Posted On: 07/18/21 7:41 AM

It’s rare that a freshman is good enough to make a contribution to the varsity team. Whether it’s that they aren’t physically up to the size and speed of the action, or that their skills are not fully developed, most ninth graders just aren’t able to beat out the older guys for playing time.

Of course there is the rare exception, like T.J. Williams, already an all-state honorable mention performer at Wichita Heights. Williams was a team leader for the Falcons, pitching in 8.3 points and 3.0 boards.

But there are occasionally other ninth graders who are pressed into duty for a depleted team, or who are physically up to the task and are ready to be challenged.

Here are a few 2024 guards who were contributors to their varsity teams last year (alphabetical order):

Andrew Bowman, 5-foot-11 guard, 2024, Bucklin:

Bowman added yet another guard to an up-and-coming Bucklin team to watch next year. He grew into the challenge as the season went along, and improved from the perimeter. He buried 4-4 from deep against Ingals in one late-season game. As a freshman, Bowman produced 7.6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in his supporting role.

Cole Linton, 6-foot

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