Top Players To Watch
By Michael Kelly
BUDDY ASKENAZI — DSST: Stapleton
The 6-0 senior was second on the team in scoring to
Andray Thomas Jr., averaging 12.6 points over 24
games. He had a season-high 27 points in the second
game of the season and helped the Knights reach
the fi nal four of the Class 3A state tournament. He
hit 34% of his 3-point attempts, hitting a season-best
seven against Clear Creek. He has garnered some
collegiate interest for baseball.
TIJANI BAMBA — Lincoln
The 6-5 senior shooting guard averaged 13.5 points
and 5.1 rebounds a game for the Lancers last season.
His best game came against Castle View when he
scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both
season highs for Bamba. The transplant from New
York City verbally committed to Washington State
on Oct. 25.
NAHSYAH BOLAR — Northfi eld
The 6-6 forward led the Nighthawks in scoring and
rebounding, going for 11.7 points and 6.5 rebounds
per game, and was named to the All-DPL fi rst team.
Bolar had four double-double games and pulled
down a season-high 17 rebounds against Far
Northeast. He had a season-best 30 points in a loss
to Wheat Ridge early in the season.
DESHON CARTER — Denver South
The 6-1 senior guard led his team in scoring in 2018-
19 at 16.6 points a game and had his best game
against rival Denver North, going for 28 points. He
also hit 40% of his 3-pointers and shot 79% from the
JONATHAN COSME — KIPP Collegiate Denver
Cosme, a 6-1 senior, led the Tigers in scoring and
rebounding last season, putting up 15.6 points and
11.9 rebounds a game. He had a streak of 11 games
with a double-double, and four times grabbed 17
or more rebounds. His season best in scoring was
33 points in a win over Bruce Randolph. He was an
honorable mention in the Class 3A All-State team.
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EZEKIAL ESTRADA — John F. Kennedy
The 5-11 senior guard was the Commanders’ leading
scorer despite playing in just 18 games. He fi nished
with a 16.3 scoring average and was in double
fi gures in 16 games. He went for a season-high 30
points against Battle Mountain in a fi ve-game stretch
where he averaged 20 points.
TY FOSTER — Lincoln
The 6-1 senior was the Lancers’ second-leading
scorer last season at 13.2 points per game and led
Lincoln in assists with 4.1. Foster scored a seasonhigh
25 points in the last regular season game and
averaged 15.5 points in the four games leading up to
the Class 4A state tournament.
DARIUS HORNBUCKLE — Thomas Jefferson
The 6-3 senior averaged 14.3 points per game last
season to lead the Spartans. He scored in double
fi gures in eight of the last 10 games and helped lead
Thomas Jefferson to the sweet sixteen of the Class
4A state tournament.