Posted On: 10/5/18 3:21 PM
As part of its 2018-19 preview series, Prep Hoops Kansas takes a look at some of the state’s top most versatile players in rising senior class.
Jake Alexander, 6’4, SG, 2019, McPherson (Run GMC)
Alexander was the second-leading scorer a year ago on a team loaded with talent and ability. He averaged 13.9 points and 3.7 rebounds as McPherson went 22-3 overall. He has a diverse, well-rounded skill set, including good size at 6’4, good athleticism and the ability to knock down outside shots, handle the ball and score in a variety of ways.
Braijion Barnes, 6’4, G, 2019, Piper
Barnes is a high-level athlete capable of playing above the rim, who brings the ability to rebound, defend multiple positions and is a tough, physical player. He averaged 8.8 points and led Piper in rebounding at 8.0 per game a year ago, He runs the floor exceptionally well and can finish in transition.
Andrew O’Brien, 6’5, F, 2019, Halstead, MTXE Navy
Halstead’s Andrew O’Brien brings a long, rangy frame to the floor and a versatile, well-rounded skill set. He runs the floor exceptionally well, handles it well on the perimeter, but can also take his game to the low post when needed. He plays some point forward where he uses his size to see over a defense, and at the defensive end of the floor, he is a capable a shot blocker and rebounder.
Dyelan Reed, 6’4, G/F, 2019, Concordia (SSA Elite Black)
There aren’t many more versatile players in Kansas’ rising senior class than Reed who can play on the perimeter, handle the ball, shoot from the outside, or post up and score in the paint. He is coming off a junior season that saw him average 16 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He is coming off a strong offseason competing for SSA Elite.
Jonah Willits, 5’10, F, 2019, McLouth, Kansas Cagers
Although he is listed at just 5’10, Willits brings a unique inside-out game with the ability to handle the ball on the perimeter, the quickness to defend guards, and a willingness to mix it up around the basket. Despite his height, Willits likes to post up and uses an array of head fakes, body contact and quick jumping ability to score buckets in the paint. He can also step out and handle the ball like a guard and shoot the 3 as well and proves to be a tough match-up for most teams.