2012 KBA 8th Grade Girls State Tournament

It was another great weekend at KBA!  There were 28 teams from all over the state to compete in the 2012 KBA 8th Grade Girls State Tournament.  Elkhorn was back to defend their title, but Eastside had a different idea.  Here’s the rundown:

Final 4 Game: Eastside 46 – Elkhorn 43

These two teams went to the wire in last year’s 7th Grade State Tournament, with Elkhorn pulling out a victory in overtime.  This year’s game was just as exciting, but the outcome was different as Amber Higdon’s putback layup gave Eastside the lead for good in Eastside’s 46-43 victory.  Tournament MVP Lindsey Duvall led Eastside with 19 points, while Rebecca Cook and Princess Stewart paced Elkhorn with 11 points each.

Final 4 Game: Lebanon 49 – Johnson Traditional 41

This was another great semifinal game.  Lebanon pulled away early and seemed to have a comfortable lead.  Johnson Traditional started raining 3’s in the midst of a tremendous run that cut the score to 44-41 with 31 seconds left.  Lebanon executed down the stretch and won the game 49-41.

Championship Game: Eastside 58 – Lebanon 36 Image

Eastside got out to a fast start and never looked back.  Tournament MVP Lindsey Duvall had another great game, leading Eastside with 19 points.  Lebanon’s Jordan Thomas led Lebanon with 11 points in the game.

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All Tournament 1st Team:  

Lindsey Duvall  Eastside *Tournament MVP 18.2PPG

Haeli Howard   Lebanon

Jaela Johnson  CAL

Brittany Ross  Wolfe Co

Kathleen Scott  Mt. Washington

Lauren Masden  Eastside

Rebecca Cook  Elkhorn

Kindall Talley  Elkhorn

Alyvia Walker  Danville Bate

Kailey Coffey  Russell County

Natalie Collins  CAL

All Tournament 2nd Team

Kaylee Wheatley  Lebanon

Blair Green  Middlesboro

Abbey Estes  Whitley Co

Sydney Slone  Lincoln Co

Marlena Groves  Crosby

Michelle Vanderhoof  Raceland

Megan Burchett  Wayne Co

Dora Swann  Danville Bate

Maddie Boone  Mason Co

Kameryn Ashurst  Corbin

 

 

 

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2012 KBA Girls 7th Grade Middle School State Tournament Results

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There were several 7th Grade Girl’s powerhouse teams in the building this past weekend.  Almost every team came into the tournament with a winning record on the season, and Whitley County, Mercer County, and Elkhorn all came into the tournament undefeated.

Final Four Results: Whitley County 46 – Lewis County 29

Lewis County had a great tournament run, but ran into a buzzsaw in Whitley County.  Whitley County’s pressure, execution, and great guard play by Abby Estes led them to victory.

Mercer County  44 – Elkhorn 42

Without question this was the game of the tournament.  The talented and well coached teams exchanged blows for the entire game.  The atmosphere was electric as the lead changed hands 4 times in the final minute!  Tournament MVP Seygan Robins from Mercer County and Kidnall Talley from Elkhorn seemed to take turns making spectacular plays, but in the end Mercer County pulled it out.

Championship Game: Mercer County 39 – Whitley County 29

Two talented, well-coached teams took the court for this championship game.  Their was a great matchup of future stars in Abby Estes (Whitley Co.) vs Seygan Robins (Mercer Co.).  Whitley County’s Madison Centers got into foul trouble early in the game and that hurt.  Without her presence in the middle it opened up the driving lanes for Mercer County.  Seygan Robins and Emma Davis had great performances and led their team to the 2012 State Championship.

Mercer County Titans Win The 7th Grade State Tournament And End With A Perfect 22-0 Record!

Seygan Robins MVP

Seygan Robins, 7th Grade State Tournament MVP, Averaged 16.3 PPG For The Weekend

All-Tournament 1st Team:

Seygan Robins – Mercer County  *Tournament MVP

Emma Davis – Mercer County

Kindall Talley – Elkhorn

Josie Thacker – Elkhorn

Taylor Cromer – Pulaski Southern

Abby Pick – Lewis County

Jalyssa Cortez – Lewis County

Abby Estes – Whitley County

Madison Centers – Whitley County

Bailye Green – Middlesboro

All Tournament 2nd Team:

Keniyah Barnett – Campbellsville

Hannah Lawson – North Laurel

Alexis Reed – Mason County

Keeton – Paintsville

Elmore – Russell County

Valencia Wilson – North Middle

Tedi Nunn – Crosby

Kaylee Tillman – Frankfort

Taylor Clos – Campbell County

Alisha Elam – Powell County

Leading Scorers:

Taylor Cromer – Pulaski Southern – 21.6 PPG

Bailye Green – Middlesboro – 19.5 PPG

Elmore – Russell County – 16.3 PPG

Seygan Robins – Mercer County – 16.3 PPG

Abby Pick – Lewis County – 15.7 PPG

KBA Freshman Elite Camp Recap

KBA Hosted the 1st Annual “Freshman Elite Camp” on September 8th.  There was some confusion with this camp falling under KHSAA qualifications.  As confusing as the ruling and bylaws are, It was deemed that all freshman are eligible to play in this camp, even kids who have played Varsity in middle school. 

The competition level raised as the day went on.  Players went through two drill sessions where their individual skills were put to the test.  The high school coaches from the Lexington area, led by former KY  Mr. Basketball Charles Thomas, demonstrated and taught skill work in all areas of the game.  Here are the top performers and award winners (Voted by the coaches):

Camp MVP: Jordan Terry – Morgan County

The guard from Morgan County showed a toughness and array of skills that showed his talent and experience.  His team dominated the 5 on 5 competitions, and Jordan received 5 of the 7 MVP votes.

Top Playmaker: Tyler Sharpe – Bullitt East

The lefty guard from Bullitt East left a lasting impression on coaches and other players at the Freshman Elite Camp.  His team went 2-1 in 5 on 5 competitions, and Tyler’s ability to make plays for himself and his teammates was on display.  Tyler could get wherever he wanted to go on the court, and the players on his team were looking to give him the ball so that he could make a play (which is rare in an individual camp).  Tyler also received 2 of the 7 MVP votes.

Top Marksman: Bailey Rakes – Bullitt East

Another Bullitt East product had a good day on the court.  Bailey has a scoring mentality, and when he was aggressive, could get his shot off when he wanted.  It looks as though the cupboard at Bullitt East will not be bare at all after the 2012-2013 season.

       Guard Austin Hill also received votes for this award.  The Perry Central product was a high level catch & shoot guy the entire day.  If he got a look, it was going down.  Coach Spurlock absolutely has one of the top backcourts of the future.

Lock Down Specialist – Ryan Chance – West Jessamine

Ryan stood out as a unanimous pick in the “I want this kid on my team” category as well.  Ryan embraces the role of the “big man,” and dominated the camp because of it.  In an age when every player lists themselves as a guard, there is a hole players like Ryan will fill.  Chance dominated the glass, blocked shots, and finished around the basket with his right and left hand. 

All-Elite Team

Tyler Sharpe – Bullitt East – Strong, Quick Guard, Sharpe commands respect on the court and has the knack for making other players around him better.  You will hear his name again.

Cameron Carmical – Harlan County – Cameron was one of the top candidates for the “Top Playmaker” category.  Cameron scored in a variety of ways, and had several “WOW” plays throughout the day.

Connor Hoskins – Hazard – Connor was a unanimous pick for the team.  He played a little out of position throughout the day, but his skill set was on full display.  Connor can shoot, drive and finish, blocks out every play, plays physical, and more.  He had a tremendous day, and if he continues to work on his game he will be a very good High School player.

Jaelin Jenkins – Scott County – Jaelin was one of the most athletic players at the camp.  Lightning quick, Jaelin can break down his defender almost at will, and has great touch around the basket.  I believe we are looking at another future Scott County star.

Ryan Chance – West Jessamine – Ryan had a great camp.  He impressed everyone with his physical play and rebounding prowess.  He is not afraid to mix it up, and is a real presence in the paint.

Jordan Terry – Morgan Co – Camp MVP, Jordan was the most polished player at the camp.  Jordan already has a high skill level and a winning attitude.  This is a name people will know soon.

Hunter Cromer – Pulaski Southern – An 8th Grader, Hunter continues a good off-season with another great KBA showing.  Cromer has a will to win, and his skills are such that he can do whatever his team needs to get the W.  He can shoot it well from 3, and has a tough one-dribble pull-up from mid-range, but he is already a strong high school level defender.

Ethan Snapp – Newport – Snapp has tremendous offensive skills.  He can shoot, but he showed that he is very tough to handle off of the dribble.  Ethan was second in voting for Top Playmaker, and has now set high expectations for his basketball career.  As he continues to grow there is no doubt he will be a top player in Northern Kentucky.

 

 

2012 KBA High School High Exposure Camp Recap

What a GREAT weekend!  Seventy-four players from around the state of Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and Kansas particpated in the two-day 2012 KBA High School High Exposure Camp.  The college coaches in attendance loved the schedule and the talent (I know of several kids who coaches talked with at the camp).  Coaches were able to see players go through individual skill sessions (put on by top-notch coaches) and 5 on 5 competition.  Through Tuesday morning there were already over 4,000 total views of the games that were streamed and saved on www.playkba.ihigh.com.

You could not have put together a better staff for the camp.  Shawn Thacker (Rowan County), Brad Carter (Lexington Christian), Ted Hall (Sayre), Mike Jones (Harlan County, Lamont Campbell (Henry Clay), Jaron Brown (Bryan Station), Jake Barnes (Clark County), Mike Jones (Henry Clay), Justin Taylor (Tennessee Tech/Georgetown College), Andre Mahorn (Georgetown College *Player) and Will Evans (Ashland University *player) brought incredible knowledge and kept the intensity level high the entire weekend.  Charles Thomas (Former Mr. Basketball in KY) and Tom Bower were the camp director.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com was in attendance, and had a great Q & A session in front of the campers.  He drove home the point that the great players have work ethic that very few can match.  He talked with the campers about the importance of making good grades and staying out of trouble off of the court.  Evan stated that coaches want to know “Can I trust you?”  Players work in the classroom and off of the court are big determining factors in answering that question.  Evan also mentioned the importance of players keeping their twitter and facebook accounts clean!  We appreciate Evan taking the time to join us this weekend.

The camp showcased 25 Seniors, 22 Juniors, 18 Sophomores, and 8 Freshmen.  Players were broken into 8 different teams, each coached by one of the coaches listed above.  Each of the 11 coaches voted on the following awards: Camp MVP, Top Marksman, Top Defender, Top Playmaker, and All-Star Game MVP.  Statistics were kept for all of the games over the weekend, so the Top Rebounder Award was not selected by vote, but rather by the statistics.

Now…The Camp Recap-

The energy and intensity of the weekend was phenominal from the get-go.  Players were here to give it their all, and the competitive juices were flowing.  Here are the award winners:

Camp MVP – Keifer Dalton – Clinton County High School – Sophomore

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Coming into this camp I mentioned to a friend that Keifer was the “best point guard nobody has heard of.”  That title is gone…now it is “one of the top 2015 Point Guards in the State.”  Coaches in some AAU circles have known about Keifer, and what he did this weekend was nothing new, but playing at Class A school Clinton County can make it harder to get exposure after one year of high school basketball experience.  Keifer’s teammates loved playing on his team.  If they got into scoring position after he broke his man down, they would get open look after open look.  His court vision and ability to make other players around him better was on display this weekend.  It is very rare in these camp settings that players look to one guy to handle the ball.  They are normally scared they won’t get enough shots or wouldn’t touch the ball.  Keifer’s team was looking for to distribute the entire weekend, and 4 of the 11 coaches this weekend decided he was the MVP.     Note: Tyler Harville of Lexington Christian received 3 votes, Jordan Henry of Bryan Station received 3 votes, and Ronnie Carson of East Jessamine received 1 vote for MVP.

Top Marksman – Tyler Harville – Lexington Christian Academy – Senior

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Harville was on fire this weekend.  A known 3 Point Specialist, Harville did not dissapoint.  Tyler connected on 23 of 44 (55%) from the 3 point line, and hit more 3s over the weekend than 5 of the 8 teams made the entire weekend!  Take into account that Harville’s team went undefeated, and several of his team’s games were blowouts.  Battling shin splints the entire weekend, Harville’s minutes were limited during those games.

Other Top Marksmen:

Kirkland Humphrey – Madison Central, Soph – 13/22 (59%)

Jordan Henry – Bryan Station, Jr – 11/21 (54%)

Brad Calipari – Lexington Christian, Soph – 9/22 (41%)

Tanner White – Ryle, Jr – 9/24 (38%)

Top Playmaker – Jordan Henry – Bryan Station High School – Junior

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Jordan Henry was almost unanimous to win this award.  Jordan led the camp in scoring (23.8 ppg) while shooting 58% from inside the arc, and 52% from outside the arc.  Jordan was in the discussion for top defender, and finished tied for second in voting for MVP.  Henry was unguardable over the weekend.  He got to the rim with ease and finished with explosive and acrobatic moves.  On defense he used his instincts to read passing lanes and take the ball from anyone who was not careful.  This is a player who is set to explode on the high school scene.  Other Top Playmakers: Ronnie Carson – East Jessamine, Soph.  Kirkland Humphrey – Madison Central, Soph & C.J. Walker – Bryan Station, Soph 

Top Defender – Taylor King – Paul Lawrence Dunbar – Senior

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Taylor King had a great weekend.  He started by winning the camp slam dunk competition with a nice alley-oop off of the backboard to himself followed by a two-handed 360 dunk.  Taylor blocked or altered almost every shot in the paint this weekend.  He showed flashes of a solid post game, but as is the norm at most camps, did not get the ball as often as he probably needed.  Taylor’s intensity level was always high, and that carried over into a starting spot in the all-star game.

Others Receiving Votes: Tyler Smith – Bryan Station, Sr    Ian Davis – Tates Creek, Jr     Jordan Henry – Bryan Station, Jr

Top Rebounder – Jake Allen – North Laurel – Junior

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The big man from North Laurel was very impressive from the start.  When you stand 6’8”, people have high expectations, and Jake Allen did not dissapoint.  Jake finished the camp with averages of 14.4 PPG and a camp-leading 7.6 RPG.  There was a tendency from Jake to float around the perimeter (he did connect on 4 of 8 3 point field goals), but when Jake went inside he was unstoppable.  He showed a great touch around the rim and great footwork to make an array of moves.  Jake will be a big part of North Laurel’s plans to repeat as 13th Region Champions.  Other Top Rebounders: Rashawn Jackson (7.2 RPG) – West Jessamine, Jr     Austin Rush (6.6 RPG) – North Laurel, Sr

2012 KBA High School High Exposure Camp All Star Team:

East: Coach Andre Mahorn

G Tyler Brewer – Harlan Co, SR : The athletic guard can get to the rim and score almost at will. Brewer scored 14 points in the game, most coming in the second half.

G Jordan Henry – Bryan Station, JR : Henry had some highlight plays to finish a weekend of playing high level basketball.

C Taylor King – Dunbar, SR : Taylor Had some nice post moves and altered shots the entire game.

F John Lannertone – Lexington Christian, SR : Lannertone had a great weekend and the college coaches noticed. John scored 13 points in this game.

G Justin Sanders – Sayre, JR : Sanders can score. The guard from Sayre averaged 16 PPG over the weekend.

F Alex Avery – Fern Creek, SR : Avery was one of the top college prospects in the building this weekend. A few of his dunks brought everyone to their feet, and his complete skill set was on display this weekend. Several college coaches told me he is now on their radar.

G CJ Walker – Bryan Station, SO : Walker was playing out of position most of the weekend and still played well. It is natural for him to get others involved and make his teammates better. The outside shots he hit this weekend spell trouble for his competiton. Walker was another player coaches were asking about this weekend.

F Reshawn Jackson – West Jessamine, SO : Something clicked for Jackson this weekend. He hit some incredible shots from all over the court, and finished strong around the basket several times.

G Jaylin White – Tates Creek, SO : White has tremendous talent. He hit several 3’s from beyond 30 feet this weekend. If Jaylin really learns the game, the sky is the limit for him.

West: Coach Shawn Thacker

G Keifer Dalton – Clinton County, SO : The camp MVP had a good game to cap off a great weekend. His ability to break down defenders and get where he wanted to get on the court was not hindered even by the best players at the camp.

G Tyler Harville – Lexington Christian, SR * All-Star Game MVP* : Harville had another great game and kept his undefeated weekend alive. He finished with 16 points, including some big free throws down the stretch to seal the West victory.

C Jake Allen – North Laurel, JR : Allen used his great size and footwork to help his team win this game. He was another player whose teams did not lose a game over the weekend.

F Kyle Tackett – Franklin, TN, SR : Tackett was 1 of 10 unanimous All-Star selections. A coaches dream, Tackett does everything well, and has a high motor to make plays happen.

G Ronnie Carson – East Jessamine, SO : Carson was another player who really made a name for himself this weekend. He is unguardable off the dribble, and has great footwork and touch around the basket to score.

F Ian Davis – Tates Creek, JR : Davis was selected because of his high motor. Ian was non-stop action all weekend, and did everything well. It was fitting that he finished the camp with gauze in his nose to stop it from bleeding due to a blow he took in an earlier game. If I am playing, I want this guy on my team!

G Jalen Oliver – Frankfort, SR : Jalen is a natural scorer. Quick off the bounce and a fast release, Jalen can get his shot off whenever he wants. I expect him to have some high numbers in at least a few box scores this season.

F Tyler Smith – Bryan Station, SR : Smith is another player who several coaches asked me about. He finished the All-Star game with 10 pts and 6 rebounds. Tyler does many things well, and can defend four different positions on the court.

G Alex Sergent – Harlan County, SR : The strong guard out of Harlan County can defend and shoot the ball well. A backcourt of himself and Brewer will be a coach’s nightmare in the 13th Region this year.

G Tyler Thacker – Rowan Co, JR : Thacker injured his shoulder and could not participate in the All Star Game. One of the top players in the camp, he showed is great ability to score and draw contact.

Other Players Receiving All Star Votes:

G Kirkland Humphrey – Madison Central, SO : Humphrey can go! He is a hard nosed guard with a knack for scoring the ball. No situation was too big for him this weekend, and he really impressed.

G Cameron Brown – Fern Creek, SR : 6’4 and very athletic, Brown can do everything. His scoring ability was on display throughout the weekend, but an injury the first day of the camp slowed him some. Brown will have no problems finding a school to play for at the next level.

G Conner Greene – East Carter, SO : Conner showed his competitive nature and scoring ability throughout the weekend. I know we will hear more from Conner

G/F Desmond Duke – Tates Creek, SO : Duke is a player who can do it all and really impressed this weekend. He averaged 11.6 PPG and was also a tough defender.

G/F Travis Hardcastle – South Warren, SO : Travis could have easily been an All Star selection. He has a great basketball body, and his ability to score from all areas of the court was on display this weekend.

This past weekend was just the beginning. The KBA was proud to host such a great group of kids! There is no doubt in my mind the names you are reading in this post will be the same names you will be reading in publications throughout the state in the seasons ahead. If anyone wants a hard copy DVD of any of the games played this weekend, contact us at the KBA – 859.219.9272.

Get Exposed! KBA High School High Exposure Camp Aug 4th/5th

KBA is hosting the 1st Annual High School High Exposure Camp Aug 4th-5th

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Players from around the state will be put through a variety of drills in the morning and participate in game competition in the evening.  College and Junior College Scouts and coaches from Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia will be invited to view the players in this event.  Each coach will be given a packet with player’s information so they are able to properly evaluate.  Each player will receive a personalized evaluation completed by our camp team comprised of Current and Former Professional and College players.  The Top Performers will also posted on KY Hoops Exposed  Website and sent to the college coaches and scouts.

This is your chance to prove yourself against great competition and get the exposure you desire.  Top perfomers and video mixtapes of the top plays will be posted on KY Hoops Exposd, viewed by top national scouts, media, and thousands of people!   Do not miss this great exposure event!

Fee: $125/Camper   

Awards & All Star Game Sunday Afternoon

Sat. 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM/ Sun. 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Register Online Now

Contact Tom Bower @ 859.219.9272 or Tom@PlayKBA.com for more information

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2012 KBA High School State Tournament Results/Awards

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2012 KBA State High School Tournament Results & Information

                        The most heard comment of this weekend’s 2012 KBA State High School Tournament had to be “He’s a Junior.”  One thing is for certain, there has not been this deep of a class of players in over a decade.  There were twenty-eight Varsity and twenty-eight Junior Varsity teams in action this weekend.  The atmosphere was not casual like the day camps teams attend throughout the summer, but rather it was as intense as a district championship game.  It was evident, teams were not here to get everyone playing time and have fun.  Teams were here to win.  Here are the results and awards:

2012 KBA State High School Varsity Bracket Results:

 Boys Varsity Bracket 1         Boys Varsity Bracket 2  

2012 KBA State High School Junior Varsity Brackets: 

 Boys JV Bracket 1                Boys JV Bracket 2

Henry Clay Blue Devils Win The KBA State Championship

Harlan County Wins the KBA JV State Championship

The Henry Clay Blue Devils took home the championship trophy this weekend.  Their three-headed monster composed of Christian Cunningham, Trey Grundy, and Jordan Green led them to victories in hard fought games.  Henry Clay got every team’s best shot this weekend.  The Blue Devils won every way possible this weekend.  They won a 5 point, low-scoring, grind-it-out game against Lexington Christian while also winning what looked to be a high scoring football game against Harlan County 80-73.  Henry Clay showed poise and maturity this weekend.  If they continue to play as unselfish and under control as they did this past weekend, they will be on of  the favorites to cut down the nets in Rupp next March.

Tournament MVP: Christian Cunningham – Jr, PG – Henry Clay

                The weekend buzz was about Shane Hall and Trey Grundy, but the tournament belonged to Christian Cunningham.  The lead guard controlled each game Henry Clay played, leading them to an undefeated weekend.   He keeps the ball on a string and really sees the whole court.  His decision making throughout the weekend was practically flawless.  He made every one of his teammates better and kept them all involved.  Cunningham scored when needed (15.4 PPG), but controlling the tempo and demeanor of his team was his most impressive feat.  The Blue Devils have one of the most talented roster in the 11th Region (and maybe the state), but it looks as though the team will go as far as Cunningham takes them.

All Tournament Team:

  • Shane Hall – Jr -6’8’’ PF – Johnson Central
  • Christian Cunningham – Jr – 6’ PG – Henry Clay
  • Trey Grundy – Jr – 6’7’’ SF – Henry Clay
  • Justin Johnson – Jr – 6’7’’ PF – Sheldon Clark
  • Taywan Taylor – Sr – 6’ PG – Pleasure Ridge Park
  • Chase Fain – Jr – 6’3’’ G – West Jessamine
  • Dalton Peters – Jr – 6’3’’ G – West Jessamine
  • Jackson Davis – Jr – 6’7’’ PF – Lafayette
  • Tyler Brewer – Sr – 5’11’’ G – Harlan County
  • Trent Gilbert – JR – 5’10’’ PG – Scott County
  • Mike Smith – Sr – 5’9’’ PG – Dunbar

Honorable Mention:

  • William Gary – Sr – 6’1’’ G – Dunbar
  • Tyler Thacker – JR – 6’1’’ G – Rowan County
  • Tyler Harville – Sr – 5’10’’ G – Lexington Christian
  • Kody Johnson – Sr – 6’3’’ G/F – Pulaski County

Top Scoring Avg:

  1. Dalton Peters: JR- West Jessamine – 25 PPG
  2. Michael Powers: SR- Whitley County – 21.75 PPG
  3. Chase Fain: JR – West Jessamine – 21.75 PPG
  4. Tyler Harville: SR – Lexington Christian – 21.5 PPG
  5. Shane Hall: JR – Johnson Central – 21 PPG

Top Playmakers (In No Particular Order):

  • Taywan Taylor – SR – 6’ PG – PRP: The guard from Louisville led his team to the tournament finals despite PRP missing their starting big man.  Taylor uses his strength and speed to get into the paint when he wants and can finish when he gets there.
  • Chase Fain – JR 6’3’’ G – West Jessamine: With West Jessamine playing without their star PG, Fain accepted and excelled at the playmaker role this weekend.  He efficiently scored 21.75 PPG, all while handling the ball and getting everyone involved.  Fain quietly might have had the best tournament of anyone this weekend.
  • Tyler Brewer – SR 5’11’’ G – Harlan Co:  Fans loved him, the opposing players hated guarding him!  The hard-nosed guard might have had the dunk of the tournament against Lafayette opening night.  He is relentless going to the basket, and is a consistent outside jumper away from being unguardable at the high school level
  • Mike Smith – SR 5’9’’ G – Dunbar: Smith has been playing at the Varsity level for 6 years now, and it shows.  With his much-improved outside jumper combined with blinding speed and a solid frame, Smith was a real headache for defenders this weekend.
  • Honorable Mention: Ronnie Carson – East Jessamine & Tyler Thacker – Rowan County

 

 

Top Marksmen (In No Particular Order):

  • Tyler Harville –SR 5’10’’ G – Lexington Christian – Harville showed that he can flat fill it up in LCA’s first game against Rowan County netting seven 3-pointers.  Against Sheldon Clark the sharpshooter hit 5 threes…in just the second half.
  • Trent Gilbert – JR 5’11’’ G – Scott County – Gilbert had a fantastic weekend.  He was easily one of the top perimeter defenders (if not the best) and playmakers throughout the tournament.  He also connected on six 3-pointers in a convincing victory over Johnson Central
  • Teddy Ware – JR 6’ G – Henry Clay – If Ware gets his feet set, you can mark it down.  He hit big 3 after big 3 this weekend, including four back-breakers against PRP in the championship game
  • Tyler Potter – SR – Bell County – Potter filled it up this weekend, but his six 3-pointers against Lafayette was very impressive

Best Of The Bigs:

  • Shane Hall – JR 6’8” PF – Johnson Central – Hall was great all weekend, but reached another level on Saturday night’s tournament game against Lafayette.  Hall poured in 39 pts, 18 rebounds, and 8 blocks in a win-or-go-home situation against a Lafayette team that is as big and athletic as any team in the state.  Hall altered shots all weekend, and almost broke several rims at KBA with his unbelievable dunks.  Without a doubt Hall is a high-major prospect, and he showed it this weekend.
  • Jackson Davis – JR 6’8” PF – Lafayette – Davis played well all weekend, and it was evident that if he plays his best Lafayette will be very hard to beat.  Davis averaged 17.25 PPG and sparked his team on many runs with big plays.
  • Justin Johnson – JR 6’7” PF – Sheldon Clark – Johnson missed the games on Saturday, but he made his mark on every game in which he played.  Johnson’s physical play combined with an impressive skill set and great athleticism (can do a 360 dunk with ease) made him one of the top players of the weekend.

Get To Know:

  • John Michael Oyler – JR 6’3” – PRP – Oyler was the top scorer for PRP over the weekend (17.85 PPG) and is a do-all player.  Oyler can handle the ball and defend, and is a high efficiency scorer.
  • Keifer Dalton – SO 5’11” – Clinton County – Dalton is a known commodity on the AAU scene, but is set to break out on the High School circuit.  A speedy guard with an high level handle, Dalton had a breakout game against Lafayette by handling the constant pressure from their much bigger and athletic guards and adding 18 points.
  • Ronnie Carson – SO 6’1” – East Jessamine – Carson’s playmaking was on display this weekend.  He has the ability to take over a game and has one-on-one moves that seem unguardable.  Carson showed this ability by pouring in 22 points in a surprise win over Johnson Central.
  • Jeremiah Tisdale – SO 6’1” – Henry Clay – The smooth wing had a great weekend, and showed he can score in big moments by adding  16 points against Harlan County in a very intense, physical game.

Southern KY Youth Movement: This weekend’s tournament showcased a handful of rising 8th graders who stood out this weekend on the JV level.  There were several rising 7th and 8th graders playing this weekend that will be the next crop of elite KY high school talent, but these four stood out:

  • Peyton Broughton – North Laurel – Broughton played in every varsity game I watched North Laurel play.  This kid will be a big-time scorer and playmaker in High School.
  • Bryce Asher – North Laurel – The 6’5” rising 8th grader is hard to miss.  Asher will play inside but also has the ability to step outside and shoot.
  • Hunter Cromer – Southwestern – MVP of the KBA 7th Grade State Tournament, Cromer had an outstanding weekend at the JV level (considering this is the first he has played all summer).  He can score and get into the paint at will.
  • Landon Powell – Pulaski Co – The guard from Somerset took some time to adjust to playing against Juniors and Sophomores, but played well once he settled in.  Coaches know he is a major part of a talented group in his class.