By JESSIE BREWER, Contributing Writer
Marshall County Hoopfest
Marshall County High School
Nov. 29- Dec. 2, 2018
Nov. 29 Session 1
4:00pm Graves County (KY) v Massac County (IL)
GC – The Eagles come into this season as the Region 1 runners-up and with a group of senior leaders they are expecting to make it to Rupp this season. Jordyn Naranjo, a Murray State baseball commit, and forward Jacob Savage will provide a massive scoring and rebounding presence for this team. Sharpshooter Ryan Mathis will continue to lead this team and provide a significant scoring presence like he has in the past.
MC – Massac’s squad this season features junior Julian Russell, a solid scorer, along with junior point guard Zach Travis, who brings leadership to this team. Senior Hayden Lee and junior Jase Mizell (SIU baseball commit) provided important minutes last year and will be counted on to do so again this year.
5:30pm Graves County (KY) v Trinity (Whitesville) (KY) girls
GC – Despite losing four seniors to graduation, the Lady Eagles return as one of the top teams in Region 1. They are led by the lone senior Taylor Carrico, who will take on more scoring responsibilities this season. Junior Raychel Mathis, a Murray State soccer commit, is a proven scorer, but excels at setting teammates up (career assist leader at Graves). Expect sophomore track standout Sophie Galloway to be a major presence in the paint.
TW – The Lady Raiders are led by senior guard Nina Wathen, a good scorer who consistently put up double digit numbers last season. This young team will include freshman Cassidy Morris and 8th grader Jose Aull, both already with varsity experience. Morris and Aull, along with Morgan Kinsey (2020) will be expected to help in scoring and on the boards.
7:00pm Marshall County (KY) v Massac County (IL) girls
Mar – The Lady Marshals, now under the guidance of former MCHS and Vanderbilt standout Dan Langhi, return a solid core from last season’s team, including senior floor general Tera Colson. Seniors Colson, Lorin Powell, a key figure in the paint, and Whitnee Miller will provide veteran leadership to this young team.
Mas – The Lady Patriots’ feature a team with good guard play which includes junior Camryn McBride and sophomore Farrah Castleman, a good scorer and defender. Returning from last season is Paige Box, Emma Korte, and Tayvia Bailey who will all be key factors to this year’s team.
8:30pm Marshall County (KY) v Trigg County (KY)
MC – The Marshals return a solid core of players from last season including junior guard Tyler Powell, a proven scorer and rebounder with great leadership qualities. Sophomore golf standout Jay Nimmo proved to be an important piece last season and benefitted from getting starts at the point guard position. Junior Tyler Stokes brings good size with an ability to guard in the post, but also step out and shoot from behind the arc.
TC – Trigg comes into this season relying on freshman forward Kendric Adams to carry the load after losing their core to graduation. Adams is the put up big numbers last season in the points and rebounds columns and will be expected to do so again this year. Senior leaders Kyron Grubbs and Trevor Cortner will lead this young, inexperienced squad.
Nov. 30 Session 2
4:00pm Tennessee Prep (TN) v Our Saviour Lutheran (NY)
TPA – TPA returns seniors Damion Baugh and Traizon Byrd, along with junior Denver Jones, who are all key pieces on this team. Baugh (#82, Rivals) is a quick guard capable of slicing through defenses, his offers include Florida, Texas, and WKU. Byrd has a fluid jump shot and good bounce to finish in traffic; Jones is a versatile guard with a high motor and good on-ball defense.
OSL – The Falcons are led in the backcourt by junior point guard Posh Alexander (#46, ESPN) and senior shooting guard Dashawn Davis. Alexander (offers include Dayton, Illinois, Penn St.) is an elite floor general, who has no problem scoring. Davis, who cut his list to St. John’s, Seton Hall, and Old Dominion, is a flashy scorer and playmaker that can get to the basket with ease. Look for junior Dylan Addae-Wusu (Bryant offer), a prolific scorer, to be a key in this squad’s offense as well.
5:30pm Callaway (MS) v University Heights (KY)
Call – Callaway is led by sophomore standout Daeshun Ruffin, a talented guard who is already seeing high major interest. He currently holds offers from Auburn, Mississippi St., and Ole Miss. Ruffin, who always seems to be a step ahead, led the Chargers in points and assists per game last season.
UHA – The Blazers, the reigning Region 2 champions, are led by senior KyKy Tandy, the #83 ranked recruit in the senior class. Tandy (Xavier commit) is a score-first point guard that wreaks havoc on defenses. Drew McGowan (2019, Mississippi St. baseball commit), TaQuan Hollowell (2020), and KJ Crump (2021) are also key pieces to this team.
7:00pm Madisonville-North Hopkins (KY) v Belleville West (IL)
MNH – Madisonville is led by a trio of juniors, who have all drawn interest from Butler, EKU, and Louisville: Ksuan Casey, Kenny White, and point guard Keshawn Stone. Casey, a 6’9” 300lb forward, is a threat on the glass from both ends and uses his size to his advantage. White (UT-Martin, Kent St. offers) is a versatile, athletic wing who can score at all three levels.
BW – Belleville West is led by the #43 ranked senior and Ohio State commit EJ Liddell. Liddell is an all-around solid player who scores, rebounds, and is a consistent shot blocker (avg. 5.9 blocks per game last season). He looks to help lead the Maroons to back to back Class 4 Illinois State Championships.
8:30pm Aspire Academy (KY) v Prolific Prep (CA)
AA – The Wizards are led by senior Caleb Fields (Arkansas St. commit), a quick, explosive point guard who has no trouble finishing inside the paint. The consistently improving sophomore center Sekou Sada Kalle (Rutgers, UCLA, WKU offers) has become an important piece down low for this squad. Expect seniors Ahmard Harvey and Jihuan Westbrook to be keys components as well.
PP – The Crew’s backcourt features top ranked junior duo Nimari Burnett (#26, ESPN) and Zach Harvey (#29, Rivals). Burnett (offers include Arizona, Indiana, Texas A&M) is a versatile combo guard who is great at scoring and attacking the basket. Harvey (offers include Kansas, Louisville, Oregon) is a do-it-all guard who excels with the ball in his hands and can guard all three perimeter positions.
Dec. 1 Session 3
9:00am Marshall County (KY) v Lakeway Christian (TN) girls
MC – Although the Lady Marshals are young, they return a group of sophomores who already have important varsity minutes. Among them, Cayson Conner is a solid scorer and defender, while Layne Pea is capable of handling point guard duties. Expect Kinley Edwards and freshman Halle Langhi to provide an inside presence as well as scoring options.
LC – In their first season the Lady Lions feature a young roster with several D-I prospects including 6’4” sophomore Maggie Vick and freshman point guard Kayle Yates. Vick’s size and strength helps her create space in the post to become a consistent scorer. Yates is a solid all-around guard with good court vision, passing, and shot from behind the arc. The nation’s #2 ranked 7th grader, Madi Hawk, will also be a key for this team.
10:30am Murray (KY) v Male (KY)
Murr – The Tigers’ squad features senior RaVichael Strickland, a good scorer and solid rebounder. Senior Will Lovins will, once again, provide important minutes and significant buckets throughout the season. Junior Hunter Utley proved last season that he is a solid scorer and can get big rebounds when needed.
Male – Male returns a quartet of junior who were all key contributors last season: Howard Fleming, Tyren Moore, Noah Courtney, and Jake Evans. Now under the direction of longtime Hopkinsville coach Tim Haworth with former NBA and Kentucky standout Derek Anderson joining the staff, the Bulldogs look to win their first Region 7 title since 2002.
12:00pm Scott County (KY) v Olive Branch (MS)
SC – Last year’s state runners-up are led by senior Michael Moreno, one of Kentucky’s top players. Moreno (offers include EKU, Iowa) averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds last year and is a threat from anywhere on the floor. He is looking to help the Cardinals to their third straight Region 11 title and another deep run in the state tournament. Expect senior Diablo Stewart to help the Cardinals in their quest for another trip to Rupp.
OB – The Conquistadors, the reigning 5A Mississippi State Champions, are led by the #21 ranked senior in DJ Jeffries (Memphis commit), a proven scorer inside the arc with great length and athleticism. The squad also features senior Zion “Joseph” Cooper, a solid floor general, whose offer list includes Middle Tenn., Murray St., and UNLV. Look for Cameron Matthews (Florida, Memphis, Ole Miss offers) to be an important piece on this squad.
1:30pm Lexington Catholic (KY) v Briarcrest Christian (TN)
LC – This season the Knights look to senior Brice Scott and sophomore Ben Johnson will be expected to fill a scoring void left by current Kentucky Wildcat Zan Payne. Johnson will be relied on for scoring and to be a presence on the boards, while Scott will be an important piece down low. Seniors Patrick Geoghegan and John Poulton will also be looked on to contribute significantly this year.
BC – The Saints’ roster features elite sophomore Kennedy Chandler, along with junior transfer Delvin White and football standout Omari Thomas. Chandler is an athlete with great court vision, flashy ball handling skills, and an ability to easily break down defenses. Thomas, a 6’4” 300lb forward, holds football offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, and LSU.
Dec. 1 Session 4
4:00pm Our Saviour Lutheran (NY) v Prolific Prep (CA)
OSL – Our Saviour features senior Bernard Kouma and junior Max Amadasun in the frontcourt, both 6’10” centers. Kouma, a native of Chad, is continually improving his game and has proven to be an athletic and dominant big man. Amadasun is a skilled, mobile post player and is instrumental in grabbing boards and contesting shots.
PP – Prolific’s frontcourt returns senior Alimamy Koroma, while adding senior transfers Ibrahima Diallo and Kuany Kuany. 6’8” Koroma brings a toughness and ability to impact the game without touching the ball. 6’10” Kuany has size to play in the post but runs the floor well and can knock down shots like a wing. Diallo is a 7’0” center who will make his presence known in the paint. Kuany and Diallo both have offers from DePaul, Florida St., and South Florida.
5:30pm Belleville West (IL) v Callaway (MS)
BW – The Maroons return their core group of seniors from last season’s state championship team: guards Lawrence Brazil and Jaylin Mosby and forwards EJ Liddell, Keith Randolph, Marcellus Romious, and William Shumpert. Randolph is an athletic player, who is also an elite football star having garnered offers from the likes of Illinois, Michigan St., Purdue, and Virginia among others.
Call – The Chargers come into this season having made it to the Mississippi Class 5A Final Four last season. The junior trio of Larry Holmes, Johnathan Crumley, and Cuwandric Samuels will all be key pieces to this team. Holmes is a strong, tough point guard who has a great feel for the game and lockdown defense.
7:00pm Curie (IL) v Memphis East (TN)
Cur – The Condors’ roster includes senior Kansas State commit DaJuan Gordon. Gordon is a 6’4”athletic wing who excels with the ball at his hands, but also forces turnovers on the defensive end. Other keys for this squad include seniors Damari Nixon and Justin Harmon and junior Ramean Hinton, all have D-I interest. Harmon pairs well with Gordon to create a dynamic scoring backcourt.
ME – East is home to the nation’s #1 recruit, James Wiseman, whose final five schools include Memphis and Kentucky. The Mustangs are looking for their fourth straight 3A Tennessee State Championship with the help of the 7’0” rim runner Wiseman, along with seniors Malcolm Dandridge (Memphis commit) and Antonio Thomas (Bradley commit).
8:30pm Marshall County (KY) v Pendleton County (KY)
MC – Marshall welcomes the nation’s #9 sophomore Zion Harmon, a skilled point guard who can score in huge numbers. His offer list includes Tennessee and Vanderbilt with interest from Kansas and Kentucky. The Marshals also return junior wing Bryce Flatt, who runs the floor well and is a solid shooter. Expect junior Austin Riley to also be an important piece to this team.
PC – The Wildcats are led by highly touted Kentucky commit Dontaie Allen. Arguably the state’s best player (#54 in his class), Allen is a prolific scorer with a smooth, clean stroke who averaged 30.8 ppg last season. With 8 seniors from last year’s squad graduating, expect seniors Cody Sullivan and Scott Wells to contribute significant minutes.
Dec. 2 Session 5 presented by Tanager Sports
1:30pm Prolific Prep (CA) v Athens Prep (TN)
PP – The Crew benefit this season by a slew of new transfers which include Malik Tidwell (2019) and juniors Mawot Mag (DePaul offer) and Coleman Hawkins. Tidwell, a 5’10” point guard, can do it all from scoring to getting a fast break started. Mag, standing at 6’7”, is a big guard able to post up smaller defenders. Expect the athletic combo forward Hawkins (offers include Arizona, Illinois, Rutgers) to be a threat for this team.
AP – Athens’ roster this season features senior point guard Keishawn Davidson and junior Darlinstone Dubar. Davidson (offers include Murray St., Belmont) possesses a high basketball IQ with a competitive drive that has helped him excel in the sport. Dubar has great size, length, and athleticism and already holds offers from Auburn and Kansas State.
3:00pm Lyon County (KY) v Elliott County (KY)
LC – Lyon County’s squad features the #1 7th grader (Coast2Coast) in the country, phenom Travis Perry. Perry is a high-level athlete with a high scoring ability and strong handles on the ball. Point guard Gabe Board will be this season’s senior leader and will likely put up big numbers. Jackson Shoulders, a freshman forward, is another young who already has varsity minutes under his belt and is a key player.
EC – Elliott’s roster includes the state’s top 8th grader, Colin Porter. Porter is a guard who plays with flair and seems to always make the right play. Joining him is senior guard duo Gage Evans and Tanner Dickerson, both players who put up good numbers. Senior Korbin Spencer transferred back to Elliott this year and will be an important addition.
4:30pm Wesley Christian (KY) v St. Louis Christian (MO)
WC – The Circuit Riders feature a slew of international talent including Dutch sharpshooter Miki Tadic and Sudanese big men Arol Kacuol and Gabe Wuor. Tadic, who is picking up D1 interest, has a high basketball IQ and shoots the ball at a high percentage. 6’10” Kacuol (W. Carolina offer) along with 7’0” Wuor (Howard offer) and 7’1” German center Leon Moshefy will create huge problems in the paint for opposing teams. Oussama Marnaoui and Puoch Puoch will also play key roles on this team
SLC – The Cougars feature a talented trio in the backcourt with Jordan Nesbitt (2021) and seniors Courtland Soll and Ramone Woods. Nesbitt is a proven scorer who already holds offers from UL-Monroe, Ole Miss, and Tulane. Look for Tiki Musaka to be a presence in the paint and Jackson Makoi and Alpha Chibambe to make impacts from the wings.