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AAU basketball tournaments come to Fieldhouse of Kansas City and Okun Fieldhouse

The KC Hardwood Classic at the Fieldhouse of Kansas City in Overland Park is an AAU event for top prep basketball players to showcase their skills. In 2012, Clayton Custer (right), who went to Blue Valley Northwest, played in the game. Custer will play at Iowa State next season.
The KC Hardwood Classic at the Fieldhouse of Kansas City in Overland Park is an AAU event for top prep basketball players to showcase their skills. In 2012, Clayton Custer (right), who went to Blue Valley Northwest, played in the game. Custer will play at Iowa State next season. Special to The Star

A collection of college basketball coaches from around the country will be bouncing around Kansas City this weekend, as a pair of dueling AAU tournaments take place across the metro area.

It’s the final weekend of the official July recruiting period, and the last opportunity for college coaches to evaluate high school players in person before the fall.

The “KC Hardwood Classic” begins on Thursday evening at the Fieldhouse of Kansas City (12140 W. 135th Street, Overland Park), while the “Sunflower Showcase” starts the same day at Okun Fieldhouse (20200 Johnson Dr., Shawnee).

A cache of top recruits — and perhaps future college stars — will be on the floor at both venues.

Among those in attendance: Allonzo Trier, a top shooting guard in the class of 2015, will play for Athletes First at the Sunflower Showcase. Trier, who has a scholarship offer from Kansas, is rated as Rivals’ No. 12 overall player in the class of 2015 and will be a senior at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. His scholarship offer list also includes Indiana, Georgetown, UConn and many others. Trier’s Athletes First team will open the tournament against the Florida Flash at 7 p.m. Thursday at Okun Fieldhouse.

The Kansas City-based MoKan grassroots program will highlight the bill at the KC Hardwood Classic. The MoKan U17 team features Mizzou target Juwan Morgan, a 6-foot-7 forward from Waynesville, Mo., and top-100 guard Shake Milton, an Owasso, Okla., native who has drawn interest from Kansas and has offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Illinois, among others.

The MoKan U17 team begins play against Complete Hoops at 6:10 p.m. Thursday at the Fieldhouse of Kansas City.

Other players to watch: Kansas target Chieck Diallo, a highly-regarded power forward in the class of 2015, was supposed to compete for New York-based Team Scan. But an injury could keep Diallo sidelined for the weekend, tourney organizers said. Diallo has offers from Kansas and Kentucky, among others, and is rated as Rivals’ No. 5 overall prospect in the 2015 class.

The MoKan U-16 team also features some potential high-major recruits in the class of 2017. Michael Porter, a 6-foot-8 swingman from Columbia, and Jeremiah Tilmon, a 6-foot-10 center from East St. Louis, are both top-five players nationally in the 2017 class.

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rustindodd.

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