Top 10 Class of 2024 Power Forwards: 1-5
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5. Micah Munoz Micah Munoz 6'3" | PF Albuquerque Prep | 2024 State NM – ABC Prep (25th Overall) Munoz transferred from West Mesa to play for ABC, and has only gotten better since. He’s a lockdown defender who’s an…
5.– ABC Prep (25th Overall)
Munoz transferred from West Mesa to play for ABC, and has only gotten better since. He’s a lockdown defender who’s an impact player whenever he’s on the court, and his off-ball defensive instincts make him a unique high-IQ player. Munoz is the perfect compliment to any team, as he’s selfless and is a true team-oriented player, not afraid to sacrifice his body to stop offensive players from scoring. He’s clearly a vocal leader whenever he’s on the court as well, and brings a demeanor to ABC that gives them confidence. His role on this team is extremely important, and will continue to bring ABC success as they continue to find success in the tournament circuit. Munoz’s role will expand and he will remain a prominent defensive player in New Mexico.
4.– Rio Grande (17th Overall)
Gonzalez was an integral part of the Ravens’ system, pairing with C/O 2023 Guardto form one of the most dangerous Guard/Forward pairings in New Mexico. He averaged 13.1 PPG on 45% from the field, 7.1 RPG and 1.1 BPG (1st on team), affecting the game on both sides of the ball. At 6’7”, he’s one of the tallest players in New Mexico, and he’s not afraid to utilize his size to get the positioning he wants inside the paint. Gonzalez has improved his power as well, allowing him to punish defenders inside who try to stop him. His killer season earned him 5A All-State 3rd Team honors, and his efforts helped the Ravens earn their spot in the 5A playoffs. Gonzalez will effectively take over this team as Lopez is graduating, meaning he will take over a new role that will prove that he can be the number one option.
3.– Eldorado (11th Overall)
Jackson is one of the premiere hustle players in New Mexico, as he utilizes his athleticism to fly around the court and grab rebounds at will. His knack for the ball makes him ultra-valuable to this Eagles team, and his selfless team play has been important to the Eagles’ team success. His stats aren’t available, but the eye test would tell you what he’s capable of, as he gives it his all every single night. Jackson fit in perfectly with Eldorado’s offensive system, allowing his teammates to attack downhill, and chipping in baskets when necessary, using his frame to finish at the rim through contact. With Eldorado’s entire frontcourt returning for next season, Jackson will continue to be the catalyst for the Eagles, and will bring energy that is crucial to their success.
2. Mike Knaub – Eldorado (10th Overall)
Knaub has slowly emerged as one of the premier players in New Mexico, as his development throughout his career is incredible. His versatility is unmatched, and his offensive game has become hard to reckon with. As the leader of this Eldorado team, he helped them earn a bid in the 5A playoffs, and earned himself a spot on the 5A All-Regular Season 2nd Team. His mid-range game is his bread-and-butter, but his frame and strength allow him to work inside. Knaub is a true point forward, as at 6’6” he has the inside presence to play within Eldorado’s offense, but his ball-handling and patience allow him to run their offense. With Guardgraduating this year, Knaub will have the go-ahead to expand his role on this Eagles team that brings back 3 of their 5 starters and has potential to win their district and make their mark in 5A.
1. Brandon Kehres – Organ Mountain (6th Overall)
Organ Mountain was the biggest breakout team in New Mexico, and Kehres solidified himself as one of the best big men in the state after coming off a stellar sophomore campaign. He utilized his strength to establish positioning inside, and was hyper-efficient finishing close to the basket. He averaged 13.7 PPG (1st on team), 8.7 RPG (10th in state, 2nd in 5A), and 1.0 BPG, accomplishing all of this while shooting a whopping 58% from the floor. Kehres is an all-around valuable player, making an impact on both sides of the ball, and giving Organ Mountain a chance to win in any game they play. Though they barely lost in the 5A Playoff semifinals, the Knights return with a team that is returning a lot of key pieces, setting them up for success next season. Kehres will look to continue showcasing his wide skillset, and establish dominance in 5A.