Spring Superlatives – Top Playmakers
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Prep Hoops Kansas is running a series on players who exhibited specific talents this spring. Some of them are established varsity performers, while others may be new names to readers. We saw some guys who are particularly adept offensively as…
Prep Hoops Kansas is running a series on players who exhibited specific talents this spring. Some of them are established varsity performers, while others may be new names to readers.
We saw some guys who are particularly adept offensively as shooters, ball handlers and passers. But we created another category for guys who have that knack to make plays.
Here are some of the top playmakers we watched this spring (in alphabetical order):
We were impressed by a lot of players we hadn’t seen before, but Alexander was at the top of the list. He had a solid junior season for a competitive Wildcats team, but he really took it to another level in some spring action. This guy is a long guard who really creates havoc at the defensive end and can overwhelm opposing guards athletically. He has an all-around offensive game and the combination of explosiveness and competitiveness to be a difference maker.
Marshall (pictured) ran with a very talented group at a Kansas City event this spring. But when it was crunch time, the coaches put the ball in Marshall’s hands and let him make plays. The fact that he got some playing time as a freshman at Miege tells you he’s a player. His combination of toughness, physicality and skill make him a threat in every facet of the game.
A guy we really loved watching this spring, McRae is a coach’s favorite. He plays much bigger than his size, attacks and never backs down, and does it all with a smile on his face. He’s a team-first guy, but his competitiveness shows through. He can get into the paint and create against bigger opponents. We’re calling him a small forward because of his style and the role he’s playing for LTD.
One of the most naturally gifted players in the 2026 class, Myovela was simply able to do things this spring that his opponents couldn’t defend. He’s a big, powerful guard who can push the ball through contact, get to the goal in transition, and he can leap over defenders to finish. Because of his varied skill set combined with his advanced physical gifts, this guy can make all the plays. Myovela will be one of the top ranked players in the 2026 when the rankings come out this fall.
Phillips really turned heads at the Wichita Prep Hoops event with his relentless, attacking style. He handles the ball like a point guard and has the length and explosiveness to play above the crowd. He throws his body into traffic gets to the goal with surprising effectiveness. He can score with a variety of shots from a variety of angles.
A different kind of playmaker, Renze does a lot of things to impact the game. He can make shots from all levels, and he creates a lot of offense with his defense. He’s a wing who has strength, ball handling ability and is a threat to shoot from deep. Renze is the kind of player who makes everyone around him better.