The NCAA tournament has narrowed its field to just four teams in thrilling fashion. In light of the Final Four, Prep Hoops is looking at foursomes who demonstrate a specific skill or trait. We ran a list of scorers. Now…
The NCAA tournament has narrowed its field to just four teams in thrilling fashion. In light of the Final Four, Prep Hoops is looking at foursomes who demonstrate a specific skill or trait.
We ran a list of scorers. Now let’s look at four stat-sheet stuffers. These are guys who contribute impressive stats in a numerous categories. We all knowof Wichita Heights is the most versatile among the state’s best, and does it all at Greeley County. Big men like Brock Woolf, and deserve recognition for the diverse stats they posted.
But we had to narrow the list. Here is our Final Four Stat Sheet Stuffers for 2023 (in alphabetical order):
After he exploded on the scene as a junior, Aldridge (pictured) has posted one of the most impressive stat lines in the state. Because of his combination of length, elite athleticism, ball skills and shooting ability, Aldridge can contribute in every area. As a junior, he averaged 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks as a game. In leading the Scots to third place in 5A, he took his stats to the next level. Aldridge scored 21 points and also averaged 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3.5 steals per game.
The young guy on this list, Cramer has already established himself as a stat sheet stuffer as a sophomore. He’s a relentless attacker and slick ball handler who can get anywhere on the court and make a play. Defensively he’s just as productive, jumping passing lanes and picking passes. Check out this line for a sophomore guard who gets it done with heart over height: 19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals.
We knew Hawthorne was really good from watching him on the summer circuit. He established himself as a junior on St. James’ state tournament team. But boy did he blossom as a senior. A wing who could do it all, he got most of his recognition for big point outbursts. But don’t overlook all the other good stuff he did as a senior: 21 points, 6 reb, 5 asst, 3 steals.
There was no way we could leave this guy off. Not after all he did to lead Hesston to its third straight state title. Similar to Hawthorne, we knew Proctor was really good as a junior. But he put the Swathers on his shoulders and carried them by producing in every area. He handled the ball, distributed it, defended every spot on the floor and battled in the paint. In the state tournament he led his team in essentially every category in each of its three wins. Proctor averaged 21.5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.