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16U Black Roster, Team Summary and Player Capsules
June 21, 2014By Mark McLaughlin of Missouri Mavericks Developmental Basketball
TEAM: Missouri Mavericks 16U Elite Black
HEAD COACH: Mark McLaughlin email: email@example.com phone: (660) 885-2811, (712) 579-9613 (cell)
SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER 2014
June 13-15 --- Played in MAYB Summer kickoff finishing in Final 8---Wichita, KS
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 --- Mavericks Director Mark McLaughlin came out of retirement to assemble this team, and the 16U Gold for the summer session of 2014. The 16 Black team represents 10 outstanding future players of influence throughout Missouri Class I through Class IV the next two years. The Point Guard position is locked down by Blair Oaks freshman standout Cody Alexander, a second year Maverick with explosive handles, great athletic ability and a deep outside jumpshot. He’s supported by Southern Boone freshman combo guard Spencer Taggart, a physically strong, athletic passing guard who can find anyone any time. Smithton guard Drew Apsher, on his way to a 2,000 point high school career at 18-win Smithton, is a dead-eye deep jumpshooter. Two man Cash Hartley, brother of past Mercer all-stater Colton Hartley, has the deep jumper, slashing basket moves and extremely quick hands.
A pair of mature young players, freshman Deric Jones from Hartville and Ulrik Mjaaseth from Rolla have amazing physical gifts ---Jones, a 35-inch vertical jump and powerful upper body, and Mjaaseth a college level jumpshot in just his third year of competitive basketball after relocating to Rolla from Norway. Ulrik is a three dimensional two-guard with perhaps the highest upside of any sophomore in the program. Rounding out the forward court is Gage Schupp, a 6-2, potential future all-state player from Southern Boone. Schupp is notable for intense on-ball defense and instincts on passing lanes unparalleled in the program.
Three young big men, 6-5 Kyler Barnes from Cooter, 6-3 Ben Bellamy from Clinton, and 6-3 Gannon Mueller from Southern Boone can all score, can post up and finish and face up from distance to knock down shots.
CODY ALEXANDER, 5-11, PG, Blair Oaks, 2017 ---A young player who could “light it up” as a score first point guard if he needed to, Cody is a developing “general” at the point guard position. He has great basketball I.Q. to go with an explosive first step, great vertical, and 22-foot plus jump-shooting ability. He’s an intense on-ball defender who is outstanding in pressure looks and on the ball. “Cody has potential to be an all-state player for Coach Fick at Blair Oaks, and he’s remarkable for playing up as an 8th grader last year, and playing 17U in the spring session this year.” Mavericks Director Mark McLaughlin said.”He has three to four inches to grow, and his athleticism can advance his game to the NCAA Division II level. He’ll be a major impact player in Class III the next three years.”
SPENCER TAGGART, 6-0, CG, Southern Boone, 2017 --- An extremely high upside young guard, Spencer has the cool and composure of a football quarterback, and the skillsets to build upon for Andy Jahnsen’s Southern Boone squad the next three years. Part of a highly skilled freshman-sophomore class, Taggart could be a four-year starter at Southern Boone. “Spencer is a tremendous passer and finds teammates on the move at a very high level.” McLaughlin says. “Spencer can guard, is tremendous in the press, and can knock down the jumper. He has some work to do on over-penetration without an escape valve at times, but he’s a ‘prober’ within defenses and has great confidence in holding the ball in traffic, and then delivering it where it needs to be.” Taggart is projected to the high NAIA level.
DREW APSHER, 6-0, 2G, Smithton, 2017 --- Brother of all-stater Dane Apsher, Drew was the second leading scorer on Rich Pond’s Smithton squad that went from a 5 win team in 2013 to an 18 win squad in 2014. Drew has 22-foot range, with great catch and spot ability and has a developing drive game. He’s headed to 6-2 or 6-3 and has great basketball intelligence and an intense desire to be coached. “Drew can be one of the state’s best three-point shooters as he grows and develops, and has the potential to be a 2,000 plus point scorer in high school.”Mavericks Director Mark McLaughlin says.” We believe he has NAIA and Division III level capability because of high academic performance and basketball skillsets.”
CASH HARTLEY, 6-2, 2G, Mercer, 2017 --- Cash played all the way up on a Mavericks 17U squad last year, and made the Mavericks “Young Guns” squad as an 8th grader last year. Brother of Top 20 Missouri lifetime scorer Colton Hartley, Cash will be taller, longer and leaner than Colton, but has the same explosive first step, range in defensive passing lanes, and jumping ability. “Cash has the wingspan to go to 6-4 or 6-5, the handles of a combo guard and the first step of a slashing three. “McLaughlin says.”We project him to the high NAIA level, with the potential to go NCAA Division II if he gets really busy in the weight room the next three years.”
ULRIK MJAASETH, 6-0, 2G, Rolla, 2016--- Ulrik has the tightest ballhandling technique of any non-point guard in the program. He’s got the step-back, the cross, the changes of level speed and direction and a very physical attack step to a college level pull-up jumpshot. He’s a triple threat from the catch and shoot area because of his very quick release. He’s a defensive “stopper” and very aggressive rebounder who needs only to add a couple of inches to be a legitimate NCAA Division II player. “Ulrik’s only downside is a lack of early experience with the game, but the upside is a remarkable set of athletic gifts coupled with an extremely steep learning curve.” McLaughlin says.” He plays with amazing passion and wears his heart on his sleeve …He’s just built his game in confidence and comfort level since joining us in March.”
DERIC JONES, 6-0, 2-3, Hartville, 2017 --- A SWMO Hoops Future 50 standout in the fall preview, Deric is one of the most athletic players in the program. Coached by Brett Reed of Hartville, Jones has a powerful upper body and serious “ups”, one of the “quickest jumpers” in the history of the Mavericks program. He adds great finishing ability at the rim and a reliable 17-22 foot jumper that makes him a multi-dimensional player. “Deric has a Division II body, but could excel early on in an NAIA level school.”McLaughlin said.” He has to grow and continue to get stronger, but the natural athleticism paired with playing with a competitive chip on his shoulder makes Deric one of the toughest young guys in our program.”
GAGE SCHUPP, 6-2, 3, Southern Boone, 2016 --- Another of Andy Jahnsen’s super sophomore class at Southern Boone, Gage is ready to explode on the scene in Central Missouri next year as an outstanding drive scorer, outstanding without the basketball and what Program Director Mark McLaughlin calls “game-changing” ability on the defensive end. “There are players who can contain an opponent’s best player, and there are guys that can overwhelm them.” McLaughlin said.”Gage is the best defensive player at this level that I’ve coached in our program in 17-years, and has the ability to be All-District next year and All-State the year after.” A soccer and baseball standout as well, Gage is projected as a potential NCAA Division II player with two inches and 30-pounds of growth the next two years.
BEN BELLAMY, 6-3, 4, Clinton, 2016 --- The “glue guy” on the inside for the 16 Black, Bellamy surprises you with his athletic ability, and ability to adjust on the fly within a game. In a tournament game at the Summer Kickoff, Bellamy took on a 6-8 opponent with good skills from Wichita and contained him defensively, and nearly benched him by attacking him, without fear at the rim offensively. That impressed McLaughlin, who said,”Ben is steady, quietly intense, but plays with great calmness and composure. He can give me as a coach what I ask of him in a pre-game, or a time-out, or a dead ball.” While Ben is playing the four on this squad, and producing effectively, he is projected as a small college potential three man with an excellent 17-19 foot jumper, good ballskills, and intensity on the glass.
GANNON MUELLER, 6-3, 4, Southern Boone, 2016 --- One of the most clever inside-outside players we’ve coached, Gannon is a true all-purpose player who can take big guys off the dribble from 17, post up smaller quicker guys and get fouled for the conventional three-point play, knock down the three-pointer at the big moment, and control the glass against bigger, stronger players. “Gannon is a technician, but has highly developed offensive skills from facing the basket the last two years.” McLaughlin says. “Gannon has perhaps two inches to grow, and I believe has such a strong basketball intellect that he will go on to the NAIA level and excel at a three-position in the right program.”
KYLER BARNES, 6-5, 4-5, Cooter, 2016 --- Reminiscent of the Doug McDermott type 4-player, Kyler has the length to jet up to 6-8 or 6-9 with good to very good interior post moves, the ability to attack the glass off the dribble, and the ability to knock down the three-pointer. A second year player in the Mavericks program, Kyler has the highest upside of upcoming Mavericks 4-5 type players. He needs to add 20-30 pounds the next two years, but the hand quickness, footwork, and play against better big players will open the doors to Kyler to the high NAIA or NCAA Division II level. “Kyler just finished up a Class I state baseball championship, and understands competition at the highest level.” McLaughlin says.”He’ll have a terrific summer surrounded by a great cast where he can grow and mature with the cover of a roster full of high-impact players.”
TYLER MARTIN, 5-10, 1, DeKalb, 2016 --- Martin, who played with the Mavericks in the spring, rejoins this squad for the Dallas and Wichita exposure trips. He’s a physically tough, highly technical point guard who will multiply the high-octane offensive guys around him. Tyler understands the game to a high level, and has had great coaching his first two years of high school. He can finish off the dribble, drill the three, and assist-make off the move. “Tyler is a coach’s dream, a coach on the floor.”says McLaughlin. “He’ll quickly compliment a great group of great talents.”
COACH MARK MCLAUGHLIN --- McLaughlin just retired as a high school basketball coach after 18-seasons on the bench, and has coached for 35-years in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. Founder of the program in 2008, after ten years directing a similar program in Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois, McLaughlin stepped down as lead coach of the Mavericks 17U Black and 17U Gold with the intent of retiring to administrative only duties. After a spring off for the first time in 17-years, McLaughlin returned to lead and “build up” a group of sophomores across the program as talented as any constructed in the history of the Missouri program.