The 2017 class has a number of players that are having breakout seasons.
Shawnee Heights’ Trey Brown, Washburn Rural’s Jenner Hickel, and Seaman’s Tanyon Schafer are the top three juniors in Topeka.
Here’s a look at the 10 five players. Video highlights can be viewed by clicking on their profiles or by selecting the video icon.
Top 5 Prospects in 2017 Class (Updated: February 6, 2016)
1. TREY BROWN | 5-10 POINT GUARD | SHAWNEE HEIGHTS
Brown remains the top junior in Topeka as he’s having a good season leading the Thunderbirds averaging 15 points and 4 assists a game. He is a tough competitive player who gets after it on both ends. He’s also a solid ballhandler that can get to the basket or hit shots from the perimeter, where he is in the top five in Topeka among 3-pointers made. Brown has taken unofficial visits to Tulsa and Division II Washburn.
2. JENNER HICKEL | 6-5 SMALL FORWARD | WASHBURN RURAL
Hickel is a good offensive player with an inside-out game and someone that has continued to make improvements. He’s someone that could generate more interest in schools with a strong finish to the season and an impressive summer.
3. TANYON SCHAFER | 6-5 SMALL FORWARD | SEAMAN
Schafer has been dominant at times this season helping the Vikings to a 10-4 season. He has a good presence in the paint and also will knock down a 3-pointer at the top of the key to keep defenses honest. He’s got good length
4. PONCHO FREEMAN | 6-2 FORWARD | SHAWNEE HEIGHTS
Freeman has been very productive during his junior season averaging 15 points on 57-percent shooting and close to 10 rebounds a game. He’s got a good feel for the game and good strength in the post. He has also shown the ability to shoot from outside the paint this year.
5. J’SHALIEK HENDRICKS | 6-1 POINT GUARD | TOPEKA HIGH
Hendricks has impressed throughout the season for the Trojans, who feature four senior starters. He’s got very good length at the point guard spot and has matured over the past year. He’s someone that can handle the ball, looks for teammates, can create his own shot or opportunities for others, and someone that can defend including a number of impressive blocks. Hendricks has upside and someone to keep a close eye on over the next year.
6. BRAYDEN WHITE | 5-11 POINT GUARD | WASHBURN RURAL
White was slowed by a wrist injury that caused him to miss the first nine games of the season, but he has showed flashes since his return. White plays with a lot of pace and is always looking for his teammates.
7. MICHAEL BROOKS | 6-2 SHOOTING GUARD | SHAWNEE HEIGHTS
Brooks is a smart efficient player who has shown flashes of being a good scorer in a variety of ways. He’s a solid player and a key to the T-Bird’s success.
8. TRESHAUN SIZEMORE | 6-7 CENTER | TOPEKA HIGH
Sizemore is a raw prospect who has filled out physically in the past year. He’s got very good length on defense which he uses to affect shots. He is still developing as an offensive player.
9. NYSIR SCOTT | 6-0 GUARD | TOPEKA HIGH
Scott is an athletic combo guard that has shown flashes during his junior season. Can hit 3-pointers, handle it, and defend. He’s also known as a very hard-worker which has led to his development.
10. JESSE MOSS | 6-2 SHOOTING GUARD | SHAWNEE HEIGHTS
Moss had a slow starter to his junior season, but has started to really come on as of late. He’s been showing good accuracy from long range.
Other players to watch:
Damarous Allen, Topeka High
Chase Anderson, Seaman
Ben Buchanan, Shawnee Heights
Jordan Cummings, Washburn Rural
Carson Denney, Topeka High
Carson Dinkel, Hayden
Zachary Ebert, Washburn Rural
Dane Grabauskas, Shawnee Heights
Connor Hobart, Hayden
Hunter Holloman, Topeka High
Jordon Jensen, Seaman
Tyler Lynn, Seaman
Jerome McFalls, Shawnee Heights
Zach Shima, Topeka West
Andrew Smith, Hayden
Ethan Sparks, Seaman
Nick Steiner, Seaman
Simeon Sykes, Seaman
Phil White, Highland Park
Jalen Wilson, Topeka High
Scott Wilson, Hayden
Sam Wingert, Washburn Rural
Tyler Zentner, Shawnee Heights