Stellar sophomore seasons and impressive work in the summer earned a handful of guys a bump in the rankings. The following are some risers of note from the 2024 list:
Up 5 spots – There wasn’t much movement in the upper echelon of the 2024 list. Jumping five spots to the 13 spot, Deaver gets credit for making an impact at Olathe East as a sophomore. He’s a playmaker at the point who uses his height to see the floor and dish the ball to teammates.
Up 6 spots – Watch out for Maize South next year. They return so much talent Homan may not be called on to put up a lot of stats. He’s effective in the paint on offense, but it’s on defense that the 6-foot-7 post really affects the game. He is an athletic big who dominates the glass and swats a lot of shot attempts.
Up 8 spots – Charles was a big part of that great season for Kapaun last year. He uses his length and athleticism to great effect at both ends of the floor. He gets his hands on lots of deflections, and he’s a disruptive shot blocker. He has some guard skills to him, particularly on the shot behind the arc. Depending on what KSU football-commitdoes after football season, Charles may get a ton more responsibility on the court.
Up 6 spots – After a really nice sophomore year, Brand showed off his talents with a nice summer. This guy is a workhorse. He does the gritty stuff like setting screens, bodying up opposing posts and crashing the boards. He hustles constantly and makes himself available in transition and in the paint. He can shoot it too. Brand averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds as a sophomore.
Up 15 spots – Johnsen was the biggest riser in the class. After a solid sophomore season for a good Conway Springs team, he got great exposure with Kansas Team 2024. He demonstrated a lot of power in the paint, tough defense in the post, and a work ethic to run with a bunch of talented guards. Plays smart and is expanding his repertoire to include midrange jumpers.