was another successful tournament for Canfield and the elite program.