Here is a look at the updated list of the Top 10 juniors in the Class of 2015 in Topeka.
Shawnee Heights point guard Tez Scroggins tops the initial list of junior prospects, many of whom have the ability to play at the college level including some that did not make the rankings.
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Top 10 Prospects in 2015 Class (Updated: Jan. 30, 2014)
1. Tez Scroggins, 6-0, PG, Shawnee Heights — Scroggins (pictured) is a talented ballhander and a good passer who plays with good poise. He scores most of his points going to the basket, but continues to improve his outside shot as evident by knocking down four 3-pointers in his last game against Chanute when he scored a season-high 18 points, 16 in the second half, leading the Thunderbirds to a win over trailing by 14. Scroggins is hearing from a number of Division I schools including Wichita State, California, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Weber State, Grand Canyon, Santa Clara, Drake, Saint Louis, and South Alabama.
2. Daniel Kingcannnon, 6-3, SF, Highland Park — Kingcannon, the son of Danny Kingcannon, who was a former Mr. Kansas Basketball award winner, has great length and athleticism for the 11-1 Scots. He can knock down the perimeter shot as well as possessing a solid mid-range game and can finish at the rim in transition. He’s playing his role in the starting lineup with four seniors this season on a state championship contending team before taking over in a lead role next season. A strong summer could vault his recruitment.
3. Joe Miller, 6-4, SG, Seaman — After being named the Topeka Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore, Miller has continued to improve his game as a junior averaging 14.9 points a game including scoring 22 and 25 in back-to-back games this month. Miller is an athletic player who can finish at the rim and excels from the 3-point line as he has made 20 3-pointers in eight games this season. Miller is currently hearing from Northern Colorado, Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin, and Army.
4. Jacob Head, 6-2, G, Hayden — Head dropped a school-record 40 points this year against Basehor-Linwood as he made 13 shots from the field and hit 13 free throws. The crafty lefty is averaging 19.3 points a game while shooting 49 percent from the floor and 87 percent from the free throw line. He is comfortable ballhandler who has the ability to play the point guard position and shoots it well enough to play off the ball. Head’s cousin, Jerad Head, played Major League Baseball.
5. Tony Barksdale, 5-10, G, Shawnee Heights — Barksdale put up big numbers as a sophomore averaging 15 points a game. He got off to a slow start to his junior year after making the transition from the football field, but has picked it up which included a 26-point game against Hayden. He is a confident, tough player who can finish at the rim in traffic or step back and knock down shots from the perimeter. His father, Tony Barksdale, Sr.,was a standout at Western Michigan.
6. Marcus Meier, 6-4, PF, Hayden — Meier has been one of the most productive players in Topeka this season averaging 20.5 points a game on 63-percent shooting while turning in many double-digit rebounding games. Meier scored a career-high 34 points in his last game as he has a great feel for the game in the low block. His frame and understanding of how to play the position allows him to get in great position and gives opponents fits. It’s been a trend with the top juniors to have athletic family ties and Meier is no exception as his father, Tom Meier, was an All-American at Washburn.
7. Blake Peterson, 6-4, SF, Washburn Rural — Peterson is another athletic player, who can jump with the best of them in Topeka. Peterson has put down some impressive dunks for the Junior Blues and also has the ability to knock down the mid-range jumper. He’s been a steady force this season averaging a team-high 13.6 points a game scoring in double figures in 10 of 11 games.
8. Josh Barber, 5-10, PG, Topeka High — Barber is a good ballhandler and the floor general on a balanced team. He’s continued to improve throughout the season stepping into the role as a starter and has shown flashes of being a very good player. Barber is second on the team in scoring for the 7-5 Trojans and has shown the ability to knock down long-range shots when given space.
9. Josh Reynolds, 6-6, PF, Topeka West — Reynolds is a long, athletic player, who is still developing. The quarterback on the football field does not have a lot of experience playing basketball, but has moved into the starting lineup for the senior-laden Chargers. Reynolds is starting to translate his dominance in practices into the games as he’s scored 13 and 10 points in the last two games. He’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
10. Abdul McFoxx, 6-6, PF, Highland Park — McFoxx, like Reynolds, is another raw player who has shown flashes. McFoxx was home-schooled prior to this year and had not played organized basketball. However, he’s a big-bodied tough post player who has people within the Scots program excited. McFoxx is a reserve on this year’s 11-1 team and is expected to step in as a starter next season. With another year of development, McFoxx has a high upside.
BEST OF THE REST
Adrian Aguilar, 5-10, PG, Topeka West
Ryan Anderson, 5-10, PG, Hayden
Alec Beatty, 6-1, F, Topeka High
Damian Box, 6-3, SF, Highland Park
Russell Denney, 6-5, F, Topeka High
Ty Dickerson, 6-1, SG, Hayden
Miles Dortch, 6-2, PF, Washburn Rural
Chris Edwards, 6-0, PG, Washburn Rural
Kobe Goudeau, 5-10, G, Shawnee Heights
Reid Fehr, 5-10, G, Seaman
Dyvon Frye, 6-2, F, Seaman
Nick Hammes, 6-3, PF, Hayden
Connor Hansen, 6-4, Washburn Rural
Brogan Heinen, 6-3, SG, Hayden
Elijah Keith, 5-5, PG, Topeka High
Andrew Korbe, 6-1, G, Shawnee Heights
Joel Long, 6-5, F, Topeka High
Michael Mariani, 5-11, G, Topeka West
Austin McBride, 6-5, PF, Topeka West
Derrick McGreevy, 6-2, PF, Hayden
Kanen McMurray, 6-1, SG, Topeka West
Jake Michalski, 6-2, SG, Washburn Rural
Reid Morgart, 6-2, F, Seaman
Sam Moylan, 6-2, G, Seaman
Zach Mumford, 6-0, G, Seaman
Tyrece Parker, 6-1, PG, Topeka High
Hunter Poort, 6-1, F, Seaman
Jordan Ramirez-Jenkins, 6-2, F, Topeka High
Zach Roush, 6-1, SF, Hayden
Colby Smith, 5-10, G, Hayden
Malik Stanley, 6-3, F, Shawnee Heights
Camden Wheatley, 6-0, G, Shawnee Heights
Marshawn White, 6-0, F, Highland Park
Duncan Whitlock, 6-2, SG, Topeka High