Outside the Huddle and Bounce are counting down who it feels are the top 50 individual boys basketball players in northeast Indiana heading into the 2022-23 season.
Today, we unveil five of the best in the area at positions No. 50-46.
No. 50: Hunter Kline, East Noble
Kline was unable to have a consistent spot in the Knights lineup for a variety of reasons last season, including injury, but will be a stabilizing force inside in 2022-23. Kline averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Knights but has shown the ability to slide into an interior void led by the graduation of Chris Hood. Kline is a highly active post who thrive not just at the rim but in the mid range, making him more difficult to defend as he works well offensively from 15 feet in. One the areas where Kline can change the games with is in effort because he rarely ceases activity.
COACH’S QUOTE ON HUNTER KLINE
“He had an incredible summer averaging 10 points and 8 rebounds on a 34-11 AAU team. He has made huge jumps in his game and will be one of the most improved players in area this season. He is 6’6 athletic forward who can score from all 3 levels. He will be a huge factor to our success.” – East Noble coach Brandon Durnell
No. 49: Jayden Schmenk, Northrop
Schmenk has been able to fit the bill for basically whatever Northrop has needed him to be in previous seasons. He is an incredibly tenacious player to go with his athletic ability and it allows him to be a bit of a chameleon for the Bruins. He is so versatile and can do a little bit of everything, something that he has shown at a growing rate her entire career. Schmenk only averaged 6.8 points per game last season but those numbers will rise. with his offensive usage rate. What stands out about who he has been is how much of a pest he can be on defense, where he averaged a team high 2.7 steals per game and had four our more steals on nine different occasions.
No. 48: Santino Brewer, Eastside
If you want a guy who will go all out, all of the time, then Brewer is a top option. He is a flat our disruptor for other teams as he does every intangible thing you could as for and helps facilitate most aspects of what Eastside does as a team. He is a high motor player that will set a good screen or make any hustle play to help his team on both ends of the floor. Brewer has expanded his offensive skill set even though he hasn’t been a score first guy but that doesn’t change the fact that he can flat out alter how a game goes and knock down a big shot here or there.
No. 47: Kyler Krull, Whitko
A long combo guard, Krull is very good at making things happen with that length. You don’t often find guard who are as good at utilizing their length. Krull is an ideal athletic and energetic swingman that can also shoot and score the basketball from almost anywhere on the floor. He handles the ball well and is good at scoring in primarily off ball motion situations as he reads the floor well. He averaged 12.9 points per game and 3.8 rebounds last season for the Wildcats including a big 24 point outing against LaVille. He scored double digits in 17 different games last season.
No. 46: Jack Scheumann, Bellmont
There were times last season where it seemed like Scheumann could be the best offensive player in the NE8. He had three late season 20-plus point appearances including 21 on 7-of-11 shooting that eliminated Mississinewa in Sectional play. Scheumann was a 43 percent shooter from three point range and proved to be a deep threat across the court. He makes very heady plays and his movement with or without the ball really can dictate how an offense works. That has been seen with improve ability to get to and finish at the rim.
COACH’S QUOTE ON JACK SCHEUMANN
“Played very well as a Sophomore, second on the team in scoring. Worked really hard in the off season to improve his strength which should help him finish around the rim. Expecting even better things this year from Jack.” – Bellmont coach Jonathon Fuelling
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