In depth look at the OSA Crusaders 3SSB roster

Omaha Sports Academy Crusaders played at the Sunflower Showcase — our first time seeing them in person and we came away impressed by the makeup of their roster and the way they play. The one thing to note about this team is that they are very unselfish and work really well together as a team which makes them hard to defend.

Hunter Sallis – Starting with the straw that stirs the drink, and that is Sallis. The 6’3 CG, who attends Millard North in Omaha, is a smooth player and anyone watching can immediately notice why he’s rated as a 5-star player according to 247sports and Rivals. Sallis is mulling over offers which include North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville, Nebraska, Creighton and many more. The first thing we noticed about Sallis is that he doesn’t force action when he has the ball, he is willing to move the ball onto a teammate if the play isn’t there. He is a very good spot up shooter, and excels in transition when he can make a move to get all the way to the basket or pull-up from 15 feet. He is a lanky 6’5 that creates problems in the passing lanes for opposing players. He’s fluid on both ends of the court and has the capability to take over games when called upon.

Saint Thomas – The second player also attends Millard North in Omaha, and also has P5 offers. Thomas’ offers come from Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, TCU, VCU, Wofford and UC-Santa Barbara. Thomas’ offensive game starts with his shooting ability. In Sunday’s game Thomas got his team going by hitting two early on corner threes off of drive and kicks from teammates. Thomas is good in transition and crafty around the rim. Would probably consider him wing right now, with the ability to play the point forward in a small lineup that we see often in college basketball nowadays. Thomas put his stamp on OSA’s games early on and continued by being in the right place to score….he just always seems to be around the ball

Tucker DeVries – The lone Iowan on OSA’s team is DeVries from Waukee High School. DeVries stands at 6’6 and plays more of the point forward on this team but projects to the wing position at the collegiate level. His offer list consists of Drake (where his Father is the head coach), Creighton, South Dakota State, and Air Force. He is a knockdown shooter, arguably the best shooter in the state of Iowa, and is a well rounded player. DeVries had to share some time at the PG position for his high school team this last season so his ball handling is good for his size and he is able to create off the bounce with a big repertoire of moves. If his opponent decides to go small, DeVries can exploit the mismatch in the post carrying a fade away and other moves. He doesn’t show many holes, if any, in his game and seems college ready now.

Lucas Vogt – Though he doesn’t have the profile others do, he plays with a lot of confidence. Vogt is a smart player who makes the right play and can call his own number when need be. He’s a good spot up shooter, who creates for his teammates off the bounce as well. Vogt is a gamer and is no slouch on the defensive end either, as he is a good on-ball defender. Lucas holds offers from Division 2 programs such as Wayne State and Nebraska-Kearney, and another offer from NAIA, Morningside College. The BRLD High School PG should excel at the next level no matter where he ends up.

Denim Johnson – Johnson is a guard/wing with uber athleticism. One of the most athletic players from the weekend, with plays designed to get him above the rim for alley-oops. Standing around 6’0, Johnson’s position is up in the air for the next level, wherever that may be. Nonetheless he has elite athleticism for his size and could develop into a good slasher at the next level.

Cameron Binder – Binder is a CG from Auburn High School in Nebraska. He has an offer from Minot State, Nebraska-Kearney, NAIA, and Division 3 schools and interest from other Division 2 schools at the moment. Binder is an elite 3pt shooter coming off the bench for his OSA team, and if the defense relaxes off of Binder he will make them pay. He, like his teammates, is unselfish and plays good defense. The best part is that not only is he a good shooter, but he’s an efficient shooter. The 6’1 guard is one to keep an eye on.

Jadin Johnson – The player that completes the Millard North trio on OSA’s roster is Johnson. Jadin is a big PG standing at 6’3 with offers from Old Dominion, Cleveland State, and Montana State. Johnson’s biggest attribute is his unselfishness with the ball. If there’s an extra pass to be made Jadin is going to make it. He can make plays off the dribble and get to the rim, but is also willing to kick out to the corners for spot-up shooters. With Johnson’s size and athleticism he is able to matchup with any type of guard defensively. Jadin has mid-major to power five potential, and is one to keep an eye on going into his senior year.

Danair Dempsey – The last, but definitely not the least, player on the OSA squad is Danair Dempsey. Dempsey attends Papillion South High School in Nebraska and stands at 6’7. He’s a long, lanky forward who is good around the rim and alters shots on the defensive end. He has the ability to stretch the floor with his shooting — he’s a good weapon off of the bench for this team. College programs should be watching Dempsey closely throughout the next year.

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