Posted On: 10/24/18 3:20 PM
s 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 sophomore class.
Below are some of the state’s top most underrated young forwards in the 2021 class.
Max Close, 6’3, F, 2021, Shawnee Mission South (MoKan Select)
Close is an undersized, but smart post player who plays bigger than his listed height. He has some bounce in his step, has a long, rangy frame, and has a good feel for scoring around the basket. He is an active athlete who earns his minutes through hustle plays. He runs the floor well and is always looking for an easy basket.
Jackson Lewis, 6’7, F, 2021, Shawnee Mission South (MoKan Select)
Lewis is a long, rangy forward who brings some skill to the floor. He is coming off a strong offseason running for MoKan Select 15U squad and could have a breakout season for Shawnee Mission South this year. He runs the floor well, rebounds and can score a little in the paint as well.
Colin Schreiber, 6’3, F, 2021, Salina South, NLHA 15U
Schreiber was at his best attacking the basket throughout the weekend where he showed the ability to elevate in traffic and finish tough chances. He has some skills on the perimeter as well as he can handle the ball a little and can even shoot from behind the 3-point arc as well.
Liam Smith, 6’4, F, 2021, Kapaun Mt Carmel
Smith is a strong forward who likes to handle the ball and direct traffic. He has a good sense of the game and is smart with the ball and on the move. He’s a strong passer and can push the tempo whenever he has the floor. He’s comfortable playing a variety of positions and can make solid plays when he’s out of position and double-teamed in a corner. A very smart player.