TOP 50 HIGH SCHOOL BAS­KET­BALL PLAY­ERS

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TOP 25 BOYS

1. Ty Berry - New­ton, 6-4, Jr.

A re­turn­ing All-Metro se­lec­tion, Berry is one of the most ex­plo­sive play­ers in Kansas. His slash­ing style of­ten keeps de­fend­ers on their heels, which opens up his mid-range and three-point shot. He holds 12 schol­ar­ship of­fers, in­clud­ing one from Wi­chita State.

2. Caleb Grill - Maize, 6-3, Sr.

Grill re­turns for a highly an­tic­i­pated se­nior sea­son. Grill’s ath­leti­cism is tough to match with an out­stand­ing ver­ti­cal and pure shoot­ing stroke. A South Dakota State com­mit, Grill and his Ea­gles will be look­ing to reach the state tour­na­ment for the first time since 2015.

3. Xavier Bell - An­dover Cen­tral, 6-3, Jr.

Bell pro­vides a rare blend of ball han­dling and size. He is one of the most ath­letic play­ers in the Wi­chita area and has An­dover Cen­tral as one of the fa­vorites in AVCTL II and Class 5A. His fin­ish­ing at the rim will be key in the 2018-19 sea­son.

4. Cevin Clark - Arkansas City, 5-11, Sr.

Clark was a walk­ing bucket last sea­son. One of most com­plete scor­ers in the WI­chita area, Clark and his Bull­dogs caught fire late last sea­son, reach­ing the state semi­fi­nals and fin­ish­ing third in Class 4A-Di­vi­sion I over An­dover Cen­tral.

5. Day­lan Jones - Wi­chita East, 6-4, So.

In one of the most tal­ented fresh­man classes in re­cent Wi­chita his­tory, Jones proved to be the most com­plete player. Jones is a rangy de­fender who can post up or drive to the bas­ket. He will be huge to East’s chances in the City League.

6. Jackie John­son III - Wi­chita South­east, So.

John­son has a new team, but don’t ex­pect a new Jackie. John­son put up mon­ster num­bers at Wi­chita North last sea­son. Although short in stature, he has a knack to fi­nesse around de­fend­ers in the paint or shoot from dis­tance.

7. Harper Wil­liams - Salina Cen­tral, 6-0, Sr.

Salina Cen­tral was the sur­prise team in last year’s Class 5A state tour­na­ment, and Wil­liams was one of the big­gest rea­sons. The Mus­tangs live and die by the three-point shot, and Wil­liams has ac­cu­racy few in Kansas can match.

8. Jor­dan Vin­cent - Eisen­hower, 6-1, Jr.

With a ton of turnover at Eisen­hower, Vin­cent re­mains. After sit­ting be­hind his brother, Dy­lan, for two years, Vin­cent is set to take over for the Tigers. He is ex­cel­lent in the paint and might have the best vi­sion in the Wi­chita area.

9. Ster­ling Chap­man - Cam­pus, So.

Few play­ers have the abil­ity to take over a game like Chap­man. Only a sopho­more, he has a lot of time to be­come a more con­sis­tent scorer, but Chap­man had an out­stand­ing fresh­man sea­son and is now sur­rounded by one of the area’s most tal­ented ros­ters.

10. Kael Kor­donowy - Maize South, 6-7, Sr.

Maize South is ex­pected to make a jump in the 2018-19 sea­son, and Kor­donowy will be key. At 6-7, he is one of the most chal­leng­ing play­ers to guard when he is in rhythm. At his size, Kor­donowy is a prob­lem for any de­fense.

11. Johnny Mur­dock - Wi­chita South­east, 6-0, Sr.

12. Steele Chap­man - Cam­pus, Jr.

13. Shawn War­rior - Cam­pus, 6-4, Jr.

14. Danair Dempsey - Wi­chita Heights, So.

15. Carsen Pracht - Bishop Car­roll, Sr.

16. Jaden Okon - Wi­chita Heights, Sr.

17. Easton Hunter - Andale, 6-2, Sr.

18. Jake Alexan­der - McPher­son, 6-4, Sr.

19. Tan­ner Mans - Bishop Car­roll, Jr.

20. Jack Jon­son - An­dover, 6-1, So.

21. AJ Wil­son - Arkansas City, Sr.

22. Easton Lee­dom - An­dover Cen­tral, 6-3, Sr.

23. Jude War­ren - Cir­cle, 6-1, Sr.

24. Iza­iah Hale - Wi­chita Heights, Sr.

25. Braden Ger­ber Hal­stead, 6-1, Sr.

TOP 25 GIRLS

1. Kennedy Brown - Derby, 6-6, Sr.

With her long-awaited col­lege com­mit­ment out of the way, Brown is set to fo­cus on the court. Brown and the Pan­thers are shoot­ing for back-to-back state cham­pi­onships, and they are the fa­vorite in Class 6A.

2. Tor’e Al­ford - Derby, 5-8, Sr.

Al­ford is the most com­plete point guard in the Wi­chita area. From ball han­dling and vi­sion to three-point shoot­ing and fin­ish­ing around the hoop, Al­ford adds a piece Derby strives on.

3. Halie Jones - Maize, 5-9, Sr.

Jones has Maize as one of the top teams in the Wi­chita area. Jones can get to the bas­ket and adds a nice mid-range shot. Her dis­tri­bu­tion is her best as­set, so she will be needed to keep Maize in the state cham­pi­onship hunt.

4. Brit­ney Ho - Bishop Car­roll, 6-0, Sr.

Car­roll likes to play in­side out, and with­out Ash­ton McCorry in the mix any­more, Ho will have the ball in her hands a lot this sea­son. Her post play and shoot­ing from the el­bow will be a fo­cal point in the Golden Ea­gles’ of­fense.

5. Shanti Henry - An­dover, 5-7, Sr.

Henry is the best three-point shooter in the Wi­chita area. She is a threat from any­where on the op­po­nents’ side of the floor, and that means An­dover is in any game. The Tro­jans will rely on her shoot­ing stroke this sea­son.

6. Al­li­son McFar­ren - Bishop Car­roll, 5-5, Sr.

McFar­ren is one of the small­est play­ers in the Wi­chita area, but she is also one of its best. She adds out­stand­ing vi­sion and shoot­ing. Although she is un­der­sized, McFar­ren is the mae­stro to the Golden Ea­gle of­fense.

7. De­siRay Ker­nal - New­ton, 6-1, Sr.

Ker­nal is one of the tough­est play­ers to guard in the area. She has out­stand­ing move­ment in the block and great fin­ish­ing to match. New­ton is an­other con­tender in one of Kansas’ tough­est leagues, and Ker­nal is a big rea­son.

8. Carissa Beck - Cir­cle, Sr.

Beck and Cir­cle are look­ing for their third straight state tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance in the 2018-19 sea­son. The Thun­der­birds rely on her to ini­ti­ate the of­fense, and she does an out­stand­ing job at get­ting the ball to her play­mak­ers like Allyson Pot­ter.

9. Ri­ley Hett - McPher­son, Sr.

With Tay­lor Robert­son now at Ok­la­homa, McPher­son needs to re­place one of the top five play­ers in Kansas from a year ago. Hett is one of the most likely can­di­dates. Hett was a solid con­trib­u­tor to last year’s ti­tle-win­ning team. She will need to step up even more this year.

10. Katie Wag­ner - Maize South, 5-10, Jr.

Wag­ner was pushed into the post much of last sea­son, but this year she will likely have a chance to get back to her game. Wag­ner is a high-vol­ume scorer who can at­tack in many ways, and with added weapons, the floor should open up even more.

11. Alexis Cau­thon - Maize, 5-10, Sr.

12. Allyson Pot­ter - Cir­cle, Sr.

13. Alexis Sn­od­grass - Maize South, 5-10, Sr.

14. Kade Hackerott - God­dard, 5-11, Jr.

15. Lau­ren John­son - Maize South, 5-9, Sr.

16. Mag­gie Knoblaugh Andale, Jr.

17. Emily Adler - Rose Hill, Sr.

18. Jay­den Marl­nee - Au­gusta, Sr.

19. Syd­ney Nilles - Derby, 5-8, Jr.

20. La­niah Ran­dle - Wi­chita Heights, 5-10, So.

21. Austin Broadie - Trin­ity Academy, So.

22. Abbee Rhodes - Au­gusta, Sr.

23. Aliyah My­ers - Derby, Sr.

24. El­iz­a­beth Baal­man Cam­pus, Sr.

25. Faith Paramore - Haven, 6-0, Jr.

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