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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 C – White
#0: Jacob Evans (Waynesville)
A high-energy point guard who always looked to push the pace. He was at his best in the transition game when he was able to finish on the break.
#1: Troy Froeschle (Reeds Spring)
A solid point guard who displayed some good 3-point shooting off the catch. He was constantly in motion and played well without the basketball. Scored on some nice cuts.
#2: Charlie O’Reilly (Catholic)
A high-motor shooting guard who impressed early with his ability to rebound from the guard position. He then showcased offensive ability by knocking down 3-pointers and scoring in transition. He is constantly trying to push the pace and create action. He made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win a game.
#5: Isaiah Bean (Spokane)
A smooth lefty shooting guard who can knock down mid-range jumpers and 3-pointers off the catch. From the catch to the release, his jumper is compact without a lot of wasted motion. He also uses ball fakes well and sets himself up for good offensive opportunities. Very sound fundamentally.
#6: Tahja Stewart (Wayneville)
One of the most impressive athletes at the camp, Stewart led the camp in slam dunks. He’s 6’3” with a strong body and he plays much bigger because of his athleticism and high motor. He has a very quick second and third jump, which enabled him to grab extra offensive rebounds.
#7: Bret Berry (Mansfield)
A bouncy forward who threw down an impressive dunk in the drills session that got everyone’s attention. He is a solid player who rebounded well and played with a high motor.
#8: Lukas Roemen (Nixa)
An athletic 6’4” combo forward who was always in the right place on the floor. He worked the baseline well and scored on many offensive rebounds and in transition. He did a nice job of getting a lot of buckets with having too many touches.
#9: Ayden Stone (Thayer)
The 6’5” post took home one of the MVP awards from the camp after three games of high productivity. He averaged 13 points and was by far the leading rebounder in the event. He is a tough, physical competitor who plays with a high motor around the basket. He displayed a nice touch around the basket and scored on his share of offensive rebounds. Stone was also a factor on the defensive end with a number of blocked shots.
Team D – Green
#0: Hunter Burks (Fordland)
A 6’2” guard who really has the ability to score, especially off the bounce. He owned the mid-range game as he constantly got to the 15 to 17 foot range to knock down jumpers. His handles were good and he was always under control.
#1: Kodie Dick (Tipton)
An impressive shooter who was good off the catch, but he displayed some very good escape moves to create his own shot. His step back jumper was nice and his pull up game was also solid.
#2: Jake Farnsworth (Fordland)
A slick point guard with a quiet swag about his game. He has smooth handles and used them to create good separation to knock down 3-pointers or to get into the lane and find open teammates. Was very impressed with his ability to pass the ball with both hands and be on target.
#3: Brennan Williams (New Covenant)
An athletic forward who got our attention with a emphatic dunk during the drills session of the camp. He is strong and plays the bull in a china shop game around the basket, but he also displayed some nice perimeter skills and a couple of 3-pointers.
#4: Brady Rogers (Bradleyville)
One of the top 3-point shooters in the camp, he has a high-arching jumper that could bring rain. After knocking down three 3-pointers in the first game, he started to display some moves off the bounce as he scored on some aggressive drives to the basket.
#5: Braden Hufstedler (Thayer)
Young man who knocked down some perimeter shots, but was very impressed with how hard he plays. He was going hard after loose balls and moving without the basketball.
#6: Dylan Caruso (Mansfield)
A 6’9’ forward who enjoyed some dominant moments at times during the day. He is a skilled big who can really score in the post, especially over his left shoulder. He knocked down a couple of jumpers and passed the ball well to open teammates. He was easily the top shot blocker in the camp with at least four swats in each of the three games.
#7: Collin Teague (Sparta)
A solid forward with good size who displayed toughness around the basket and did a nice job rebounding the basketball. Teague is coming off a strong junior season at Sparta and has a bright future ahead of him.
#9: Gannon Kenney (Stockton)
A big-bodied wing player who is strong physically, but also has a nice perimeter stroke from 3-point range. He was very comfortable handling the basketball and making plays off the dribble, plus he was good off the catch.
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