Conference Preview

Posted On: 09/4/21 8:00 AM

Preseason Player of the Year: 2022 Malachi Johnson Malachi Johnson 5'9" | PG Ankeny Christian Academy | 2022 State IA , Ankeny Christian

Ankeny Christian should once again be the best team in the Bluegrass Conference, and Johnson is a big reason why. A true lead guard who looks to get others involved before hunting his own shot, Johnson is arguably the best returnee on both ends of the floor with his all-around abilities. He should see his scoring spike a little bit this year with the graduated pieces that the Eagles lost, and if the Eagles finish at the top of the conference as expected, it'll largely be because of Johnson's two-way talents.

 

First Team

2022 Malachi Johnson Malachi Johnson 5'9" | PG Ankeny Christian Academy | 2022 State IA , Ankeny Christian: 9.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.1 steals, 41.0 3P%

Johnson posted a very impressive 4.1 assist-to-turnover ratio last season and has turned himself into a knockdown 3-point shooter. He's dynamic on both ends of the floor for the league's best team.

2022 Ben McDermott Ben McDermott 6'0" | SF Ankeny Christian Academy | 2022 State IA , Ankeny Christian: 11.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.6 steals, 45.0 3P%

The top returning scorer for the conference's best team, McDermott is a great shooter who benefits by playing alongside a lead guard the quality of Johnson.

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