Posted On: 10/9/18 2:28 PM
Wichita has a lot of talent to go around to the next level and a lot of coaches spending a lot of time developing those young men. If you are recruiting talent in Wichita, start with this list of uncommitted prospects.
Jackie Johnson III (2021) – Wichita Southeast HS
An electrifying underclassman guard who is gaining national attention in his recruitment. The incoming sophomore was a scoring machine at Wichita North last year as the catalyst to their offense.
I always use the James Harden comparison to Jackie as he is able to do so much offensively. Take his shot away from him, he will take you to the rim, take away one side of the court and he will use the other, help too much on defense and he will make the right play.
In a perfect world he would grow a couple of inches but even at 5’10’’ he has high major potential at the Division I level with solid footwork, high level quickness, and an array of tools in his bag (I think that’s what kids say now right?).
A few of the schools involved in his recruitment right now are Wichita State, Kansas, Memphis, Tulane, and Stanford.
Daylan Jones (2021) – Wichita East HS
Garnering just as much attention as Jackie Johnson is Daylan Jones from East. He led East in every statistical category last year besides scoring as a freshman showing he is more than just a scorer.
Huge upside with this young man.
The 6’4’’ guard can score at all three levels but also sees the court well and isn’t afraid to get his teammates involved as opposing defenses collapse on him.
Daylan is comfortable on or off the ball making him a great combo guard prospect as he already has the size for the next level.
N’Faly Dante (2020) – Sunrise Christian Academy
Dante has really blown up in the past year, proving himself as one of the top recruits in the class of 2020 as he’s being recruited by Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma State, and others.
The 6’11’’ big man moves his feet extremely well for his size, has good hands, and can step out to the midrange area and knock down a jumper or take a less nimble big man to the rack.
Originally from Mali, Africa, Dante has made a huge impact on the Sunrise team in a short amount of time and has gone from seemingly unknown to a high school superstar, anchoring Mokan in their Peach Jam run.
Jaden Okon (2019) – Wichita Heights HS
Jaden had a solid summer in which he picked up an offer from Washburn University while playing for Next Level Hoops.
He has great size for a guard at 6’4’’ and has the athleticism that translates to the next level.
He excels in transition where he can make things happen but can also score within the offense with his explosiveness to the basket or outside shot.
Defensively, he is very active and capable defender, showing that ability throughout the summer.
Jaden will be a solid player at the next level.
Ty Berry (2020) – Newton HS
No secret here, Ty Berry is a bonafide national prospect with elite quickness, shooting ability, and court vision.
The 6’2’’ PG has offers from Missouri, Wichita State, Kansas State, Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, Nebraska, and Creighton among others.
Some are speculating once Kansas gets in the conversation that Ty will commit to them due to the strong family ties to the school.
As of now, no official offer has been extended despite there seeming to be mutual interest as Ty has unofficially visited campus and been present for Late Night in the Phog.
Malik Hall (2019)- Sunrise Christian Academy PGB
Malik is entering his third year playing in the state of Kansas, this year slated to be his post grad year since he reclassed when he arrived at Sunrise.
The 6’7’’ wing has narrowed down his 30+ Division I offers to five schools and is in the process of official visits currently.
The five schools that made the cut were Michigan State, Texas, Purdue, Oklahoma, and Oregon.
Malik is an extremely versatile prospect with the ability to shoot, handle the ball, get to the basket, or make the right play using his underrated court vision to his advantage.
Xavier Bell (2020) – Andover Central HS
Xavier continues to develop and clearly has a skill set that will translate to the Division I level which he showed last season as a sophomore at Andover Central HS.
The 6’4’’ guard can score at all three levels and is most effective when in the open court or when he is getting to the rim.
He is athletic and has seen improvements in his jumper over the past year and against high level competition, appears to stay focused defensively. He also has the versatility to play on or off the ball.
Xavier did pick up his first Division I offer this summer as Denver University extended the offer as they commonly recruit Kansas prospects and try to come in early in hopes of getting a commitment.
Southeast Missouri State University also came in early August with an offer as well. I would expect mid-major schools to start extending offers in the first part of 2019.