An exciting first day of action at the Topeka Invitational as there were no upsets.
Topeka 87, Washington 41
Wichita East 67, Topeka West 49
Lawrence 70, Seaman 62
Highland Park 60, Wichita Northwest 46
Highland Park junior Ty Modupe had a breakout game in the day's final game as he had 18 points and 13 rebounds. He received an alley-oop pass from Missouri State signee Lamont Austin and flushed it home causing the crowd to erupt.
Chris White-Ready (right), 6-4, Topeka – UMKC came away impressed with his game last week and they would have been impressed again with Thursday's performance. White-Ready had 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. He's tough inside because he can shoot the ball from different angles to stay away from defenders.
Lamont Austin, 5-11, Highland Park - The Missouri State signee stepped up in the second half scoring 11 of his 15 points leading Highland Park past Wichita Northwest. Was outstanding on defense as he led the effort holding Northwest to just 12 points in the second half.
Justin Purtee, 6-4, Topeka – The fluid shooting guard/point forward looked good once again as he starting to find his stroke again from behind the 3-point line. Purtee finished with 16 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds in the blowout win.
Marcus Butler, 6-3, Washington - Scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting to lead all scorers on the day. Butler likes to shoot the perimeter shot and is athletic in the open court. Likely headed to the junior college ranks.
Koury Clayton, 6-3, Wichita East - Had a strong game with 23 points with a majority of his buckets coming inside. Clayton is athletic and a natural scorer.
Kyle Weems, 6-6, Highland Park - The Missouri State signee battled foul trouble throughout the game and finished with 10 points.
Ty Modupe, 6-7, Highland Park – His 18-point, 13-rebound night was the first time all season he has reached double figures in scoring. Has been battling a thumb injury that required surgery before the season, but Thursday he showed why he is the top junior prospect in Kansas.
Garrius Holloman, 6-5, Wichita East - Holloman is a long-armed smooth post player who could play the small forward position in college. Wichita State likes his game a lot. Holloman struggled on Thursday finishing with just six points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Chris Harper, 6-3, Wichita Northwest - Harper is bothered by torn tendons on his right pinky finger, but still managed to score 14 points and showed extreme quickness to the basket. His finger does not enable him to rebound the way he did last year in helping lead his team to the class 6A state title. He's undersized at the four, but his explosiveness is second to none.
Bryce Simons (left), 6-3, Seaman – Simons struggled shooting the ball hitting just 2-of-10 from the field. Simons is looking to bounce back on Friday against Wichita Northwest.
Rico Richardson, 5-11, Highland Park – Richardson made his second start for the state's top-ranked 5A team and finished with eight points. He is averaging 11.5 points a game this season and is shooting very well from 3-point land. He doesn't make mistakes with the ball and is starting to have more confidence in taking the ball to the basket.
”Big-time players step up in big-time games.” –Ty Modupe