Colorado’s Smoky Hills has a collection of top talent that could arrive ahead of schedule

The players expected to make the biggest impact on Smoky Hills’ basketball team are underclassman but that hasn’t limited expectations that the Buffs can bounce back from last’s rash of injuries that left the team with an overall record of 4-19.

Smoky Hills is making its first appearance in the Shootout. The Buffs are a 5A team from Aurora, Colorado. Head coach Anthony Hardin believes the strength of the team is its size and athleticism. The challenge for the Buffs will be inexperience. Since the majority of the team is underclassmen and most of them missed the season with injuries, they will have to work on team chemistry in order to reverse last year’s record.

The hope for a bounce back season starts with Kenny Foster, a 6-4 high sophomore guard, who is ranked as the No. 1 player in Colorado for the Class of 2019.

He’s been getting interest from several major Division I Schools including Colorado and Stanford.

Foster averaged 18.9 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game last year as a freshman. He was the fifth-leading scorer in 5A last year and Prep Hoops has him ranked as the No. 5 player in the country for the class of 2019.

Will Becker is a 6-8, athletic forward, who is ranked as the No. 4 player in Colorado for the class of 2018. He averaged 6.3 points and 7.3 rebounds last year as a junior.

Smoky Hills has another 6-8, forward that should make a big impact. John Hare missed last season with a knee injury. He is ranked the No. 6 player in Colorado for the class of 2018 and has offers from Utah State and Cal-State Fullerton.

Mue Muwwakil is a 6-0 combo guard, who averaged 8.7 points per game last year as a sophomore. Kyle Crabs and Jahwan Phillips will add to the team’s depth at the guard line.

Hardin is excited to see what freshman point guard Quintin Rock can do. He’s ranked as the No. 1 player in Colorado of the 2020 class. He’s already been offered by Denver University.

Rock is a move-in from Chicago with star potential. He is a pass first point guard but he’s also an accomplished shooter.

“Both of our bigs missed most of last season and this group has not been fully healthy to date,” Hardin said. “We don’t have any impact seniors. We have a very young group but we have a lot of size and athleticism and I think we have the ability to force a lot of turnovers.”

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