A number of seniors have been stepping up their games in their final season of high school basketball.
Highland Park point guard Malik Keith and Topeka West small forward Jordan Newby top the list of 2016 prospects in Topeka.
Here is a look at the top 10 seniors in Topeka. You can view a player’s highlights by clicking on the video icon.
Top 10 Prospects in 2016 Class (Updated: February 6, 2016)
1. MALIK KEITH | 5-11 POINT GUARD | HIGHLAND PARK
Keith carried over his solid summer into his senior season where he has been the top player in Topeka averaging 18 points a game on 50-percent shooting while doing a good job of running the team and finding teammates. He’s a very quick player who gets out in transition very well. He’s improved his release on his shot which have been coming out of his hands much faster. Keith has had big-time performances this season including 28 points in a win over rival Topeka High and 27 against Topeka West. Keith has taken unofficial visits to Tulsa and UMKC while other Division I schools have inquired about him.
2. JORDAN NEWBY | 6-5 SMALL FORWARD | TOPEKA WEST
Newby has been the top scorer in Topeka averaging 19 points a game even after a recent skid. He’s also grabbing 7 rebounds and blocking 4 shots a game. Newby has a strong work ethic and has good athleticism, which has resulted in a number of highlight-reel plays including dunks, blocks, and step-back 3-pointers. An assistant coach from D-I Abilene Christian and D-II Central Missouri recently watched him play. A number of other Division I and II schools have asked about him.
3. HAROLD EMANUEL | 6-3 SMALL FORWARD | HIGHLAND PARK
Emanuel is a good offensive player who knows how to score the basket. He excels in using his strength against smaller players in the post and hitting a mid-range jumper. He rarely shoots out of his comfort zone which results in shooting 50 percent from the field. Emanuel has also had to be a key rebounder for the Scots.
4. DaiSHOUN FOX | 6-5 SMALL FORWARD | HIGHLAND PARK
Fox has been a versatile player for the Scots on both ends of the court. He has been handling the ball more this year and using the dribble to get shots. He is shooting 53 percent from the field and recently had a big game against Hayden scoring seven points in the fourth quarter to help lift the Scots to a win.
5. JOHN MADDEN | 6-6 CENTER | TOPEKA HIGH
Madden has had a breakout senior season averaging 10 points on 55-percent shooting for the Trojans. Madden is a very long player and has shown the ability to use his length in dunking in traffic and blocking shots. He’s still an improving player and someone to keep a close eye on.
6. RYAN ZEFERJAHN | 6-4 SMALL FORWARD | SEAMAN (Kansas Baseball)
Zeferjahn has been the leader for the Vikings this season averaging 15 points a game and showing good leadership on the court. Zeferjahn does a good job of making shots in the paint and finishing in transition. He has also shown the ability to hit perimeter shots. He hit a game-winner against Shawnee Heights and will be counted on to come up big down the stretch as the Vikings look for their first state tournament berth since 2008.
7. JOSIAH HAZIM | 6-1 POINT GUARD | SEAMAN
Hazim is a solid athletic player for the Vikings doing a little bit of everything. He likes to get buckets inside the paint and spot up for 3-pointers. He can also score in transition using his length.
8. AHMAD WINSTON | 6-5 CENTER | SHAWNEE HEIGHTS
Winston is a defensive-minded player who is starting to come on for the surging Thunderbirds and will be a key for their success down the stretch. He moves well for a post and is improving his offensive game.
9. MARIO KING | 5-11 SHOOTING GUARD | TOPEKA HIGH
King leads the Trojans in scoring at 12 points a game and is a good shooter. He can hit a variety of shots including from long-range and can take defenders off the dribble for mid-range shots.
10. ZACH LUTZ | 6-1 SHOOTING GUARD | WASHBURN RURAL
Lutz has not played this season (academics/ankle), but could return some time this month. Lutz is a solid player on both ends and will look to make an immediate impact upon his return.
Other players to watch:
Kaleb Barber, Topeka High
Josh Brady, Washburn Rural
Connor Cummings, Shawnee Heights
Mason Dodd, Hayden
Mason Diederich, Seaman
Jarin Downing, Topeka High
Carson Engroff, Hayden (Barton CC baseball)
Ahmad Fox, Highland Park
Marcus Green, Topeka West
Machias Jackson, Topeka High
Ziyad Kassim, Washburn Rural
Dante Kahre, Shawnee Heights
Darrien Landis, Topeka West
Lukas McCalla, Washburn Rural (Missouri State golf)
Jahlil Osby, Highland Park
Dawson Pomeroy, Shawnee Heights (Barton CC baseball)
Skyler Proctor, Topeka West (Cowley CC baseball)
Brandon Raney, Topeka West
Dae’Quan Rayton, Highland Park
Mitchell Schurig, Washburn Rural
TC Smith, Topeka High
Will Stringer, Hayden (Pittsburg State football)
DaShawn Williams, Highland Park
Hunter Williams, Seaman (Morningside baseball)