Wichita and Kansas City High School Basketball Pre-Season All-Area Teams

As the high school season nears, here is a look at the players we believe will make the biggest impact on the Kansas City and Wichita hoops scene. After evaluating 2009-10 performances as well as the accomplishments many of these players enjoyed over the summer, we have listed eight teams and honorable mentions for the 2010-11 season.

2011 AJ Spencer of SMNW

Kansas City (Kansas side) – In the past several years, Kansas has boasted big-time recruits such as Issac Miles (Murray State), Robert Lewandowski (Texas Tech), Denver Holmes (Evansville), Nino Williams and Will Spradling (Kansas State) and Trevor Releford (Alabama). This year will again feature a number of top prospects, with many on this Kansas list getting serious D1 attention from power conferences such as the Big 12, Big 10 and Pac 10. Kansas has certainly grown its reputation as a hoops community.

Willie Cauley is ranked as one of country's premiere big men

1st Team

Player of the Year – AJ Spencer

  • PG – Bennie Parker – 5’7″ Junior – Sumner Academy
  • SG – Tyler Kalinoski – 6’2″ Senior – Olathe East
  • SF – AJ Spencer – 6’4″ Senior – Shawnee Miss NW
  • PF – Semi Ojeleye – 6’6″ Sophomore – Ottawa
  • P – Willie Cauley – 6’10” Junior – Olathe Northwest

2nd Team

Soph Semi Ojeleye is considered a D1 major prospect

 

  • PG – DJ Cole – 5’11” Senior – Olathe South
  • SG – Tra’ Vaughan White – 5’10” Senior – Washington
  • SF – Colin Murphy – 6’6″ Junior – Basehor-Linwood
  • PF – Clint McCullough – 6’6″ Junior – St. James
  • P – Bubba Starling – 6’5″ Senior – Gardner-Edgerton

    Bubba Starling will set career records for points and rebounds at 5A Gardner-Edgerton

Note – Dominique Wilson would be represented on this team, but the talented 6’9″ PF who played at Piper HS in 2009 has transfered to a prep school in Maine (Maine Central Institute). He, along with Bret Comer who played his early career at BVNW, are two of the city’s best players who have moved to schools outside of the state. Comer plays with Austin Rivers at Winter Park HS (FL) and has committed to Florida Atlantic and Coach Mike Jarvis.

3rd Team

Davis Reid was named to The Joy of the Game All-American Academic Showcase team

  • PG – Davis Reid – 6’2″ Junior – Olathe Northwest
  • SG – Rozell Nunn – 6’3″ Senior – Schlagle
  • SF – Shavon Shields – 6’4″ Junior – Olathe Northwest
  • PF – Eli Alexander – 6’5″ Senior – Sumner Academy
  • P – Curtis Okafor – 6’5″ Senior – Bishop Miege

Other players to watch – Kalen Allen – 6’0″ Senior – Washington; Anthony Buffalomeat – 6’3″ Junior – Lawrence; Dylan Christie – 6’6″ Junior – Shawnee Mission South; Johnny Dee – 6’2″ Senior – Blue Valley West; Joe Downey – 6’3″ Senior – St. Thomas Aquinas; Brett Fisher – 5’11” Senior – Blue Valley NW; Adam Hasty – 5’9″ Senior – Ottawa; Charles McCallister – 5’11” Senior – Olathe South; Evan Manning – 6’1″ Senior – Lawrence Free State; Rakim McCoy – 6’6″ Junior  – Washington; Terry Moore – 6’2″ Senior – Wyandotte; Ryan Murphy – 6’6″ Junior – Basehor; Preston Padgett – 6’1″ Junior – Leavenworth; KJ Pritchard – 6’2″ Junior – Lawrence; Zach Schneider – 6’4″ Sophomore – SM East; Morgan Smith 5’10” Senior – Blue Valley NW; Desean Warren – 5’10” Junior – Blue Valley West; Mason Wedel – 6’0″ Junior – DeSoto; Kyle Wiggins 6’0″ Senior – Leavenworth; Jauan Wilson – 5’10” Senior – Harmon

Denton Koon is headed to Princeton in 2011

Probably the best big man in Kansas City, David Kravish has committed to Cal for 2012 (Photo by Julie Scheidegger LS Journal)

Kansas City (Missouri) – The top five in Missouri could make-up a good Division One college team. And though there is no Alec Burks (Colorado/Big 12 Newcomer of the Year) or Daylen Robinson (Moberly JC and DiRenna winner), there is a strong crop of talent throughout the metro that should make for an interesting season and a difficult job for selection of all-district/all-state teams.

1st Team

Player of the Year – David Kravish

Jevon Lyle will play at Northern Iowa next year

  • PG – Corey Hilliard – 6’1″ Senior – Raytown South
  • SG – Jevon Lyle – 6’4″ Senior – O’Hara
  • SF – Ishmael Wainwright – 6’6″ Sophomore – Ray South
  • PF – Denton Koon – 6’8″ Senior – Liberty
  • P – David Kravish – 6’9″ Senior – Lee’s Summit North

2nd Team

  • PG – RJ Leverette – 5’11” Senior – Grandview
  • SG – Zach Large – 6’3″ Junior – Truman
  • SF – Dominique Washington – 6’6″ Senior – Hogan Prep
  • PF – Dan Tapko – 6’5″ Senior – Rockhurst
  • P – Dillon Deck – 6’8″ Senior – Smithville

Note – Tyler Rambo would be represented on this team, but the 6’5″ swing has transferred to Humble Christian Life Prep (TX) to join Raytown’s Frank Williams, who had signed with Detroit but then headed to prep school.

3rd Team

Dominique Washington led Hogan Prep to the state championship game last year

  • PG – DeRon Hill – 6’3″ Junior – Ruskin
  • SG – Antonio Winn – 6’1″ Junior – Truman
  • SF – Lawrence Brown – 6’5″ Junior – Barstow
  • PF – Trevor Gregory – 6’5″ Sophomore – Lee’s Summit W
  • P – Tory Miller – 6’7″ Sophomore – Lee’s Summit N

Other players to watch – Frank Arbanas – 6’6″ Senior – Rockhurst; Kenny Berry – 5’7″ Senior – Lee’s Summit North; Cameron Coffman – 6’3″ Senior – Ray-Pec; Tyreek Freeman – 5’11” Junior – KC Southeast; Eric Gant – 5’10” Junior – Oak Grove; Darrion Geiger – 5’10” Senior – Blue Springs South; Darrien Harris – 5’11” Senior – Truman; Christian Hildebrandt – 6’1″ Senior – Park Hill South; Daniel Hurtt – 6’3″ Sophomore – O’Hara; Maurte Harrison – 6’3″ Senior – Lincoln Prep; DJ Jackson – 6’0″ Senior – O’Hara; Pat Jones – 6’1″ Junior – Rockhurst; Maurice Mason – 6’0″ Junior – Hogan Prep; Shawn Meyer – 6’5″ Senior – Blue Springs South; Chris Nsenki – 6’2″ Senior – Park Hill; Preston Oakes – 6’4″ Senior – Winnetonka; Earl Peterson – 6’2″ Junior – Raytown South; Adam Schemenauer – 6’9″ Senior – Park Hill South; Shun Williams – 6’5″ Sophomore – St. Joe Central

Wichita – The 2012 class in Wichita may be the city’s best ever and the overall talent will provide for a very competitive City League. Wichita Heights probably features the most talent and will be seeking its 3rd consecutive 6A state title, with a team largely in-tact from 2009-10 as well as one of the country’s top big men.

1st Team

Player of the Year – Perry Ellis

Wichita's first team is loaded with talent including Ellis, Thurman, Wessel and Jackson

  • PG – Ja’ln Williams – 6’0 Senior – Wichita East
  • SG – Evan Wessel – 6’3″ Senior – Wichita Hghts
  • SF – Nate Jackson – 6’5″ Junior – Wichita East
  • PF – Perry Ellis – 6’8″ Junior – Wichita Hghts
  • P – Gavin Thurman – 6’7″ Junior – Wichita SE

2nd Team

We are unsure of Dreamius Smith’s status for his senior season but believe he will not play for Heights.  The tough PG would be on our list if playing.

Conner Frankamp was invited to USA Basketball Mini Camp

  • PG – Jalen Love – 6’1″ Junior – Wichita East
  • SG – Conner Frankamp – 5’11” Soph – Wichita North
  • SF – Kevin Gunter – 6’6″ Junior – Wichita Southeast
  • PF – Christian Ulsaker – 6’6″ Senior – McPherson
  • P – Spenser Gales – 6’7″ Junior – Wichita Northwest

Other players to watch – Cameron Cornelius – 6’0″ Senior – Derby; EJ Dobbins – 5’10” Senior – Wichita Heights; June Johnson – 6’3″ – Wichita Northwest; Keaton Lewis – 6’0″ Senior – Kapaun; Michael Martin – 6′ 0″- Kapaun; Ryan McCarthy – 6’2″ Senior – Maize; Terrence Moore – 6’0″ Junior – Wichita Heights; Craig Nicholson – 5’9″ Junior – Wichita Northwest; Brian Rohleder – 6’2″ Senior – Bishop Carroll; Micah Swank – 6’0″ Junior – Pratt; Tre Unrau – 5’11” Junior – Moundridge; Reggie Williams – 5’9″ – Wichita SE

Pratt's Micah Swank (right), with his brother and coaching dad, will be one of the state's leading scorers

 

If you know players we should see play, email us at kcprephoops@gmail.com and give us the details. In the subject line, use Attention Dave if you are in Wichita and Attention Joel if in the Kansas City area.

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13 Responses to Wichita and Kansas City High School Basketball Pre-Season All-Area Teams

  1. Rick S says:

    Great list!

  2. Luther says:

    The ballers are on the Missouri side. Y’all have guys at the bottom of the list that would be top team in KAN. Same for Wichita. Ray Sth would kill the Johnson Co schools

  3. Anthony says:

    DJ Jackson from OHara should be on your second team in Missouri. He is better than these guys you have at guard. Look at his numbers and look at his game. Will be killin it this yr

  4. Lee says:

    I agree with you anthony, DJ Jackson is not even on the third list. He is a better point guard then Antonio Winn, who doesn’t even play the point guard position.

    • kcprephoops says:

      We like DJ Jackson alot but saw Winn take over some games in AAU this summer. He also had big scoring year as a soph at Truman. We project him as a PG in college. We think you could take either one of these guys and be good.

  5. Javan says:

    Wichita list seems to be a Pump n’ Run, Mo-Kan biased list. Cameron Cornelius and EJ Dobbins Should not just be “players to watch”. Specifically Cameron C. He can easily replace anyone on the 2nd team and can replace a few on the first team as well. Guess no one realizes what type of player he is. Cameron was MVP and a first team selection of his Div last year and also voted 6th top player in the area according to VYPE magazine…Oh, and not to mention being named as an All-State honorable mention. There’s just not enough love for kids all because they didn’t play for pump or mo-kan. So glad that others do give them their due.

  6. Erick says:

    This list has a glaring omission. Tra’vaughn White from Washington in KCK averaged close to 30 points a game, yet he is not on the list. There are two other players on his team listed, Kalen Allen and Rakim McCoy, but he is the best player on the team. This young man is a top guard in the Metro and receiving D1 attention, so check him out and give him some recognition.

  7. Erick says:

    My mistake I did not see his name at first.

  8. JwkNation1 says:

    You should checkout Khadre Lane at Bishop Seabury. Hes just a froshman but will be bigtime player in state of Kansas,

  9. KS Baller says:

    On the Kansas side you are missing the best point guard in Kansas. Several Ivy League offers and strong D1 looks from WSU and Northern Iowa. Adam Hasty at Ottawa. He is 5′ 11″ not 5′ 9″ and the last I saw has put on about 15 lbs of muscle.

    Going to be a good year for the cyclones. Otherwise the list is very good.

  10. SMSU says:

    There is not a point guard close to DJ Jackson in the area. Better than anyone on your first/second or third teams……hands down.

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