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Posted On: 10/29/18 11:34 PM
As part of its 2018-19 preview series, Prep Hoops Kansas takes a look at some of the state’s top players in a variety of positions in the senior class.
Below are several standouts in the 2019 class who play a brand of inside-out basketball.
Jerek Butcher, 6’0, F, 2019, Pittsburg
Butcher has a unique game with a unique frame as a strong, 6’0 forward who likes to play inside, but can also step away from the basket and handle the ball like a guard and knock down open 3-pointers. He is a physical player who uses his size to his advantage and isn’t afraid of contact.
Nathan Burger, 6’3, G, 2019, Blue Valley Northwest
Burger could play a big role as a senior this season for a talented Huskies team that enters the 2018-19 season as a preseason favorite to win a Class 6A state title. He has good size at 6’3 for a guard and does a terrific job of rebounding, scoring easy points around the basket and step outside and shoot it from distance. He is a terrific passer who competes at the defensive end of the floor.
Gabe Fisher, 6’5, G/F, Wichita Collegiate, MoKan Select
Fisher is a hard-working forward who fills in gaps where his team is lacking. He hustles on the floor, blocking shots, rebounding everything he can get his hand on and making smart plays with the ball. He can shoot when he needs to and find teammates around the basket and behind the 3-point line.
Zachary Genilo, 6’5, F/G, 2019, St Thomas Aquinas, Spurs
Genilo is equally comfortable and effective posting up and shooting fade-away jumpers out of the block as he is stepping out to the 3-point line. Genilo utilizes his height and length to get shots off over small defenders inside, and showed this summer he can consistently knock down open 3-pointers. He has a soft touch to his shot and can handle the ball a little as well.
Jake Potthoff, 6’6, G/F, 2019, Shawnee Mission South, MoKan Select
Potthoff is a talented wing player who is crafty off the dribble, has a high basketball IQ and is able to score the ball in a variety of ways. He can knock down shots, can see over a defense and make smart passes on the wing, but can also score in the paint as he uses his size and length well.