2015 Sports in Kansas (Kansas-Sports.com) Boys Player of the Year
All-Classes: Dean Wade, St. John Sr.
6A: Anthony Bonner, Lawrence, Sr.
5A: Blaise Gammon, Blue Valley West, Sr.
4A-I: Kyler Kinnamon, McPherson, Sr.
4A-II: Cooper Holmes, Concordia, Jr.
3A: Trey O'Neil, Scott City, Sr.
2A: Dean Wade, St. John, Sr.
1A-I: Brett Crist, Quinter, Sr.
1A-II: Trey Dubbert, St. Johns-Tipton, Sr.
Players of the Year Capsules
All-Classes Player of the Year
Dean Wade, St. John, 6-9 Sr.
The future Kansas State Wildcat has won three consecutive state titles at St. John. Wade averaged over 24 points per game for the Tigers. He averaged over 40 points per 32 minutes this year and will go down as one of the best players ever in the smaller classes of Kansas.
6A Player of the Year
Anthony Bonner, Lawrence, 6-2 Sr.
Bonner helped Lawrence back to the state tournament for the first time since 2008. The Chesty Lions finished second in 6A and had two losses this season, both to Wichita East. Bonner, who signed with Colorado State, averaged over 19 points per game as a senior in 2014-2015.
5A Player of the Year
Blaise Gammon, Blue Valley West, 6-8 Sr.
Gammon, who will be a preferred walk on at tight end for Kansas State, despite holding several mid-major division one basketball offers, has been one of the better players in Kansas over the last three seasons. He helped Blue Valley West to a third place finish in class 5A, averaging over 15 points per game. After missing the state tournament last year, Gammon also earned second team 6A honors in 2013 as a sophomore, when he helped his team to a second place finish.
4A-I Player of the Year
Kyler Kinnamon, McPherson, 5-11 Sr.
Kinnamon, a Fort Hays State commit, helped his team to back-to-back state titles as the floor general of the Bullpups, including 40 consecutive victories. Kinnamon averaged over 13 points per game and six assists in 2014-2015. It was a special year for the Kinnamon’s as Kyler’s dad and MHS head coach, Kurt, captures his sixth state title as the head man at McPherson. Kyler’s uncle, Clint, has led St. John to three consecutive state titles.
4A-II Player of the Year
Cooper Holmes, Concordia, 6-4 Sr.
Although his team didn’t have the success they had in 2014, Holmes put up monster numbers in 2015. He led the state in scoring by averaging over 30 points per contest for the Panthers. He had 604 points through 20 games this season (30.2 ppg). Holmes is a repeat all-state selection from last years 4A-II squad.
3A Player of the Year
Trey O’Neil, Scott City, 6-2 Sr.
After earning 4A-II player of the year honors in 2014, O’Neil earned them in 3A this season after the Beavers moved back down a classification. O’Neil helped Scott to their fourth title in five years. He was a part of three titles at SC, all coming in 3A. His lone season in 4A-II (2014), the Beavers took second to Eudora. O’Neil, who averaged over 21 points per game this season, will play at Fort Hays State University.
2A Player of the Year
Dean Wade, St. John, 6-9 Sr.
The future Kansas State Wildcat has won three consecutive state titles at St. John. Wade averaged over 24 points and nine rebounds per game for the Tigers this season. He averaged over 40 points per 32 minutes this year and will go down as one of the best players ever in the smaller classes of Kansas.
1A-I Player of the Year
Brett Crist, Quinter, 6-2 Sr.
Crist didn’t have the team success that he wanted to this year, but he put up big numbers in 2015. The senior all-state selections averaged 21.9 points per game and 10 rebounds this season. Crist, who had over 1,400 career points at Quinter, also had over 600 rebounds in his career. Crist will play at McPherson College next year.
Trey Dubbert, St. Johns-Tipton, 6-0 Sr.
Dubbert has been one of the better multi-sport athletes in Kansas over the last two seasons with success in football and basketball. Basketball is the sport where he really shines as he averaged over 17 points per game in leading the Blujays to a second place finish in 2015, after winning it all last season. Dubbert is a repeat selection as the 1A-II player of the year.