Posted On: 09/9/21 10:36 AM

As we did for the 2022 class, we put together an all-star team using the rankings for the 2023 class. It is the collection of all the players ranked by the six positions Prep Hoops utilizes in its rankings.

We realize that many of our ranked players could play several different positions. And we realize that some players, guys like Eli Sawyers Eli Sawyers 6'6" | SF Southeast Of Saline | 2023 State KS and BJ Redic BJ Redic 6'2" | SF Andover | 2023 State KS , defy positions. Thus this is not a list of the top six players

But just for fun, here’s the 2023 Rankings First Team, the top player at each of our six positional classifications (listed by position, name, state ranking, size and high school):

Point Guard: Marcus Ziegler, #2, 6-foot-1, Wichita Heights HS (pictured):

Ziegler is the quintessential point guard, handling the ball and running the show with supreme confidence. He as the vision to see the court, and the anticipation to know how to get the ball to the right places. His stats were solid as a sophomore - 9.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists. He competed at a very high level on the summer circuit and will be ready for an even bigger role this year.

Combo Guard: Eli Sawyers Eli Sawyers 6'6" | SF Southeast Of Saline | 2023 State KS and BJ Redic BJ Redic 6'2" | SF Andover | 2023 State KS , defy positions. Thus this is not a list of the top six players But just for fun, here’s the 2023 Rankings First Team, the top player at each of our six positional classifications (listed by position, name, state ranking, size and high school): Point Guard: Marcus Ziegler, #2, 6-foot-1, Wichita Heights HS (pictured): Ziegler is the quintessential point guard, handling the ball and running the show with supreme confidence. He as the vision to see the court, and the anticipation to know how to get the ball to the right places. His stats were solid as a sophomore - 9.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists. He competed at a very high level on the summer circuit and will be ready for an even bigger role this year. Combo Guard: Avery Johnson Avery Johnson 6'2" | CG Maize | 2023 State KS , #4, 6-foot-3, Maize HS: The only thing that might derail Johnson’s basketball career is his highly-coveted football skills. Johnson probably accomplished more than any other sophomore last year. He led Maize to a state championship, recording a team-high 13 points per game to go with 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. The only reason he sits as low as #4 is that he bypassed the summer season to focus on football. Shooting Guard: Will Rost Will Rost 6'3" | SG Aquinas | 2023 State KS , #3, 6-foot-3, Aquinas HS: Rost is one of the best shooters in the state, and he continues to add to his game. He hit 57 3-pointers last year, knocking down 45%. He worked this summer with a couple of club programs to improve his ball handling and ability to create off the dribble. His length and athleticism make him a versatile and explosive player in every phase. Small Forward: Caleb Wiese Caleb Wiese 6'4" | SF Garden City | 2023 State KS , #5, 6-foot-4, Garden City HS: A gritty, tough forward who does the dirty work that the team needs, Wiese has had a big impact on the court and on the gridiron for a couple of years already. He runs the court hard and cleans up the glass. He has good post moves and athleticism to make plays in an up-tempo style. Power Forward: Will Anciaux Will Anciaux 6'6" | PF Kapaun Mt Carmel | 2023 State #194 Nation KS , #1, 6-foot-6, Kapaun HS: Johnson and Wiese are top footballers, and Anciaux is right in that same mold. He stayed the #1 player in the class by putting together a really impressive summer for Team Buddy Buckets Kansas. He has the athleticism and skill to handle the ball in the open floor and get into the lane on the bounce. He can score from every level, and is sturdy enough to post up and crash the boards. Center: Jack Wilson Jack Wilson 6'5" | C Manhattan | 2023 State KS , #16, 6-foot-5, Manhattan HS: A broad and powerful big man, Wilson has already gained a ton of varsity experience for the Indians. Now with a lot of turnover in the Manhattan lineup, watch for Wilson to become the focal point. He works hard and runs the floor to be part of transition. He’s most effective in the post, where he has nice moves and a quality jumper. He can score in close with either hand, and is a smart and effective passer.

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