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17U Elite Black Roster, Team Summary and Player Capsules
June 21, 2014By Mark McLaughlin of Missouri Mavericks Developmental Basketball
TEAM: Missouri Mavericks 17U Elite Black
HEAD COACH: Dan Mahurin EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org ---phone: (913)-827-2593
ASSISTANT: Spensyr Downing EMAIL: email@example.com
SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER 2014
June 13-15 --- Finished as Consolation Champions of 17U MAYB Summer Kickoff---Wichita
June 28-29 --- Omaha Sports Academy Summer Invitational --- Omaha
July 5-6 --- Lawrence Summer MAYB Tournament --- Lawrence, KS
July 12-13---MAYB State Championships---The Fieldhouse, Springfield, MO
July 19-20 --- Kansas City Metro Tournament --- Kansas City, MO
July 23-27 --- Prime Time National Tournament --- Dallas, Duncanville and DeSoto, Texas
July 31-August 3 --- MAYB Summer National Championships---Wichita
TEAM SUMMARY: The Missouri Mavericks 17U Black, coached by Dan Mahurin, features the program’s most athletic individual players and carries the “name plate” of the Mavericks squad which won 11 of it’s last 15 tournaments dating back three years under program director Mark McLaughlin. When McLaughlin stepped down this year to work at the 16U level, Mahurin was elevated to coach this squad.
“This team is physically strong, athletic and long, can shoot it, drive it, pound it into the deep post and run special plays all day long.”McLaughlin said.”We expect them to challenge for every tournament championship in every event. The secret is how quickly they can pull together and build cohesion.”
The Black got off to an excellent start, finishing 5-2 and taking 5th in the MAYB Summer Kickoff in Wichita.
Jordan Mahurin --- 6-2, PG, Grain Valley, 2015
A physically tough specimen, Jordan Mahurin comes into his second Mavericks season following an All-District campaign and 15 points per game last year. Mavericks Director Mark McLaughlin says, “Jordan is point guard fast, and power forward strong and tough. He’s got all three dimensions offensively(rim attack, mid-range and deep jumper) and can really push the tempo hard.”
“We believe Jordan has a scholarship level body and the instincts to go with it.” McLaughlin said. “Lock-down guarding completes the ensemble of physical giftedness and raw boned physicality. We believe that Jordan is an NAIA I to NCAA Division II potential player.”
Brennan Church --- 6-2 CG, Father Tolton Catholic-Columbia, 2015
With 10.7 ppg. Scoring behind him last year and the ability to multiply others(3.4 apg.), Brennan comes into the summer with the Mavericks working to develop more of a “go-to” role, with the skills to do it. Playing alongside Tolton’s Division I prospect Michael Porter and Division II prospect Ethan Boyer, he was often option three on a 20-win, District Championship team.
“Brennan isn’t an option three, but he’s got the absolute game smarts and basketball maturity to be able to adapt his role to his team, and what they need from him.” Says Elite Black coach Dan Mahurin. “Brennan is quick and crafty with the ball, thrives in an up and down game and can defend very, very hard.”
“We peg Brennan as an NAIA I-II potential player with outside potential for NCAA Division II if he gains 20-30 pounds of lean muscle and 2-3 inches.”said Director Mark McLaughlin. Dad is former Mizzou standout Greg Church.
Ryan Ward --- 6-3 G, Newburg, 2016 --- An all-stater at Newburg for Coach Doug Ward, Ryan cleared the 2,000 point career barrier as a sophomore this season. Ryan has the handles, and the shooting touch to completely change the direction or outcome of a game. In his fourth year in the program, Ryan has developed quickly, showing his ability to handle the ball when necessary, and to work without it with equal comfort.
“Ryan is the best pure shooter in our program, and he’s developing the size and physical strength to knock on the door of the Division II level.”Says coach Mahurin, himself a former player at UCM in the 90’s.” There’s no doubt that he has the athletic quickness, speed and ready release to be a “for real” prospect at the Division II level. He’s a coaches kid, and scores like a guy who really understands the game.”
Mason Jackson--- 5-11, G, Grain Valley, 2015 --- One of the most improved young guys in the Mavericks program from 2013 to 2014, Mason is a “high risk, high reward” player. He can make big plays, and sometimes tries to do too much. He fits well on this unit because he’s a hard-working, team-oriented guy who finds the open man, and gets the ball into the post.
“Mason can really hit big shots and make scoring plays with the dribble and the jumper, and when he’s on, he can really help a team.”Mavericks Director Mark McLaughlin says.” His defense and decision making are improved, and they contribute significantly to a talented, all around team.”
Daniel Mahurin--- 6-3, G, Grain Valley, 2014 --- A 2,000 point career scorer at Grain Valley, Daniel was an Class 4 All-District player with rocket powered legs who will run track the next two years at Johnson County Community College. A 48.0 second 400 meter runner, Daniel placed 3rd in the state track meet in late May. A tremendous shooter with Division II range, Daniel averaged 21 points per game as a senior at Grain Valley and had opportunities to play next year, with opportunities to continue down the line.
“Daniel has been counseled that he has an outside shot at making the Olympics as a 400-meter runner.” McLaughlin said.” What he brings to this team is the ability to run all day, shoot the deep, deep jumpshot and knock it down when it matters, and bring a toughness mentality to the team that alters what other teams do against them.”
Austin Marshall--- 6-1, G, Greenfield, 2014 --- Two-time All-District player and past conference player of the year for Damon Lacy’s Sweet Sixteen squad at Greenfield, Austin is joining Coach Chad Lantz at Missouri Valley College on the Vikings basketball squad next year. Austin is a lightning fast, quick hands, quick feet player with the ability to shoot the deep ball, run the break, and defend.
“Austin is mentally and physically tough, and he’s a true pre-college player with the great body, the excellent basketball mind, and a high coach-ability level that I deeply respect.” McLaughlin said. Marshall is currently not attending the Dallas and Wichita exposure trips at the end of July.
Anthony Schwindler--- 6-4, F, Greenfield, 2014---Marshall’s teammate at Greenfield, Anthony is an athletic, long, graceful high jumper who runs the court, slashes to the basket, and creates for teammates with a great passing touch and eye. He can step out and shoot the 17-20 foot jumper, and he can finish the drive to the basket with the dunk. Anthony, like Marshall, is not currently planning to attend the Dallas and Wichita tournament team trips.
Justin Myers--- 6-4, SF, Sarcoxie, 2014 --- Myers was an All-District, All-State player at Sarcoxie, and is taking his 23 points per game average to Johnson County Community College next season. Greenfield coach Damond Lacy spoke very highly of Myers inside out game, and extreme length and athleticism. Mavericks Director Mark McLaughlin said, “Justin is a gifted athlete and player who is not a finished product yet. His two years at the junior college level will prep him for the jump to the scholarship level.” Justin will travel with the Black squad to Dallas and Wichita for Prime Time and MAYB National Tournaments.
Garrett Goetze--- 6-6, 4-5, Stover, 2015---Garrett enters his third season with the Mavericks following a highly successful junior year at Stover where he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game. Currently sitting at 1,026 career points, Garrett plays soccer and has used that sport to develop good footwork that helps him in the post. His handling allows him to get out and run the break, and he’s a great passer in addition to scorer from the high post. “Garrett is a great team leader, and that’s hard to do from the post.” Says Coach McLaughlin, “He handles himself with strength and intelligence in the post, and gives that face-up element that makes him a potential NAIA Division II type player.”
Hunter Domsch--- 6-6, 5, Grain Valley, 2014 --- Headed to Westminster College next fall to join the basketball team, Hunter is an excellent passer from the post, a great screener and can score from the post, in addition to adding 8 to 10 rebounds a game. Hunter is in the Mavericks program for the second year, and holds down the post very effectively. “I believe that Hunter can have a very productive small college career,”says Coach McLaughlin. “His intelligence, work ethic, and hard-work developed skillsets will benefit his next team. He can make a contribution there by his junior year.”
Collin Samuelson---6-4, 2-3, School of the Osage, 2015---Also being hotly recruited as a football quarterback, Collin brings 20+ ppg., 7 rebounds and 3 assists per game to the Dallas and Wichita Exposure Black squad after playing for Harrison Brumley (new Richland coach) for the Mavericks 17U Gold squad in the spring. Collin is an athletic, physically strong player with great skills, a deep jump shooter, and slashing scorer. “Collin is a NAIA Division I, NCAA Division II potential 2-3 player who can play for a Missouri Western or a Southwest Baptist level squad, or the best NAIA’s in the state.”Coach McLaughlin says.
Zach Burch --- 6-5, 5, Butler, 2016--- Zach averaged 21 points per game during the season for Kevin Hill’s outstanding Butler squad. Zach played last year with the Mavericks, and this spring, but is taking the summer off before returning to join the squad for the Dallas and Wichita trips. “Zach has a dominating jump hook, and is refining tough, primary moves in the post , many of which end up in dunks.” Coach McLaughlin said. “He is the most athletic four-five man we’ve coached in the Missouri portion of our program, and we believe he’s a clear NCAA Division II potential player.”
HEAD COACH DAN MAHURIN: Former UCM player, Dan has coached at Elsberry (had a Final Four squad there in 2002) and Blair Oaks before leaving education to go into business. He’s in his second year with the Mavericks and recently joined the Bovard Insurance group out of Lee’s Summit. He lives in Grain Valley.