Small School Wings Stand Out in Club Events
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One of the most fun things about club action is the chance for small school players to match their talents against big city/big school competition. A couple of small school wings who have proved themselves against all comers are Moundridge’s…
One of the most fun things about club action is the chance for small school players to match their talents against big city/big school competition.
A couple of small school wings who have proved themselves against all comers are Moundridge’sand Galena’s .
To include as many players as possible in this exercise, we decided to feature some small school guards/forwards in a “wings” category. Here who are six small school guys who are standing out against big school competition (in alphabetical order):
, 6-foot-3 forward, 2025, Goodland, PGU:
A veteran of varsity and club, Brumbaugh took on the task of playing up with PGU this summer, matching up against rising seniors, and in some cases, high school graduates. Brumbaugh has a versatile game and physique that allows him to do just about everything in the game. He defends equally well in the paint and on the perimeter and rebounds effectively. He has the skills to handle the ball under pressure and to catch and shoot from the perimeter and on the move in the midrange. The spring and summer battles are preparing Brumbaugh for a big junior season.
Finn Burge, 6-foot-guard, 2026, Moundridge, PGU:
Moundridge will have some holes to fill after winning the 2A title last spring. They have some strong 2026s coming up, including guard/wing Burge. He suited up for the varsity team that won state and even got into the championship game. So Burge has some experience to build on, and club ball this summer is adding to his experience. He is a tough rebounder and defender, passes effectively and can hit from deep.
Tucker Groh, 6-foot-1 guard, 2024, Chase County, SSA:
Groh has flown under the radar for 2A Chase County, but the SSA club is giving him a chance to demonstrate his abilities. He has good size and athleticism, which he puts to use as a versatile guard/wing. He guards various positions effectively, using quick hands and anticipation to rip off dribblers and pick off passes. He flips turnovers in the backcourt into points by pushing the ball up the floor aggressively. He attacks the basket and finishes fearlessly.
Hunter Hayden, 6-foot guard, 2026, Garden Plain, Kansas Elite:
Hayden got some great experience with Kansas Elite this summer, which will prepare him to make a contribution at Garden Plain soon. He’s a versatile wing who can knock shots down from deep, handle the ball and defend. He’s got good size and a versatile skill set.
Jesse Lutz, 6-foot forward, 2026, Moundridge, PGU:
Lutz joined some other young Moundridge risers on the PGU team and gained valuable experience this summer. He handles the ball well, using the spin and crossover to create space for midrange jumpers and floaters. He can hit from deep and attacks defenses on the bounce.
, 6-foot-1 guard, 2025, Marysville, SSA (pictured):
Otott has been a key contributor for Marysville ever since his freshman year, so he’s not intimidated by any of the bigger school players he encounters on the club scene. He was, in fact, Marysville’s leading scorer in the 3A state title game loss to Hesston with 11 points. He is a rugged competitor who really crashes the boards, using both box-out skills, athleticism and effort. He handles the ball and can shoot it from deep. He will greatly expand his role for Marysville next season, and club ball is helping prepare him for the next step.