Ashton West | Writer
KC Team Rush participates in the Adidas Uprising circuit. A series of tournaments that are only available for Adidas sponsored teams. After seeing Team Rush in Bentonville, Arkansas for MADEhoops' The Warm Up, I stopped by their practice in Kansas City on Saturday to cover the workout.
From the first addressing to the final drill, players were engaged and the energy level was high. When players were not in the drill they were clapping their teammates up and shouting words of encouragement. When players were in the drill, you would hear a lot of talking on both the defensive end and offensive end. Coach Vic is known for his disciplined teams. It was apparent early, these talented kids have bought into what Team Rush is trying to do. The 17u Team Rush group features a few of the most talented players in the Kansas City metro area. Take a look below at my breakdown of each player after interviewing the team.
Anthony Selden has the most BOUNCE I have seen in a high school player in a long time. At just 6'2 or so, he has a great frame and is very strong but you wouldn't expect him to boast the athletic ability that he possesses. The junior combo guard will add a great boost to his teams momentum, throwing down thunderous dunks in transition. Although he is solid defensively, Anthony needs to polish up his handle and become a better shooter and an overall play-maker. With no DI offers as of yet, I expect him to have a big summer and land at a LM-MM school during his senior year at Lawrence High.
The 2018 6'7 big man, Elijah Farr offers great size for Team Rush. He also displayed the ability to step outside and be a threat from the perimeter. Elijah is also a great Football player for Lees Summit North High School in Missouri. It will be interesting to see what takes place this summer and who becomes involved with Elijah as he currently has no NCAA Division I offers. This may have something to do with playing for UA KC Run GMC the past few years in the shadow of Bol Bol and Yor Anei. Don't let that goose egg distract you, Elijah is a big time talent and is sure to earn a handful of DI offers this spring/summer with Team Rush.
Few have experienced the rise to relevancy like 6'8 SF Christian Bishop has. Coming from a JV starter to Varsity leader in under a year with a handful of Division I offers, stories like Christian's are always fun to hear about. The 6'8 lefty is lethal outside the 3-point line. After seeing him play and in practice, Christian is your prototypical HIGH MAJOR small forward. What I like most about his offensive arsenal, is his ability to get to the rim virtually anywhere inside half-court within 1-2 dribbles. Multiple DI offers including the most recent, Purdue and Oklahoma State. Christian will become a household name this summer with Team Rush on the Adidas circuit.
UNDER THE RADAR. Those three words perfectly describe 2018 6'0 PG Deng Bol and his recruitment. With NO offers and virtually NO interest, a MM school is going to get an absolute steal. After seeing him in action during a tournament in Arkansas and in practice, I am a believer in Deng Bol. The best part about his game is his defense, an incredible on ball defender he constantly made things uncomfortable for the opposing team, forcing turnovers left and right. However, the most exciting part of his game is his athleticism. At 6'0 on a good day, Deng can FLY! During a scrimmage at Team Rush practice, I witnessed one of the best contested finished dunks I have seen since Xavier Rhodes' poster at the #PHRoute66 event in Tulsa. Deng's dunk almost stopped practice, almost. He can score, defend, pass, and lead, look for DENG BOL to receive multiple MM offers over the next 2 months.
Jamar Madge Jr. attends Baytown South High School in Kansas City, MO. At 6'3-6'4 Jamar adds nice length and scoring ability, coming off the bench for Team Rush. He models his game after Cj McCollum. Explaining that CJ isn't the quickest or most gifted guy, but is really sound fundamentally and very crafty in his ability to create and make plays. He plays extremely hard and is a great defender. No offers or interest at this point but I could see him playing at a NWMSU (D2) or UCM (D2), even possibly a LM-MM school after this summer with Team Rush.
The guy that makes this team go.
2018 6'4 PG Jordan Lathon has seen his recruitment explode over the last year or so. With 7 DI offers from schools like Butler and DePaul. At 6'4 his height, strength, athleticism, and length make him a tough cover for defenders and a strong defender himself on the other side of the ball. I have seen this kid grow as a leader over the years and coach Vic has done a great job mentoring him into the HM Point Guard prospect he is today. As I have said before, Jordan Lathon can do it all. Look for him to extend that number of offers into double digits over the next two weekends in April.
SHOOTER ALERT. 2018 6'3 Logan Jenkins is one of the best shooters in the class of 2018. This kid can shoot 2-3 feet beyond the 3-point line and consistently make shots. What I like most about his ability to shoot is his efficiency. He doesn't throw shot after shot up, he is an unselfish shooter who, when he gets hot, look out! However, if you're going to play for Coach Vic and Team Rush, you better be able to do more than just score and shoot. Logan is a good defender as well. A smart player, look for him to commit to a great DII or LM this fall.
Quite possibly the most under rated player in the Kansas City metro area, Ronnie Bell is the total package. Although he is undersized, that is where the doubts stop. He can play above the rim, handle the ball, score, shoot, pass, defend. Like his teammate Jordan Lathon, 2018 6'0 PG Ronnie Bell does it ALL. He has been one of my favorite players to watch since first seeing him torch UA's KC Run GMC last year in the Jayhawk Invitational. One of the best parts of his game has to be his motor. Energy energy energy. Ronnie brings it every possession. If this kid isn't a LM-MM, OVC player.. no one is!
2018 6'7 Sevon Witt has the ability be a DI player. He can hit shots from mid-range and beyond the 3-point line, as well as bully smaller defenders inside with his good size and length. It is the little things with Sevon that make him special, like his ability to catch the ball after setting a hard screen and rolling to the basket for the finish.
Yor Anei has the potential to be a HM star. A fundamentally sound, BIG MAN. Growing since I have last seen him at the Top Rank National Showcase by Under Armour in Kansas City, MO last fall, Yor now stands at 6'10 with over a 7-foot wingspan! Yor has also transferred from Shawnee Mission South to Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, KS. It is apparent that his athleticism and explosiveness has improved since transferring. If Yor can continue to work hard in the class room and on the court, there is no limit for him. He is going to have a BIG summer on the Adidas circuit for Team Rush.