Third annual Northern Exposure Prep Kansas City Fall Ball Invitational Top 20 Stand Out Performers.
By Aaron Edwards
This year’s group of talented prospects showed the great depth of high caliber players in the greater Kansas City area. This group put on a show playing at high level and playing real basketball rarely seen in camps settings competing on both sides of the ball playing hard til the end of the camp. Here is a look at the top 20 performers at this years Fall Ball Invitational.
Lamel Robinson 2019 6’1 PG Kansas City, MO
This year’s co most valuable player was awarded to Park Hill junior point guard Lamel Robinson who’s game was in full effect with his excellent game play during this year’s camp. Robinson scored from deep and in the paint. Robinson has continued to develop into a high caliber point guard prospect, and has been to all three Kansas City Fall Balls.
KT Raimey 2020 6’5 SG Olathe, KS
This year’s co most valuable players was awarded to KT Raimey who put on a show with his great athleticism and skills. Raimey’s ability to create off of the dribble breaking down defenders was on full display putting defenders in the mix and leaving them in the dust. Raimey showed his ability to score on all three levels making shots from behind the arc, pulling up from mid-range, attacking the rim and finishing around the rim at a high rate.
Jonathan Jackson 2020 6’4 SG Lawrence, KS
One of the most complete guard prospects during this year’s camp Johnathan Jackson showed a high-level wing guard skill set. Jackson played a winning brand of basketball making plays for others, taking the open looks and showing high-level basketball IQ. He has a great deal of potential with an elite combination of skill, size and athleticism.
Markell Hood 2020 6’6 SF Overland Park, KS
One of the most impressive prospects during this year’s camp Markell Hood was on a mission putting up big time numbers. Hood showed the full package scoring from all over the court and was unstoppable at some points during the camp taking over games from behind the arc. Hood played with great aggressiveness. This was an absolute breakout performance for him.
Chucky Hepburn 2021 6’1 PG Bellevue , NE
One of the most skilled point guard prospects in this year’s camp was Chucky Hepburn. Hepburn played with great assertiveness making the right basketball play while still consistently attacking at all times. His game included everything; scoring, pushing the ball up court, taking rebounds and going end to end.
Jackie Johnson 2021 5’10 PG Wichita, KS
Jackie Johnson was one of the most aggressive guard prospects in the camp, who attacked the basket with little to no hesitation. He had a great quickness and knows how to use it. Whether he was taking defenders off of the dribble, pushing the break or finishing around the rim in traffic consistently. Jackie Johnson is a stud and possesses great potential.
Lonell Lane 2021 6’1 G Kansas City, MO
Arguably the biggest surprise of this year’s camp was the play of athletic combo guard Lonell Lane. Lane is a stud who has a great combination of athleticism, ball skills, play making and finishing ability around the rim. Lane used defenders regularly getting to the rim and finishing in traffic often with contact. Lane is underrated at this point and could soon be one of the top guard prospects in his class.
John Shanklin 2020 6’8 PF/C Bellevue, NE
The most skilled post prospect during this year’s camp was John Shanklin. Shanklin was a force in the paint throughout the camp defending the rim at a high rate rejecting shots regularly and controlling the boards. Shanklin showed the potential and production expected from a young defensive post stud. Shanklin possesses all the physical attributes to develop into a division one post prospect.
Trey Quaterbaum 6’2 CG Lawrence, KS
One of the most complete guard prospects at the year’s camp was Trey Quaterbaum. Quarterbaum played a team game often giving up a good shot for a teammate to get the great shot. Quaterbaun has great ball skills, good shooting touch from the perimeter and makes his team better with his high basketball IQ.
Jaxson Pillich 2020 6’2 SG Wichita, KS
One of the most athletic guard prospects at this year’s camp was scoring guard Jaxson Pillich. Pillich was a force on both sides of the court turning defense to offense often. Few prospects played with the amount of energy that Pillich played with. Pillich made some amazing plays snatching rebounds and taking it end to end as well as putting a few major jams down in the process.
Braojon Barnes 2019 6’4 WG Kansas City, KS
A prospect who showed flashes of elite game play during this years camp was wing Braojon Barnes. Barnes has a great combination of size, skill and athletic ability at the wing position. Barnes was able to attack in transition and finishing in traffic with consistency.
Zack LaFave 2020 6’3 SF Elkhorn, NE
One of the most impressive prospects during this year’s camp was Zack LaFave who was all over the court. No other prospect played with the energy and hustle that LaFave did getting back on defense, crashing the glass on both sides of the court and making others players earn every bucket they got on or around him.
Courtland Soll 2019 6’2 G Florissant, MO
One of the most productive prospects during the camp Courtland Soll put up great numbers. Soll was consistently finding ways to score, and was one of the leading scorers on his team. Soll ran the court well and finished around the rim at a high rate making things look easy.
Cameron Binder 2021 5’10 PG Table Rock, NE
Cameron Binder did a little bit of everything. Binder knew what he was doing out there. He played smart ball throughout the camp took advantage of his opportunities with a very assertive style of play taking and making the open shots.
Deon’ta Tinker 2019 6’0 CG Wichita, KS
No other guard prospect played above the rim as often as combo guard Deon’ta Tinker who attacked the rim every chance he got. Tinker was a force on the drive, running the court often beating the defense down court for easy buckets. Tinker has many of the physical attributes coaches seek out in a athletic scoring guard.
Zarian Navy 2020 6’2 SG Kansas City, MO
Zarain Navy played with great energy and competed on both sides of the ball. Navy has good athleticism and finishing ability around the rim. A great competitor, he played to win and made others pay for their mistakes on both sides of the ball.
Kahayden Hooks 2020 5’11 PG Lee’s Summit ,MO
Kahatden Hooks was one of the most aggressive guard prospects in the camp. Hooks attacking the basket with little to no hesitation. Hooks has good quickness and knows how to use it taking defenders off of the dribble, pushing the break and finishing around the rim in traffic consistently.
Tai Johnson 2020 6’2 G Wichita, KS
Johnson showed flashes of greatness with his game play during this years Fall Ball invitational. Johnson has a good combination of athleticism, ball skills and basketball IQ. Johnson was as good as most players on this list.
Cougar Dowling 2020 5’10 PG Atchingson, KS
One of the most skilled scoring lead guard was Cougar Dowling. Cougar played both sides of the ball with aggressiveness often turning defense to offense. Dowling has good ball skills, can take defenders off of the dribble and finishing ability around the rim.
Levi Braun 2019 6’3 SG Topeka, KS
One of the most powerful prospects during this year’s camp was Levi Braun making plays all over the place. Braun played with the energy and hustle getting back on defense, crashing the glass on both sides of the court and making plays for others players and made his team better. Braun showed he can knock down shots from all over the court and proved to be one of the best catch and shoot prospects at the event.