Junior 6-foot-4 shooting guard Harold Emanuel has transferred to Highland Park from Topeka High.
“I like it, it’s better for me,” Emanuel said after his first day at his new school. “I just think the program is better.”
Emanuel, the fourth-ranked 2016 prospect in Topeka, averaged 10.3 points in 20 games for the Trojans, which was second on the team. Emanuel shot 50.4 percent from the field and his true shooting percentage of .600 was fourth in Topeka.
Although he showed flashes during his junior season, including scoring a season-high 19 points in a win over Manhattan on Jan. 9, Emanuel wasn’t happy with how the season went, which included a 7-14 record.
“Not good,” he said of his junior season.
Emanuel is a good face-up one-on-one player who uses his size to his advantage in getting to the basket.
He joins a junior class at Highland Park that includes point guard Malik Keith and shooting guard Jahlil Osby, who are ranked second and third amongst Topeka juniors. Small forward DaiShoun Fox is ranked eighth giving Highland Park four of the top 10 juniors in Topeka, the most of any team in Topeka.
With a number of key returners coming back Emanuel says the team has high goals for next season.
“Winning state,” Emanuel said. “We already know what we’re going to do. We’re already talking about it.”
Highland Park, a perennial state power with six state championships, will be looking to bounce back from their first losing season in 22 years after posting a 10-11 mark in Jason Jones’ first year as head coach of the Scots.
Emanuel is the second player from Topeka High to transfer after the season as junior guard Dante Kahre transferred to Shawnee Heights.
Emanuel will be playing for the newly-named Kansas All-Stars, formerly known as Top City, this summer and will be looking forward to improving his speed. The Kansas All-Stars are planning to participate in local tournaments with trips to Iowa and Texas planned.