RecruitLook Hoops Crossover Culture Circuit kicks off their circuit series this weekend in Omaha, Nebraska. The event is filled to the brim with talented teams, top-level players, and nationally respected programs. Here’s a look at a few players to keep your eye on as well as some key match-ups for the weekend.
2022 Steven Kramer (Kingdom Hoops 17U Navy/Johnston) Twitter: @11skramer
Kramer is fresh off playing some very good basketball while leading his high school team to state runner-up in Iowa. He was named Captain of the 4A All-Tournament team. He is an explosive athlete who can defend at a high level, and colleges are picking up on it. He has heard from multiple D1 schools and will play a competitive schedule with Kingdom Hoops this summer.
2022 Trey Lewis (Pure Prep 17U/Johnston) Twitter: @treylewis360
Lewis is an uber quick guard who is the epitome of skill over size. Standing at 5’10, Lewis has a great array of moves as well as great fundamentals and quickness to get past his defenders very well. He can score at the rim as well as from deep, where he shot 39%. His combination of quickness and strength make him a tough defender to play against.
2023 Blaise Porter (Iowa Barnstormers 16U Gold/New London) Twitter: @blaiseporter21
Porter plays fast but not rushed, something that not a lot of players can master. He plays calm, cool, quick, and collected. His first step is tough to stay in front of, and once he’s past his defender, he scores in a variety of ways such as floaters, pull-up jumpers, or muscling through traffic for a layup. Porter has a very bright future, already holding a D1 offer as a sophomore.
2022 Cole Glasgow (All Iowa Attack 11th Red/Dallas Center Grimes) Twitter: @coleglasgow9
Glasgow is one of the best overall athletes on this list, as he can really fly when he jumps. He runs in transition very well, which leads to some high-flying dunks. In the halfcourt setting, he uses his dribble moves well to get around or fake out defenders. He has a good pull up jumper, and can hit from both off the bounce as well as catch and shoot.
2022 Davares Whitaker (OSA Crusaders 17U 3SSBL/Sioux City East) Twitter: @lilvares1
If Whitaker has any chance of a finish at the rim, he will put it down on anyone’s head. Whitaker is a very explosive athlete who had good numbers this past high school season, averaging 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals a game. His 3 point/free throw percentages were a little low, but he should bring those up soon.
2023 Pryce Sandfort (OSA Crusaders 16U 3SSBL/Waukee) Twitter: @prycesandfort
Sandfort may be a familiar name for those who follow the grassroots scene in the Midwest, as his older brother Payton was a standout for Kingdom Hoops/Waukee and will head to Iowa and play for the Hawkeyes next year. Pryce could follow in his older brother’s footsteps. He excels at finishing strong and off 2 feet almost every time. He’s a great shooter (50% 3pt last season) with a quick release. He already has D1 interest, so he’s a big name to keep an eye on the next 2 years.
2023 Baye Fall (Colorado Hawks/Lutheran) Twitter: @TheBayeFall21
Fall is one of the best shot blockers in the country. Standing at 6’11 He led his high school team to a Colorado state title while averaging 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks a game. He is a Top-5 player in the Class of 2023 and his game has a lot of room for improvement. He already holds multiple D1 offers from the likes of Arizona, Illinois, and Georgia among others
2023 Assane Diop (Colorado Hawks/Belleview Christian)
If you thought the Colorado Hawks having 1 player over 6’10” was going to be a problem, how about 2 6’10 players? Diop’s high school numbers may shock you. Through his 1st 2 seasons of high school basketball, he averaged 16 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 blocks, and 2 steals a game. He’s a 6’10 point guard, something you don’t see consistently. The duo of Assane Diop and Baye Fall will be one to keep an eye on this weekend.
2022 Kel’el Ware (All Arkansas Red 17U/North Little Rock) Twitter: @KelelWare
Ware is one of the top nationally-ranked players in this showcase. He’s regarded as a 4-star, Top-70 prospect nationally. He has offers from the likes of Kansas, Auburn, Texas among other elite schools. He’s a 6’11 center with a lot of upside. He shows good touch on his turn-around jumpers and hook shots, as well as great shot blocking and rebounding abilities.
2022 Jordan Brown (Team YOBO/Basehor Linwood) Twitter: @Jordan_Brown0
Brown dazzled the crowds last year at the Omaha Showcase with multiple 30-point games and his swaggy style of play. Brown has a lot of shake to his game and can hit jumpers from all over the court… even game winners from half court like last year. Following his play last summer, several Mid-Majors quickly offered him. Expect more schools to get involved.
2022 Justin Mullins (Young & Reckless/Oak Park River Forest) Twitter: @jmsaucing
Mullins has a good looking shot that goes in at a high rate. He stands at 6’6 and can elevate on fast breaks and when driving into the lane. He scores well and has a high basketball IQ. He was the go-to guy for Young & Reckless at their 1st tournament, where they won the tournament championship over a good Wisconsin Playground UAA team.
Some Top Matchups:
Friday 6:20 PM UBTSC Court 2: Iowa Barnstormers 17U Gold vs Team KC 17U:
The Barnstormers will be led by 2021 unsigned senior Jaren Marshall (Omaha Central). Marshall is a high-level shooter with good ball skills and quick handles. Team KC will be led by 6’7 Sam Somerhalder (St. James Academy) who averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Somerhalder is a versatile player who has a good mix of toughness and skill.
Friday 8:30 PM UBTSC Court 2: Young & Reckless 17U – Stan vs Kingdom Hoops 17U
Young & Reckless is coming off of a tournament championship win over a good Wisconsin Playground UAA club. Justin Mullins (Oak Park River Forest) had multiple games with double-digit scoring totals, as well as a few high-flying breakaway dunks. Kingdom Hoops has only 2 games under their belt, as they had a warm-up tournament against All Iowa Attack’s 2 11th grade teams, who they went 1-1 against. They are led by the duo of Steven Kramer (Johnston) and Bentor Neyail (Ankeny). Kramer is a good athlete and a high-level defender, while Neyail is a good scorer who isn’t afraid to put down a few dunks in traffic.
Saturday 11:15 AM UBTSC Court 1: OSA Crusaders 17U 3SSBL vs Colorado Hawks 17U
This might be the top game of the tournament. OSA brings in a stacked roster filled with some of the best talent 2021 and 2022 talent in Nebraska and Iowa, headlined by Josh Dix (Council Bluffs-AL) and Davares Whitaker (Sioux City East). Dix is a great all around player with a very good scoring ability, and Whitaker is a high-flying, uber-athletic guard who also scores well. The Hawks have their own dynamic duo with 2023’s Baye Fall (Lutheran) and Assane Diop (Belleview Christian). Fall is the #4 ranked player in the 2023 class according to ESPN, and he brings tremendous shot-blocking ability. Diop is a 6’10 point guard who stuffs the stat sheet every game.
Saturday 12:20 PM UBTSC Court 4: OSA Crusaders 16U 3SSBL vs Iowa Barnstormers Gold 16U
The Crusaders bring in a little bit of everything. Some good scoring led by Connor Millikan (Platteview) and Tate Odvody (Omaha Westside), some good shooting led by Pryce Sandfort (Waukee), some good passing led by Rylan Smith (Lincoln Southwest), and some good defense led by Brennon Clemmons Jr. (Lincoln Northstar) and Josiah Dotzler (Bellevue West). The Barnstormers bring in one of the top 2023’s in Iowa, Blaise Porter. Porter plays under control but quick, and brings a variety of ways to score to the table.
Saturday 4:40 PM UBTSC Court 6: OSA Crusaders 15U 3SSBL vs Iowa Barnstormers Gold 15U
OSA’s top 15U team is a combination of the 2 best 14U teams in Nebraska last year, where one of the teams went 42-1 and won many national tournaments. They are led by the trio of Caleb Benning (Omaha Westside), who is the son of former Nebraska football standout Damon Benning, Marcus Glock (Wahoo) who is a do-it-all player with great fundamentals, and Neal Mosser (Millard North) who is a deadeye shooter who can drop some serious dimes through tight spaces.
Saturday 6:50 PM UBTSC Court 1 – All Arkansas Red 17U vs Colorado Hawks 17U
The key matchup in this game will be the battle in the post between 6’11 5-star Baye Fall (Lutheran) and 6’11 4-star Kel’el Ware (North Little Rock). Ware is a great shot blocker and rebounder, but can score from outside of the post as well.
There is plenty of good action all weekend long at the event. We’ll be providing more coverage throughout the week/weekend.
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