Ben Bowen, Sr., G/F, Mountain Vista — The 6-foot-2 senior signed a letter of intent to play for Wyoming following a breakout junior season that saw him average 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game during a run to the 5A Sweet 16.
Brayden Carter, Sr., F, Mullen — A double-double machine with averages of 18.7 ppg and 10.4 rpg in his first varsity season last winter, the 6-7 power forward is a key figure for the Mustangs as they look to rebound from a rough 2019-20 season.
Greysen Carter, Sr., F, Fairview — The 6-4 Carter is best known for his work on the baseball diamond, where he’ll play for SEC power Vanderbilt soon enough. But on the court, he’s a deadly offensive weapon (17.5 ppg on 58% shooting) for a Raiders team eyeing a repeat trip to the 5A Final Four.
Quis Davis, Jr., G, Denver East — Lightning quick, springy and a smooth shooter from the outside, the 6-foot point guard burst onto the scene as a sophomore, and should get even more responsibility after posting 10.4 pgg, 6.7 apg and 3.1 spg in his debut varsity season.
Assane Diop, So., F, Belleview Christian — Upon joining the varsity at midseason, the 6-10 Diop posted double-doubles in 11 of 12 games and a Dennis Rodman-esuqe average of 18.9 rpg. Throw in bucket-getter Logan Owen (25.5 ppg), and the Bruins are 1A sleepers.
Baye Fall, So., F/C, Lutheran — A native of Senegal, the 6-11 Fall submitted a sensational freshman season (19.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 3.8 bpg) one year after emigrating to Colorado to earn 3A all-state recognition and national buzz as ESPN rated him the No. 4 sophomore in the nation.
Jaeton Hackley, Jr., PG, Douglas County — Following an impressive sophomore year that saw the 5-10 guard average a team-high 14.2 ppg and 3.3 apg, Hackley takes over the controls of a Huskies offense that figures to be explosive with 6-5 forward Keegan Phillips also in the fold.
Julian Hammond III, Sr., G, Cherry Creek — With a second straight 5A football championship already in his back pocket, the 6-2 all-state guard has one last thing to do before he heads to Boulder to play for Tad Boyle’s Buffs: Bring a basketball title back to Greenwood Village.
Sam Howery, Jr., PG, St. Mary’s — Much like his older sister, two-time 3A player of the year Josephine Howery, the 6-foot guard is a dynamic, do-it-all spark who can find his own shot (20.5 ppg), create for others (8.5 apg), and make an impact at the defensive end (3.9 spg, 6.2 rpg).
Jarmell Johnson, Sr., G, George Washington — The No. 2 option on a Patriots team that reached the 5A Great 8 last winter, Johnson’s role should only grow in his senior season after the 6-3 guard averaged 12.0 ppg on an efficient 58% shooting from the floor as a junior.
James Shiers, Jr., C, Mead — Several seniors have moved on from the Mavericks squad that finished 25-1 last season, but the 6-9 Shiers and fellow junior Elijah Knudsen (11.6 ppg) remain for a team that enters 2021 ranked No. 1 in CHSAANow.com’s Class 4A poll.
Nolan Marold, Sr., F, ThunderRidge — The Grizzlies came on strong at the end of 2019-20, with the 6-7 Marold (10.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.5 bpg) a central part of the surge. Paired with up-and-coming 6-9 junior center Zach Keller, second-ranked ThunderRidge figures to have a formidable frontcourt.
Amondo Miller, Sr., G, Valor Christian — A long, athletic wing at 6-6, Miller was the leading scorer (12.1 ppg, 2.8 apg) for Valor’s 5A Final Four team last March. He figures to have an even bigger impact this winter with the Eagles’ only other double-digit scorers since graduated.
Cade Palmer, Sr., G, Rangeview — One of the few remaining contributors from a Raiders core that claimed a 2019 5A title and was 26-0 before play was halted by COVID last March, the 6-foot Palmer is a deadeye shooter (career 43% from 3) who will get plenty of opportunities to let it fly this winter.
Myles Purchase, Sr., G, Cherry Creek — The 5A football player of the year is bound for Iowa State next fall. But first, Purchase (13.6 ppg, 3.2 apg, 3.2 spg) will team with seniors Julian Hammond III and Sebastian Cole to form one of the most potent perimeter trios in the state.
Ty Robinson, Sr, G/F, Eaglecrest — The 6-5 Robison was recruited by the CU football program as a rangy pass catcher, but his refined basketball skills (13.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg) and elite athleticism were good enough to gain interest from Division-I basketball programs as well.
Wes Ryan, Sr., G, De Beque — A two-time first-team 1A all-state selection, Ryan is a prolific scorer (1,324 career points) who can also hold down the boards (10.1 rpg last season) and provide a defensive deterrent (1.2 bpg, 1.0 spg).
Boston Stanton III, Sr., G, Denver East — The Angels’ leading scorer as a junior (21.0 ppg), the 6-4 wing can get buckets from just about anywhere on the court. And he just might have to with last year’s No. 2 offensive option, Langston Reynolds, off to Colorado Prep.
Blakeley Stoughton, Sr., F, Regis Jesuit — The Raiders’ Cinderella run to the Great 8 as a No. 29 seed was fueled by the triumvirate of Stoughton (10.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 spg), Michael Wolf (11.5 ppg) and Alonzo Paul (9.4 ppg, 2.1 apg) — all of whom return for their senior seasons.
Colin Westfall, Sr., G, Lewis-Palmer — The Rangers bring back a majority of the production from the 2019-20 team that closed out the season on a 7-2 tear, with Westfall (14.8 ppg, 3.8 apg), 6-5 post Eddie Speller Jr. (14.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg) and wing Cameron Lowe (11.5 ppg, 45% from 3) the leading standouts.
* All stats taken from maxpreps.com
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