High School Sports

Suburban Conference boys basketball outlook

Here is the season outlook for the Suburban Conference boys basketball season, with projected order of finish.

Suburban Gold

1. Blue Springs South

2. Liberty

3. Blue Springs

4. Lee's Summit

5. Lee's Summit North

6. Raymore-Peculiar


With a front line that includes three players 6 feet 7 or taller — Kevin Puryear, Kendall Blanton and Jacob Taylor — Blue Springs South is the favorite to repeat as conference champion. Puryear, a junior, is already receiving much interest from Division I schools. But a young backcourt offers question marks for the Jaguars, and that leaves the door open for another team to contend. Liberty, led by all-state guard Kellan Turner, could certainly challenge for the conference title. Blue Springs High has two reliable post players in seniors Elijah Lee and Coby Isabel who figure to pose matchup problems, and Lee's Summit junior Drew Lock might be the most talented player in the league.

Suburban Red

1. Lee's Summit West

2. Park Hill South

3. Ruskin

4. St. Joseph Central

5. Truman

6. Park Hill


Lee's Summit West and Park Hill South likely will be in a two-horse race for the league title. The Titans return the bulk of a team that won 21 games and might be the area's most athletic team. Monte Harrison, Gary Davis, Jarred Dixon and Ryan Williams return as starters with the latter three all possessing the ability to handle the ball. Park Hill South once again can boast of one of the taller teams in the area — top scoring options Robert Lane, Hudson Welty and Payton Meek are 6 feet 4 or taller. Truman and Ruskin experienced a lot of turnover and expects to improve improve as the season progresses, and. Park Hill expects to take a significant step forward after its five-win season.

Suburban White

1. Fort Osage

2. William Chrisman

3. Oak Park

4. Raytown

5. Belton

6. North Kansas City

7. Staley


The conference projects as wide open, which should make for an intriguing season. Fort Osage won the title for the first time in 43 years, but the Indians must replace all three post players. That puts more focus on guards Will Penamon and Skylar Thompson. A year after leading St. Pius X to the Missouri Class 3 state championship game, coach Chad Wright has taken over at William Chrisman, which returns junior guard Chris Horn, senior forward Alex Ball and senior Brett Pendergist. Raytown's Cody Buford is also in his first year as coach and will look to build an offense around center Jailen Gill. After starting slowly last season, Oak Park had a strong finish and hopes to retain that momentum.

Suburban Blue

1. Grandview

2. Liberty North

3. Kearney

4. Winnetonka

5. Raytown South

6. Platte County


A league that provided tightly-contested games a year ago figures to do the same. Grandview possesses a senior-laded team, led by Tyrone Taylor, a Division I recruit, and post player Nelson Nweke. That still may not be enough to finish ahead of Liberty North, which won the league title and returns Brinkley Jolly, a four-year starter who has polished moves in the post. Kearney senior Dray Starzl averaged nearly a double-double with 12.7 points and 9.8 rebounds. Winnetonka and Raytown South shouldn't be counted out of the mix — each has the talent to beat any other teajm on any given night.