By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com
Yesterday, I gave you the seven most underrated basketball players in the Kaw Valley League, according to myself.
Tonight, you get the seven most underrated boys players in the Kansas City Kansas -Atchison League.
Again, in no order.
1. Kameron Allen, Washington - Allen is quietly putting together a good season for the Wildcats. Allen's averaging just over 7 points and 2 rebounds a game. Allen hustles on the court and gives Washington a good option outside. Deandre King may be the big scorer in that junior class, but Washington wouldn't be one game out of the league without Kameron.
2. Kindred Williams, Washington - Williams has started a few games due to the injury of James Jappa, but Williams is another underrated Wildcats junior. Williams averages 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal a game. That's pretty good for coming off the bench most of the time. Williams reminds me a little bit of Rakim McCoy with his athleticism. I think he's in store for a very good senior year when the minutes, I assume, would pick up.
3. Jameon Cal, Schlagle - Cal's had a very nice under the radar season for the struggling Stallions this year. Cal has played a lot of the season out of position and his stat-line is usually pretty good. He often draws the toughest assignments on defense, which include Dominique Wilson at Washington. Schlagle's underachieved big time this season, but Cal has been one of the true great over-achievers. He's getting a lot of love from people that matter in the community, so I thought KCK Preps should join the bandwagon.
4. Alex Garvin, Sumner Academy - Garvin's another one of those under the radar Sumner Academy athletes who knows his role and excels at it. Garvin has hit key three after three this season for the Sabres. I can't say enough about how good he's been in the role that his teammates have created for him. Garvin's a nice player who could help the Sabres win a third straight title.
5. Deon Tripp, Sumner Academy - Tripp is like Jameon Cal; he's played way out of position this year due to the injury of Vernon Vaughn. Yet, Tripp has still gotten the job done for the Sabres. He's an absolute monster on the glass and is truly one of the better rebounding guards I've seen in my four years covering high school basketball. His defense has been good each time I've seen it and while his offensive numbers aren't always that high, he's a ball-player I'd take just for rebounding and defense. If I became a coach and I had to pick 10 players to fill out my roster, Deon would be one of my picks. Easily.
6. Mike Carson, Harmon - I know, I know. It's really tough to call Mike underrated. However, he's had a great two weeks of play and he's starting to score in the high teens consistently and he's even getting into the 20's now. Carson's really been pumping it up and he's doing very well. I'm proud of him.
7. Jammie Nunnally, Wyandotte - I feel bad for Nunnally because if he was on a team that won, more people would know about him. If Wyandotte had more talent around him, I really think Nunnally could be one of those Deon Tripp or Jameon Cal types who grabs rebounds and plays tough defense. Regardless, Nunnally is a good player and a freak athletically. He's been a bright spot on a down team for the Bulldogs and hopefully he keeps the work up.