Posted On: 11/16/20 10:39 PM

While at some bigger schools it may take a top-talent a little longer to crack the varsity lineup, sometimes a young stud finds himself on the court early on at a smaller high school. Such was the case in 2019-2020, when several freshmen from small schools got a ton of playing time and really made their marks.

Leading the small school charge were 3A honorable mention ballers Eli Sawyers Eli Sawyers 6'6" | SF Southeast Of Saline | 2023 State KS and Tyler Little Tyler Little 6'5" | PF Galena | 2023 State KS , #4 and #5 respectively in the rankings. Not far behind was Britton Dutton Britton Dutton 6'1" | SG Ellinwood | 2023 State KS , 2A honorable mention at #17.

Here are some of the small school stars in the first edition of the Kansas 2023 Player Rankings:

26 Brekyn Ratzlaff Brekyn Ratzlaff 6'0" | PG Hillsboro | 2023 State KS , guard, Hillsboro:

The 6-foot Ratzlaff earned honorable mention in 2A last year running at guard for Hillsboro. He will take over even more leadership next season, but the son of a coach will be ready. The 6-footer was sufficiently challenged last summer when he joined the aptly-named Oz Elite 2023 club. Ratzlaff is an elite ball handler who sees the court and can get the ball to where it needs to be.

34 Makaen Hastings Makaen Hastings 5'8" | PG Solomon | 2023 State KS , guard, Solomon:

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