Day 2 Recap: Topeka Invitational Tournament
Chris White-Ready (2007)
Chris White-Ready (2007)
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Posted Jan 20, 2007


TOPEKA, Kan. - Chris White-Ready was the star of the day scoring 40 points against Wichita East, the No. 3 ranked team in class 6A.

Friday's Scores

Topeka West 59, Washington 54
Wichita Northwest 63, Seaman 60
Wichita East 81, Topeka 77
Highland Park 70, Lawrence 52

Saturday's Championship game

Highland Park (10-0) vs Wichita East (9-1), 7:30 p.m.

Chris White-Ready, 6-4, Topeka – White-Ready's 40 point performance was one of the best in Topeka basketball history. Forty points is hard to come by and it has been years since someone has done that and to do it against a top-tier team was even more impressive, not to mention he rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter and was noticeably hobbling. He hit 16-of-24 shots including 4-for-6 from behind the 3-point line He converted 4-of-7 free throws. All of this was done with coveted Wichita State recruit Garrius Holloman guarding him.

Lamont Austin, 5-11, Highland Park - The Missouri State signee had 15 points and 9 assists leading his team to another win. Park is now 31-4 with Austin as the starting point guard dating back to last year.

Kyle Weems, 6-6, Highland Park - The Missouri State stepped up big time and scored 21 points. In the second half he was extremely impressive defensively. Weems' is proving to be one of the state's best.

Justin Purtee, 6-4, Topeka – Struggled to provide White-Ready with scoring help and had just 10 points. He is able to get his shots off, but is not hitting the long-range shot with any consistency right now, which affects is overall ability to score.

Matt  Nelson, 6-5, Seaman - Nelson is struggling to be featured on offense this year with a new coach as a number of less talented players are taking shots. Nelson finished with 10 points and is prospect that will fit in well at any program.

Marcus Butler, 6-3, Washington - He was not as active as he was on Thursday when he dropped 26, as he finished with 14 points. He needs to become more active in the beginning of games when the score is tight. Butler has developed a reputation of scoring his points when the game has already been decided.

Koury Clayton, 6-3, Wichita East - Another strong game with 23 points hitting a number of 10-footers. Clayton is a nice player, but likely headed the junior college route.

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 having a tough tournament defensively. It was good to see him hit some shots on Friday as he finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds, but allowing his man to score 40 points is a game he'll want to forget.

Chris Harper, 6-3, Wichita Northwest - If Harper has torn tendons in his right pinky, he doesn't let it affect his numbers. Harper still managed to score 17 points and grab 16 rebounds on Friday. Looks very good in the open court although his finger is affecting his passing ability.

Bryce Simons (left), 6-3, Seaman – Simons bounced back to score 14 points and shot the ball with more confidence on Friday. If he continues to shoot, he'll put up big numbers in a hurry.

2010 Checklist

Rico Richardson, 5-11, Highland Park – Richardson hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points. He shoots the ball very well and has a strong release. It is safe to say he is the best freshman prospect in Kansas.

”I had no idea I was even close to 40 points.” –Chris White-Ready



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