There aren't many dudes like Trevon Brazile. He was unstoppable in Kickapoo's sectional win.
When Trevon Brazile committed to Mizzou over the summer, he was considered a raw prospect with an incredibly high ceiling.
The now-6-foot-8 Kickapoo senior had recently grown five inches and his potential was limitless. He's extremely athletic for his height and his length makes him an even-scarier defender.
Fast forward to Tuesday night's sectional and it's starting to become clear that he's now the prospect many thought he would become.
Brazile scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked four shots in Kickapoo's 72-60 Class 6 sectional victory. The Chiefs will travel to Waynesville for a state quarterfinal matchup on Friday.
"I thought he dominated both sides of the floor," Kickapoo head coach Mitch McHenry said. "He's an elite player and a difference-maker. When he's consistent and does it for four quarters, there's not many dudes in our area, or really in the state, that are like him."
Brazile was a problem for a Nixa offense that likes to work inside-out. Even when the Eagles thought they had a step on Brazile in the post, he could still sneak up from behind and reject a shot.
His play was pivotal in the Chiefs' 14-0 run to end the half after they led by just one at the end of the first quarter. Brazile blocked a few shots and grabbed offensive boards to create second-chance points to build up a lead the Eagles couldn't overcome. The Chiefs' defense shined as it held the dangerous Nixa combo of Kael Combs and Colin Ruffin to a combined five points through the first two quarters.
Brazile wasn't the only Kickapoo star who stood out. The Chiefs' four Division I prospects each finished with double-digit scoring nights with fellow Mizzou signee Anton Brookshire scoring a game-high 20 points and Missouri State signee Isaac Haney and college prospect Cameron Liggins each adding 15 points.
"At this time of year, we want to be playing our best basketball," Brookshire said. "I think that the guys on our team have been showing that we belong and we've been playing at the highest level we possibly could play."
But the biggest standout, on a team full of standouts, of the night, was Brazile as he was seemingly unstoppable. As McHenry said, "there aren't many dudes like him in the state" and that should bode well for the Chiefs going into what they hope will be a run to a state title.
"He's been developing so fast and it's almost crazy because he's pulling something new out of the bag every day," Brookshire said. "He's been developing as a man and he's been maturing a lot. He's able to take adversity and handle it the right way. He's come a long way."
Kickapoo will need all its stars to align if it wants to win a state quarterfinal for the second year in a row. The Chiefs play Waynesville on Friday after beating it 59-45 in mid-February. In that game, Waynesville tied it up midway through the third but never took the lead. Brookshire went for 16 points with Brazile adding 14 and Haney scoring 11 in the Chiefs win.
"It's very exciting," Brazile said. "We're going to take it one day at a time, one practice at a time and one game at a time. We'll be ready."
- Central (New Madrid County) 76, Central (Park Hills) 51
- Vashon 89, Roosevelt 31
- Blair Oaks 69, Buffalo 46
- East Newton 36, Ava 34
- Westminster Christian 50, Lutheran St. Charles 28
- Father Tolton 67, Montgomery 36
- Barstow 60, St. Michael the Archangel 53
- Richmond 63, Pembroke Hill 47
- North County 76, Sikeston 70
- Lutheran 64, St. Francis Borgia 50
- Bolivar 51, Rolla 45
- Nevada 51, Logan-Rogersville 46
- Cardinal Ritter 60, Jennings 53
- DeSmet 71, St. Dominic 44
- Van Horn 67, Ruskin 55
- Mexico 55, Kearney 49
- Poplar Bluff 63, Oakville 47
- Chaminade 57, Marquette 40
- Waynesville 59, Jefferson City 55
- Kickapoo 72, Nixa 60
- Fort Zumwalt North 67, Pattonville 52
- Troy Buchanan 81, Washington 52
- Lee's Summit 66, Blue Springs 61
- Liberty 66, Staley 53
Friday's quarterfinal schedule
- Central (New Madrid County) vs. Vashon
- 6 p.m. — Blair Oaks vs. East Newton (at East Newton High)
- Westminster vs. Father Tolton
- Barstow vs. Richmond
- North County vs. Lutheran South
- 6 p.m. — Bolivar vs. Nevada (at Bolivar High)
- Cardinal Ritter vs. DeSmet
- Van Horn vs. Mexico
- Poplar Bluff vs. Chaminade
- 6 p.m. — Waynesville vs. Kickapoo (at Waynesville High)
- Fort Zumwalt North vs. Troy Buchanan
- Lee's Summit vs. Liberty
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter at @WyattWheeler_NL. You can subscribe to his free "Bears Beat" newsletter on News-Leader.com. He's also the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.