Posted On: 09/25/20 8:21 PM

Players outside the spotlights of the big city have succeeded in making a name for themselves, headed by Pittsburg’s Javon GrantJavonGrant5'11" | PGPittsburg | 2021StateKS. But there are plenty of good guards across the state, including Jayden GarrisonJaydenGarrison6'1" | CGLittle River | 2021StateKS, Chance SangerChanceSanger6'0" | CGLarned | 2020StateKS, Hunter Davis and Devan McEwen.

But some up-and-coming guards got a lot of experience on the club circuit this summer and are ready to rise into the upper echelon of guards this fall.

Here is a look at some of the guards from across Kansas who were the top risers this summer (in alphabetical order and with club and high school and grad year listed):

Aiden Harper, Perry Ellis 34 17U, Winfield, 2021:

A senior who’s ready for more, Harper is a 5-foot-11 deadeye who can also take the ball to the hole and find open teammates. He moves without the ball and never stops hustling. He will provide senior leadership for Winfield, including tough defense and athleticism.

Howard Johnson, SSA Hoops Elite Black, Junction City, 2022:

Not an unknown at Junction City, Johnson has been a big contributor to the Blue Jays. But as a junior, he’ll be even more of a leader and will be counted

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