Girls to Watch
Hunter Bentley, Bishop Miege: If the Stags are going to win their fourth title in a row, it will be in large part because of Bentley. She’s been named to the all-Eastern Kansas League first two for the past two seasons.
LeLe Bruce, Shawnee Mission North: With only one returner from last year’s team, which lost eight seniors, Bruce, a freshman, will be the foundation for the next four years for coach Brian McIntosh.
Kyle Haverty, Shawnee Mission East: Haverty has been lighting up the Sunflower League since she was a freshman. She has excellent dribbles and isn’t afraid to get into the lane, but she’s exceptional from deep.
Boys to Watch
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Bishop Miege: Only a sophomore, Robinson-Earl is regarded as the best player in the state for the Class of 2019. He’s a four-star recruit with an offer from Kansas, which is where his father Lester played three seasons from 1998 to 2000.
Trevor Thompson, SM East: Thompson isn’t just a gifted football player, he’s also a good basketball and baseball player. He was a Sunflower League honorable mention last season and coach Shawn Hair expects big things out of Thompson’s senior season. The Lancers were one win shy of state, falling to SM North in the sub-state final.
Avante Williams, SM North: Williams was an all-Sunflower League honorable mention and helped the Indians win the Class 6A state title, including 20 points in the title game. Without Michael and Marcus Weathers this season, Williams will play an even bigger role for Steve Stitzer’s team.