Winter Top 10 2016 Rankings

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Highland Park shooting guard Jahlil Osby continues to top the list of the best juniors in Topeka.

Osby (pictured) has been receiving interest from Division I schools and leads the Scots and all juniors in scoring averaging 15.0 points in five games and is shooting 50 percent from the field through the field.

Topeka West small forward Jordan Newby, Seaman point guard Josiah Hazim, Topeka High shooting guard Harold Emanuel, and Washburn Rural shooting guard Zach Lutz round out the top five.

To watch videos of the prospects, click the video icon next to their name.

Top 10 Prospects in 2016 Class (Updated: December 25, 2014)

jahlil osby1. Jahlil Osby, 6-2, SG, Highland Park – Osby is having a breakout season leading the Scots averaging 15.0 points a game. He’s a knockdown 3-point shooter who has athleticism to get to the rim and is also a superb defender. Osby has generated Division I interest and will continue to do so with a strong junior season.

 

jordan     newby2. Jordan Newby, 6-5, SF, Topeka West  – Newby is an athletic player who makes a number of high-difficulty shots including pull-up jumpers and drives to the basket. His scoring numbers (11.2 points a game) should increase with a few more “easy” buckets.

 

josiah hazim3. Josiah Hazim, 5-11, PG, Seaman – Hazim is playing with more confidence this season, which led to him scoring 27 points and grabbing 17 rebounds the first two games. He’s improved his perimeter shot and has cut down on his turnovers from a year ago.

 

harold  emanuel4. Harold Emanuel, 6-4, SG, Topeka High – Emanuel leads the balanced Trojans in scoring at 11.6 points a game. He is one of the best in the city at getting to the free-throw line and also does a good job of using his body against smaller defenders.

 

zach lutz5. Zach Lutz, 6-0, SG, Washburn Rural – Lutz has been one of the most improved players in the city. He’s excelled with his offensive efficiency averaging 9.0 points a game on 63.2-percent shooting, but is also a good defender especially at anticipating where the ball will be as evident by his six steals in the opener.

 

malik  keith6. Malik Keith, 5-11, PG, Highland Park – Keith is a good ballhandler and perimeter shooter who is averaging 9.0 points in five games. He has also shown good leadership traits during his first year as a starter.

 

ziyad kassim7. Ziyad Kassim, 5-11, PG, Washburn Rural – Kassim can score off the dribble or find shots for his teammates. He’s also a solid defender for the Junior Blues.

 

 

daishoun  fox8. DaiShoun Fox, 6-5, SF, Highland Park – Fox is a player to keep a close eye on as the season progresses after transferring from Shawnee Heights just before the season started. He is a long player who has improved his outside shot and can score in the paint.

 

mario king9. Mario King, 5-11, G, Topeka High – King plays with a good energy and is a capable scorer. He’s been a key for the Trojans in the last two games before the break including scoring 11 in his season debut.

 

 

jarin downing10. Jarin Downing, 5-10, G, Topeka High — Downing can play either guard spot and has shown flashes of his scoring ability this season.

 

 

Other juniors to watch:

Josh Brady, 6-5, F, Washburn Rural

Reid Browning, 6-7, PF, Washburn Rural

Mason Diederich, 5-10, G, Seaman

Mason Dodd, 6-0, G, Hayden

Carson Engroff, 6-1, SF, Hayden

Ahmad Fox, 6-1, G, Highland Park

Bruce Gonzales, 6-0, G, Topeka West

Machias Jackson, 5-7, PG, Topeka High

Dante Kahre, 6-0, SG, Topeka High

John Madden, 6-5, PF, Topeka High

Lukas McCalla, 6-1, SG, Washburn Rural

Reggie McKinney, 5-8, G, Highland Park

Dawson Pomeroy, 6-3, F, Shawnee Heights

Brandon Raney, 6-3, F, Topeka West

Mitchell Schurig, 6-2, F, Washburn Rural

TC Smith, 5-11, PG, Topeka West

DaShawn Williams, 6-1, F, Highland Park

Hunter Williams, 6-0, SF, Seaman

Ryan Zeferjahn, 6-4, SF, Seaman


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