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May 23, 2011KANSAS CITY, Mo.- While most tournaments hand out trophies to the champion, the KC Classic hands out title belts. It's appropriate. Because in order to make it through Sunday's tournament play, the Colorado Chaos had to play through a gauntlet of four games. Colorado commitment Josh Scott was strong for the Chaos and was just one of several standout performers during action at the KC Classic.
KC Classic standouts
Josh Scott, PF/C, Colorado Chaos- The KC Classic was Rivals.com's first good look at the Colorado Springs product who has already committed to Tad Boyle's Buffaloes. Scott made a big impression as an interior scorer. A strong kid, Scott uses his body to establish position, turns to either shoulder to score and has some touch out to 15 feet. Scott takes the action to his opponent and doesn't lack for effort.
Tanner Samson, SG, Colorado Chaos- While teammate Josh Scott was scoring on the interior, the 6-foot-4 Samson was letting it fly from deep with lots of success as he scorched the nets from deep. A good-sized off-guard, Samson has deep range, isn't a bad athlete and plays with loads of confidence.
Demarco Henry, PF, Houston Celtics- A class of 2011 big man, the 6-foot-8 Henry could help a lot of programs looking for a big but he is most likely headed off to junior college. Whoever gets him, will get a player with size, strength and some scoring ability in the lane.
Ishmail Wainright, SF, KC 76ers- A week ago, the 2013 four-star prospect committed to Missouri and because of that the locals were watching him closely. As he's capable of doing, Wainright used his strength and athleticism to bully opponents when necessary. He handles the ball pretty well and has outstanding vision as a passer. The tools are there, but the future Tiger is a little too unselfish at times even though he's talented enough to take some gambles and be a bit more aggressive with his own offense.
Jake Bullard, SF, Oklahoma Elite- The 2012 wing is a hard-nosed kid who has a strong frame and plays hard. At 6-foot-5, he's got good size and will knock down spot-up jumpers. Bullard also has some game in the post and doesn't mind getting physical if it means beating somebody to a loose ball or an important rebound.
Marvin Clark, SF, Big Shots- One of the best finds of the weekend, the 6-foot-5 sophomore from Kansas City looks to have some tools. He is a big-time athlete and he knows how to finish explosively at the rim. Clark can also handle the ball a bit, hit a few floaters in the lane and also knocked down some three-pointers.
Willie Cauley, C, MoKan Elite- The more Cauley plays, the more plain it is to see that he's gotten some natural gifts. A legit 6-foot-10 kid with length and quickness, Cauley is as fluid a big man as you will find. Defensively, he's a game-changer because of his ability to snuff out shots in the lane and control the glass. A fine passer, Cauley has more offense than people give him credit for but he has to work on finishing stronger in the paint.
Scott Edwards, SG, KC Spurs- The Spurs won the title belt in the 16-and-under division and the 6-foot-4 wing was a big reason. An all-conference player as a sophomore at Overland Park (Kan.) Blue Valley North, Edwards has a nose for scoring. Jumpers, drives to the hoop, he did a little bit of each.
Akoy Agau, PF, Team Nebraska 16's- Agau looked good when we saw him in March at the EYBL Qualifier and he had another nice weekend in Kansas City. The 6-foot-7, maybe 6-foot-8, sophomore has some skill facing the basket, but he's most effective when he patrols the paint and gets active on the glass. When Agau gets some easy scores near the rim, his faceup game opens up for him.
Eddie Hunt, PF/SF, MoKan Elite 15's- It's awfully early and there's still lots of development to come for him, but the 6-foot-6 freshman is intriguing. A good athlete with good strength, Hunt can play strong around the hoop. He runs well and while he doesn't really look to do a lot off the dribble, he does have a pretty good-looking jumper out to the three-point line.
More notes and observations from Kansas City
When we shuffled the class of 2012 Rivals150 a few weeks ago,Dominique Wilson fell out. However, after heading out to prep school for a bit, the 6-foot-8 forward is back in Kansas City and looked good with MoKan Elite. Long and athletic, the slender Wilson is a very mobile four man who can score the ball in a variety of ways. Wilson is quick around the rim, can shoot with touch to 17 feet and will block some shots. He does need to get stronger and work on staying out of foul trouble, but he has the talent to work his way right back into the rankings if he plays to his capabilities with consistency. MoKan Elite teammate Shavon Shields is a thinking man's wing. The junior assesses each situation when he gets the ball and generally makes the correct decision. A pretty good shooter, he's becoming a better scorer off of the dribble as well.
Also playing on the inside for the Houston Celtics was sophomore power forward Tavario Miller. A lean 6-foot-7 four man, Miller runs well, has good length and is a good scorer around the rim. He's not a particularly explosive leaper, but he isn't bad there either and has very good hands. Broderick Newbill is a 2012 wing fom Kansas City that continues to improve. The 6-foot-4 Newbill has shown increased explosion around the rim, has good quickness and a nice feel on the offensive end of the floor. He's been good for Victor Williams KC 76er's the last two events we've seen at. Another 76er who is showing improvement is Benny Parker. Known more for his quickness and toughness, the sub six-footer is seeing increased success with his jumper and it looks like he's put in some work to become more dangerous as a scorer. Jake Sullivan's Kingdom Hoops group always plays hard and Cole Myers does a lot of nice things for them. The six-foot tall point guard can shoot the ball, plays with toughness and makes good decisions. Myers teammate on Kingdom Hoops and at Ankeny (Iowa) High, Ted Friedman, is an intriguing 2013 big man prospect. Friedman already runs pretty well, has some offense and shows good instincts and natural feel for the game on both ends of the floor.
Mokan Elite point guard Clayton Custer just got out of a boot and wasn't able to play. However the 2014 point guard was there to watch his teammates and mentioned that he's already heard from Kansas State, Indiana, San Francisco and Houston. According to Custer, he's planning to hit Bloomington for Indiana's elite camp. A class of 2013 wing, 6-foot-5 small forward Jordan Scott of the Colorado Chaos was one of the best defenders in the event. At least on Sunday, Scott did a good job of locking up wings and big men. On the offensive end, he finished in the lane and hit a few jumpers. Oklahoma Elite plays very well together and is a balanced squad. A big reason for their balance is the steady play of point guard Jake Bittle. At 6-foot-4, he's got a lot of size for the position and a very good feel for the game. The product of Bixby (Okla.) High looks like an intriguing prospect for mid major programs.