Posted On: 04/4/21 11:15 AM

Graduation claims some of the best players every year. When a great player moves on, it opens the door for another to step up and show their talents. But there can be some pressure when it comes to trying to replace a lot of production.

Here are some returning players in 5A who will have big shoes to fill next year:

Cole James Cole James 6'4" | PF DeSoto | 2022 State KS , junior, DeSoto:

Talk about a tall order. The 6-foot-4 James will be the sole returner from the imposing front wall at DeSoto that featured all-stater Wyatt Noll Wyatt Noll 6'4" | PF DeSoto | 2021 State KS and 7-footer Nate Barnhart Nate Barnhart 6'9" | PF DeSoto | 2021 State KS . James was really good in his own right, but now must become the lead big man for DeSoto. He is solid in every area, and can handle the ball and pass well for a big.

Sincere Austin Sincere Austin 5'10" | PG Topeka West | 2023 State KS , sophomore, Topeka West:

Austin started the season on JV, but as opportunity presented itself, he worked into a bigger and bigger role for the Chargers. He gained invaluable experience, making it all the way to the state finals. But now he’ll have to take up some of the production of graduates Tre Alexander Tre Alexander 6'3" | CG Topeka West | 2021 State KS and Marque Wilkerson Marque Wilkerson 6'1" | SG Topeka West | 2021 State KS . Austin

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