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Washington Invitational Teams

AURORA CHRISTIAN EAGLES

Aurora, Illinois

The Eagles are one of the elite small school teams in Illinois. The Eagles finished last season with a 25-2 record behind the tremendous play of juniors- Will Wolfe and Taaj Davis. Wolfe and Davis are already being offered by several Division I programs. Michael Cruger and Jaehshon Thomas will also be strong offensive contributors for the Eagles this coming season.

Head Coach- Dan Beebe
ToC Record- First Appearance

PLAYERS to watch
6’6” Jr. Will Wolfe
6’1” Jr. Taaj Davis
6’5” Sr. Michael Cruger
6’3” So. Jaehshon Thomas

HARLEM HUSKIES

Machesney Park, Illinois

The Huskies return one of the flashiest Point Guards in Illinois, in 5’10” Sr. Treye Tucker. Joining Tucker in the backcourt will be the team’s top returning scorer, 6’0″ Sr. David Williams (16 ppg). The Huskies will also rely on Tre’Shaun Jones for interior scoring and rebounds.

Head Coach- Mike Winters
ToC Record: First Appearance

PLAYERS to watch
5’10” Sr. Treye Tucker
6’7” Sr. Tre’Shaun Jones
6’0” So. Bryson Thomas
6’0″ Sr. David Williams
5’8” Sr. Dominic Renteria

MEHLVILLE PANTHERS

St. Louis, Missouri

The Panthers return their two top players from last season’s team- 6’4” Jr. King Waller (17 ppg) and 6’5” Jr. Dylan Branson (15 ppg). However, the big news at Mehlville High School is the arrival of 6’7” Jr. Lamontay Daugherty who transferred in from DuQuoin, Illinois during the Spring. Daugherty is an athletic wing who was rated as one of the “Top 5” players in Illinois’ 2020 class. He is being recruited by several DI programs across the Midwest.

Head Coach- Andy Guethle
ToC Record: First Appearance

PLAYERS to watch
6’5” Jr. Dylan Branson
6’7” Sr. Lamontay Daugherty
6’4” Jr. King Waller
6’7” Jr. Mitchel Walters
5’9” Sr. Jai’ryn Pruitt

PACIFICA CHRISTIAN TRITONS

Newport Beach, California

The Tritons are one of the most athletic small schools in California and 6’8” junior Judah Brown is a name you want to remember! The ultra-athletic Brown soars to the bucket and delivers highly entertaining slams in transition. Solomon Davis is a highly-intelligent wing who can score on the take or with a smooth perimeter jumper. Both, Brown and Davis have already received several DI offers!

Head Coach- Jeff Berokoff
ToC Record: First Appearance

PLAYERS to watch
6’8” Jr. Judah Brown
6’7” Sr. Solomon Davis
5’11” Sr. Primo Belfiore
5’10” Jr. Timmy Bahadoor
6’5” Jr. Josh Sims
6’4″ So. Houston Mallette

PEKIN DRAGONS

Pekin, Illinois

Adam Cash
The Dragons are a dead-eye shooting club that lives for the 3-point jumper! Super-Soph Adam Cash and Max Jones can drain jumpers from anywhere on the court. Justin Taphorn and Brady Grashoff are solid wing man who can score on the drive. The paint will be controlled by 6’7” Sr. Patrick Torrey.

PEKIN DRAGONS

Head Coach- Jeff Walraven
ToC Record: 2-5

PLAYERS to watch
6’0” So. Adam Cash
6’5” Jr. Justin Taphorn
6’0” Jr. Max Jones
6’7” Sr. Patrick Torrey
6’2” Jr. Brady Grashoff

PLEASANT GROVE VIKINGS

Pleasant Grove, Utah

The Vikings are the first team from Utah to play in the ToC! Led by their 7’4” Sr. Matthew Van Komen, the Vikings will be looking towards a state championship in March. Van Komen is ranked as one of the “Top 100” players in the 2019 class and is considered by many as the best shot blocker in the nation. Van Komen has verbally committed to the Utes of Utah. Kawika Akina will run the offense for the Vikings, while Casey Brown knocks down jumpers from the wing.

Head Coach- Randy Mc Allister
ToC Record: First Appearance

PLAYERS to watch
7’4” Sr. Matthew Van Komen (Utah)
5’9” Sr. Kawika Akina
6’3” Sr. Casey Brown (Brigham Young)
6’4” Jr. Kael Mikkelsen
5’10” Sr. Tyler Fairbanks

WASHINGTON PANTHERS

Washington, Illinois

Devon Vanderheydt
The Panthers are stocked with super young talent! Six-five Sophomore Devon Vanderheydt is one of the top returning scorers for the Panthers. Freshman Gus Lucas is a big-time prospect with a tremendously high ceiling!

Head Coach- Kevin Brown
ToC Record: 27-18
ToC Championships: 2006, 2007, 2012, 2015- Washington Invitational Champions

PLAYERS to watch
6’5” So. Devon Vanderheydt
6’2” So. Rickey Woods
6’5″ Fr.  Gus Lucas
6’4” Jr. Dane Nieukirk
5’9″ Sr. Dylan Osborne

WEST CENTRAL CO-OP COUGARS

Winchester and Bluffs, Illinois

The Cougars finished with a 24-8 record and a regional championship last season and are looking for more this year as they return three of their top scorers. The junior guard tandem of Gabe Cox and Drew Evans was lethal for the Cougars last season! Cox knows how to play the game as is ranked as one of the top small school players in Illinois! Cole Howard will be looked to for buckets inside.

Head Coach- Ryan Sichting
ToC Record: First Appearance

PLAYERS to watch
6’0” Jr. Gabe Cox
6’1” Jr. Drew Evans
6’5” Jr. Cole Howard
6’5” Sr. Blake Galloway
6’3” Sr. Aaron Brown