Leading up to the high school season, RL Hoops will be highlighting 20 to 30 players to watch this season. Here is the first installment of this list.
Kayden Fish, Junior, Staley
Kayden Fish is one of the most versatile players in Kansas City. At 6 foot 6 inches, Kayden is a tweener with the ability to guard all 5 positions well. I call Fish, the Draymond Green on KC prep hoops because he doesn’t have an exact position and that is no problem. His IQ from the forward position allows him to have a great relationship with any point guard on the floor. His demanding frame makes him a terror in the paint with his ability to move players off the block. Fish played for both 16U and 17U Mokan Elite teams and He looks to take that momentum to the HS season with his Mokan Elite and Staley running mate, Kyan Evans.
Kyan Evans, Junior, Staley
Kyan Evans will aim to lock up the title as the best point guard in Kansas City, with former Blue Valley Northwest Guard and current Oklahoma Sooner, Alston Mason gone. Evans had a great summer with Nike EYBL powerhouse Mokan Elite. After playing off the ball in May, Evans had the opportunity to lead the 16U Mokan Elite as the floor general at Peach Jam. Evans was impressive in his opportunity, eventually leading to his first Divison 1 offer from South Dakota. Look for Kyan Evans to pick up more offers this school year with Staley, and next summer with Mokan Elite.
Alex Benassi, Senior, Lee’s Summit
One of the most underrated players in the Kansas City Metro. Alex Benassi is coming off a strong summer with the Missouri Hawks. Benassi averaged 10.95 points per game on 42% shooting while adding five rebounds and three assists with the Lee’s Summit Tigers. Alex is tough, extremely smart, and patient with the ball. Benassi earned an invite to the RecruitLook Larry Hughes Elite Camp for the best players on the RecruitLook Hoops Circuit. Look for Benassi, and his teammates at Lee’s Summit to make some noise and make a run at the state championship in Missouri.
Chandavian Bradley, Junior, Platte County
Chandavian Bradley is probably the best athlete in the Kansas City Metro. Bradley is a Four Star football recruit at Defensive End, with offers from Kansas State, Oklahoma, and more. After playing his 16U summer season with Team KC on the RecruitLook Circuit, Bradley has expressed his desire to play both sports in college. At 6 foot 5 inches, Chandavian’s motor and athleticism are his calling card. Never taking a play-off, Bradley plays tough hard nose defense and makes dynamic plays on the offensive end. Catch Chandavian on a Friday night eating quarterbacks, and this winter, making plays on the court for Platte county.
Jordan Brown, Senior, Lawrence-Free State
Regarded as one of the best players in the Kansas City metro last season, Jordan Brown made the move to Lawrence, Kansas, and became a Firebird at Lawrence Free State. Brown attended Basehor-Linwood last year, earning all-state honors in Football and Basketball, before making his way back to Team YOBO for the summer. After ending the summer scorching hot, Brown earned an invite to the RecruitLook Larry Hughes Elite Camp. Brown at 6’4″ can shoot the ball at a high clip and will heat up with the best of them when he is in his zone. Brown will join a loaded Lawrence-Free State basketball team that finished runner up in the State Championship last year.