Kansas Rankings: Biggest Risers (2019 Bigs)

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Posted On: 09/29/17 3:00 PM

This is an exciting class for Kansas big men with several players who have seen their game grow over the past year.

Josh Earley, 6’7, PF, 2019, Bishop Miege

With the exception of teammate Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, there isn’t a big man in the 2019 class in Kansas with more upside. Earley combines a big, strong frame with explosive athleticism and is a power-packed athlete with a world of potential. His offensive game and post work is still a work in progress, but xx can score some on the block or face up a little on the perimeter.

Zane Meeks, 6’7, PF, 2019, Shawnee Mission East

We have seen his game grow leaps and bounds and he impressed us this summer with his ability to shoot the 3. He has the potential to turn into a natural stretch 4, capable of knocking down 3-pointers, but also providing a solid post presence at the defensive end and on the boards. He is currently hearing from a lot of Ivy League type programs and we look for him to have a breakout junior season.

Brett Chapple, 6’5, PF, 2018, Lawrence

We’re not entirely sure what level Chapple projects out to as a college player. It could be low-level D1, D2 or even NAIA. He’s something of an undersized power forward who can slide over and play some 3 and how that projects at the next level is hard to say. What makes his evaluation as a long term prospect so difficult is that his game is so unique. He is a junk yard dog in every sense of the word, always in the right place at the right time as a player. Tough, physical, willing to do the little things. He defends everywhere. Chapple is a decent outside shooter and looked to take his game more to the post than we remember in the past during June HS team camps. Regardless where he plays in the future, he is a great HS player right now, the kind of kid every coach would love to have.

Siler Tschihart, 6’8, PF/C, 2019, Blue Valley

He’s not an overwhelming athlete and isn’t going to play high above the basket, but he is a strong, physical post man with an old school game. He has a frame that will likely continue add muscle as he gets older as well. Tschihart looks to post up and is an aggressive player in the paint, looking to score with a drop step or a hook. He has also improved his med-range shot and shows good form and balance out to 15 feet. He is definitely a player Division II sch