The Gateway Basketball Club met the Illinois Bears in the championship game. Gateway outlasted the Bears 69-63 to take home the championship in a very exciting game. The Bears stayed very competitive with some excellent 3-point shooting, but Gateway made some big plays down the stretch to get the win.
Here is a look at some of the top players who played in the 17U Tournament:
St. Louis Area
Javonte Perkins 6’7″ (Gateway): The Most Valuable Player of the Tournament after leading Gateway to the championship. Bouncy athlete who has a tremendous mid-range jumper off the dribble. Also has good 3-point range. Finished the break with several dunks. Very good weekend. Attends Miller Career Academy.
Momandou Diarra 6’9″ (Gateway): Long, skilled athlete who can provide lots of problems with his size and length. Skilled enough to play all three frontcourt positions, but is comfortable at the small forward spot. Plays the top of Gateway’s 1-3-1 zone defense. Attends St. Louis Christian.
Levi Stockard 6’8″ (Gateway): Strong, physical post player who was his normal dominant self in the low blocks. Catches the ball well and finishes around the rim. Strong rebounder with good mobility. Attends Vashon.
Steve Webb 6’2″ (Missouri Hustle): The epitome of the team name, Hustle. His motor never stops going. Attacks the basket with great zeal and has the physical body to take the contact and finish at the rim. Attends Westminster.
Daniel Farris 5’10” (Gateway): Talented point guard who can play the game an any pace. Capable of getting to the rim and finishing at different angles. Did a nice job facilitating and getting the ball to his bigs. Attends Vashon.
T.J Crockett 6’2″ (Rocktown): Talented guard who loves to get buckets. Has a nice step-back, fade-away jumper move that is part of his offensive arsenal. Attends University City.
Wyatt Yess 6’8″ (Gateway): Very sound big who can play inside or can step out and knock down open jumpers. Excellent passer who you can run your offense through. Attends Parkway West.
Cam Potts 6’0″ (Missouri Hustle): Talented offensive player who has a smooth mid range jumper and 3-point range to boot. Showed some athleticism with several transition dunks. Attends Webster Groves.
Tate Hotz 6’7″ (Warriors): One of the best perimeter shooters in the tournament. Hotz was knocking them down from all over the gym. Shoots the ball with great confidence. Attends Ladue.
Austin Thompson 6’1″ (Missouri Impact): Sophomore point guard who played up at 17U level. Athletic performer who attacks the basket and dropped several nice dimes. High basketball IQ and good on-ball defender. Attends MICDS.
Dominic Davis 6’4″ (Rocktown): A combo forward who can provide matchup problems with his ability to attack the basket off the dribble. Can post up smaller defenders with his size. Attends Lindbergh.
Brent Smith 6’7″ (Warriors): Very good post player who is very active around the basket. Has an excellent shooting touch around the basket and can step out and make short jumpers. Good athlete. Attends SLUH.
Darien Huntley 6’2″ (Missouri Impact): Physical shooting guard who does a nice job of playing through contact and getting to the rim. Shot a lot of free throws in the tournament. Attends Vashon.
Josh Nunn 5’10” (Missouri Hustle): Nice point guard prospect who does an excellent job running the show, but has the ability to score on the drive or from 3-point range. Attends CBC.
Robyion Hughes 5’8″ (Rocktown): Super quick point guard who really excels in the open court. Also a dangerous 3-point shooter which makes him a very tough cover. Attends Ritenour.
B.J. Wilson 6’7″ (Missouri Hustle): Strong, physical post player who has rapidly improved over the year. Gets good position inside and finishes well. Has a nice jump hook in the post. Attends SLUH.
Connor McArthy 5’11” (Gateway): Very solid point guard who handles the ball well and doesn’t make mistakes. Excellent 3-point range enables him to slide over to the shooting guard spot as well. Attends Parkway South.
Ryan Lacefield 6’0″ (Rocktown): Physically strong guard who competes hard and can shoot the basket. Nice to see him out there after missing last summer with a knee injury. Worked very hard to get back. Attends Lindbergh.
Cliff DeGroot 6’3″ (Missouri Hustle): Excellent 3-point shooter who is capable of knocking down several long distance bombs at a time. Working hard on his dribble drive game. Attends Westminster.
Outside St. Louis
Preston English 6’4″ (Illinois Bears). Attends Murray (KY): One of the top shooters in the tournament. Nailed six 3-pointers in the championship game. The point guard for one of the top teams in the state of Kentucky.
Noah Frederking 6’4″ (Illinois Bears): Potent offensive player who has the ability to score at all three levels. Helped the Bears to the championship range. Strong and fearless game. Attends Okawville (Ill).
Marshon Morrisey 6’4″ (SEMO Bulls): A physical force in the paint who uses his strength to be productive around the basket. Strong-armed his way to many offensive rebounds. Attends Ellington (MO)
Javarcus Word 5’8″ (SEMO Bulls): Super quick point guard who plays with excellent pace. Did a nice job finding open teammates on the break. A good perimeter shooter. Attends New Madrid Central
Eric Easter 6’2″ (T.R.U.T.H. Elite): Talented guard from the Hoosier state who has a strong body and nice skill set. Can create his own shot and keeps teammates involved. Attends Lawrence Central (IN)
Justin Shadowens 5’11” (Illinois Bears): An excellent 3-point shooter who did a great job moving without the ball and running off screens for shots. Attends Marion (Ill).
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