Jody Demling of the Courier Journal has ranked his Top25 from Kentucky in the class of 2011. Chane Behanan is Jody’s obvious choice as the top player in the state. The Bowling Green native brought home the MVP of the NBAPA camp a few weeks ago, and as Jody points out, will probably be ranked in the top 20 nationally when the new rankings come out.
With two players in the Top 10 in the state, the George Rogers Clark boys better give me another 10th Region championship and a nice run at a long awaited state title. C’mon Vinny and Robbie, I am getting old, won’t have many more shots.
1. Chane Behanan, Bowling Green, 6-8 – Simply put – he’s a stud!
2. Remy Abell, Eastern, 6-4 – Gets to the basket as good as anyone else in the state and arrives with a bang. He’s gotten stronger and more confident.
3. George Fant, Warren Central, 6-7 – The addition of Behanan to the city of Bowling Green has helped Fant pick up his game – he’s improving.
4. Vinny Zollo, Clark County, 6-8 – The former Kentucky commitment has grown, gotten strong and improved his game. He’s solid.
5. Tony Kimbro, Jeffersontown, 6-4 – Former Manual star is back after two years at prep school. He could go up in the rankings or drop depending on how hard he plays.
6. Treg Setty, Mason County, 6-8 – Love this kids game. Had a tough Sweet 16 but has worked hard and is living up to his billing.
7. Robbie Stenzel, Clark County, 6-4 – He’s just a solid all-around player and has been that was since he started as a freshman for the Cardinals.
8. Timmy Knipp, Elliott County, 6-8 – Led the state in scoring last season and when he gets on a roll can score from anywhere on the court.
9. Anthony Hickey, Christian County, 5-11 – Wasn’t highly thought of this time last year but has improved and is a solid point guard.
10. DeVante Parker, Ballard, 6-4 – Yes, I know he’s a football player. The Louisville commitment would be getting big-time Division I attention on the hardwood if he only played basketball. Can jump, is a great shooter, lock-down defender and great ballhandling skills. Not much he can’t do.
11. Donovan Kates, Christian County
12. Jordan Shanklin, Warren Central
13. Josh Forrest, Paducah Tilghman
14. Kameron Woods, Eastern
15. Lyonell Gaines, Eastern
16. Jermaine Jackson, Iroquois
17. Veontae Lewis, Christian County
18. Ryan Fucci, Tates Creek
19. Tanner Shotwell, Scott County
20. Scott Schuette, Lexington Catholic
21. Kevin Shaw, Seneca
22. Marcellus Barksdale, Tates Creek
23. Jordan Gilbert, Mason County
24. Taylor Martin, Lexington Catholic
25. Armon Marks, Eastern