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LEBANON, Mo. — The inaugural SWMO Basketball Future 50 Showcase brought together many of the region’s top players last Sunday at Lebanon High. Here is a look at the Class of 2019 players at the event. The players are listed by the team they played on and their jersey number.
Team A – Iron Grey
#1: Caleb Hillhouse (Verona)
A capable guard with good size and a nice shooting stroke from distance. He was very good off the catch, plus he was a solid ball handler who can get to the basket.
#2: Graden Ragland (Buffalo)
A 6’7” post who was one of the bigger players in the camp. He did a nice job of hanging around the offensive boards and scooping up missed shots for buckets. He has a big body and he was very good at carving up space around the basket. Keeps the ball high, which is good.
#3: Justin McMillan (Marion C. Early)
An excellent perimeter shooter who led the entire came with eight 3-pointers in three games. If he got the time and space, he was letting it fly and he knocked them down. He also did a good job of moving without the ball and making himself available for open shots.
#4: Kamron Stacey (Fair Grove)
A nice 6’2” combo guard who plays with a lot of savvy with good skills and an excellent feel for the game. He has good handles, moves the ball well and also has a nice floater when he gets into the lane. Also displayed good 3-point range.
#5: Tim Smith (New Covenent)
He was really good in the first game when he scored 11 points while really asserting himself on offense. I was very impressed with his footwork, especially when he got in the lane, when he maneuvered well and converted some buckets.
#6: Brenden Weaver (Hillcrest)
A solid offensive player who did a good job of attacking the basket and getting buckets, but he also knocked down a couple of mid-range jumpers and a 3-pointer as well.
#7: Kyle Stacey (Fair Grove)
Like his twin brother Kamron, Kyle is a smooth combo guard who has a nice feel for the game and good 3-point shooting ability, having hit four during the camp. His fundamentals are good and he is always under control.
#9: Kevron Baker (Mansfield)
A solid point guard who plays the game with a lot of pace. Every time he got the ball, he was looking to advance the ball and push the tempo. He displayed some nice penetrating drives to the basket.
Team B – Atomic Blue
#0: Heath Ayers (Clearwater)
Heath didn’t look to score much early, but he broke loose and scored 10 points in his third game. He made a lot of good hustle plays and he was always on the move. He scored on a lot of nice takes to the basket when he was more aggressive.
#1: Ethan Hoppes (Cassville)
The talented point guard earned one of the two MVP awards for the event. He averaged 16 points in the three games to lead the camp in scoring and he played with a lot of style and flair. He scored on penetrating drives, floaters and knocked down 3-pointers while flashing some nice handles and passing ability.
#2: Hayden McCarthy (Halfway)
He did a nice job when he was attacking the basket and scored on a number of good takes. He was impressive with his finishing ability with both hands around the basket.
#3: Layton Moody (Buffalo)
Layton was one of the best defensive players at the showcase event, which usually doesn’t get noticed at such events. He did a good job of moving his feet and pressuring opposing ball handlers. He also darted into the passing lanes and created a few steals for transition layups.
#7: Riley Oberbeck (Strafford)
Good sized wing player who was one of the most impressive players in the camp. At 6’3, has the size to go inside and get buckets off the drive and offensive rebounds. He also has a versatile skill set where he can knock down 3-pointers and set up teammates with nice passes. He also plays well without the ball.
#8: Matt Thompson (Nevada)
A very impressive combo forward with good size at 6’4” and a versatile skill set. He was very comfortable on the perimeter when he could step out and knock down 3-pointers off the catch. He handles the ball well and he is strong around the basket as a scorer and rebounder. He’s very solid and reliable on both ends of the court.
#9: Dawson Zimdars (Lebanon)
A very active 6’6” forward who was impressive with his motor and productivity. He attacked the boards, ran the court, scored inside and blocked some shots. He also knocked down four 3-pointers during the day. I really enjoyed his work rate.
Point Guard: Ethan Hoppes (Cassville)
Wing: Riley Oberbeck (Strafford)
Wing: Charlie O’Reilly (Catholic)
Forward: Ayden Stone (Thayer)
Forward: Dylan Caruso (Mansfield)
Ethan Hoppes (Cassville) 49 points (16.3)
Riley Oberbeck (Strafford) 40 points (13.3)
Ayden Stone (Thayer) 40 points (13.3)
Brady Rogers (Bradleyville) 31 points (10.3)
Charlie O’Reilly (Catholic) 28 points (9.3)
Justin McMillan (MCE) 28 points (9.3)
Top 3-point Shooters
Justin McMillan (MCE): 8
Brady Rogers (Bradleyville): 5
Ethan Hoppes (Cassville): 5
Gannon Kenney (Stockton): 4
Kamron Stacey (Fair Grove): 4
Kyle Stacey (Fair Grove): 4
Riley Oberbeck (Strafford): 4
Charlie O’Reilly (Catholic): 4
Dawson Zimdars (Lebanon): 4