A bevy of guards were included in the initial list of 2025 ranked players. Some of these guys were big contributors on the varsity team as ninth graders. Some got a little experience on the varsity level, while others bided their time on JV rosters, but then demonstrated their talents on the club circuit.
Regardless how they wound up on this list, they are here because we believe they are some of the top guards in the 2025 class from across the state.
The only ninth-grader outside of the 1A classification to earn all-state mention from KSHSAA, Watson was huge for Olathe North. He helped lead the team to the state tournament, leading the team with 10 points per game. His IQ and vision are advanced for his age. He sees the floor and knows how to get the ball to the right place. He is quick and springy, able to flip the court quickly and produce transition buckets.
A valuable member of last year’s state-bound Cougar squad, Wagler posted a high game with 13 points against Shawnee Mission East. The long guard gained a lot of valuable experience that he will build this year, particularly with the graduation of Damare Smith. Wagler can shoot it from the perimeter, and is really good at getting to shots in the paint with a high release. He is a slick ball handler who can break down and blow by a defender.
The leading scorer for the Titans as a ninth grader, M’Boule proved he can quarterback a team and produce buckets too. He penetrates and makes smart plays in the lane. He has a soft touch on shots on the move. He’s a slick ball handler and quick to slice through the defense. Averaged 10 points and had several games with 15 or more.
Burton got exposed to varsity action as a ninth grader and looks to take on a much bigger role this year. He’s an athletic guard with a smooth jumper and nice touch from beyond the arc. He’s particularly good at pulling up off the bounce.
Peters (pictured) stepped into a rebuilding program at Emporia after a brilliant summer before high school. As a freshman he became a go-to guy for the Spartans almost immediately, and he had plenty of games with 15 or more points. He penetrates gaps off the bounce to get to floaters and jumpers, and he showed he can hit from deep too. Peters is a tough and athletic competitor with impressive leaping ability which shows up on the glass and breakaway dunks.
Other Guards Included in the 2025 Rankings:
14, 5-foot-11 point guard, Andover Central, Iam3
15, 6-foot-1 combo guard, Aquinas, Drive 5
17, 6-foot combo guard, Andover, Run GMC
18, 6-foot-1 combo guard, Burrton
19, 6-foot combo guard, Marysville, SSA ELITE
20, 6-foot combo guard, KC Washington, KC Spurs
22, 5-foot-10 combo guard, Greeley County, Western Kansas Elite
24, 6-foot-1 shooting guard, Burlington, SSA ELITE
27, 5-foot-10 combo guard, Weskan
28, combo guard, Ashland
29, 5-foot-9 point guard, Dighton, Western Kansas Elite
31, 5-foot-8 point guard, Rossville