2014 Sunflower Showcase Preview
The Sunflower Showcase is set to tip-off on July 24th-27th and will feature some of the best prep basketball athletes in the country. This year’s tournament will have 70 teams from 15 different states, and will attract hundreds of college coaches from around the country.
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Highlighting the Sunflower Showcase will be 5-star Allonzo Trier of Athlete’s First. Trier was unanimously named D1 Circuit’s MVP of the NIKE EYBL. Trier leads Nike’s EYBL circuit at a whopping 29.4 ppg, and is the all-time leading points scorer for the league. The Nike EYBL is a prestigious league that some train and prepare years to have one year in the league; it is the NBA of high school basketball. Trier has been playing on the circuit since his freshman year, and capped off a terrific four years with a 42-point game in the 2014 Peach Jam against eventual champion NJ Playaz.
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Trier has been widely considered one of the best recruits since he was in the eighth grade, and his dominance on the EYBL circuit has led to 30+ scholarship offers, including Kansas, Arizona, UCONN, Louisville, UCLA, and others.
“It’s exciting to have a player like Allonzo come to the event here in Kansas City. This is a terrific basketball town with the fan bases of Kansas, K-State and Mizzou. I know there will be fans wanting to get a glimpse at one of the best players in the country,” said tournament director Mike Enright.
Trier isn’t the only big name that will be playing in the 2014 Sunflower Showcase. Nike EYBL team, Southern Stampede, makes the trip from Atlanta, Georgia. The Stampede bring their top 16u and 17u group, both of which just competed at the Nike Peach Jam event.
Leading the charge for the Stampede is recent UCONN decommit Prince Ali. Ali ranks third in the Nike EYBL with 21.8 ppg and ranked #27 overall by Rivals’ rankings. Southern Stampede features a loaded squad, including 2016 class power forward Tony Bradley, who has 20+ Division I offers.
One of the top teams in the 16u field will be NewHeights NYC. Ranked #1 or #2 in the country for most of the year, they recently just won the 2014 Under Armour Finals beating KC Run GMC, Houston Defenders, and Atlanta Express on their way to the title. NewHeights features a 1-2 combo of point guard Ty Jerome and big man Nayke Sanders.
In the 15u field is nationally ranked St. Louis Gateway and KC Run GMC. Gateway has been ranked #1 by Indihoops for majority of the year, and KC Run GMC lost in the finals at the National Under Armour Finals event this past weekend. The 15u field will be very strong.
From Thursday (24th) to Sunday (27th) afternoon, Okun Fieldhouse at Mid-America Sports Complex plays host to the wall-to-wall hoops tournament organized by Mike Enright. The tournament field will feature heavy hitters, rising stars, and under-the-radar recruits.
“This event has talent from top to bottom and will bring college coaches from every division level. We are expecting hundreds of coaches,” said Tournament Director, Mike Enright.
The event is open to the public and will cost $12 per day ($8 on Sunday), with the option to purchase a four-day tournament pass for $40.
There will be 700+ high school recruits playing in the Sunflower Showcase, and many have bright college futures. I just wanted to highlight a few.
A look at a few of the Sunflower Showcase prospects
***Important*** All offers listed were gathered from, AAU coaches, VerbalCommits.com, rivals.com, ESPN.com, and 247spots.com. I apologize for any inaccuracies.
Prince Ali – 2015 : 6’4″ : Combo Guard : Plays for Southern Stampede. One of the most coveted recruits in the country.
Ali currently holds offers from: UCONN, Syracuse, Illinois, LSU, Washington, Maryland, and others.
Tony Bradley – 2016 : 6’10” : Center : Plays for Southern Stampede. Bradley has always been looked at as a top prospect, but has proven this recruiting period that he is one of the best in the 2016 class. He has tremendous footwork around the basket, and uses his big frame to establish a good post presence.
Bradley currently holds offers from: K-State, Whicita State, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, South Carolina, Illinois, Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Miami, Rice, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Auburn, Cal, NC State, and others.
John Collins – 2015 : 6’9″ : Power Forward : Plays for Florida Flash. John has exploded onto the recruiting scene in 2014. He has a big frame that he uses to get to the rim. John can extend the defense with his mid-range jump shot.
Collins currently has offers from: K-State, Miami, Wake Forest, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Alabama, Central Florida, and others.
Allonzo Trier – 2015 : Combo Guard : Plays for Athlete’s First. One of the best recruits in the nation. Arguably the best scorer in the country.
Matt Milon – 2015 : 6’4″ : Shooting Guard : Plays for Q6 All-Stars. Milon is one of the top shooting guards in the country. Milon has a smooth lefty stroke from all over the court. He has improved his all-around scoring abilities and has showed he can get to the rim.
Milon currently holds offers from: Wichita State, Oregon State, Boston College, Purdue, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Davidson, Creigthon, Florida State, and many others.
Ty Hudson – 2015 : 6’1″ : Point Guard : Plays for Southern Stampede. Hudson has terrific court awareness and a toughness that you just don’t coach. This lefty point guard likes to push the floor and create for his teammates.
Hudson currently has offers from: K-State, Xaviers, Clemson, Houston, Tennessee, VCU, UAB, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Virginia Tech.
Kerry Blackshear, Jr. – 2015 : 6’9″ : Power Forward : Plays for Q6 All-Stars. Blackshear is one of the hottest names since the April Live Period, picking up 15 division one offers. He is a big post presence that can block shots, defend on the perimeter, and always active on the glass. He is much improved offensively and will be picking up more division one offers this July.
Blackshear currently holds offers from: K-State, Wichita State, Arkansas, Florida State, VCU, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Illinois, Clemson and others.
Tyrone Taylor – 2015 : 6’3″ : Point Guard : Plays for Top City. Taylor is one of the best point guards to come out of Grandview High School (same high school that produced Alec Burks). He is the all-time assists, steals, and three pointers made leader for the basketball powerhouse Grandview in Missouri. Taylor reclassified to 2015 and made some noise this past weekend at a Chicago event. Lots of schools are now recruiting Taylor.
Taylor currently holds offers from: Wichita State, Nebraska, St. John’s, Tulsa, Arkansas, Flordia Gulf Coast, Texas and others.
Derric Jean – 2015 : 6’2″ : Point Guard : Plays for Florida Flash. Jean’s recruitment is starting to gain momentum with each live period. The Flash point guard does a good job pushing the tempo for his team, and his a complete floor general out there. Lots of college coaches checking in on Jean to see his explosive scoring ability.
Jean currently holds offers from: Ole Miss, West Virginia, Florida International, Florida Gulf Coast, and others.
Jakolby Long – 2016 : 6’4″ : Shooting Guard : Plays for Athlete’s First. Long had a nice season on the Nike EYBL circuit, which led to some new recruiting interest. Long has the ability to score from anywhere on the court and is very good in the transition game.
Long currently holds offers from: Wichita State and Oklahoma.
Terrell Turner – 2017 : 6’4″ : Shooting Guard : Plays for Florida Flash. Turner is ranked #47 in the 2017 class by Future150 and is one of the best shooting guards in the class of 2017. Turner is a smooth perimeter scorer who not only is a knock-down outside scorer, but he can create for himself off-the-dribble as well.
Turner currently has offers from: Memphis, Murray State, Florida International, Northern Arizona.
Jatrious “JJ” Smith – 2017 : 6’4″ : Shooting Guard : Plays for Southern Stampede. Smith is ranked #18 overall in the 2017 class by Future150. A very athletic guard with big-time bounce. Smith can really scorch the nets and finishes with ease at the rim.
JJ Smith currently holds offers from: Virginia Tech and Old Dominion
Ty Jerome – 2016 : 6’4″ : Point Guard : Plays for NewHeights NYC. The coach on the court for the Under Armour 16u National Champs. Jerome is superb at controlling the flow of the game, and defenders can’t sleep on his shooting range. He can hit from anywhere on the court! He has outstanding grades, and just about every Ivy League school wants him.
Ty Jerome currently holds offer from: Virginia, Temple, Princenton, Columbia, George Washington, Stony Brook, Hofstra, and others.
Nakye Sanders – 2015 : 6’7″ : Small Forward : Plays for NewHeights NYC. Sanders is a force in the middle for NewHeights. He has a 7′ wingspan that helps him secure any rebound within reach. Sanders is a young 2015, so he might reclassify to the 2016 class.
Sanders currently holds offers from: Temple, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Drexel, and others.
Jahmal McMurray – 2015 : Combo Guard : Plays for Top City. Reclassified to 2015 and will attend Sunrise Christian Academy. Held several mid-major offers, but has recently gained high-major interest with his outstanding play at KU and Whicita State camps. McMurray is on a lot of D1 recruiting boards.
Mikey Wycoff – 2017 : Combo Guard : Plays for KC Run GMC. Currently does not have any division one offers, but is getting recruited by serveral high major programs…KU being one of them.
Obediah Church – 2015 : 6’7″ : Power Forward : Plays for Illinois Irish. Church has exploded onto the recruiting scene in the past few months. Coaches like that his jump shot has extended out beyond 15 feet, and the Illinois product has some crazy hops. He’s picked up about 10 division one scholarship offers in the past couple of months. A lot of high-major programs are looking at him.
Church currently holds offers from: Ohio University, Missouri State, Bradely, Wisconsin Green-Bay, Florida International, and others.
Christian Williams – 2015 : 6’5″ : Shooting Guard : Plays for Illinois Irish. Christian Williams is a hot name in the recruiting circles. This past weekend in front of dozens of college coaches, he dropped in 25 points against a loaded DreamVision (Ca.) squad.
Williams currently holds offers from: Northern Illinois, Bradley, SIU, Illinois State, and has lots of high-major looks.
Jared Harper – 2016 : 6′ : Point Guard : Plays for Southern Stampede. Harper plays with two other big-time guards (Ali & Hudson), but has managed to be reliable guard for his team. Harper averaged 16ppg in the EYBL circuit as a junior.
Harper currently holds offers from: Ole Miss, UAB, Old Dominion, and others.
Ali Durham – 2017 : 6’1″ : Point Guard : Plays for Southern Stampede. Durham is the son of head coach, Al Durham, and runs the show for the 16u Elite squad. It’s hard to say what the best part of his game is because he can do a little bit of everything. Durham was an Elite 100 Nike performer this year.
Qyemah Gibson – 2017 : 6’6″ : Wing : Plays for Athlete’s First. Gibson competed at the Nike Elite 100 camp this year. Gibson is one of the top 2017 players in the country. Coaches like his bounce and ability to get to the rim and finish. He is tough to defend in space and can play either the guard or forward spot.
A few marquee games
There will be lots of good basketball all weekend long starting Thursday (7/24) morning. Here are a few intriguing matchups for the 2014 Sunflower Showcase.
All games can be found on the website and will be played at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee, Kansas.
5:45pm : Thursday July 24th – NewHeights NYC 16u vs. Southern Stampede 16u – The Under Armour National Champs (NewHeights) bring their New York swagger to Kansas City to battle against the loaded Nike EYBL team from Atlanta (Stampede). Stampede’s 16u team features several division one prospects and were 1 of 16 teams invited to the Nike 16u Peach Jam event.
5:45pm : Thursday July 24th – SW Illinois Jets 17u vs. Top City (Ks.) 17u – The Jets entire orgnization (15u-17u) have won events this year, and the 17u team were co-champions of the Chicago Summer Challenge. Top City is a mix of Topeka and Kansas City kids, led by guards Jahmal McMurray and Tyrone Taylor. McMurray is instant offense and Taylor is one of the best prodcuts to come out of Grandview High School.
7:00pm : Thursday July 24th – Athlete’s First 17u vs. Florida Flash 17u – This will be the first game for Allonzo Trier as his squad faces off a top team from the Sunshine State. Flash feature several recruits with division one offers, including John Collins (K-State & Wichita State offers).
7:00pm : Thursday July 24th – Illinois Irish 17u vs. CYM Academy 17u – The Irish are filled with division one prospects and travel in riding high on a good showing in the NY2LA event; they face a tough CYM Academy (Texas) team that has a starting lineup of 6’3″, 6’6″, 6’6″, 6’6″, 6’8″.
8:00pm : Thursday July 24th – Southern Stampede 17u vs. Q6 All-Stars 17u – The Stampede come in after a solid showing on the Nike EYBL circuit. They have 6’10” Tony Bradley, but get most their offense from their guards. The Q6 All-Stars travel in from Orlando and feature a mix of division one talent led by Kerry Blackshear and Matt Milon (both have 15+ division one offers).
1:00pm : Friday July 25th – Young & Reckless 16u vs. Q6 All-Stars 16u – Young & Reckless are ranked #3 in the state by Prep Hoops Illinois, and they get a tough one out of the gate against a talented Q6 All-Star group.
7:15pm : Friday July 25th – Athlete’s Frist 17u vs. Southern Stampede 17u – A must see matchup for any basketball junkie. Trier vs. Prince Ali will have tons of college coaches on hand to see these high scoring guards face off.
Bracket play for all age groups start on Saturday.