With high school basketball season just a couple of months away, we’ll soon be making preseason looks at players, schools and leagues across the state. But it’s not too late to take a look back at some of the best…
With high school basketball season just a couple of months away, we’ll soon be making preseason looks at players, schools and leagues across the state.
But it’s not too late to take a look back at some of the best performances turned in by players who will be back for another go round this fall.
Here are some of the best performances by Northeast Kansas guards last season:
Jason Bosley, 6-foot-1 guard, 2022, Jackson Heights:
Bosley had a really solid junior campaign for the Cobras, averaging 10.1 points per game, but he occasionally turned in big scoring nights when called upon. He broke the 20-point barrier a couple of times, highlighted by a five 3-point night against McClouth. Bosley hit 3-4 from the line and finished with 20 points in that memorable game.
Jake Fritz Jake Fritz 6'2" | SG Wamego | 2022 State KS , 6-foot-2 guard, 2022, Wamego:
Everyone knew Fritz could shoot. But he stepped out of the shadow of 2021 grad Tanner Hecht Tanner Hecht 6'5" | CG Wamego | 2021 State KS in the spring and really showed his all-around talent. Against Hayden, Fritz knocked down five 3-pointers and hit 8-12 free throws for a 25-point total.
Jessie Greenly, 5-foot-11 guard, 2023, Atchison:
Greenly was a solid, and sometimes spectacular, right hand to star scorer Xavier Hernandez, averaging 11.5 points as a sophomore. He exploded a couple of times, like the night he lit up Rossville for 24, including 8-10 from the line.
6'1" | SF
Hanover | 2022
, 6-foot-2 forward, 2022, Hanover (pictured):
Jueneman was remarkably consistent in his leadership of the state champs. Few highs or lows. He averaged 18.3, but did so within a team-first framework. So the game he scored 26 against Linn doesn’t really stand out that much from his normal day’s work.
Avion Nelson, 6-foot-1 guard, 2022, Lawrence:
Lawrence rode Zeke Mayo Zeke Mayo 6'4" | CG Lawrence | 2021 State KS to the state semi-finals. It seemed from one game to the next, someone stepped up to play the supportive role. Against Shawnee Mission East, it was Nelson’s turn to fill it up. Nelson hit 6-8 from the line and got 19 in the win.
Ryan Stevens, 6-foot-1 guard, 2023, Blue Valley-Randolph:
Stevens is a guard to watch. As a sophomore he was solid and consistent, and should take a big jump as a junior. One of his best outings last year was in a loss to Axtell in which he dropped three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points.
Trent Talley, 6-foot guard, 2023, Centralia:
Centralia will be loaded this season, and it’s top sophomore last year gained a lot of experience. He was frequently in double figures, highlighted by a couple of 17-point outings. In one of those games, Talley hit eight buckets, including one triple, in an early-season loss to a tough Nemaha Central team.