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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ballock continues sharp shooting

Eudora’s Mitchell Ballock (24) looks for a teammate while under pressure from a Scott City defender in the state-championship game of Class 4A-II on Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Park City.

Eudora’s Mitchell Ballock (24) looks for a teammate while under pressure from a Scott City defender in the state-championship game of Class 4A-II on Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Park City.

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Eudora High sophomore guard Mitchell Ballock continues to make a name for himself as one of the country’s top sharpshooters.

The 6-foot-4 Ballock, who won the “best shooter” award at this summer’s Stephen Curry camp in California, placed second at the Under Armour Elite 24 three-point shooting contest on Friday in Brooklyn, New York.

Brandon Ingram, a 6-8 senior forward from Kinston (North Carolina) High, defeated Ballock 13 points to 12 in the final. Ingram will be visiting KU for the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog. Ballock last Monday received a scholarship offer from KU coach Bill Self.

“Thankful for the opportunity I had tonight. It was also good to meet Kemba (Walker, former UConn standout now with Charlotte Hornets),” Ballock wrote on Twitter.

He defeated the likes of Malik Newman, Chase Jeter and Jayson Tatum in the three-point contest. Newman is ranked No. 2 and Jeter No. 8 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com. Tatum is ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2016.

Another Ballock tweet: “New York City and Eudora are a little different from each other.”

KU sophomore Conner Frankamp is a former winner of the Under Armour Elite 24 three-point contest.

As far as the game, Jaylen Brown, a 6-7 senior wing from Wheeler High in Marietta, Georgia, scored 23 points for Team Liberty, a 127-116 winner over Team Freedom. Brown, who is ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, will be visiting KU for the Oct. 10 Late Night.

No. 8-ranked Chase Jeter, who has committed to Duke, had 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Under Armour game.

Kasongo to juco: Ray Kasongo, a 6-9 former Oregon signee who recently visited KU, will play this season at College of Southern Idaho, which is a junior college, Zagsblog.com reports. Kasongo did not meet Oregon’s standards of admission, though his mentor recently said he was qualified academically for a scholarship.

Comments

Jonathan Allison 5 years, 7 months ago

12 points isn't very good in a 3pt shootout. Anybody know what Mitchell's highest round was? Hopefully 18+. Of course, these guys aren't necessarily accustomed to competing on an open air court either, outside of playing pickup ball on the playground.

Jonathan Allison 5 years, 7 months ago

Now that's a very respectable total. Just saying that he lost 12 to 13 in the final doesn't represent that.

Walter Bridges 5 years, 7 months ago

It's pretty common for the numbers to drop in the final round as the arms start getting heavy.

Shannon Gustafson 5 years, 7 months ago

He had 17, then 21, then 12 in the final. He actually had a higher total score (3 combined rounds) than anyone else.

Walter Bridges 5 years, 7 months ago

We have quite a few visits coming up soon:

Cheick Diallo 2015

Jaylen Brown

Stephen Zimmerman

Carlton Bragg

Tyler Dorsey

Brandon Ingram

Schnider Herard 2016

Trae Young 2017

I hope the fans turn-up October 10th..they always do.

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