Saturday, January 6th, 2018


$8.00 - First Session Only

$12.00 - All Day Pass

All games will be streamed live at the following website:

The Highland, Illinois 'Scott Credit Union' Optimist Shootout is widely known as the premier high school basketball shootout in the St. Louis area. With our rich history, the event will once again bring together some of the top local and national basketball players and teams to one gym for one full day of hoops.

The 2018 event will feature games with teams from Illinois and Missouri including 10 top 100 nationally ranked players:

Game 1 (10:00am) - Lebanon (IL) Girls vs. Highland (IL) Girls

Game 2 (11:30pm) - Rockhurst (Kansas City, MO) vs. Edwardsville (IL)

Darrius Hughes - 6'6" Junior, Rockhurst

Caleb Strohmeier - 6'8" Senior, Edwardsville

Game 3 (1:00pm) - Whitfield (MO) vs. Carbondale (IL)

Torrence Watson - 6'5" Senior, Whitfiled - Committed to Mizzou - Nationally ranked #78

Darius Beane - 6'4" Senior, Carbondale - Committed to SIU-C

Kani Acree - 6'5" Senior, Carbondale - Committed to Ball State

Game 4 (3:00pm) - Highland (IL) vs. Columbia (IL)

Jordan Holmes - 5'10" Senior, Columbia

Sam LaPorta - 6'5" Junior, Highland

Game 5 (4:45pm) - Poplar Bluff (MO) vs. Belleville West (IL)

Marcedus Leech - 6'5" Junior, Poplar Bluff - Offers from Kansas, Mizzou, Washington, etc. - Nationally ranked #48

EJ Liddell - 6'7" Junior Belleville West - Offers from Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, etc. - Nationally ranked #68

Malachi Smith - 6'3" Senior, Belleville West - Committed to Wright State

Game 6 (6:30pm) - Chaminade (MO) vs. Morgan Park (IL)

Jericole Hellems - 6'7" Senior, Chaminade - Committed to North Carolina State - Nationally ranked #99

Ayo Dosunmu - 6'5" Senior, Morgan Park - Committed to University of Illinois - Nationally ranked #24

Kenyon Duling - 6'2" Senior, Morgan Park - Committed to Tennessee State

Tamell Pearson - 6'9" Senior, Morgan Park - Committed to UAB

Cameron Burrell - 6'6" Senior, Morgan Park - Offer from Chicago State

Adam Miller - 6'3" Sophomore, Morgan Park - Offers from Illinois, Kansas, Wake Forest, etc. - Nationally ranked #22

Game 7 (8:15pm) - Vashon (St. Louis, MO) vs. Champaign Central (IL)

Mario McKinney - 6'2" Junior, Vashon - Nationally ranked #79

Camron Fletcher - 6'6" Sophomore, Vashon - Offers from Kansas State, SLU - Nationally ranked #73

Kobe Clark - 6'2" Sophomore, Vashon - Offers from SLU, Missouri State - Nationally ranked #103

Tim Finke - 6'6" Senior, Champaign Central - Offers from Illinois, Ohio State, Notre Dame, etc. - Nationally ranked #66

The Highland Optimist Club is part of Optimist International - an association of more than 3,000 clubs around the world dedicated to "bringing out the best in kids".

Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth.

As Optimists, we are people who care about our communities and want to make a difference in the lives of youth by setting a positive example.

Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.