In just under a week talented cagers from, so far on the registration list, Kansas and Missouri will be gathering to show off their game at the Kansas Prep Girls Hoops Top 250 Exposure event at Okun Fieldhouse, Shawnee, KS. PGH Kansas scout Adrian Maloney and I are among the scouts covering the event. We will be live tweeting as we can (see Kansas main page for our twitter handles) and doing write-ups of every player attending. Ahead of the event is this look at some of the Kansas post players who are scheduled to attend.
, 6’3″, C, Lawrence, 2023 – Bracker-Sturm’s Royalty Basketball club played the Prep Girls Hoops Dynasty Circuit this past summer. Across several events I saw dramatic increases in her game. From transitioning better to improved quickness to showing she is a legitimate scoring threat. Bracker-Sturm worked hard over the summer to improve her game and she has dramatically diversified her face-up and back-to-basket games. With her improved quickness, she was certainly not the same player at the end of the summer that she was at the beginning. Bracker-Sturm defended well because of the better quickness and she played with far more physicality on both ends of the floor come the end of July. Thus far she has attracted Div III schools but she is a legitimate center with terrific size that will draw more interest.
, 6’0″, PF, Shawnee Mission Northwest, 2024 – Cheffey caught my attention with her play coming off the bench at the Mid America Classic held at McPherson high school mid-season. I liked her immediately. A solidly built banger, she was a difference maker on the floor with her build and solid overall skills. Cheffey elevates and rebounds well. She also has shot blocking ability. I like her hands and how well she runs. Some notes from then were she ran a 2-on-1 break well and she finished quickly off the offensive rebound. Cheffey has sprouted a couple inches since then and is a under-the-radar player at the moment. That will not last long.
Regan Hervey, 6’0″, PF, Kansas City Sumner Academy, 2024 – The only player I have not seen play in person on this short list is Hervey. From video what I notice is her length, her speed, and her ability to slip into passing lanes to generate steals. Hervey can take the ball the length of the floor and finish challenged shots with either hand. What I look forward to seeing is her overall post game and perimeter abilities. And given some of the size she will be facing, I will be looking for how she plays her opponents on both ends of the floor.
Featured image: Lawrence 2023, in white right, works the high post in a PGH Dynasty Circuit event. Photo: Robert Kelly.