Lee’s Summit will be well represented in this year’s annual Kansas vs. Missouri High School All-Star Challenge.
The event, which features games between rosters of Kansas and Missouri boys’ and girls’ basketball stars, will include three boys and two girls from the city’s three schools when it tips off April 13 at Avila Univeristy.
Lee’s Summit West’s Christian Bishop and Yor Anei were selected along with Lee’s Summit’s Will Eames for the Missouri boys, while Lee’s Summit North’s Aiyana Johnson and Tiana Gipson will play for the Missouri girls.
Bishop — a 6-foot-8 forward, who signed in November with Greighton — averaged a team-best 15.4 points and 10 rebounds per game last season as he led the Titans to a 22-5 record and the Class 5, District 13 championship. He also was selected recently as one of five finalists for the DiRenna Award, which will be announced April 12.
Anei, a 6-10 forward, averaged 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in his one season with the Titans after transferring from Shawnee Mission South. Anei signed with Oklahoma State last November.
Finally, Eames, a 6-4 forward, averaged 16.4 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Tigers, who finished 14-12 overall.
The Missouri boys’ team features three other DiRenna Award finalists aside from Bishop: Oak Park’s Ochai Agbaji, Liberty’s Jalen Lewis, and Hogan Prep’s Damien Daniels. Agbaji, a 6-5 forward, has committed to Kansas.
The rest of the Missouri roster includes Jordan Lathon and Mason Taylor of Class 4 state champion Grandview along with Deng Bol and Tijani Babikir of North Kansas City, Xavier Rhodes of Rockhurst, Jamar Madge Jr. and Sevon Witt of Raytown South, Ronnie Bell of Park Hill, and Diego Bernard of St. Joseph Lafayette.
The Missouri boys will be coached by Rob Heitman of Class 3 state champ Hogan Prep and Reggie Morris of Grandview.
Among the girls, Johnson, who is also a DiRenna finalist, averaged 18.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game to lead the Broncos, who finished 21-6 and advanced to the Class 5 state quarterfinals. Gipson, a 5-2 senior guard who transferred from O’Hara, averaged 12.5 points a game.
Joining Jonson and Gipson on the Missouri girls’ team are Shelby Martinez of Raymore-Peculiar, Amaya Adams of Notre Dame de Sion, Brodi Byrd and Erin Davis of Truman, Kinly Grubb of Odessa, Antionette Mussorici of St. Pius X, Kayel Newland of Liberty, Jill Rumpf of Mid-Buchanan, Tracy Byrd of St. Joseph Lafayette, Callie Schwarzenbach of Kearney, Taiya Shelby of Park Hill, Cassidy Turner of North Kansas City and Kate Walsworth of Barstow.
Kearney girls’ coach Troy Resler and assistant Mindy Gray, who led the Bulldogs to the Class 4 state tournament last month, will coach the Missouri women along with Bud Nelson and Randy Florence of Odessa.
The All-Star Challenge will begin with the girls’ game at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 7:45. A slam-dunk contest will take place during halftime of the boys’ game. Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students, will be available at the door only.