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Posted On: 10/14/18 11:33 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 rising junior class.
Below are several of the top forwards in Kansas’ 2020 class.
Da’Vonshai Harden, 6’5, F, Topeka
A strong, physical presence on the court, 6’5 Topeka forward Da’Vonshai Harden is a well-rounded forward who can handle the ball, shoot from the outside and get on the glass. He will be counted on for a big season in 2018-19 after the graduation of standout Larry White. He brings a diverse, well-rounded skill set to the floor with the ability to impact a game in a variety of ways.
Markell Hood, 6’5, G/F, 2020, Blue Valley Northwest
After starring at Shawnee Mission West, 6’5 junior Markell Hood is poised for a breakout season after transferring to Blue Valley Northwest. He is a well-rounded player who can do a little bit of everything. Hood can play multiple positions, can handle the ball, shoot from the outside, is a strong rebounder and plays with a big motor.
Kobe Johnson, 6’5, F, Ottawa, KC Run GMC
Johnson brings a unique skill set to the floor for a player his size. He has a big, wide frame that he uses to his advantage in the paint, but is skilled enough to play on the perimeter and is at his best at the high post. Johnson is a terrific passer with a good feel for the game and shows creativity as a passer and scorer.
Tanner Mans, 6’5, F, Bishop Carroll
One of the state’s top shooters in the rising junior class, Bishop Carroll’s Tanner Mans combines solid size, athleticism and a high skill level and is poised for a big season. He has a smooth perimeter jumper, is capable of shooting off the catch, moves well without the ball and understands the Bishop Carroll offense well. He is an underrated athlete who can rebound and plays with a big motor.
Shawn Warrior, 6’4, F, Campus
One of the state’s top players in the rising 2020 class, Warrior is coming off a strong summer with Kansas Pray N Play 16u squad. He brings a terrific attitude to the floor and a willingness to do whatever it takes for his team to win. On an undersized Pray N Play team, Warrior often took his game inside and defended opposing big men and was big on the boards as well. He can handle it on the perimeter and can shoot from the outside as well.