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Highlight reel: Seabury freshman Khadre Lane impressive in rout

Bishop Seabury freshman Khadre Lane throws down a two handed slam off an ally-oop pass during the opening seconds against Midland Adventist Academy Thursday, Jan 6, 2011 in Lawrence.

Bishop Seabury freshman Khadre Lane throws down a two handed slam off an ally-oop pass during the opening seconds against Midland Adventist Academy Thursday, Jan 6, 2011 in Lawrence.

January 7, 2011

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Following Seabury Academy’s 64-33 thrashing of Midland Adventist Academy on Thursday night, freshman Khadre Lane emerged from the locker room and was immediately swarmed by a group of classmates.

“That was OK, Khadre,” one said.

The not-so-veiled attempt at sarcasm was fitting, because out of the many highlights from Seabury’s rout, Lane’s were undoubtedly the best.

Lane — Seabury’s wiry, 6-foot-3 guard — tallied 17 points, five rebounds, three steals and five loud dunks, including a two-handed alley-oop on the game’s opening possession.

“It feels good,” Lane said. “Especially when it’s on somebody, that’s the best.”

Boosted by Lane’s early slam and contributions from seniors Reed Grabill (21 points) and Johnny McDermott (nine points, seven assists), Seabury (3-2) jumped out to a 39-7 lead at the half and coasted the rest of the way.

“The main thing is we came out and executed early and that set the tone for us,” coach Ashley Battles said. “And anytime you start the game with a big dunk, it kind of deflated the other squad.”

With their pressure defense forcing 25 turnovers, the Seahawks continually looked for Lane in transition for big plays, and the freshman didn’t disappoint.

Easily gliding toward, and above, the rim with what he modestly estimated as a 32-inch vertical, Lane laid in another alley-oop from McDermott, and a few possessions later, followed a missed shot with a thundering two-handed put back.

Lane drove baseline in the third quarter for an impressive one-handed jam, and then coasted right through the lane for another one-handed stuff, before capping his night with a thundering dunk in the fourth.

“Right now he’s a very, very special elite athlete.” Battles said. “He’s learning the game of basketball, developing a feel for the game and his skill level. The sky is the limit for a kid like him.

“He’s going to cost us a lot in money in rims over the years.”

Aside from Lane’s highlight dunks and Seabury’s overall offensive attack, Battles had hoped for a better effort defensively and focus from start to finish from his team.

“Our goal today was to get better,” Battles said. “And even though the score was pretty lopsided, I’m not sure that we did.”

Given the Seahawks‚ lofty aspirations, it’s not surprising that Battles was so adamant about improvement following the easy win.

“I hope we can be good enough to win state,” Lane said. “That’s our goal. That’s what we want to do.”

If that’s the case, there’ll likely be plenty more highlights from Lane along the way.

“I want as many (dunks) as I can get,” he said.

Box Score

Midland Adventist Academy 33, Bishop Seabury 64

MIDLAND (33)

Brett Trana 1-3 3-4 5, Tanner Finnegan 2-6 5-7 10, Craig Christensen 0-1 0-0 0, Dustin Foerderer 4-16 4-5 12, Evan McEwen 2-3 0-2 4, Jacob Prosser 0-5 0-1 0, Alex Helmer 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 10-35 12-19 33

SEABURY (64)

Marcus Allen 1-4 0-0 2, Khadre Lane 8-12 0-0 17, Johnny McDermott 2-7 4-4 9, Josh McDermott 2-6 0-0 4, Reed Grabill 10-15 1-2 21, Nathan Wilhelm 1-2 0-0 3, Skyler Malone 3-5 0-0 6, Fischer Almanza 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Silvers 0-4 0-0 0, Samuel Ohashi 0-2 0-0 0, Nick Lutz 0-0 2-2 2. Totals: 27-57 7-8 64.

MAA 2 5 9 17 ˜ 33

SEA ˜ 23 16 12 13 ˜ 64

Three-point goals: Midland 1-7 (Finnegan); Seabury 3-11 (Lane, J. McDermott, Wilhelm). Fouled out: None. Shooting: Midland 10-35 (28.5 percent); Seabury (47 percent). Turnovers: Midland 25, Seabury 14.

Comments

kujayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

It's a shame this kid isn't playing bball and fball at Free State or LHS.

Kash_Encarri 3 years, 11 months ago

He was "recruited" to play at Seabury. They wanted to diversify their school population and gave him and the other freshman scholarships to attend starting last year so they could be eligible to participate starting this year.

hail2oldku 3 years, 11 months ago

There's a difference between receiving materials promoting the school and being courted to come there to "diversify" the population. Of course it doesn't hurt if your diversity comes along with strong athletic talent.

He's definitely got some potential. He wouldn't be on a Pump 'n Run team if he didn't.

KEITHMILES05 3 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, he won't get that much exposure and competition against these private school teams. He has great talent.

hail2oldku 3 years, 11 months ago

His exposure is going to come from his AAU team. He plays on one of the Pump & Run teams during the "off-season".

bballwizard 3 years, 11 months ago

Helloooooo, college coaches dont even care about HS bball. They only watch summer AAU games. They can send one weekend and see a kid play maybe 3, 4, 5 or 6 times. Its gives them a much better way to evaluate a kids talent. HS bball is a non factor and where the kid plays. If a kid is good hey will find him because hes playing summer ball not HS ball.

Jim Williamson 3 years, 11 months ago

I hope he's getting a good education because he's most certainly not being prepared to play college ball. Dunking over 5-10 kids named Aiden and Tyler isn't going to help him get much better.

BillybobThorten 3 years, 11 months ago

HS really doesnt matter much for recruiting purposes ( xcept for football). Summer AAU teams dwarf the HS teams. In Baseball, premier and touring teams play hundreds of games in the fall and summer, vs maybe 20 games ( if they dont get rained out) in the spring. Wrestling is the same. So if he wants to play for BSHS, good for him, as it has no impact on his college chances.

bballwizard 3 years, 11 months ago

Ask any college coach what they care about Summer AAU ball or HS Bball. They will all say AAU. They dont even come to HS games because they are coaching. They spend there whole summers watching kids play AAU summer ball. HS ball is overrated. The Summer team would trounce any of the HS school teams. You gusy need to wakeup and smell the coffee. Get some knowledge before you blog.

bballwizard 3 years, 11 months ago

The earlier bloggers are correct though in stating that the HS talent level is much better competetion than the league he is playing in. With a strong family BSHS is probably a better place for him. In saying that just because he can dunk does not make him a D 1 player let alone a NBA. He would not start at Free State and probably not at LHS becuase Henrichs, Pritchard and Buffalomeat are much better players them him.

Kash_Encarri 3 years, 11 months ago

He certainly has more D1 interest right now than any other player in town, but that is based on potential not current ability. He'd certainly make the varsity team at either school, but not sure about starting. He's still easy to take out of his game if you know what to take away from him offensively and he relies too much on athletic ability on the defensive end.

HackerBytesLions 3 years, 11 months ago

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bisky 3 years, 11 months ago

I like what is being done with the programs at Seabury and am interested to see additional development of the athletic programs. Coach Battles was a great compliment to b-ball, and I remember reading about Nelson when he played under Bevell in Arizona.

All the Best.

CRAZYUNC 3 years, 11 months ago

THIS KID KHADRA IS A VERY HUMBLE KID THAT WILL CARRRY HIM FAR IN ITSELF AND HE HAS HUMOR

Kash_Encarri 3 years, 11 months ago

THIS is the funniest thing written on this story so far. The kid is about as humble as Deion Sanders.

lasherpa 3 years, 11 months ago

I am assuming you don't know Khadre...for he is a very humble kid...but obviously still a normal teenager. I have watched every game the last two seasons at Bishop and have been very impressed on what a good teammate he is. Last year he was so far above everyone in talent it was humorous to watch him try to involve everyone else on the team. Don't interpret throwing down a windmill jam as being arrogant...that is part of the game. You would do it too if you could.

Kash_Encarri 3 years, 11 months ago

Your assumption would be incorrect.

I am not talking about his confidence on the court. I have no problem with that at all.

BillybobThorten 3 years, 11 months ago

Pritchard and Buff are every bit as athletic as Kahdre...both can easily dunk, and have since 9th grade...and both are very fast. Both those guys would be lighting up that league for 20+/game.

However, Kahdre is a 9th grader now, and what has scouts drooling is his potential. He doesnt have great handles though, and if he stops growing, a 6'3" guy who cant handle the ball but is athletic, has D-2 written all over him.

CRAZYUNC 3 years, 11 months ago

I think he has great handles, i dont see him playing at his full potential. If he does or when he does there will be problems for other players!

Kash_Encarri 3 years, 11 months ago

I take it back, this one tops your earlier post. He gets too out of control to have great handles, and the potential is what is getting him looked at as a potential DI prospect.

BillybobThorten 3 years, 11 months ago

"I disagree. I think he starts for either squad, and I can tell you for a fact that Khadre has more D1 scouts looking at him than all the other players in this town, combined."

No, he probably plays...but doesnt start...not this year. In fact, whil BSHS will likely win state this year, both teams would likely get beat pretty good by both HS's in town. Kahdre could play for both, the Twins would play a bit for both, but none would start this yr.

bballwizard 3 years, 11 months ago

one of the twins was cut last year as a junior and they probably both would have been cut this year. Some kids mature differently and the twins reached there potential a long time ago. Khadre would be playing JV and not even be on the varisty squad. Maybe at LHS because they have no depth at all but for sure not at FreeState.

devobrun 3 years, 11 months ago

I pass him in the halls every day. If he is 6'3", then I must have shrunk. I'm 6'2" and he is at least 3, probably 4 inches taller than me.

Seabury played in a Missouri 5A tournament at Ray-Pec last month. He will get a steady diet of competition from high school and AAU. Will they also get some real patsies in 1A? Sure, but at this time in his growth he needs to learn a bunch of things. I can assure you that he is learning at Seabury. Learning to learn is the best thing for him now. On the court and in the classroom.

My son was a D-1 swimmer. His club team was far more important than his high school team in the college recruiting process. Mostly his H.S. team was just for fun, and it was. Won state for F.S.

If Khadre continues to learn in school and from coach Battles then it will be a real boost to him and his career, wherever that takes him. Oh, and if you think that he will be allowed to slide academically at Seabury, then you'd be wrong.

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