2019 Sunflower Showcase Event Preview

The 2019 Sunflower Showcase basketball tournament presented by RecruitLook Hoops will tip-off July 19th (Friday) and run through July 21st (Sunday) at OKUN Fieldhouse in Shawnee, KS. This will be the 19th year of the Sunflower Showcase event, and we’ll once again have a ton of talent from across the country competing in front of college coaches for more scholarship opportunities.

The July recruiting calendar changed this year and it’s altered the way teams and college coaches are choosing to travel – it makes more sense on the AAU team’s budget to play a more regionalized event. The changes haven’t steered away the non-division-one college coaches, as a large number of division 2, division 3, NAIA, and JUCOs are expected in for the event.


“In years past, we’ve had teams from all over the country and Canada, but the NCAA calendar doesn’t allow for D1 coaches to be in attendance, so we’ve revamped the event to provide the same amount of exposure even without a D1 coach sitting in the stands,” says Mike Enright, Tournament Director. “We’ll provide in-depth recruiting coverage from our scouts, constant recruiting coverage from our videographers, and we’ll be live-streaming every single game for coaches and fans to view.”

There have been a lot of athletes that have come through this event that go on to play in college, and coaches are finding everything from NBA caliber players to hidden gems.

“There were 4 first round NBA picks in the 2017 draft and 4 more in the 2018 draft that played in the Sunflower Showcase. There is big-time talent in the gym as you can see from the NBA draft picks, but the reason so many college coaches attend the Sunflower Showcase is depth in the talent pool we’ll get at the Sunflower Showcase,” says Enright.

A few of the NBA players that have participated in the Sunflower Showcase, include: Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal, Colin Sexton, John Collins, Landry Shamet, and Ty Jerome to name a few.

Players are not only competing for a chance to be seen by a college coach – they are also competing for a chance to earn an invite to the Larry Hughes Elite Camp hosted by RecruitLook Hoops. The Larry Hughes Elite Camp runs August 10th-11th and will feature a who’s-who of national recruits. The camp takes place in Larry Hughes’ new facility that is equipped with the same technologies you would fine in NBA facilities.

“We founded Larry Hughes Basketball Academy as well as our BTS (Basketball Training System) to develop athletes’ basketball abilities and basketball IQ — as well as their character and life skills,” says Larry Hughes, Founder of LHBA and BTS. “We share the same vision [with RecruitLook Hoops] when it comes to assisting youth within the sport of basketball. We’re excited to build leaders on and off the court.”

The Sunflower Showcase is open to the public and will cost $10 per day or $25 for a tournament pass. It runs all day Friday, Saturday, and half a day on Sunday.

Xavier Foster, 2020, C, Pure Prep. Foster is a 5-star player out of Iowa, ranked #24 overall in his class, and has just about every college program in the country checking in on him.

Offers: Kansas, Mizzou, UCLA, USC, Baylor, St. Louis, Iowa, Iowa State and others

Bryce Thompson

Bryce Thompson, 2020, Combo Guard, 6’5”, Oklahoma Run PWP. Ranked #20 overall in 2020 class. Creative with the ball and with his ability to score. Can score in bunches or set up his teammates. Bryce is one of the biggest recruiting targets in 2020 at the guard spot.

Offers: North Carolina, Kansas, Michigan State, Arkansas, Oklahoma and many others

Dayten Holman, 2020, Combo Guard, Oklahoma PWP UAA. Ranked #98 in the country in his class. Holman is strong at attacking the basket and scoring at the rim. His body control as he navigates traffic is impressive for his 6’6” frame.

Offers:  Houston, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Ole Miss and others.

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell, 2022, 6’7”, Small Forward, KC Run GMC. Mitchell is the #10 overall player in the 2022 class according to ESPN and just might be overall the best prospect in attendance this weekend. Possesses a skill set that will have college coaches in awe of. Mitchell is a long and athletic wing who is a scoring threat at all 3 levels. The lefty is shifty and knows how to get to the rim. The most impressive thing about his game is his use of his off-hand around the rim. 

Tamar Bates, 2021, 6’4”, Guard, KC Run GMC.  Bates is a long guard who uses it best when he’s in defense. His length causes great matchup problems for opposing guards which leads to a lot of fast breaks for him and his team. The lefty can shoot but his shiftiness and ability to get to the basket is what stands out the most. 

Offers: Wichita State, Abilene Christian, Missouri State 

Gradey Dick, 2022, 6’5”, Small Forward, KC Run GMC.  Gradey might arguably be the hottest commodity on the recruiting trail and social media right now. He wowed scouts and coaches last weekend in Atlanta with his play. He’s a strong wing for his age, but what stands out the most is his feel for the game when he doesn’t have the ball in his hands. His movement without the ball is great and he’s always looking to get his teammates involved in some sort of capacity. Gradey has some sneaky athleticism to him as well. 

Offers: Kansas, Oklahoma State, K-State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Wichita State, Oklahoma

Aquan Smart, 2020, G, Pure Prep. Long, lanky, and bouncy. Aquan is starting to blow up after our event in Atlanta during the NCAA Live Period with moves like this…

Offers: UAB, SEMO, East Tennessee St., FIU, Illinois State, UW-Milwaukee and others.

Jalen Myers, 2020, SF, 6’7”, Team Carroll Premiere. Myers is a long and athletic wing that can score it at all 3-levels. His jump shot has vastly improved and he’s able to pull the defenders out more, which opens up his driving ability and slashing ability. He’s a stat stuffer… can attack the glass, can create turnovers, run some PG if need be.

Offers: Auburn University

Trinity Bell

Trinity Bell, 2021, PF, 6’8”, Team Carroll Premiere. ESPN has him ranked as the #12 rated Power Forward in the country. A physically strong post-player that is a force down in the paint – he can score it in a variety of ways with his post moves, and is probably most effective with his back to the basket. His game is starting to evolve outside the paint, which will elevate his stock at the next level.

Offers: Jacksonville State, St. Louis, UAB, Samford.

Zocko Littleton, 2022, PG, 6’2”, Team Carroll Premiere. Littleton is a scoring point guard that has tight handles and advanced passing skills for his age. He played up on the 17u Adidas Gauntlet circuit this year, and earned his first offer from Xavier University. Littleton can push the tempo…plays with energy…and loves to defend full court.

Offers: Xavier University

Ty Berry, 2020 6’2”, Combo Guard, KC Run GMC UAA. Berry is the #2 ranked player in the state of Kansas for his class. He’s a bigger guard who uses his size to his advantage when driving to the basket. He’s crafty on his drives and uses his impressive handle to get to where he needs on the court. He can also step out to the 3-Point Line and knock it down. Berry also possesses athleticism that he uses on both ends of the floor. When you watch Berry, you’ll notice that his court vision and passing as something that stands out above everything else. 

Offers: Mizzou, Iowa State, Minnesota, Iowa, K-State, Nebraska, Northwestern and others.

DK Middleton, 2020, 6’3”, PG, Primetime Ballerz. Shifty combo guard that likes to get in the paint and score. Good body control to play through contact and finish. Played exceptionally well at our Omaha Session in early April and in Atlanta this past July live period.

Caleb Haag, 2020, 6’3″, Wing, Pure Prep. Haag is a dynamic scorer with his ability to handle the ball, create off the dribble, and play above the rim. His jumper is consistent & has a great shooting stroke. Big & strong and quick enough to guard the 1-3 spots at the college level.

Bryce Johnson Jr., 2020, 6’5, Forward, Primetime Ballerz. Bryce is an athletic stretch-four type with his ability to score from 15-feet. He’s got a great vertical and shows it off a lot! He’s strong down-low and his jumping ability allows him to get buckets on rebound-put-backs.

D’Anthony Pennington, 2020, 6’3”, Shooting Guard, Team KC Black. Pennington is a three-point specialist. He has a beautiful high-arcing shot that seems to hardly ever touch rim on the way through. He can shoot off the dribble, off the pass, coming off screens, and he doesn’t need his feet set to make them. We love his confidence in his jumper, too. We saw him hit 6 in a row during a summer league game earlier this year.

Tayven Glasgow, 2020, 6’2”, Point Guard, Team KC Black & Silver. Glasgow is a table setting Point Guard. We like Glasgow’s game because he’s high energy, has a high basketball IQ, and has the mental mindset to be good. He’s dedicated himself on getting stronger and dropping some weight…he lost 30lbs and is much more in shape…and quicker! He’s crafty at getting buckets…has nice post up moves for a guard.

Kian Scroggins, 2020, 6’7”, Small Forward, KC Run GMC.  Scroggins can play the stretch 4 at the division one level. He has the ability at 6’7” to put the ball on the floor in the open court, as he runs well with or without the ball. His ability to knock down the outside jumper is why he can play the stretch 4. His shot is consistent from 3-point and mid-range. Scroggins has a good awareness on the defensive end of the ball – he doesn’t block every shot but has the length and athletic ability to alter shots in the lane and at the bucket.

Ben Palacios, 2020, 6’4”, Wing, Marcus Denmon Elite. Palacios is a walking bucket – he can score it in a variety of ways, and does a lot of damage off the ball working off screens and cutting. He is just as effective with the ball – scoring from all 3 levels. Palacios recently represented his country at the NBA Basketball Without Borders Camp in June.

Offers: Truman State.

Tyler Pinder, 2021, 6’2”, Point Guard, Gym Time Hoops. Pinder is a pass first guard but has plenty of buckets in him as he averaged over 20ppg at the Mullens Tourney last weekend. Pinder is a great facilitator for his team and he knows how to control the flow of the game for his team. You’ll see him directing traffic, coaching players up, and always motivating his squad.

Kaden Froebe, 2020, 6’3”, Shooting Guard, Illini Magic. Froebe is a sharp-shooting lefty that loves to put the ball on the deck and score near the rim. He is crafty with his moves to get to the rim and to get his shot off. He knows his skill-set and maximizes his efforts with it. Scoring around the rim with layups and floaters is something Froebe deals extremely well. He’s not afraid of the big moment and loves taking big shots.

Offers: Missouri S&T

Terrell Kabala, 2020, 6’1”, Point Guard, Victory Ministry Basketball. Kabala is a 2-sport standout at Webb City High School earning all-state in football and all-conference & all-district in basketball. He’s the spark for a very good Victory Ministry team. Kabala lets the game come to him… if he needs to be more assertive on the offensive end, he’ll score from outside or attacking the basket. If he needs to distribute and get his teammates going, he’ll do that. If he needs to guard the opposing teams best player, he’ll do that.

Offers: Arkansas Fort-Smith, Northeastern State

Justus Cooper

Justus Cooper, 2020, 6’5”, Small Forward, Team Cooper. Justus is the #7 ranked player in the state of Arkansas. There is a lot in his offensive arsenal. He’s got a fadeaway game, post up game, put the ball on the deck game, shoot the 3 game… Justus can flat out score it. He’s got a big frame to him, which allows him to bang around down-low on both ends.

Offers: Arkansas State, Delta State, Arkansas Fort-Smith, Furman University and others.

Kolby Franklin, 2020, 6’1”, Guard, Team KC – Silver. Franklin is a shifty guard who can get to the basket with ease. He also has the ability to step out to the 3-point line and knock it down at an impressive rate. A tenacious defender who doesn’t take a play off on that end either. 

Kaimen Lennox, 2020, 6’3”, Combo Guard, Team KC – Black. Lennox is a quick guard who uses a series of moves to get into the lane and to the basket. He can shoot the 3 but his best ability is his court vision and passing. Lennox has a lot of division two interest heading into the weekend.

Jarrett Hensley

Jarrett Hensley, 2020, 6’8”, Power Forward, Team KC – Black.  Hensley is a skilled 6’8” forward who can stretch the floor and has a repertoire of moves in the post and on the wing. Hensley is a strong rebounder and a willing defender on both the wing and the post. One of his most underrated abilities is his passing. 

Offers: UNLV, LSU, Grand Canyon, Kent State

Conner Younger, 2020, 5’11”, Shooting Guard, Team KC – Black.  This sharpshooting lefty should not be left unguarded or else he will make you pay. Younger has that gritty type of game to him as he loves to hound the opposing players when he’s on defense. 

Markell Hood, 2020, 6’6”, Small Forward, KC Run GMC UAA. Hood is a strong and athletic wing, who can be known as a bit of a slasher but has the ability to knock down the 3-pointer. He’s a willing rebounder and very good for his size as he uses his strength to do so. His athleticism helps him be a strong defender as well. Hood does just a little bit of everything, and has a real junkyard dog mentality. He’s got LM and division two schools looking at him.

Preston Murphy Jr., 2021, PG, KC Run GMC UAA. Ranked by 247Sports as the #87 overall player in the country for his class. Has offers from Rhode Island, UMASS, UNLV and Buffalo, and is starting to hear from Big Ten and Big 12 schools.

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