28th Annual Highland Shootout January 5th, 2019


The Highland, Illinois 'Scott Credit Union' Optimist Shootout is the oldest and widely known as the premier high school basketball shootout in Illinois and 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 2019 event will feature games with teams from Illinois and Missouri including 12 top nationally ranked players:


Game 1 (8:30am) - East St. Louis (IL) Girls vs. Highland (IL) Girls


Game 2 (10:00am) - Normal West (IL) vs. Edwardsville (IL)

Nathan Duckworth - 6'0" Senior, Normal West

Ethan Young - 6'1" Junior, Edwardsville


Game 3 (11:30pm) - Nashville (IL) vs. Effingham (IL)

Bryce Bultman - 6'5" Senior, Nashville - Offers from SIU, SEMO, McKendree

Tanner Bergman - 6'5" Senior, Nashville

Carson Parker - 6'5" Junior - Offer from McKendree

Landon Wolfe - 6'5" Senior Effingham - Offer from Truman State


Game 4 (1:00pm) - Bloomington (IL) vs. East St. Louis (IL)

Chris Payton - 6'7" Senior, Bloomington - Committed to SIU Carbondale - Nationally ranked #135

Terrance Hargrove - 6'7" Senior, East St. Louis - Committed to SLU - Nationally ranked #132


Game 5 (3:00pm) - Poplar Bluff (MO) vs. Highland (IL)

Dominique Hardimon -6'4" Senior, Poplar Bluff

Sam LaPorta - 6'4" Senior, Highland

Stephen Torre - 6'9" Senior, Highland


Game 6 (4:45pm) - CBC (MO) vs. Columbia Rock Bridge (MO)

Caleb Love - 6'3" Senior, CBC - Offers from Illinois, Mizzou, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, etc. - Nationally ranked #45

Josh Wallce - 6'7" Senior, CBC - Offers from Bradley, SIU-E

Isaiah Mosley - 6'6" Senior, Rock Bridge - Offers from Mizzou, Purdue, Virginia, Nebraska - Nationally ranked #75

Dajuan Harris - 6'2" Senior, Rock Bridge - Committed to Missouri State

Jamonta Black - 6'4" Senior, Rock Bridge - comitted to Missouri State


Game 7 (6:30pm) - Chaminade (MO) vs. Milwaukee Nicolet (WI)

Luke Kasubke - 6'5" Junior, Chaminade - offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, SLU, Mizzou - Nationally ranked #102

Keyyaun Batchman - 6'2" Senior, Chaminade - offer from Drury

Jalen Johnson - 6'7" Junior, Nicolet - offers from Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, etc. - Nationally ranked #4

Jamari Sibley - 6'9" Junior, Nicolet - offers from Illnois, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Minnesota, Iowa State, etc. - Nationally ranked #78

James Graham - 6'6" Sophomore, Nicolet - offers from Rutgers, DePaul

Kobe Johnson - 6'1" Sophomore, Nicolet - Offer from DePaul


Game 8 (8:15pm) - Belleville West (IL) vs. Vashon (MO)

EJ Liddell - 6'7" Senior, Belleville West - List narrowed to Illinois, Mizzou, Ohio State - Nationally Ranked #38

Keith Randolph - 6'5" Senior - Division 1 Football Prospect

Mario McKinney - 6'2" Senior, Vashon - Committed to Mizzou - Nationally Ranked #79

Camron Fletcher - 6'5" Junior, Vashon - offers from Illinois, Iowa, Mizzou, SLU, etc. - Nationally Ranked #42

Kobe Clark - 6'4" Junior, Vashon - offers from SLU, Missouri State - Nationally Ranked #247

Nick Kern - 6'5" Sophomore, Vashon - offer from DePaul - Nationally Ranked #140

Donyae McKaskill - 6'2" Senior, Vashon - Committed to Portland

Phillip Russell - 5'10" Junior, Vashon - Offers from Valparaiso, UMKC

Akor Yor - 6'9" Senior, Vashon - Offer from SEMO


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.