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.
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Top 10 Prospects in 2016 Class (Updated: December 25, 2014)
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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
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