Posted On: 08/10/21 11:50 AM
We like to take a look at who made in our opinion the biggest strides since the last rankings. As with the Class of 2022, I was forgetful in my task of grabbing a screenshot of the rankings prior to changes. Therefore, I am working from memory. Here are the 2023 players who made the big jump in our latest rankings.
Jaya Johnson Jaya Johnson 6'2" | MB Olathe South | 2023 State KS – MB/RS – Olathe South/PVA
Johnson was a fun player to watch this season. Her length and athleticism made her a problem for opposing teams every time she stepped out on the court. The recent Creighton commit showed the ability to score all along the front row. Her presence was felt defensively as she turned back shot after shot. The scary thing is she still has so much potential and will be a household name for years to come in Kansas.
Sidney Kacsir Sidney Kacsir 5'6" | DS/L Mill Valley | 2023 State KS – L/DS – Mill Valley/Mavs 816
We love to highlight gutsy defenders and you get that with Kacsir. She was a key contributor for a strong Mavs 816 team with her ball control and spectacular defensive plays. She reads shots and angles well and is tremendous in cover. She is a fun player to watch and her play elevated her spot in the updated rankings.
Reagan Barth Reagan Barth 6'0" | OH Shawnee Mission West | 2023 State KS – OH – Shawnee Mission West/Mavs KC
In the Missouri rankings, we saw teammate Lily Dudley make a big jump. The same is seen here with Barth. It’s no surprise a third-place finish at nationals would have players high in the rankings. Barth was a baller this season, scoring from the pins and behind the 10-foot line. She is solid defensively as well and showed she wasn’t afraid of making big plays on the big stage.
Ali Olson Ali Olson 6'0" | MB Bishop Miege | 2023 State KS – MB – Bishop Miege/KC Power
With all of the firepower on KC Power’s roster, Olson is a player who would get missed if you didn’t actually watch the games. She’s not 6’4 or 6’2 like some of their other front row players but she is a game-changer on the court. Her ability to hit angles. proved big against bigger opponents. Her IQ puts her in a position to make players both offensively and defensively and was a spark plug for this team in 2021. We will try to help lead Bishop Miege to another championship run this fall.