Posted On: 05/29/20 11:06 AM

Whether it’s because they’ve matured, honed their skills in the offseason, or stepped out of the shadow of a graduating senior, there are plenty of guys at small schools to watch for breakout seasons next fall. Because you never know who’s going to break out, they’re listed in alphabetical order.

Here are the Top Breakout Candidates in Northeast Kansas for 2020-21 (players are listed by their grade next school year):

Maddox Decker, senior, Santa Fe Trail:

The Chargers lose a ton in the departure of Killian Spoonemore and Andrew Berckefeldt. While the 5-foot-9 Decker won’t bring the size of those grads, he does have scoring ability. He led the Chargers with a 15.5 average and showed he could bust out for more, like the 28 he put up on Iola. Decker will need to take on a leadership role for Santa Fe Trail to improve on its 10-10 record

Nathan Hawk, senior, Valley Falls:

The 6-foot-5 Hawk teamed with 6-foot-3 senior Tyler Lockhart to give the Dragons good size for a 1A team last year. With Lockhart and sophomore stud Avery Gatzemeyer as the primary options, Hawk stayed within the flow. But he is tough in the paint, can shoot

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