The Shootout has featured the USA today national champions the past two seasons (Oak Hill in 2000 and Dallas Lincoln last year) and five times in the past ten years.
The Shooutout started as a triple-header in 1981, but has grown into a must-see by high school fans and even NBA scouts. Players like Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett, Stephon Marbury, Alonzo Mourning, Rasheed Wallace, Michael Finley, Glenn Robinson, Allan Houston, Sam Cassell, Antoine Walker, Mike Bibby, Penny Hardaway, Kenny Anderson and Larry Hughes are among the alumni of this event.
Last year, McDonald’s All-Americans Shavlik Randolph (Duke), Dee Brown (Illinois), Chris Bosh (Georgia Tech) and Amare Stoudemire (NBA) all played in the Shootout. These four raised the number of McDonald’s All-American to 70. Former Shootout alumni Stoudmire, Dan Gadzuric, Frank Williams, Ryan Humphrey , Robert Archibald , Melvin Ely and Kareem Rush were selected in the 2002 Draft, raising the number of NBA draft picks to 64.
The games look to be very competitive, especially the national contests.
I’ll be attending the Shop and Save KMOX Shootout and having recaps of all the games.
9:00 AM Belleville Althoff vs. Duchesne Girls
10:30 AM Troy Buchanan vs. Hempstead (Texas)
12:00 PM O'Fallon vs. McCluer
1:30 PM Gateway Tech vs. Baton Rouge (LA) Capital
3:30 PM DeSoto vs. Robinson (IL)
4:45 PM DeSmet vs. Peoria (IL) Central
6:15 PM Portland (OR) Jefferson vs. Springfield (MO) Kickapoo
7:45 PM West Aurora (IL) vs. Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach
9:15 PM Hazelwood (MO) Central vs. Oklahoma City (OK) Marshall
The 9:00 contest features the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro girls player of the year Stephanie Lisch of Belleville Althoff leads a strong local cast. Lisch, a 5-10 guard and Indiana State recruit averaged 29.1 points a game last season. She will face one of the area's top underclassmen 6-3 junior post player Brittany Mannings of Duchesne.
The 10:30 game will match Troy Buchanan vs. Hempstead (TX) High. Hempstead is led by Baylor signee Tyrone Nelson. He averaged 29 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks as a junior last season. He was named to the TABC Class 3A All-State first team and MVP of District 25-AAA. He was rated the 60th-best recruit and is the No. 13 forward nationally by TheInsidersHoops.com. Troy Buchanan is led by 6-5 forward Shea Wiemann.
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