Posted On: 10/29/21 8:19 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.

Like 6A, graduation claimed nearly all of the all-staters from 5A. But a nice crop of players are ready to step in and grab those spots. Here are the top returners to 5A:

Jace Linenberger Jace Linenberger 6'6" | C Hays | 2022 State KS , 6-foot-6 center, 2022, Hays:

Probably the top candidate for 5A Player of the Year, Linenberger led Hays to a great season last year, before it was cut short by the Topeka West Chargers. He was the dominant presence in most games and the team leader in points (16.2) and rebounds (7.5) per game. For that excellence, he was the only junior on the first or second team 5A last year. He bullied competition this summer, showing he’s ready for a memorable senior season.

Kyle Grill Kyle Grill 6'6" | CG Maize | 2022 State KS , 6-foot-6 guard, 2022, Maize:

A huge guard who can handle the ball and is lights out from deep. What more can you ask for? The future Fort Hays State Tiger was third-team 5A last year

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