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Best of the (Lunch Time) Ballers

A totally and completely accurate ranking of the best senior lunch basketball players.

There are many excellent hoopers that roam the halls of Rockhurst every day. Although many of the top Hawklet basketball players play on the varsity team, there are still many others who compete in a different arena: lunch basketball. Since no one has compiled a list of the top lunch basketball players yet, I figured I would take matters into my own hands.

The players on this list are measured by five different criteria: playmaking, finishing, shooting, defense, and basketball IQ. Playmaking refers to a player’s ability to dribble and pass the ball effectively. Finishing refers to a player’s ability to make close shots around the basket. Shooting refers to a player’s ability to knock down shots from the midrange or 3-point line. Defense refers to a player’s ability to prevent his opponents from scoring. Basketball IQ refers to a player’s overall knowledge of the game.

Each player is ranked using an average score of these attributes, on a scale of one to ten. Every player will also receive a comparison to an active or former NBA player.

This list is focused solely on seniors. I originally planned to create a top five, but I was afraid to leave anyone off. With that being said, here are the top six lunch basketball players at Rockhurst as rated by me.

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  1. Mitch Forbes

    No Jumpa Lane

Overall Score: 6.6

Playmaking: 9

Finishing: 8

Shooting: 2

Defense: 7

Basketball IQ: 7

Lane is a solid player that has shown the ability to step up and hit the occasional big shot. He displays good dribbling skills and can create open shots for himself. Lane would be higher on this list if he could develop a consistent jumper.

NBA player comparison: Russell Westbrook

 

  1. Mitch Forbes

    Gerald

Overall Score: 7.6

Playmaking: 9

Finishing: 7

Shooting: 7

Defense: 7

Basketball IQ: 8

An underrated player. Gerald displays lots of toughness and effort on the court. He is without a doubt one of the more skilled players at Rockhurst. He has above average dribbling skills and is not afraid to rise up for contested shots. 

NBA player comparison: Demar Derozan

 

 

  1. Mitch Forbes

    Dominion

Overall Score: 8.2

Playmaking: 8

Finishing: 7

Shooting: 10

Defense: 10

Basketball IQ: 6

Known simply as “Dom,” Dominion displays a natural feel for the game. With arguably the most deadly jumper at Rockhurst, defenders are perplexed when having to choose between defending his range or lightning-fast speed. He also gives relentless effort on defense, with the ability to guard any position on the court. Dom is sure to dominate the competition. 

NBA player comparison: Seth Curry

 

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    Cornelius 

Overall Score: 8.4

Playmaking: 9

Finishing: 8

Shooting: 9

Defense: 6

Basketball IQ: 10

Heart over height. Corn is a relentless finisher and is not afraid to play with physicality. His effort on both sides of the ball displays a true love for the game. Defenders also have to account for his jump shot, as Corn is known to pull up from the logo.

NBA player comparison: Draymond Green

 


  1. Matty Ice

Overall Score: 8.8

Playmaking: 10

Finishing: 9

Shooting: 8

Defense: 8

Basketball IQ: 9

“Yessir Matty” is a common phrase that is uttered when Matt Koehler takes the floor. With potentially the deepest bag Rockhurst has ever seen, Matt can effortlessly get to his spot at a moments’ notice. He is also a willing passer, dishing the ball to his teammates when he is often double-teamed.

NBA player comparison: Jason Williams


 

 

 

  1. Mitch Forbes

    Zion

Overall Score: 9.6

Playmaking: 10

Finishing: 10

Shooting: 9

Defense: 10

Basketball IQ: 9

The clear No. 1 choice. It is common for people to mistake Chris Jones for Zion Williamson, the 6’6, 280-pound forward for the New Orleans’ Pelicans. Chris has earned the nickname Zion due to his elite athleticism and aggressive playing style. If Chris is on the court, the other team can simply forget about their chances of winning. 

NBA player comparison: Zion Williamson

 

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Mitch Forbes, Staff Reporter
What’s up? I’m Mitch Forbes. I am a senior and this is my second year writing on the Prep News staff. I joined the staff last year to help improve my essays in my English classes. However, I learned that the whole process of writing a story was actually pretty fun. I enjoyed it so much last year that I chose to do it over again. Student journalism also looks good on college applications, which doesn’t hurt. I am also a part of the football and basketball teams here at Rockhurst. I am undecided on where I want to attend college, but I plan on studying either journalism or business wherever I go.
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    BdNov 28, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    Very funny
    Entertaining
    I don’t even go to the school and it was still funny to read

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