Posted On: 10/16/20 5:39 PM

The summer circuit prepared a new crop of players for varsity action. Topeka can look forward to a whole group of young players to take their place in the spotlight.

Here are some of the top Topeka guards looking for more playing time in 2020-21:

Pearse Bowen, Kansas 94×50 Elite 15U, Washburn Rural, 2023:

Perenially one of the top programs in the state, Rural doesn’t lose that much from last year’s club and could add several nice pieces, including Bowen. The 5-foot-11 sophomore is a good ball handler from end to end and can break down a defender. He can get in the lane and create, or shoot it from deep. Playing time may be tough to get next year, but Bowen has the skills to potentially make a contribution.

Jayden Leesman, Kansas Hoggs U17, Topeka High, 2021:

Topeka High was a senior-laden group last year, so guys like Leesman had a tough time getting playing time as a junior. Watch for him to step into a significant role this year. He’s a deft ball handler who could help returning guard Jalen Smith with some of the ball handling role. He has good moves with the ball and good

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