Posted On: 05/27/20 11:46 AM

Turnover in northeast Kansas will open the door for a lot of new storylines next season. Some dynamic pairs will have an opportunity to change the landscape of hoops in the region come fall.

Northeast Kansas Tandems to Watch (players are listed by their grade next school year):

Valley Falls’ Avery Gatzemeyer, junior, and Nathan Hawk, senior: The Dragons lose 6-foot-3 stud Tyler Lockhart from the club that went 16-6 last year. But this pair of returners makes the future bright.

The 6-1 Gatzemeyer earned first team all-Northeast Kansas League and 1A state honorable mention. Gatzemeyer had multiple 20-plus point games and finished with a 14.3 average. He had several games with three or more 3-pointers. With the loss of senior leader Lockhart, the Dragons will need Gatzemeyer to take another big step forward.

The 6-foot-5 Hawk, second team all-Northeast Kansas League, teamed with Lockhart to give the Dragons good size for a 1A team. He provided the inside threat to allow Gatzemeyer open looks, but Hawk is not just limited to the paint. He can shoot from deep and run the floor. He finished with some huge games, getting 21 against Oskaloosa and 24 against Troy.

Valley Heights’ Cameron

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