Blue Valley North Senior Jack Sheplak emerged as a must-have recruit for one lucky college last week at the Shawnee Mission East Invitational. The 2020 6’4″ guard is a bit of an underrated player at this stage, Sheplak announced his arrival with a 25 point game on 9-11 shooting, and 4-4 from three in the semi-finals against Olathe East. Whilst also leading his Mustang squad to the championship in a favorable win against Shawnee Mission East, finishing with 17. Sheplak also brought home the tournament MVP due to his performances during the week.
Sheplak had an impressive all-around performance, showing his ability to create his own shot, lethalness from outside, his playmaking, athleticism, and willingness to defend the perimeter. Sheplak credited his teammates for his incredibly efficient performances last week. “I feel like I was in the right place at the right time, Luke did a really good job of finding me,” Sheplak added.
Before the championship game on Friday, Sheplak noted that Blue Valley North Coach Phifer was confident in his squad, to the point of saying “This is going to be the first of four championships.”
The other three championships? Shawnee Mission West, Substate, and State. A goal that can ultimately be achieved with this Blue Valley North squad.
Last year they fell short in their pursuit of a championship, but this year they’re expecting it to be different, especially Sheplak.
“We’ve got a lot of new faces this year, our JV team really came up, with Andrew and Isaac, they’ve all progressed so well,” said Sheplak.
“I think compared to last year we share the ball a lot more, the chemistry is just a lot better.”
Sheplak is impressive off the ball, always moving on offense, which can be accredited to his Coach for instilling drills and philosophy on that.
When you get your first look at Sheplak, you’d automatically think he’s a kid that’s going to be playing at the next level, but that’s not necessarily the case. “I’ve talked to a few coaches, but no solid offers yet,” said Sheplak. “Nebraska-Omaha, Mid-America, just a few others.”
Make no mistake, basketball is what Sheplak wants to play at the next level. As far as his next step in his development before heading to the next level? “Probably just the weight room, that’s a vital part in my progression as a player. Also getting my shot a little more consistent, and learning to finish at the rim a little better.”
Sheplak provides a winning mentality at any moment he steps on the court, and wants the success of his teammates as well. He’s a player that will soon be on college coaches radars, with the potential to be an outstanding player at the next level.