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Posted On: 09/15/18 10:30 AM
Here is a look at several 2019 big men who raised their profile at the Prep Hoops Kansas Top 250 Expo held on Sunday at Blue Valley West.
*63 — Devon Koehn, 6’8, F, 2019, Maize (Kan.)
Koehn showed he is a skilled big with a versatile, inside-out type game with the ability to finish tough chances around the basket and moves well along the baseline to free himself for open looks. On the perimeter, he has the ability to stick open shots, create a little off the bounce and can get to the basket. He is a quick jumper around the basket and runs the floor exceptionally well for a big man.
76-Damius Peterson, 6’6, F, 2019, Newton (Kan.)
Peterson is a good-sized post player who moves his feet and rebounds. He can play outside the paint and handle himself against athletic bigs. He has a nice feel for the floor and is good at setting screens and popping out for a mid-range jumper or rolling to the basket where he can finish off the glass.
100 — Ethan Vlasic, 6’8, F, 2019, Blue Valley North (Kan.)
A high basketball IQ interior player, Vlasic has seen his stock soar over the offseason as he is blessed with a unique combination of toughness and length. He has a nose for the ball off the defensive glass, is a tough post defender who works hard, and at the offensive end of the floor, Vlasic is a developing post player with a series of old school type moves and the ability to finish dump down passes and put backs.
110-Jonah Willits, 5’10, F, 2019, McLouth (Kan.)
A shorter inside-out player who is strong for his size. He can get air and finish falling down. Willits is always moving off the ball and looking for an open spot behind the line or lane for a wide open layup. He plays beyond his listed height and actually collected some of the toughest rebounds of the day. There’s a bounce to his step and a competitive edge that stands out.
117 — Matthew Chapman, 6’7, F, 2019, Blue Valley Northwest (Kan.)
Chapman continues to impress this offseason with his ability to grind and his hard work attitude. He isn’t a big scorer or flashy player, but he brings toughness and a big motor to the floor. On Sunday at Blue Valley West, he showed some offensive skill, including the ability to face up and drive to the basket a little and continued his work as a post defender and rebounder.