Neil Devlin’s 2017-18 Colorado prep hoops watch list

High school basketball season is finally underway and this season figures to be one of the most competitive in years. By the time the calendar flips to 2018, you will want to have the names below memorized. They’re the ones you’ll be hearing come tournament time in February and March.


Sam Bannec
Regis Jesuit, Senior

Averaged 11.7 points a year ago and has been experimenting with both guard spots

Will Becker
Smoky Hill, Senior

Buffaloes staff anticipating a big year; recently committed to Binghamton

Jaedon Bowles
Manual, Junior

Numbers should go up and last season they were 23.5 points and 7.8 rebounds

Dawson Carper
Rampart, Senior

Life’s a beach and he’ll play at Hawai’i

Cade Carroll
Buena Vista, Senior

Averaged 26.6 points a year ago for 3A Demons

Ronnie DeGray III
Chaparral, Junior

Strong bloodlines and a climb to elite status that’s fun to view

Kenny Foster
Smoky Hill, Senior

AFA is interested and hoops IQ is as good as his GPA (4.0)

Ty Foster
Abraham Lincoln, Sophomore

Outstanding offseason has generated much anticipation

Jon’il Fugett
George Washington, Senior

High-energy player who wears out defenders

Tyson Gilbert
Rock Canyon, Senior

Hard work has landed a ride to CSU-Pueblo

Kaison Hammonds
ThunderRidge, Senior

Caught fire late and headed a 5A state-semifinals run

Bodie Hume
Sterling, Senior

Productive club season clinched a Northern Colorado offer

Daylen Kountz
Denver East, Senior

Future Colorado Buffalo is the state’s best returning player. Don’t argue.

Kwane Marble
Denver East, Junior

Offers starting to roll in as his production increases

Sam Masten
Rock Canyon, Senior

A handful to guard because he can drive or use the perimeter

Justin McCaw
ThunderRidge, Senior

The native Australian posted double figures in 12 of last 17 games on the way to the semifinals

Jamil Safieddine
Regis Jesuit, Junior

A taller guard with know-how and upside

Daijon Smith
Overland, Senior

Strong outside shooter can help Trailblazers rejoin 5A

Brendan Sullivan
Highlands Ranch, Senior

Another double-doubler (16.6 points, 10.0 rebounds) who can fill a box score

Adam Thistlewood
Golden, Senior

Large junior season with 18.9 points and a 4A semifinals showing; Drake has landed him


Isabella Allen
Horizon, Senior

‭An interesting slasher to the basket with lots of raw talent and athletic ability

Francesca Belibi (Pictured)
Regis Jesuit, Junior           

Has any Colorado schoolgirl had this much raw talent? Arguably not.

Maddy Bennett
Rocky Mountain, Senior

Family has deep Air Force roots, so no shock she’ll be a Falcon

Delaynie Byrne
Ralston Valley, Senior          

A regular contributor to Colorado’s high-end play since freshman year

Noelle Cahill
Regis Jesuit, Senior

In the local girls game, it’s extremely difficult to deal with a 6-foot-4 player; will be a Penn Quaker

Alisha Davis
Grandview, Junior

An emerging force who may be set for a breakout season

Claudia Dillon
Evergreen, Junior

Pledged to Missouri volleyball, but already earned a hoops title as a sophomore

Camilla Emsbo
Lakewood, Senior                                                           

Long and skilled, a combination not always seen on this level; headed to Yale

Abby Garnett
Golden, Senior

Oh me oh, oh my oh, she’ll be playing at Ohio

Olivia Lough
Pueblo West, Senior

The Big O averaged 17.3 points last season and will play at St. Leo

Sydney Mech
Cherry Creek, Senior

Denver Pioneers signee was vital to a Bruins final-four showing a year ago

Addison O’Grady
Grandview, Freshman

Rich got richer; ranked as a top-5 freshman nationally

Tommi Olson
Highlands Ranch, Senior                   

Falcons’ leading scorer who can shoot 3-pointers with anyone in the class

Ashley Panem
Fairview, Senior

A speedy guard who averaged 21.2 points over the past season’s nine games, 17.9 overall

Denali Pinto
Fairview, Senior

Along with Panem, Knights should have a lively one-two punch

Ashten Prechtel
Discovery Canyon, Junior

Averaged 13.8 and 11.9 rebounds, garnering national attention

Jana Van Gytenbeek
Cherry Creek, Sophomore                    

Led the state’s largest school in scoring (14.8 points) and assists (5.7) as a freshman

Samantha Van Sickle
Ralston Valley, Senior

Nice shooter headed to Montana State

Leilah Vigil
Grandview, Senior

A double-double threat every time she steps on the floor

Autumn Watts
Highlands Ranch, Junior                

A regular scorer and rebounder who has the versatility to play all three inside positions