Team Topeka Off to a Great Start

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Team Topeka has won both tournaments it has entered and looks to continue their success the rest of the summer.

The team, which is comprised of a number of players from Topeka, has an 8-0 record and is coached by Dan Key.

They will be playing in tournaments in Topeka and Wichita in June and will be playing in Omaha, Neb. (July 11-13) and the KC Hardwood Classic (July 24-27) during the open evaluation period.

Hayden 2015 power forward Marcus Meier (pictured), Topeka West 2015 power forward Josh Reynolds, and Washburn Rural 2016 point guard Ziyad Kassim are three of the top players on the team.

Other 2015 prospects on the team include: forward Reid Morgart (Seaman), guards Andrew Korbe (Shawnee Heights) and Kobe Goudeau, guard Kanen McMurray (Topeka West), forward Malik Stanley (Shawnee Heights), forward Connor Hansen (Washburn Rural), guard Camden Wheatley (Shawnee Heights), guard Brandon Key (Topeka West), and guard Sam Moylan (Seaman).

Washburn Rural 2016 forward Joah Hickel and Cair Paravel 2016 guard Ryan Key are also on the team.

Meier (6-4) averaged 18.4 points and 7.4 rebounds while helping lead Hayden to the 4A-I championship game as a junior. He was an All-State Class 4A and All-City first team selection.

“He’s really strong inside,” Key said. “He really has a deceptive, quick first step. He kind of jumps on you before you know it. He’s a good shooter. He really works hard inside, just really tough to guard inside.”

Reynolds is a 6-foot-6 raw athlete who averaged 4.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in his first season of basketball.

“His nickname is Texas and he played really well this past weekend,” Key said. “He’s the starting quarterback on the football team and he’s just a real good athlete. He hasn’t been playing basketball very long. He’s been developing really well. He just needs to work on his footwork and develop some offensive moves in the post, but he’s a good rebounder.”

Kassim (5-10) came on for Washburn Rural in the second half of his sophomore season and has carried that momentum into the summer.

“He is fabulous,” Key said. “He’s quick, a good shooter, a big-time defender who really plays hard on defense. He gets a little bit out of control at times on offense and that’s what we’re working on, but he can really defend.”

Morgart (6-2) was the city’s newcomer of the year averaging 11.6 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Vikings.

“He’s probably one of our better inside players really,” Key said. “He’s really hard to guard on the inside. He’s strong, goes to the basket hard. He probably was or was one of our most consistent players last weekend over in Kansas City.”

Korbe (6-1) didn’t play much as a junior on Shawnee Heights’ 16-6 team with three senior guards ahead of him, but has been productive for Team Topeka as he prepares for a larger role this upcoming season.

“Korbe is probably one of our better guards,” Key said. “He’s a really good shooter. He’s as good of a shooter as I’ve seen and is a really good defender, quick, and fast, but can really shoot it.”

McMurray (6-1) will be looking to take on a larger role this season with seven seniors graduating.

“He’s probably overall our best offensive player,” Key said. “He can really shoot it. He needs to be more aggressive on defense and that part of his game is something we’re working on this summer and he’s doing much better with that.”

# Topeka Players Position Height Year School
0 Kanen McMurray SG 6-1 2015 Topeka West
1 Andrew Korbe G 6-1 2015 Shawnee Heights
2 Josh Reynolds C 6-6 2015 Topeka West
3 Malik Stanley F 6-3 2015 Shawnee Heights
4 Joah Hickel SF 6-3 2016 Washburn Rural
5 Connor Hansen F 6-4 2015 Washburn Rural
11 Marcus Meier PF 6-4 2015 Hayden
12 Kobe Goudeau G 5-10 2015 Shawnee Heights
14 Brandon Key G 5-11 2015 Topeka West
20 Reid Morgart F 6-2 2015 Seaman
25 Ziyad Kassim PG 5-10 2016 Washburn Rural
33 Camden Wheatley G 6-0 2015 Shawnee Heights
Russell Denney SF 6-5 2015 Topeka High
Ryan Key G 5-10 2016 Cair Paravel

 

 


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