Montana Showcase Top Performers

by Transition Hoops Report

The inaugural fall Montana Showcase in Butte had a great turnout with talented players coming from throughout the state.  Here are some of the standout performers from the weekend (in alphabetical order by grade):

Class of 2017

Derrius Collins (6’1 SF Hellgate HS) – great leader and strong defender.  Collins is a tough competitor and great teammate.  He would be a great asset for an NWAC school and has a chance to keep moving up the ladder as his skill set continues to improve.

James Fry (6’3 SG Stevensville HS) – very confident scorer.  Fry can knock down the 3, create some space off the dribble, and is a strong defender.  To take his game to the next level he needs to be more selective on what shots to take and when to drive.  He would be an asset for a small college.

Darrien Garcia (5’9 PG Choteau HS) – shifty combo guard that can get by defenders off the bounce.  Garcia can knock down the 3 and mid range jumper.  He is at his best when he is patient and lets the game come to him.  

Jarod Kingsbury (6’2 SF Stevensville HS) – strong and athletic (bouncy).  Kingsbury has a nice catch and shoot jumpshot and a big rebounding range.  He will need to speed up his release and become a better on ball defender to succeed at the next level.

Cody Liles (6’4 SF Florence- Carlton HS) – gym rat that loves to compete.  Liles can knock down the 3 or finish at the rim.  He is a strong kid that likes to play physical.  For him to reach his potential he needs to continue to develop his ball handling and mid range game.

Zharon Richmond (6’5 PF Billings Skyview HS) – terrific slasher that can finish above the rim.  Richmond is long and athletic with a huge upside.  When he plays hard he has a huge impact on the game blocking shots, rebounding with a big range, and making inside/ outside plays.  He picked up an offer on the weekend from Montana Tech. 

Class of 2018

Dalton Bragg (6’5 PF Stevensville HS) – very physical in the paint.  Bragg is coachable and a leader.  He has some physical back to the basket moves and is a good rebounder.  For him to reach his maximum potential he needs to improve his ball skills. 

Logan DeHaven (6’1 SF Skyview HS) – really good slasher that plays hard.  DeHaven is very good in the open court and can finish in a lot of ways around the basket.  He is also a strong and versatile defender.  His college level will be determined by how well he shoots the perimeter jumpshot. 

Connor Kieckbusch (5’10 PG Billings Senior HS) – very heady PG with a great feel for the game.  Kieckbusch consistently makes the right play whether it’s setting up a teammate for an easy bucket or moving without the ball to get an open look.  He will be a nice asset at the next level if he continues to get more explosive. 

Phillip Malatare (6’0 PG Arlee HS) – very explosive guard that is a crafty finisher at the rim.  Malatare is really quick and is a good pull up shooter.  He is at his best when he is patient and picks opportune times to drive.  He is a no brainer college player but the level will be determined when he plays multiple games against elite competition. 

Nano Stiffarm (5’10 PG Billings Senior HS) – stayed within his game all weekend.  Stiffarm does a really nice job of getting his team into their offense, moving without the ball, and making the right play.  His success will come from playing with confidence and consistently knocking down perimeter jumpshots. 

Jeremiah Warner (6’1 SG Skyview HS) – skilled guard that can score from 3, mid range, or at the rim.  Warner is a good ball handler that can create space off the dribble.  For Warner to be his best he has to play hard at all times and have great body language. 

Class of 2019

Zachary Baugher (6’4 SF Valley Christian HS) – long stretch four that can get hot from 3.  Baugher is a good finisher around the basket and uses his length to be an effective defender.  If he continues to grow and develop his mid range game he could be a nice player at the next level. 

Dylan Holst (6’1 PG Hellgate HS) – very scrappy guard that has a great feel.  Holst can run a team and is a natural leader.  He understands how to be productive by moving without the ball, rebounding, and setting good screens.  His level will be determined by how much more explosive he gets and how consistent he shoots the perimeter jumpshot. 

Sayer Patton (6’0 SG Choteau HS) – very confident shooter that can get hot.  Patton is a solid ball handler.  He will need to continue to get stronger and more explosive to maximize his success.

Michael Ure (6’4 PF Ririe HS, ID) – very patient forward that can post up or knock down the perimeter jumpshot.  Ure knows how to move without the ball to get open looks and is very unselfish (takes good shots).  His level will be determined by how explosive he becomes. 

Zachery Schacht (6’10 C Skyview HS) – long and great athlete.  Schacht has a chance to be a mid to high major D1 player because he plays with such a high motor and can do things you can’t teach.  His full potential will be reached if he can develop a few strong back to the basket moves. 

Class of 2020

Rollie Worster (6’1 PG Hellgate HS) – tough combo guard.  Worster has a strong body that allows him to bulldog defenders to the rim.  He has great range and a nice pull up jumpshot.  He is definitely a college player whose level will be determined by how much taller and explosive he gets.  

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