Posted On: 03/30/21 3:15 PM

Last year, several freshmen were listed as honorable mention all-state on the Topeka Capital-Journal’s all-classes awards.

This year, just two 9th graders received such recognition:

TJ Williams, Wichita Heights, Honorable Mention 6A:

By earning honorable mention at the highest classification, Williams jumps to the head of the list of 2024s in Kansas. The 6-foot-3 forward saw his role grow after the holiday break. He averaged 8.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals in his rookie campaign. The highlight of his season was in a tough 53-47 loss to eventual 5A champ Maize. In that game, Williams scored 19 points and pulled down 6 boards.

Tanner Heckel, Inman, Honorable Mention 2A:

Heckel is a 5-foot-9 guard who showed the ability hit multiple three’s in a game. He had numerous double-digit games. Stats are not available for Heckel, but he was named first team in the Heart of America League as a freshman.

The following are a few freshmen who didn’t receive honorable mention, but who are certainly worthy of mention (in alphabetical order):

Kaiden Abasolo, Mulvane:

The 6-foot younger brother of 4A first-teamer Trey Abasolo Trey Abasolo 6'1" | CG Mulvane | 2021 State KS , Kaiden got a lot of valuable experience for the highly-ranked Mulvane team.

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