Monday, June 27, 2011

USA GBL Top 10 - #9 - Team Heartland

 Nebraska - Iowa - Kansas - Missouri
Population: 14 Million
Coach Jess Settles
#9...Coming in at #7 is a ball-club from a region which is known more for producing football players than basketball players.  But you can throw that fun-fact out the window, because Team Heartland's roster will quickly dispel any notions one might have about Heartland Basketball.  The dynamic of this squad should be interesting.  Everything starts with the #1 Rated PG in America, Marcus Paige, who will bring his left-handed game to UNC in about 500 days.  He is terrific.  At SG, Team Heartland will go with Cameron Beidscheid, a 6'6 scorer who will be going to Notre Dame.  Team Heartland's front-line will be the biggest in the GBL, with 6'8 do-it-all All-American Perry Ellis at SF and the twin-towers of seven-footers Adam Woodberry, (won the MVP at the NBPA Camp) and Willie Cauley (impressed at Amare Stoudamire Skills Academy) down-low on the blocks.  Coming off the bench for Team Heartland will be a quartet that the Spaceship feels will thrive in it's role.  Mike Gessell is a Top 100 combo-guard who will back up both guard spots.  Providing depth on the wings for Team Heartland will be athletic 2013 prospects Ishmail Wainright and Semi Ojeleye.  And backing up the twin towers will be 6'7 face-up PF Kale Abramson, who has a gorgeous stroke and will space the floor.

Team Heartland will be coached by former Iowa Hawkeye star Jess Settles.
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Team Heartland
C - Willie Cauley -7'0 C - Spearville (KS) - ESPN #31
F - Adam Woodbury - 7'0 C - Sioux City, IA - ESPN #57
F - Perry Ellis - 6'8 F - Wichita, Kansas - ESPN #19
G - Cameron Beidscheid - 6'6 - St. Louis, MO - ESPN #69 - (ND)
G - Marcus Paige - 6'1 PG - Marlon, IA - ESPN #27 - (UNC)
F - Kale Abramson - 6'7 SF - Des Moines, Iowa
F - Ishmail Wainright - 6'5 SF - Raytown, MO - ESPN #54/2013
G - Mike Gessell - 6'1 G - Sioux City, Nebraska - ESPN #80
G - Semi Ojeleye - 6'5 G - Ottawa, Kansas - Rivals #63


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