A look at the players to watch on the Class 1 and 2 boys' basketball scene

A look at the players to watch on the Class 1 and 2 boys' basketball scene


A look at the players to watch on the Class 1 and 2 boys' basketball scene


* Tyler Aschwege, Galena, sr. — Averaged 20.1 points per game last year and has the potential to have a big year for coach Terry Jester.

* Joey Bartkoski, Wheaton, sr. — A two-time all-district player, the 6-foot-1 forward will be expected to score more, adding to his already-high rebounding totals.

* Justin Brown, Thomas Jefferson Independent, sr. — The 6-foot-10 center should continue to develop. He averaged 5.4 blocks per game last season.

* Logan Brown, Dave Allen, Cody Brewer, Everton — All three players averaged 16 points or better last season, which means Everton should be scoring at a high rate once again.

* Nathan Carmichael, Greenwood, sr. — The only returning starter for coach Darren Taylor’s team, the 6-foot-3 forward can play inside and out.

* JD Chadwell, Norwood, sr. — Chadwell has started on two conference and district championship teams and looks to keep it going, even without graduated all-state player Riley Jenkins (Drury) alongside.

* Brady Chastain, Billings, sr. — Slowed last season by a foot injury, Chastain could improve on an already-strong career. The 6-foot-1 forward is a good post defender, shooter and an underrated passer.

* Jason Collins, Hermitage, sr. — Collins is a team leader who can score off the dribble and catch-and-shoot for coach Shane Salmon.

* Tyler Curts, Logan Bryan and Jared Freddie, Skyline, srs. — All three football players are three-year starters who averaged about seven points a game last season.

* Josh Devine, Morrisville, sr. — The 6-foot-5 post player has great touch and can play away from the basket, creating matchup problems.

* Austin Essick, Billings, sr. — One of the top athletes in the Ozarks, ­Essick can do it all for the defending Class 2 state champions. He averaged close to 20 points last year and could see ball-handling duties with the departure of graduated Kaleb Harter.

* Riley Jack, Miller, sr. — The 6-footer holds the career 3-point record at the school, and is determined to finish his career by bringing Miller back to the top of the area scene.

* J.C. Jones, Fordland, sr. — A high-energy guy, Jones runs the floor well and uses his quickness around the basket. He averaged 16 points and eight rebounds last year.

* Calab Kauffman, Weaubleau, sr. — One of the better small-school players in the state, Kauffman scored 25.3 points per game and still shoots a nice percentage from the field.

* Seth Losack, Verona, sr. — Losack had a 5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio last season and goes into this year as a four-year starter for coach Brad Stewart.

* Robert May, Sparta, jr. — May scored 15 points per game last season, and finds ways to get loose rebounds or scores near the basket.

* Jacob Murray, Osceola, soph. — Started every game as a freshman for a state qualifier last season, averaged 12 points and five assists.

* Carter Quirk, Mansfield, sr. — Quirk missed most of last season with a broken leg, but in seven games he was an impactful player.

* Lance Schaffer, Fair Play, sr. — Fair Play went 25-3 last year and could have another strong year. If they do, it means Schaffer likely follows up his strong junior season (16 points and nine rebounds per game) nicely.

* Jarred Schrader, New Covenant, sr. — Shot better than 85 percent from the free-throw line and averaged 20 points per game last season for coach Mike Foley.

* Tyler Simpson, Hurley, sr. — One of the area’s top small-school scorers, Simpson averaged 27 points per game last season and was the Most Valuable Player in the Mark Twain Conference.

* Chad Sturdefant, Seymour, jr. — Sturdefant got some starts under his belt last season and is expected to be a leader this year.

* Cameron Terry, Purdy, sr. — The 6-foot-6 post player has good skills and can knock down 3-pointers and free throws.


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