Bigs dominated the latest update of the Prep Hoops ranking of 2024s. Six forwards and a center were added this go round. Check out these new additions: 13 Savailio Smith Savailio Smith 6'4" | SF Bennington | 2024 State KS…
Bigs dominated the latest update of the Prep Hoops ranking of 2024s. Six forwards and a center were added this go round. Check out these new additions:
13 Savailio Smith Savailio Smith 6'4" | SF Bennington | 2024 State KS , 6-foot-3 small forward, 2024, Bennington:
Wow, did this guy impress Prep Hoops scouts at the Kansas Top 250 Expo in October. We couldn’t believe such a good player we’d never seen before. And we really couldn’t believe he was transferring from out of state to a small school like Bennington. Teaming him with big man Eli Lawson Eli Lawson 6'7" | C Bennington | 2024 State KS really didn’t seem fair. Smith is a springy athlete who could adequately play all five spots on the floor. He’s averaging 18 points and 7 rebounds for the 10-3 Bulldogs, who are ranked #6 in 2A.
31 Dean Markes Dean Markes 6'3" | SF Blue Valley | 2024 State KS , 6-foot-3 small forward, 2024, Blue Valley:
Markes has made a huge leap from last year, when he played a supporting role behind senior Aidan Shaw. Markes busted out of the gate with a string of good games to help the Tigers to a 5-2 start. He and the team have since slowed down the pace, but there’s not question Markes showed he can lead the team. He poured in 22 and grabbed 8 rebounds in an impressive win against St. James. Markes is a guy who can get hot from deep, get buckets on offensive rebounds, and find his teammates with the ball.
32 Jeron Lashley Jeron Lashley 6'4" | PF Blue Valley North | 2024 State KS , 6-foot-4 power forward, 2024, Blue Valley North:
Lashley has stepped up to bolster a formidable front court for 6A’s #2 ranked Mustangs. He was a backup for a senior-rich team last year, so the fact the team is 12-0 is impressive. Last week Lashley was named all-tourney at the Viking Classic. He’s currently averaging 12 points and 3.5 boards.
35 Gavyn Phillips Gavyn Phillips 6'6" | C Wichita West | 2024 State KS , 6-foot-6 center, 2024 Wichita West:
Phillips is a scrapy, long-armed athlete who gets in passing lanes and protects the rim. He runs the floor excellently for the Pioneers, bringing a ton of energy. He has nice touch on the ball and is a matchup problem with his length, agility and speed up and down the floor. The junior is averaging 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.
44 Devin Kerr Devin Kerr 6'4" | PF Piper | 2024 State KS , 6-foot-4 forward, 2024, Piper:
The Pirates are now 9-3 and climbing up the 5A ranks with some impressive mid-January wins over Bonner Springs and Topeka West. Kerr stood out over the summer as a tough guy who can stick the outside shot and be a presence in the paint. Piper is playing a very young lineup, and Kerr is providing some solid leadership. He’s the team’s leading scorer and rebounder with 13 points and 9.5 boards a contest.
47 Owen Reece Owen Reece 6'3" | PF Hodgeman County | 2024 State KS , 6-foot-3 power forward, 2024, Hodgeman County:
One of the best big men in the small school ranks, Reece is elevating the Longhorns into the conversation in 1A Div. I. His stats are certainly eye-popping: 26 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. His stats were nearly as good as a sophomore.
50 John Hauserman John Hauserman 6'3" | PF Bishop Carroll Catholic | 2024 State KS , 6-foot-2 power forward, 2024, Carroll (pictured):
Carroll has struggled against its challenging schedule, but picked up two wins at the Tournament of Champions last week. Hauserman is part of a potent one-two punch in the front court with Mikey Brand Mikey Brand 6'4" | SF Bishop Carroll | 2024 State KS . Hauserman is a versatile guy who is contributing 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. He battles in the paint and can stretch a defense with his combination of skills.