World-Herald prep recruiting specialist Mike Sautter spent the weekend at the 2018 River Cities Summer Tip Off at the Iowa West Field House in Council Bluffs.
Over 175 teams in 15 divisions from third grade through high school competed.
Here are the standout performers.
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2019 guard Shereef Mitchell: Mitchell has never lost a game at River Cities dating back to his elementary years. His floor game was tremendous throughout the weekend. He took over as a scorer when the situation called for it. He is the entire package — defender, scorer and passer.
2019 Kearney forward Shiloh Robinson: Robinson was a dominant force in the semifinals against All Iowa Attack’s duo of long, athletic post players. He scored 30 points and grabbed six rebounds against Attack. He looked a lot more comfortable around the basket and connected on a handful of 3-pointers.
2019 Aurora guard Baylor Scheierman: It is looking more like South Dakota State got a steal when Scheierman committed to the Jackrabbits in the fall of 2017. He is an elite passer and plays the game with an undeniable passion.
2019 Lincoln North Star forward Josiah Allick: Allick was OSA 17U National’s best player at River Cities. He is a long, athletic forward that is active on both ends of the floor. He is good at using his athleticism to get past defenders. Allick has a high motor and is crafty around the rim.
2019 Omaha South guard Ta’Vion Anderson: He understands the game, has a high basketball IQ and is a better passer than one would think. An explosive athlete that won’t back down from a challenge, he uses his quickness to get past defenders. He earned his first scholarship offer Saturday after impressing Doane coaches.
2020 Omaha Skutt guard Tyson Gordon: Gordon was the best player on the floor in the championship game against Omaha Elite. Gordon connected on all five of his shots in the first half for 11 of his game-high 14 points. He is one of, if not the fastest player in Nebraska with and without the ball.
2020 Omaha North wing Wal Chuol: Chuol uses his length to disrupt passing lanes and can score in a variety of ways. He had 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in the semifinals against All Iowa Attack.
2020 Elkhorn South forward Zach Lafave: Lafave scored in double figures in three of OSA 16U Gauntlet’s six games. On Saturday against Nebraska Select, Lafave led OSA in three categories with 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. When engaged, he can impact the game in a variety of ways — diving for loose balls, grabbing key rebounds, playing with physicality and blocking shots.
2020 Omaha South guard Tyrece Griggs: Griggs, one of the more athletic players in the class, is capable of making some highlight plays around the basket. On Sunday, Griggs led short-handed Omaha Elite with 16 points and seven assists in the semifinals against All Iowa Attack 10th Black.
2020 Lincoln Pius X guard Kolbe Rada: Rada was a major factor on both ends of the floor in the quarterfinals against eventual runner-up All Iowa Attack Red. He handled the ball against heavy pressure and created open shots. He finished with an efficient 20 points, knocking down four 3-pointers. OSA also asked him to guard 2022 guard Tamin Lipsey, who holds a scholarship offer from Iowa State.
2021 Yutan guard Brady Timm: Not many knew how good Brady Timm was outside of Yutan and Class C-2 prior to the weekend. Timm made a statement with a pair of 30-point performances. Defenders couldn’t keep him off the free-throw line and he knocked down 3-pointers at a high rate. Timm put the team on his back and led Bison Gold I on a deep run as it fell in the semifinals.
2021 Millard North wing Hunter Sallis: Sallis holds a scholarship offer from Drake and is just scratching the surface of how good he can be. In the quarterfinals, Sallis finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and three assists against Johnson County (Kansas) Hoops. He followed that with a 14-point performance in the semifinals.
2012 Omaha Creighton Prep post AJ Rollins: Rollins will be an impact player for the Junior Jays on the football field in the fall as a tight end. He is a physical basketball player with strong hands and is capable of scoring against taller players. Rollins can be dominant in the paint at times and plays with good energy.
2021 Lincoln Southeast wing Ajantae Hogan: Hogan has great scoring ability and uses his length defensively. He can rise up and finish with authority at the rim while also making contested shots from distance.