2016-17 All-Missourian Boys Basketball Team

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Laura Simon

Joshua Robinson, sr., Perryville

Jersey number: 10

Height: 6-foot-3

Position: Point guard

AAU/travel team: Perryville

Plans after graduation: Attend Lindenwood University and major in sports management

Favorite team tradition: Team meal before big games

Favorite memory from this season: Putting in 40 points against Park Hills

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: The right wing

Favorite gym to play in: Park Hills

Favorite shoes to play in: Kyrie 2s

Favorite basketball player: LeBron James

Best player you've faced: Al Young

Describe you coach in three words or less: Disciplined

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Brandon Renaud

What's your strength as a basketball player: Driving to the rim and either scoring or dishing it off

What part of your game do you want to improve: My defense

Best basketball-related advice you've received: Putting in time when no one is watching

What does basketball mean to you: It's a passion of mine, and it's one of the things I love the most


Laura Simon

Blake Bauwens, sr., Notre Dame

Jersey number: 10

Height: 6-foot-0

Position: Point guard/semoball

Plans after graduation: Going to college but undecided where

Favorite team tradition: Springfield Catholic Tournament

Favorite memory from this season: Winning the Springfield Catholic Tournament

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Anywhere from the 3-point line

Favorite gym to play in: Sikeston, Jackson, Notre Dame

Favorite shoes to play in: Jordans, Kobes

Favorite basketball player: Kobe Bryant

Best player you've faced: Michael Porter Jr.

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Winston Welter, Weiguo Wu

What's your strength as a basketball player: Shooting, ball handling, leadership

What part of your game do you want to improve: Defense

Best basketball-related advice you've received: Just be who you are and have confidence in yourself

What does basketball mean to you: It's a lot more than just a game. It's where you can meet some of your best friends and learn life lessons. It's where you will make memories that will last you a lifetime.


Andrew J. Whitaker

William Rogers, sr., Saxony Lutheran

Jersey number: 1

Height: 6-foot-3

Position: Point guard

AAU/travel team: Rainmakers

Plans after graduation: Attend college, play basketball

Favorite team tradition: "Adam, Adam. Where are you?"

Favorite memory from this season: Hitting deep 3s in Charleston game

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Prefer to throw it down

Favorite gym to play in: Saxony's gym, "Crusader Life Arena"

Favorite shoes to play in: Kobe 11s

Favorite basketball player: Keevin Dyke

Describe you coach in three words or less: Ride or die

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Kaleb Inman/Trae Robinson

What's your strength as a basketball player: Being able to dish, dunk or shoot

What part of your game do you want to improve: Consistency

Best basketball-related advice you've received: The only mistake I can make is not playing the Delly Way

What does basketball mean to you: It's everything. It's my lifeline, and it's my bond with Delly Squad.


Andrew J. Whitaker

Cameron Hester, jr., Jackson

Jersey number: 32

Height: 6-foot-7

Position: Center

AAU/travel team: SEMO Storm

Favorite team tradition: Hey Burrito chant

Favorite memory from this season: Winning our fifth straight district title over Poplar Bluff on their own floor

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Dunking

Favorite gym to play in: Jackson's event center or Sikeston's Fieldhouse

Favorite shoes to play in: Kobe 10s

Favorite basketball player: Karl-Anthony Towns

Best player you've faced: Carte'Are Gordon

Describe you coach in three words or less: Smart, caring, trustworthy

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Seth Beussink with his outrageous opinions

What's your strength as a basketball player: Strength in the low post

What part of your game do you want to improve: Free throws

Best basketball-related advice you've received: "Embrace the suck" --Coach Holloway

What does basketball mean to you: It's been my life since fifth grade and I love it


Andrew J. Whitaker

Dawson Mayo, sr., Advance

Jersey number: 50

Height: 6-foot-4

Position: Center

Plans after graduation: Attend Mineral Area College, play baseball, AG business degree

Favorite team tradition: Team prayer

Favorite memory from this season: Winning Stoddard County and going to state

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: The paint

Favorite gym to play in: Mizzou and Advance

Favorite shoes to play in: Hyperdunks

Favorite basketball player: Tyler Hansbrough

Best player you've faced: Levi Hargrove

Describe you coach in three words or less: Hard-working, determined

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Brendan Crader

What's your strength as a basketball player: Rebounding

What part of your game do you want to improve: Free-throws

Best basketball-related advice you've received: Let the game come to you

What does basketball mean to you: Family and hard work


Andrew J. Whitaker

Deantrell Beard, sr., Scott County Central

Jersey number: 4

Height: 6-foot-2

Position: Small forward

Plans after graduation: Play basketball at a college (undecided) and get my degree

Favorite team tradition: Huddling up before the game saying, "Can't stop, won't stop"

Favorite memory from this season: Winning districts

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Corner (left)

Favorite gym to play in: Scott County Central

Favorite shoes to play in: Orange hyperdunks

Favorite basketball player: Julian Beard (my brother)

Best player you've faced: Dontarius Sharp

Describe you coach in three words or less: Aggressive, loud

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Deven Blackmon or Keyth Blissett

What's your strength as a basketball player: My post game and my mid-range

What part of your game do you want to improve: Defense

Best basketball-related advice you've received: "Never get outworked by anyone"

What does basketball mean to you: A lot. I have a lot of passion for the game.


Laura Simon

Jacob Shoemaker, soph., Oran

Jersey number: 34

Height: 5-foot-10

Position: Guard

Favorite team tradition: Pray before every game

Favorite memory from this season: Winning state

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Anywhere

Favorite gym to play in: Mizzou Arena

Favorite shoes to play in: Westbrooks

Favorite basketball player: Russell Westbrook

Best player you've faced: Dune Piper

Describe you coach in three words or less: Old, hard working, father

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Todd Priggel

What's your strength as a basketball player: Unselfish, competitive

What part of your game do you want to improve: Defense

Best basketball-related advice you've received: Never give up

What does basketball mean to you: Everything


Laura Simon

Max Priggel, sr., Oran

Jersey number: 23

Height: 6-foot-0

Position: Shooting guard

Plans after graduation: Go to college and get a degree in agriculture

Favorite team tradition: Pray before every game

Favorite memory from this season: Winning state championship

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Half court

Favorite gym to play in: Mizzou Arena

Favorite shoes to play in: KDs

Favorite basketball player: MJ

Best player you've faced: Deric Jones from Hartville

Describe you coach in three words or less: Smart, hard working, overweight

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Todd Priggel

What's your strength as a basketball player: I never give up

What part of your game do you want to improve: Making wide-open 3s

Best basketball-related advice you've received: Push yourself as hard as you can, but don't try to do too much

What does basketball mean to you: A state championship


Andrew J. Whitaker

Armani Vermillion, jr., Advance

Jersey number: 1

Height: 6-foot-0

Position: Point guard

AAU/travel team: Premier Rainmakers

Favorite team tradition: "Family," "one team," "one heart"

Favorite memory from this season: Going to state

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Mid-range

Favorite gym to play in: Advance

Favorite shoes to play in: LeBron soldiers 10

Favorite basketball player: Kyrie Irving

Best player you've faced: Lemme Williams

Describe you coach in three words or less: Greatest of All

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Preston, Dawson, Brendan

What's your strength as a basketball player: Getting people open going to the basket scoring

What part of your game do you want to improve: Shooting outside shots

Best basketball-related advice you've received: "Grandfather. It isn't over until it's over."

What does basketball mean to you: Everything. It's changed my life.


Dylan Keller, sr., Scott City

Jersey number: 1

Height: 5-foot-9

Position: Point guard

AAU/travel team: Missouri Mavericks

Plans after graduation: Get a construction management degree, maybe play college basketball

Favorite team tradition: Pre-gaming with my teammates

Favorite memory from this season: Scoring 41 last regular-season game against Scott County

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Top of the key

Favorite gym to play in: My homecourt

Favorite shoes to play in: Kyrie 3s

Favorite basketball player: LeBron James

Best player you've faced: Bol Bol

Describe you coach in three words or less: He's always there

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Spencer Stratman

What's your strength as a basketball player: Play making

What part of your game do you want to improve: Defense

Best basketball-related advice you've received: Stay in the gym

What does basketball mean to you: Ball is life


Andrew J. Whitaker

Michael McCormick, sr., Woodland

Jersey number: 54

Height: 6-foot-7

Position: 3, 4, 5

AAU/travel team: Southern Illinois Select

Plans after graduation: Attend college on a basketball scholarship and study the Sciences

Favorite memory from this season: Winning the Woodland Invitational Tournament again

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Beyond the arch

Favorite gym to play in: Woodland High School

Favorite shoes to play in: Kyrie 2s

Favorite basketball player: LeBron James

Best player you've faced: Zach Beel

Describe you coach in three words or less: Discipline, charismatic, experienced

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Tyler Womack

What's your strength as a basketball player: My length, I.Q. and court vision

What part of your game do you want to improve: My handles and my vertical

Best basketball-related advice you've received: Be the teammate you wish you had

What does basketball mean to you: Basketball is an environment that shows someone's true character when things get tough


Laura Simon

Cole Nichols, sr., Bell City

Jersey number: 12

Height: 6-foot-1

Position: Point guard

Plans after graduation: Play junior college baseball at Maple Woods

Favorite team tradition: Breaking down to family

Favorite memory from this season: Making it to the district championship

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Wing

Favorite gym to play in: SEMO

Favorite shoes to play in: Hyperdunks

Favorite basketball player: Kobe Bryant

Best player you've faced: Dawson Mayo

Describe you coach in three words or less: Hard working, proud

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Clayson Anderson

What's your strength as a basketball player: Jumping and shooting

What part of your game do you want to improve: All of it

Best basketball-related advice you've received: Be a Warrior

What does basketball mean to you: Find out what kind of person you are when things aren't going your way

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