Anton Brookshire named athlete of the week by Ozarks Sports Zone

Ozarks Sports Zone names an outstanding athlete each week, boy or girl, from any sport. This week, it was Yanders Law guard, Anton Brookshire.

To no one’s surprise, a healthy Anton Brookshire is producing plenty of buckets and wins for Kickapoo this season. After his injury contributed to their losing the final seven games of last season, so does his health contribute to their 7-3 start this year. As Mark Spillane reported in the article from the O-Zone, Anton holds averages of 18.3 points, 5.3 boards, and 4.2 assists per contest.

Anton has taken on more of a leadership role this season, following a successful, but shortened freshman campaign. Brookshire began the year with All-District aspirations, but may need even loftier goals if he continues to push the Kickapoo Chiefs.

One of the top sophomore recruits in the state, Anton is a gym rat that is not afraid to put in the work to be ready for big moments. Ozarks Sports Zone is not the only entity recognizing Anton’s talents. He holds outstanding offers from Missouri State, UWM, UNLV, Texas State, and Tennessee State as well as interest from Missouri, OSU, Tulsa, and Creighton.

We have spoken before about how Anton Brookshire exemplifies what a Yanders Law and The Basketball Movement player is all about on and off the court. Anton is a great young man with a bright future. It is good to stop and appreciate each victory and accolade as he sets his sights high.

When The Basketball Movement interviewed Anton before the season, he spoke about contributing as a corer to the point defenses collapse on him, allowing him to become a distributor. So far, so good for Anton as he is undoubtedly at the top of opponent’s scouting reports.

Congrats to Anton for this cool shout-out that included some nice words from his coach, Mitch McHenry. Everyone that has been around Brookshire always has good things to say. We are no different and we are excited to see how high Anton can fly this season and beyond.

Yanders Law's Isaac Haney at The Basketball Movement

YANDERS LAW SOPHOMORE, ISAAC HANEY HAS BEEN DOING BIG THINGS FOR DORA AND IS LOOKING LIKE A STRONG D-1 TALENT.

Fresh off of a 48 point scoring blitz with nine assists against Lutie (Theodosia, MO) and helping Dora win the Cabool Holiday tournament, Isaac Haney just can’t help but get back in the gym. Luckily for the both of us, that gym is located in the heart of The Basketball Movement.

For a long time, Haney has been putting in crazy work at The Basketball Movement and for Yanders Law teams. His relationship with our coaches has come easily; he has the hard-working, nose to the grindstone mentality that we thrive on.

In only his second year of high school at a smaller school in Dora, Isaac “Ice” Haney has been getting plenty of collegiate attention. He has outstanding offers from Clevelend State and Grambling while receiving interest from Missouri State and Nebraska Omaha.

In speaking with The Basketball Movement, Haney says that he has been focusing on multiple areas of his game. “I’ve been refining all my skills - getting better at finding holes in the defense, improving my mid-range game, and getting more athletic and stronger.” Not only has Isaac added a few inches of height just recently, but his efforts to get stronger are clearly paying off as well.

We asked Isaac if there were any players he is modeling his game after. His initial response was “Steve Nash” because he likes to be in control, distribute, and still get his (though Nash never dropped 48). He did also mention that he has a JJ Redick mentality, highlighting his quick-trigger. The nod to Redick actually makes a lot of sense when watching Haney in action.

ISAAC HANEY AT THE BASKETBALL MOVEMENT

From the pressbox at The Basketball Movement, you can take in every bit of action in the facility. Coach Rob was working with Isaac recently (while his media crew filmed with a drone by the way... this place is next-level) and getting up jumpers. Haney’s jumper actually looked like JJ Redick’s shooting form. If you know hoops, you know that spells perfection. His follow through just screams shooter.

Coach Rob gushed about getting to help Haney grow over the years.

This kid is a great player. He has a savage mentality that always makes you feel like he can win you the game. He is making a case to be the best sophomore in Missouri right now.
— Rob Yanders

Normally when you see Rob throw an hour on the clock, you know you are about to see someone get their butt kicked. Watching Haney, you get the sense that he loves the pain. The tired forearms, the mental strain to lock into a Rob workout, and the jelly legs are things that most players dread. Haney knows that means he is improving. That is why he keeps coming back.

The Basketball Movement is easily the best place to come. Rob is one hundred percent the best in the business. In my time here I have improved by leaps and bounds in all ways.
— Isaac Haney

Isaac Haney is not going to stop improving, which means he won’t stop coming to The Basketball Movement. Haney knows where to go for the best of the best. We are simply thrilled to have gotten to know and watch as another young man betters himself everyday.

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Zach Howell and Kanon Gipson - Blue and Gold division winners

Yanders Law and The Basketball Movement’s Zach Howell and Kanon Gipson help their teams to titles in the Blue and Gold Tournament’s two divisions.

We are proud of a couple of our players that showed out in The Blue and Gold tournament this week - one of the most prominent annual tourney’s in Southwest Missouri.

In the Blue Division, Logan Rogersville took the title with the help of Yanders Law sharpshooter, Kanon Gipson. Rogersville was picked as a 6 seed and had to go through the 3, 2, AND 1 seeds on their way to the championship. Gipson says this was a big moment and the team is very happy with what they accomplished.

Kanon Gipson is a pure shooter and that shined through several times in the tournament. The biggest was a three with under a minute to play in the championship game. When asked about the confidence required for a shot like that, he gave a lot of credit to his coaches: “The coaches always tell me your time will come and they give me a green light to shoot.”

Before the championship, he had a three point barrage against Willard, hitting four in a row in the first half. He said that he knew he needed to keep shooting whenever the ball made its way to him, but knew not to force in order to do what was best for the team.

Asked how The Basketball Movement and Yanders Law helped prepare him for moments like these and stages like the championship, he brought it back to coaches once again.

I’ve learned to handle adversity and remain composed. Rob and Craig trained me so hard and it is all paying off.
— Kanon Gipson

Though he’s only a freshman, Zach Howell played a big part in taking Catholic all the way to their second consecutive championship at the Blue and Gold in the Gold Division. “It’s special to be back-to-back champions - it’s a pretty great feeling”.

Currently undefeated, Catholic is certainly off to a hot start. Zach credits the start to playing well as a team and gelling from the get-go. Of course that includes playing hard and having great team defense.

In the championship, he had one of the key plays of the game when he put back a missed dunk by a teammate late. “I saw him going up and could tell it was going to be contested.” Having his teammate’s back and being prepared for anything was a great snapshot of the player Zach is.

We also asked Zach how The Basketball Movement and Yanders Law has helped prepare him for big plays and big games:

I go to The Basketball Movement all the time. Rob has helped me so much. We’ve done so many drills and put in so much work - It has made me confident.
— Zach Howell

Coming off the bench can be a tough challenge, even on a good team. Zach Howell still found a way to put up nice numbers in this tournamnet and we asked him for advice for other players in similar situations. He said that “every player will get their moment.” In order to get a feel coming into the game cold, he says “When you have an opportunity, make sure you take it.”

These two players did a tremendous job of embodying what Yanders Law and The Basketball Movement are all about this weekend. We do our best to grow their skills, conditioning and more, but their determination and passion for the game are their own.

Congrats to Kanon Gipson, Zach Howell, and their teams. Good luck going forward to these and all other Yanders Law players as high school ball starts getting serious. We’ll be watching!

Max Preps early top 25 rankings

Prep basketball authority, MaxPreps has released their first national rankings for high school boys basketball for the young season.

Of course things around here are really focused on Yanders Law teams - one of the top grassroots basketball programs in the Midwest. With school ball underway though, we are going to shift our focus for a moment to high school ball on the national level as we examine the top teams in the country.

MaxPreps is the most diligent site there is for tracking prep sport movement. Their lists like this one are still largely subjective, but also serve as one of the best indicators we have for the top teams in the nation.

It is early in the high school basketball season, but this will still give you a good idea of who sits near the top in the nation for school ball.

All of the teams listed are undefeated, showing the margin of error that exists at this tier. Teams that have picked up losses and fallen off of the top 25 list are Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), Guyer (Denton, Texas), Norcross (Ga.), South Garland (Garland, Texas), and defending champion Shadow Mountain (Phoenix, AZ).

Below is the full list per MaxPreps.com:

  1. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)

  2. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)

  3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

  4. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)

  5. University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

  6. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)

  7. Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.)

  8. La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)

  9. McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)

  10. Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.)

  11. Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)

  12. Rancho Christian (Temecula, Calif.)

  13. Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.)

  14. Belleville West (Belleville, Ill.)

  15. Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah)

  16. Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)

  17. Ranney (Tinton Falls, N.J.)

  18. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wash.)

  19. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)

  20. Federal Way (Wash.)

  21. Vashon (St. Louis, Mo.)

  22. Pinnacle (Phoenix, Az.)

  23. Rainier Beach (Seattle, Wash.)

  24. Carmel Christian (Matthews, N.C.)

  25. Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.)

With plenty of games to go and holiday tournaments coming up, many of these rankings are subject to volatility. It is good to see a few teams on the list from the Midwest - there is a wealth of talent here and it is good to see some recognition of that.

The MaxPreps list on the girl’s side of things is a bit older than the above, resulting in few teams having played more than three games. Even so, that list can be found here.

As high school teams around the county fight to enter the fray on the national level on down to intra-conference play, we will be excitedly watching the basketball goodness unfold.