#1 McPherson (20-1)
The Bullpups are one of the most storied programs in Kansas with 11 all-time state titles. They are led by all-state junior guard, Kyler Kinnamon, who is coached by his father Kurt Kinnamon. Coach Kinnamon picked up his 400th victory a few weeks back and has won four state basketball titles. His brother, Clint, is the head coach at St. John and is going for a repeat on state titles in 2014. The Bullpups are in their third year of 4A, since winning the 5A title in their last year in the classification.
#8 Kansas City Sumner (10-12)
Sumner is the only team in this new classification with a losing record and came out of a four team sub-state where all teams had losing records. They will have their hands full with McPherson on Thursday.
#4 Paola (16-6)
Paola punched its ticket to Salina with two dominating victories in sub-state over Louisburg (57-26) and Spring Hill (57-24). Mason McDow, who stands 6-foot-7 and averages around 20 points per game, is one of the top sophomores in Kansas. They have some nice wins this season in the Frontier League.
#5 Winfield (14-8)
Winfield features one of the top players in this classification in junior Will Adler. Adler averages around 20 points for the Vikings and earned all-4A honors last season. The Vikings punched their ticket to the state tourney with wins over Rose Hill (67-42) and Mulvane (81-72).
#2 Independence (19-3)
Indy, led by head coach Marcus Lanning, is playing like one of the hottest teams in Kansas. They haven’t lost since January 10th and picked up three quality wins this season over a very talented Coffeyville-Field Kindley team. They are led by junior Tate Turner (19 ppg), who will be a serious contender for all-state honors in this classification. He dropped 44 points in three quarters of play in the last regular season game this season.
#7 Topeka Hayden (12-10)
Always throw the records out when you play Topeka-Hayden. People fail to realize they don’t play many 4A opponents on the year as they play in a 5A/6A league (Centennial). Hayden knocked off Baldwin by one in the sub-state final to earn its berth to the first ever 4A-I state tourney.
#3 Basehor-Linwood (19-3)
The Bobcats have won two 4A state titles over the past five years (2009, 2012) and will now get the chance to do so in 4A-I. Three players average in double figures for Basheor-Linwood, led by 19.1 points per game by Chase Younger. The Bobcats don’t have a bad loss on the season. Their losses include: lost Defending 5A champion SM South and defending 5A runner-up Lansing, twice.
#6 El Dorado (13-9)
The Wildcats are led by senior all-4A-I candidate, Travis House, who averages 15 points per game. El Dorado has won five of its last six as they beat Andover Central (55-46) in the sub-state final to earn its trip to the state tourney.
State Title Predictions
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