Sophomore Standouts from Wichita and the West at the Top 250 Expo
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After watching all the intriguing sophomores at the Kansas Top 250 Expo we decided to devote three articles to this impressive group. We’ve covered the KC area and Topeka. Now we take a look at a group from Wichita and…
After watching all the intriguing sophomores at the Kansas Top 250 Expo we decided to devote three articles to this impressive group. We’ve covered the KC area and Topeka. Now we take a look at a group from Wichita and a few from the western part of Kansas.
Maize guardwas the headliner from this group. Despite playing a football game the night before, the sophomore got after it at the Expo. He’s a physical specimen who stood out despite his age. He can play the point or on the wing, and he demonstrated a willingness to pass and set up his teammates. A lot will be written about this guy, so we’ll move on to some others who showcased their talents at the Expo.
Here’s a look at six 2026s from Wichita and Western Kansas who impressed at the Kansas Top 250 Expo (in alphabetical order):
, 6-foot-guard, 2026, Colby (pictured):
For some of the 2026s at the Expo, it was our first chance to see them. Then there were others with whom we’re very familiar. Jones is one we knew pretty well from his great summer prior to his freshman year, which he followed up with a great high school season. He was an important piece of the Colby team that advanced to state. He just backed up our high opinion of him on Saturday. This guy is a playmaker. He’s a ballhandler who’s unfazed by pressure and makes smart decisions. He is a gamer and probably doesn’t get enough respect for his athleticism. He showed at the Expo that he can really shoot it too.
, 6-foot-2 forward, 2026, Bishop Carroll:
Kreutzer is a big-bodied guy who can play a variety of roles. First and foremost, he is a defense-stretching shooter from deep. Like, really deep. He didn’t just snipe from the perimeter, however. He showed at the Expo he can get into the lane and power through traffic or drop a soft floater. Bishop Carroll returns a really solid core of players, and Kreutzer might be a nice addition this winter.
, 6-foot-1 guard, 2026, Derby:
We’ve been impressed by Marshall’s game for several months, and he backed up that impression Saturday. He brings energy and attitude to the court. He can make a lot of things happen with the ball, and he’s got athleticism and confidence. To play a role on the talented Derby squad this year, it will take versatility and willingness to do the dirty work. Marshall has the skill set to slide into a variety of spots next year. He saw a tiny bit of varsity action as a freshman.
, 6-foot guard, 2026, Hoisington:
Another guy we got to know over the summer, Martin continues to impress. His smooth, bouncy style suited the showcase. He can lead with the ball or play off it and is an unselfish team-first guy. Martin hit several shots from deep, defended and ran the floor, showing he can match up with competition of any age, from any size school.
, 6-foot-2 guard, 2026, Eisenhower:
We were happy to become more familiar with Stanberry at the Expo. After catching a few glimpses of him over the summer, we were very impressed with his ability to handle the ball and create, particularly in transition. Stanberry is a long, smooth guard who is very comfortable against ball pressure and making plays at high speed. He makes it look easy. He pushes the tempo with his eyes up, looking to pass the ball ahead or dish it on penetration. He used his length to be a factor on the glass, and he hit from deep too.
, 6-foot-2 forward, 2026, Maize:
Willits made a very big first impression at the Expo. He’s a physical, tough competitor who can fill a variety of roles. He has the strength to battle in the paint, and he finished several buckets through contact. He impressed with some spinning midrange jumpers on the dribble. He moves without the ball and is dangerous from deep. He also ran the court well and converted several buckets in transition.