Rockhurst Fall League has brought out teams from the greater Kansas City area to compete before the season starts and to get in tune. Sunday concluded week 4 of the Rockhurst University Fall League which saw a multitude of teams compete at Rockhurst University, with the defending Missouri Class 4 State Champions Grandview strengthening their lead in the standings, pushing them to 8-0. There were several impressive prospects in attendance, and we have put together a list of the impressive standouts from Sunday afternoon.
2021 Will Townsend/Shawnee Mission East
The 6’6” guard was East’s bright spot on Sunday afternoon, carrying over his play with Team KC from the summer. Townsend has really started to expand his game, making him a threat at all three levels. Townsend impressed on Sunday with his defense, which has vastly improved since I last watched him in July. He’ll be tasked with being Shawnee Mission East’s big man this year, but he should more than hold his own and should be a matchup nightmare with his ability to step outside and hit the three.
2020 Reggie Morris, Jr./Grandview High School
The senior point guard was a problem on both sides of the ball and at all three levels on offense all day on Sunday. Morris is a shifty guard who is able to create space for himself to shoot. Morris was virtually unstoppable when driving to the basket. Morris was consistently hitting the three which will be huge for him, having to step up for the absence of a key scorer from last year’s team.
2022 Taj Manning/Grandview High School
Manning is one of the most impressive 2022 prospects in the Kansas City area, and continued his strong play with KC Run GMC this summer. Manning displayed elite athleticism, scoring tools at all three levels, and a motor that never stops. Manning was a matchup nightmare and was unstoppable with the ball in his hands. The sophomore was impressive on Sunday, proving why he should be considered one of the best players in Kansas City regardless of class.
2020 KT Raimey/Olathe North High School
Raimey was smooth on Sunday, and showed his athleticism with a couple rim rocking dunks. He’s crafty and can score at all three levels, and has an impressive midrange game. The long and lengthy guard was a menace on defense, constantly causing bad passes and jumping passing lanes. Raimey plays with a swagger which is evident when he’s making highlight reel plays. The senior is special and will be a player in the Kansas City area to keep an eye on this year for having a monster senior season.
2021 Lonell Lane/Harmon High School
Lane was impressive running next to KT Raimey on Sunday during the fall league. Lane is shifty with elite court vision. Lane may have had the most impressive play of the day when two defenders were collapsing on him and he used an impressive spin move to move between them and score a bucket. Lane displayed his ability to be a three level scorer for his Harmon squad. Lane does a good job on the defensive end as well, slowly becoming a lockdown defender.
2021 Darius Ross/Van Horn High School
Ross was impressive for his depleted Van Horn squad, who were missing two of their key players. Ross played hard on both ends of the court, and fought for every rebound on both ends. Ross has a great motor which will help him outwork other players for rebounds and loose balls. He was able to step out to the three point line and knock it down as well. Ross is the ideal energy guy for his Van Horn squad.
2021 Jaden Monday/Van Horn High School
Monday was one of the most impressive prospects I saw this Spring and Summer during the grassroots scene. Monday is a hawk on the defensive end who is not afraid to lock up the other team’s best player for 90 feet. He has great defensive instincts and continuously jumps the passing lanes, getting multiple steals. Monday displays great court vision, always looking to get his teammates involved. When he’s not making an impact on the defensive end, he’s doing it on the offensive end scoring at all three levels. His most impressive move is his mid range pull-up, almost always catching his defender off guard.