Williams showed flashes last year of being an elite level shooter. His ability to pump fake, then sidestep into a three is pure and rarely misses. He is a threat from beyond the arc and leaves defenses scrambling to close out on him. Williams is not afraid of the moment and has a killer instinct with the ball in his hands and time running down. With his mindset and shooting ability, and as his strength and ability to create his own shot grows, Williams could develop into one of the top scorers in the state.
A bit of a stretch as a sleeper, Garcia has become known around the metro as one of the next best Bellevue West prospects. His size, length and footwork make him menace in the painted area on both ends of the floor. Garcia’s ability to hit the three is what amps up his potential. Garcia should be in the top 8 rotation for the Thunderbirds, but I do think some are still underestimating his importance to the team. Playing with the extremely talentedhas its upside, however, last year’s state final saw Millard North’s guards attacking Arop on defense and Garcia could find himself as help on the back end or having a bigger impact in games due to foul trouble for Arop. With his impressive summer, Garcia could shine in a big way for the Thunderbirds this year.
A three-level scorer, Johnson showed this summer he can really put the ball in the basket. Johnson’s range is special as he can drain just about any shot from 24 feet in. With that range, he easily draws defenders which allows him to attack the rim with good finishing moves. Johnson has good size and can be effective on the glass, allowing him to get high percentage put backs. The Bearcats might have an All-State talent ready for a breakout season.
Omaha Westview will make their debut in the 2022-23 season and, although young, they will be ripe with talent. The Wolverines will undoubtedly be led by‘s talent, but his backcourt partner Mapp could be an important impact player. The shifty guard is solid with the ball in his hands and knows how to penetrate to make plays. Mapp is an efficient scorer who does not take many bad shots and has the range to shoot well from 15 feet out. Mapp is cerebral guard and will garner a lot of respect around the metro in the coming season.
The Silverhawks have some real talent and maybe be a sleeper impact team in general. Upperclassmen, and with lead the way but their 2025 class has immense talent with Chuck Love, Braden Frager and Rieal Acin. Losing some size from graduating players, the Silverhawks have long guards who can pick up some slack on the boards, however, Acin’s length and ability to run the floor could be huge with their perimeter talent. Acin could become a highlight machine and make a significant impact playing a cleanup role.