As we start looking at the high school season ahead, we can start to predict who might make a big leap forward for Wichita schools. Here are five “breakout candidates” from Wichita: Amalachi Wilkins 3 State 1 Pos 6'6" |…
As we start looking at the high school season ahead, we can start to predict who might make a big leap forward for Wichita schools.
Here are five “breakout candidates” from Wichita:
This springy sophomore played in the shadows of some real good players last season. He played a supporting role and took mentoring from older players. But make no mistake, he was a key piece in the state championship, letting his length and athleticism take over even when his knowledge of the game was behind. He appeared to be very teachable and willing to accept his role. Wilkins played mainly in the center spot last year, but he may have a chance to face the basket and float in the midrange more this year. If Heights is to stay among the 6A elite, Wilkins may need to take a big leap forward.
Charles (pictured) has been a big part of Kapaun’s success, but there’s still much more this guy can accomplish. With the graduation of Henry Thengvall, the Crusaders will be looking for someone to step up at the small forward spot. Charles is not small – he’s a long, rangy athlete who can really defend on the wing and can run and rebound. He’s been so explosive and productive in the club circuit that it seemed like all he needed was an opportunity. His time may be now.
The football star from Wichita East is just tenacious. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and an in-your-face will to win. With the graduation of Larry Graham, Leak will be the guy at guard. He’s a physical guard who isn’t bothered by contact and draws fouls on his way through the paint. He attacks relentlessly, but can also catch and shoot or dribble into a pull-up or step back 3-pointer. Leak makes opponents miserable at both ends of the court.
Hauserman is a versatile forward who plays with tenacity and toughness in the paint. He didn’t star on the varsity last year, but was an important piece. He worked so hard this spring and summer, it’s likely he’ll take a step forward. He battles in the lane and rebounds at a high rate. His ability in the post and in midrange will earn him playing time.
Pierce is a long shot blocker who intimidates anyone who drives into the lane. Defense is probably his strong suit. He has long arms and intercepts passes in the open court. But he can move in the lane to catch and score too. The Golden Buffaloes graduated Keaton Williams and some other bigs, so the door will be wide open for Pierce.