Top 2017 Players to Watch in July

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July marks a pivotal month for players across the country playing in various tournaments for their respective summer teams looking to improve against top competition with the hopes of catching the eye of college scouts.

There are three open evaluation periods for Division I coaches in July–the 6th-10th, 13th-17th, and 20th-24th.

Here’s a look at where the top 2017 players in Topeka will be playing in July:

TREY BROWN | 5-10 Point Guard | SSA Elite Black

Trey Brown is a tough, aggressive player who can knock down perimeter shots and distribute the ball. Brown, an academic qualifier, has been receiving interest from Northern Arizona in addition to a number of Division II schools including Northwest Missouri, Missouri Western, Emporia State, and Lindenwood.

Date Tournament Location
July 7-10 Great American Shootout Midwest Bel Aire KS
July 14-17 Great American Shootout Duncanville TX
July 21-24 The Hardwood Classic Lawrence KS

JENNER HICKEL | 6-5 Small Forward | SSA Elite Black

Jenner Hickel averaged 15.4 points with 41 3-pointers as a junior at Washburn Rural. Air Force has been keeping a close eye on him and others could be intrigued by his size and shooting ability.

Date Tournament Location
July 7-10 Great American Shootout Midwest Bel Aire KS
July 14-17 Great American Shootout Duncanville TX
July 21-24 The Hardwood Classic Lawrence KS

PONCHO FREEMAN | 6-2 Forward | SSA Elite Black

Poncho Freeman is a productive player coming off a junior season averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds a game. Has a good feel for the game.

Date Tournament Location
July 7-10 Great American Shootout Midwest Bel Aire KS
July 14-17 Great American Shootout Duncanville TX
July 21-24 The Hardwood Classic Lawrence KS

J’SHALIEK HENDRICKS | 6-1 Point Guard | Top City

J’Shaliek Hendricks is a good ballhander and passer who excels in the open floor. Can get to the rim and finish around the basket.

Date Tournament Location
July 8-10 Rocky Mountain Nationals Denver CO
July 14-17 Three Stripes Alliance St. Charles MO
July 21-24 Sunflower Showcase Shawnee KS

OTHERS TO WATCH

Tanyon Schafer, 6-5, SF, Topeka Vikings — All-around scorer and multi-sport athlete

Kendall Sutton, 6-1, G, Top City — Hayden transfer who averaged 10 points at Jefferson West as a junior

Brayden White, 5-10, PG, SSA Elite Black — Pass-first point guard who has been a three-year starter

Michael Brooks, 6-2, SG, SSA Elite Black — All-around guard who is a key for Shawnee Heights

Nysir Scott, 6-0, G, Top City Lakers — Hard-working guard looking for a lead role as a senior

Jesse Moss, 6-1, SG, SSA Elite Black — 3-point shooter who has been talking to Division III Simpson College

Tyler Lynn, 6-2, SG, Top City Lakers — Solid perimeter shooter who helped Seaman to a 15-7 season

Damarous Allen, 6-3, SG, Oz Elite — Athletic player looking for a breakout senior season

Tyler Zentner, 6-2, SG, SSA Elite Black — Versatile player with good length on the perimeter


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