Anton Brookshire

Yanders Law Blue Elite (16u) - Homegrown, top-tier AAU squad

Today we spotlight the 16 & under Yanders Law Blue Elite team that is living up to their name and putting the AAU scene on notice.

The NY2LA Spring Warm Up over the weekend confirmed what many already knew: the Yanders Law program can claim many of the top sophomores not only in the state, but beyond. Yanders Law Blue Elite defeated the Green Bay Gunners, ET21 Buckeyes, Mac Irvin Fire EYBL, and Team Teague in the 16u platinum bracket.

Blue Elite fell to Meanstreets (another EYBL team), which went on to win the bracket. This Yanders Law squad is a team of guys from Southwest Missouri that have mostly been playing with each other for four or five years. Many of these other teams consist of new, recruited players from a wide area.

For Yanders Law Blue Elite to be able to hang with teams that have shoe deals or NBA players backing them is immensely impressive. With all the noise this team is making after just a couple weeks of practice together, a few of these guys are likely to be more heavily recruited themselves.

Every player on this team contributed in one way or another at the NY2LA Spring Warm Up. Scoring, defending, or being active from the sidelines are all important; we saw plenty of that this weekend. One player that has truly upped his game recently is Zach Howell, and it showed in Milwaukee.

“Zach has improved a ton” said Yanders Law founder and namesake, Rob Yanders. “He hit some huge shots this weekend and showed out.” Another player that was making things look easy against stiff competition was Anton Brookshire.

In a recap of early tournament action, the NY2LA website had this to say about Brookshire:

Brookshire really captains the ship for his team with his play and is efficient in his work. He picked up where he left off last summer with a solid opening game, getting to the hoop and finishing with good control, burying shots from both the mid and long levels and was otherwise operating as a facilitator for his teammates, pushing the ball up the floor and getting his guys scoring opportunities.
— NY2LAsports.com

One more player that has to be named is Isaac Haney. If you were paying attention to his season in Dora, you know that he has taken his game to another stratosphere. The kid can score with ease and had one of the prettiest shots in the whole tournament, regardless of age or association.

Things are just getting started for not only this team, but all of Yanders Law Basketball. To keep track of our guys and girls, make sure to follow along on Twitter @YandersLaw and add us on Facebook.

Two-on-One: Anton Brookshire and Carson Noel

Kickapoo High teammates, Anton Brookshire and Carson Noel team up again as Yanders Law begins it’s spring basketball circuit.

Now in Wisconsin for the NY2LA Swish ‘N Dish Spring Warm Up, we had a chance to catch up with Anton Brookshire and Carson Noel before they headed to Milwaukee. Coming off of a successful year at Kickapoo High School, the pair are ready to make a splash in spring and summer ball.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Anton Brookshire has been with Yanders Law for a while now. Carson has only been coming around to The Basketball Movement for a year or so. “I know this is where Coach Chris played and I‘ve had some teammates play here” Carson said. “Still I recognize a lot of these guys, but there are some new faces.”

Anton says that he has known most of his Yanders Law teammates since 6th grade and has played AAU with many of them for several years now.

When asked what they took away from this past season of school ball, Carson talked on the importance of playing every game and going through every practice playing your hardest. Anton said that it felt good to get as far as they did as a team. “I feel that we could’ve made it to state. We ran into an opponent that was loaded, but that happens” said Brookshire.

With just a few short weeks of practice, the guys have headed to Milwaukee to show what they can do as a unit. Anton noted that the competition would be consistently tougher for spring and summer AAU compared to school ball. He and Carson agreed that a similar mentality would still be necessary: aggressiveness. Being ready to kill it when the time comes, but still keeping teammates involved.

Spring and summer are great times to get a step up on competition by improving many facets of your game. In particular, Carson said that he would be looking to improve his shot, seeing the floor, and know what’s coming. That last one is an important part of your game that Rob Yanders and the Yanders Law coaches can cultivate in young players.

Anton said that he is wanting to step up his defense and his leadership. “I’ve already grown as a leader playing varsity this year, but I want to continue to grow.”

Both of these young men are approaching the “offseason” the right way. In order to continuously improve, basketball needs to be approached frequently, aggressively, and passionately. This NY2LA Spring Warm Up is a great start and will provide numerous lessons, win-or-lose.

For more Yanders Law action keep checking back with us right here.

Super sophomores make All-State teams

Anton Brookshire and Isaac Haney top off incredible sophomore seasons with All-State team selections.

We have bragged a lot this season about Yanders Law and The Basketball Movement athletes, Anton Brookshire and Isaac Haney. What began the season as a couple of sophomores that were defying lofty expectations turned into routine torchings of bigger, stronger, and older opponents. What seemed exceptional in the early going became routine for these two athletes.

Anton Brookshire led his Kickapoo team on an incredible stretch that fell just short of a Missouri Class 5 final four appearance. Along the way, Brookshire was named Player of the Year in his conference as well as POY in District 11. His buzzer beater to seal the district championship certainly didn’t hurt his cause for that honor.

Again, only a sophomore, Brookshire has been named to the All-State team for Missouri’s largest class. Anton has already been receiving plenty of interest and offers from good basketball schools, but his stock is undoubtedly about to spike following a fantastic finish to his year two campaign.

Isaac Haney had himself an eventful sophomore season as well. “Ice” Haney was on a heater all season long. Like Brookshire, Isaac was all-conference, all-district, and all-state for class 1 in Missouri. He carried Dora all the way to the state championship game, coming up just shy of a perfect season.

Despite Dora losing their final game, individually, Isaac Haney’s body of work was undeniable and he was named Missouri Class 1 Player of the Year. This is an incredible honor that will also draw the attention of multiple D-1 programs, regardless of class. The size of your school doesn’t matter when you can put the ball in the hole at an elite level.

Congratulations to both of these young men who had exemplary years for their high school teams. We’ve said it before, but their work ethic and dedication perfectly personifies what we strive for at The Basketball Movement and within the Yanders Law program. We could not be more proud and are thrilled to get to see these guys in action for years to come.

Players from Yanders Law set to face off

With their teams gearing up for a Missouri class 5 sectional showdown, we talk to a few of our athletes as they prepare for battle.

Anton Brookshire and Elijah Bridgers play for perhaps Springfield, MO’s most prominent basketball school - Kickapoo High. They are also players that we have had the privilege of working with at The Basketball Movement and Yanders Law. Drew McMillin is another one, but he plays for a Republic squad that has exceeded expectations and finds themselves squaring off with the above Kickapoo duo in sectionals.

Kickapoo won their district title in dramatic fashion and are now hoping to go on a run. Following a workout at The Basketball Movement, we chatted with Brookshire and Bridgers to get a feel for their mindset as the stage continues to get bigger and brighter.

Perhaps no player in the state has made the splash to this point that Kickapoo’s Anton Brookshire has. That splash being a game-winning three pointer to take the district title over Nixa.

Anton Brookshire

During the final play of of the district championship game, Anton Brookshire’s adrenaline was pumping. “It was a dream come true. I knew that I would take the shot, but I also knew that I would make the shot.” Despite having such a huge moment already, Anton is poised to raise his stock, even as a sophomore as Kickapoo prepares for sectionals.

Brookshire says they have already watched a lot of film and will continue to scout Republic. He says that the team’s chemistry and bonding these last few weeks has grown exponentially and that they will be ready.

Being at The Basketball Movement almost everyday surrounded by good people has made me grow as a player and a person. The way my game has grown - I think that this is the greatest environment a player can be in.
— Anton Brookshire

Elijah Bridgers

Another Kickapoo player, junior Elijah Bridgers can confirm that the team is focused, determined, and willing to do whatever it takes to stay alive. “We approach every game the same way, but this time of year, you have to turn it up,” Bridgers said.

If they play the right way, Elijah says they can beat anyone. He pointed out that they have already beaten plenty of good teams this season. Asked about takeaways from Rob and Yanders Law, Bridgers said that the intensity will translate well into March basketball. Every time you take the floor for Yanders Law, you need to bring your A-game. The same will certainly apply at sectionals as well.

Drew McMillin

On the other side of things, we had the opportunity to chat with Republic’s Drew McMillin before Thursday’s big tilt. In his time with Yanders Law and The Basketball Movement, Drew said that he has learned how to deal with almost all possible situations on the basketball court. This experience will help as Republic locks in on the Kickapoo Chiefs; he says that their coach has stressed the importance of staying in the moment and focusing on taking this run one game at a time.

McMillan says that as they buckle down to face the stiffer competition that the offense has a renewed focus on getting smart shots as opposed to free-flowing ball that could lead to mistakes.

Asked about the biggest moment of the season, Drew believes the win over Ozark to seal the conference championship takes it so far. “We had lost several games before that win and it really helped us to come together,” he said.

A win over Kickapoo in the sectionals may be sweeter, but he’ll have to go through Brookshire, Bridgers, and company to do it.

Good luck to these and all area athletes as high school ball nears its conclusion. Keep and eye out as we talk with more of our successful athletes soon about their quest for a state championship.

Anton Brookshire wins district championship for Kickapoo

Yanders Law and The Basketball Movement’s Anton Brookshire scored three of his 23 big points as the buzzer sounded on Kickapoo’s District Championship victory over Nixa.

Whether it is a walk-off homerun in baseball, an overtime touchdown in football, or a game-winning three in basketball, there are a few plays that outdo the rest. The higher the stakes, the more exciting and memorable the play. Only a sophomore at Kickapoo High, Anton Brookshire pulled off a huge play when the lights were bright.

In the District Championship matchup between the Kickapoo Chiefs and Nixa Eagles, regulation almost did not provide enough time to reach a conclusion. Almost.

Before the buzzer could sound, a cool, collected sophomore guard called game. Anton Brookshire has been making noise for years, but this noise has blared loudly over all that have come before it. All he needed was a little daylight to hoist a game winner from deep that sealed the ship.

In a preseason interview with The Basketball Movement, Brookshire said that the team’s goal was a district title and that he wouldn’t mind being an all-district player as well. You can rest assured that he is setting new goals now, so class 5 Missouri basketball should take notice.

All of the hours spent in the gym, the practices and games that came before - this is the moment that it all lead to. The best part is that there will continue to be more big moments for years, let alone this title run for Kickapoo.

Anton already had offers on the table from Missouri State, UWM, UNLV, Texas State, Bradley, and Tennessee State in addition to interest from OSU, Tulsa, Creighton, and Missouri. That list will only continue to grow with Brookshire’s current and future level of play.

Good luck to Anton Brookshire, his Kickapoo team, and all the other Yanders Law athletes as they make the push to extend their season.

With seasons winding down, don’t forget to have a plan in place this offseason to help you stay sharp.

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 scorer 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.