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2019 EYBL Team Preview: MOKAN Elite (KS)

By D1 Circuit Staff, 04/18/19, 4:45PM EDT

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Team Breakdown

MOKAN Elite (KS) enjoyed another stellar EYBL season in 2018, advancing to the Peach Jam Final Four after a 12-4 regular season. On top of their on-court success, MOKAN's entire graduating lineup is heading to college on a full-ride. Aside from star junior N'Faly Dante returning, MOKAN has a completely new roster in 2019. Year in and year out, MOKAN always finds a way to put a winning product on the floor, and this year should be no different. MOKAN will utilize an 11-man lineup featuring one 5-star and four 4-star recruits according to 247 Sports.

The Star(s)

Dante (247 Composite No. 11) will be on display throughout the season for MOKAN, and the 7-foot big man is constantly getting better. In 2018, Dante averaged 13.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 23 games. Most impressively, Dante shot 63.8 percent from the field. Dante is a natural rim-protector on defense, and his ability to get up and down the floor is something to behold for a player his size. He moves like a guard and is working on his offensive skill-set away from the basket. Dante turned in an impressive junior season for prep power Sunrise Christian (KS), and he'll be looking to have a special encore season on the circuit. He got off to a good start at MADE Hoops' 'The Warmup', showcasing the new aspects of his game that he'll be bringing to the circuit.

The Backcourt

Six guards make up the backcourt for MOKAN. Sophomore Kennedy Chandler is the highest-ranked recruit on the roster, and the Briarcrest Christian (TN) product will look to make an immediate impact for Kansas' EYBL affiliate.  Chandler (247 No. 21) led the Saints to a state high school championship in his first season as a starter. The speedy guard is oozing with potential, but Chandler is mainly focused on improving his defense.  6-foot-4 Jonathan Jackson will play big minutes in the backcourt, adding a sharp-shooting guard with a quick release. Jackson is the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks swingman Justin Jackson who also starred in the EYBL for Houston Hoops in 2014. Speaking of brothers, Coban Porter will also see time in MOKAN's rotation. Porter is the younger brother of former MOKAN stars Michael and Jontay Porter, and the 6-foot-4 guard is making a name for himself. Porter is can fill it up in bunches and was 1st-Team All-Conference selection for Father Tolton (MO). Spencer Bain is on the team for his marksmanship from the perimeter, and he's also a younger brother of an EYBL veteran. His older brother Nathan was an impact player for MOKAN's 17U group during his time with the program, and Spencer will be looking to follow in his footsteps. 6-foot-5 Dylan Branson is in the fold as well, and the First team All-Conference for Mehlville (MO) has deep range and loves to compete. Branson's aggressiveness can make him prone to turning it over, but he excels in transition as a facilitator and can get a bucket for himself when need be. Katrell Raimey rounds out the rotation, and the 6-foot-4 guard is ultra-competitive and is capable of playing some terrific on-ball defense. MOKAN will utilize his energy in a glue-guy role off the bench.


MOKAN junior N'Faly Dante (247 2020 No. 11)

The Frontcourt

The frontcourt is heavily relying on Dante's production, so MOKAN will desperately need him to stay healthy and out of foul trouble if they have plans of competing in Division C. 7-foot, 240-pound big man Davion Bradford is an absolute load in the paint, and if he and Dante share the court together, the opposition will need a lot of luck when attacking the basket. Bradford earned conference player of the year at Melville (MO), following it with a Class 5A First Team All-State selection.

Two ranked juniors will see huge minutes, and Sam Ruzhentsev and Luke Kasubke could very well be the x-factors for MOKAN. Ruzhentsev (247 No. 60) is a big-time swingman prospect that can fill it up from deep. The Hamilton Heights (TN) product is highly-skilled and has athleticism, and he should be a fantastic fit in MOKAN's system. The offers are pouring in for the 6-foot-7 junior, and he's a primed to continue his ascension up the rankings

Kasubke moves to MOKAN after starring with Brad Beal Elite at the E16 level. Kasubke took on a bigger role a Chaminade (MO) high school during the 2018-19 system, and he delivered in a big way. The 6-foot-6 sharpshooter averaged 22 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals per game while knocking down 38 percent of his 182 3-point attempts. Kasubke hit 7 three-pointers in two separate games this season, and he will enter the season as one of the best pure shooters on the circuit. He can do a lot more than just shoot, but containing his shooting stroke will undoubtedly be the primary defensive focus from anyone trying to guard him. 6-foot-7 wing Michael Peake completes the rotation and the high-flying junior is great at doing the little things. He rarely makes a mistake on the court and should act as a great energy guy.

Expectations

MOKAN features 10 juniors and one sophomore, making them one of the most veteran team on the circuit. They will likely go as far as Dante takes them, and if he continues to produce at a high rate, the sky is the limit for MOKAN as a team. Dante's offensive efficiency and rebounding rate are elite, and his presence on the court should lift the play of the rest of the rotation. This program has high expectations, and if one thing is certain, its that they will be locked in defensively. MOKAN has plenty of star-power in their rotation, and anything short of a run in Peach Jam would certainly leave a bad taste in their mouths. 

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