Posted On: 11/23/17 12:00 AM

CONFERENCE PREVIEW: Centennial League

 

Shawnee Mission South is led by wing Jake Potthoff and big man Hunter Schneider, a pair of players who have taken their games to new heights in the offseason.

It was quite a year for the Centennial League a year ago as Shawnee Heights captured a Kansas 5A state championship in Topeka.

This year, look for Topeka Hayden and Topeka Highland Park to make a run at the league title and perhaps beyond and into the postseason. Both teams return lots of talent from a year ago.

Hayden returns nearly its entire roster including a host of talented players who are being recruited by colleges at all levels. Leading the way are Zach Harvey and Jett Canfield, one of the state’s premier backcourt tandems. Mix in Deshawn Hanika, Hayden Federico and Levi Braun and there is no shortage of talent or experience returning.

Highland Park figures to be an experienced and talented squad, a team made for the defensive end of the court with several top-flight competitors who take pride in their defense. Look for Larry and Will White to have breakout seasons, while point guard Dasani Giardina brings leadership and Davonshai Harden roams the baseline.

Also in the mix are Shawnee Heights Washburn Rural and Manhattan, all of whom will be promoting a host of new players to new roles after suffering heavy losses to graduation.

Predicted Order of Finish

Topeka Hayden

Highland Park

Shawnee Heights

Washburn Rural

Manhattan

Junction City

Topeka West

Topeka

Seaman

Emporia

Players to Watch

Nate Awbrey, 6’1, PG, 2018, Manhattan

Kobe Bonner, 5’10, G, 2019, Seaman

Levi Braun, 6’3, G, 2019, Topeka Hayden

Jett Canfield, 5’11, PG, 2018, Topeka Hayden

Koriyon Carr, 5’11, G, 2018, Topeka West

Xavier Cason, 6’5, PF/C, 2018, Junction City

AJ Dickerson, 6’2, G, 2019, Junction City

Dylan Farr, 6’4, F, 2018, Emporia

Hayden Fedrico, 6’5, F, 2018, Topeka Hayden

Dasani Giardina, 5’9, PF, 2018, Highland Park

Davonshai Harden, 6’5, F, 2020, Highland Park

Zach Harvey, 6’4, G, 2019, Topeka Hayden

Jordan White, 6’0, PG, 2019, Washburn Rural

Larry White, 6’4, F, 2018, Highland Park

Tyler White, 6’4, F, 2018, Shawnee Heights

Will White, 6’3, F, 2018, Highland Park