Posted On: 10/30/21 7:52 AM

It’s football playoff time! That means basketball season is about a month off. Basketball practices will be tipping off soon. So it’s time to start looking ahead to the season. Let’s start with a look at the top returners by class.

There would have been an elite crop of 4A returners, but first-teamers Mark Mitchell Mark Mitchell 6'7" | SF Sunrise | 2022 State #8 Nation KS , Taj Manning Taj Manning 6'6" | PF Bishop Miege | 2022 KS and Julian Margrave Julian Margrave 6'9" | SF Louisberg | 2022 KS all transferred from their high schools.

Still, several all-staters return. Here are the top returners to 4A:

Adriel Smith Adriel Smith 5'10" | CG Rose Hill | 2022 State KS , 5-foot-10 guard, 2022, Rose Hill:

With the losses at the top of the class, Smith might just be next in line for 4A Player of the Year. He was electric last season, pouring in better than 24 points per game. He is a flash in the open floor and can penetrate, finish in traffic, and dish. He’s not big, but he’s tough and strong with the ball.

Kaleb Becker Kaleb Becker 6'4" | SF Abilene | 2022 State KS , 6-foot-4 forward, 2022, Abilene (pictured):

If Smith isn’t player of the year, it might be Becker. He’s been a one-man wrecking crew for a couple of years now, and he’s poised for a big senior year. Last year he averaged 16.6 points

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