Krause: Standouts from all four weeks of Summer Varsity League basketball

Omaha Central's John Tonje showcased his versatility during the Summer Varsity League.


Monday night was the last of ​four weekly Monday Night Summer Varsity League sessions at the Iowa West Fieldhouse.

The 14 teams that participated were Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, Bellevue East, Bellevue West, Bennington, Omaha Creighton Prep, Gretna, Council Bluffs Lewis Central, Millard West, Omaha Bryan, Omaha Burke, Omaha Central, Omaha North, Omaha Northwest and Omaha Westside.

Here are some of the top performers from the four weeks of league play:

2019 Omaha Bryan forwards Antoine Curtis and Sam Gregory: It wasn't Omaha Bryan’s talented guards that impressed over the course of this league. It was their forward tandem of Gregory and Curtis. Each are different players but complement each other well. They made problems for opposing frontcourts with Curtis’ athleticism and passing and Gregory’s polished offense and shot blocking. 

2020 Gretna forward Ely Doble: Doble showed a wide array of post moves and displayed a soft touch inside. He is adept at using crafty moves and shot fakes, positioning to score and defending taller opponents in the paint. Gretna will rely on Doble to be a force in the frontcourt this season using his skill and athleticism.

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2019 Omaha Creighton Prep guard Thomas Faber: After missing much of last season due to transfer and and injury, it was nice to see Faber in a leadership role. He shot the ball well, as you would expect, but also played well as the primary ball handler at times.

2019 Bennington wing Karson Gansebom: He did a little bit of everything as the Badgers' leader. He also received his first scholarship offer from Doane on June 25. He handled the ball well and made some key free throws down the stretch. He has a reputation of being an automatic shooter, but he also showed improvement in other facets of his game.

2019 Omaha Northwest wing Kristion Johnson: Johnson will be asked to do many things this season for Omaha Northwest, and he showed he's capable of leading his team with his two-way game. He was often switched on defense, always guarding the opponent’s best player. He is very versatile on offense and displayed his impressive athleticism on a few dunks over defenders.

2021 Millard West forward Evan Meyersick: Meyersick has plenty of room on his frame to gain weight and get stronger, and when he does, it will complement his skill set. He used his length and quickness to run the floor and finish at the rim. Millard West can count on him to block shots and be active on defense.

2019 Omaha Westside forward Chase Thompson: Thompson showed off his combination of skill and size. His ability to bury smaller defenders in the post or step out and score from the perimeter was on display. He also showed good chemistry in pick-and-roll situations with 2020 guard Jadin Booth.

2019 Omaha Central wing John Tonje: To classify Tonje as a “wing” isn’t the perfect fit. Tonje’s game spans the entire court — and he put that versatility on display. He did everything against Omaha Creighton Prep, from handling the ball on pick-and-roll situations, to blocking shots and defending in the paint. Tonje also showed off his touch in the high post and around the basket.

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