Posted On: 05/13/20 11:00 AM

The CIF-SS rank has a multitude of all-around superb defenders. From stout on-ball defenders to shot blockers, the section has an array of under-the-radar players in this area of the game. These four 2022 defenders are surely ones to watch for next season.

Kristian Jemerson — Fairmont Prep

Kristian Jemerson is growing as an offensive talent, but the potential is also there on defense. The Fairmont Prep guard covers a good amount of space on the floor. He is quick to jump in for steals and can clog up passing lanes within the paint. He wound up averaging 1.2 steals per game this past season. He is simply a magnet with creating turnovers -- an area of his game which he is excelling at. His work on isolation situations will be an aspect of his game to watch next season. But as mentioned, the talent is there for him to grow and develop on the defensive end. 

Xavier Thompson — Maranatha

Maranatha has several under-the-radar talents, including guard Xavier Thompson. He is someone who reads offenses well as he often takes advantage by intercepting passes or jumping in to corral loose balls. He is also very quick and can

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