A pair of Park Hill South seniors chose a hometown school to continue their basketball careers.
Jake Kline and Connor Lee signed with Park University in Parkville, Mo. during a ceremony Wednesday, April 12 at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Mo. Kline will play for his father, longtime Park coach Jason Kline.
A three-year starter, Jake Kline earned All-Class 5 District 14 honors after his senior season, averaging 10.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He helped Park Hill South to two Class 5 playoff appearances in his career, but the Panthers were ousted in the district semifinals this past season.
Jake Kline’s most memorable performance came in a Class 5 semifinal upset of Chaminade in 2014. A sophomore inserted into the starting lineup late in the year, Kline hit a pair of 3s and hit a pair of crucial free throws to help send the Panthers into the state title game where they lost to Blue Springs South.
A two-year contributor, Lee served as the undersized forward in Park Hill South’s guard-heavy lineup this season. He averaged 7.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game — the rebound total leading the Panthers.
Park made the NAIA National Tournament each of the past two seasons.
Justin Thompson, a seldom-used reserve, also signed on Wednesday. He plans to attend NAIA Sterling College, located in Sterling, Kan.