The Rails are back in action during the high school live period in June. Lincoln lost just two seniors from last year’s squad and returns seven players with varsity starts under their belts.
Players to Watch, 2019
Point Guard Josiah Conkrite was named to the CIML Metro Second Team in winter after tallying 9.7 points and three assists per game while shooting 34 percent from behind the arc. He’s joined in senior backcourt by Ben Knoebel, who shot 30 percent from three on his way to 5 points per game. Felix Gallagher moves to wing for the Rails this year after leading the team in minutes from the center position in the 2017-2018. Gallagher, a dynamic inside-outside defender continues to see huge growths in his perimeter game as he spends his grassroots season with Beyond Ball. 6’8 center Logan Sharp is also spending his summer season with Beyond Ball as he shares time between the top 17U program and 24K squad run by John Lamb. Sharp’s focus this offseason has been on his end-to-end presence as he adjusts from a skilled power post into a high-impact rim-runner.
Players to Watch, 2020
Nate Feller’s concussion in January didn’t just take 7.4 points per game off the floor for Lincoln in February. As Lincoln’s primary defender, best wing rebounder and best perimeter shooter, the Rails struggled to match the production the sophomore provided in two years as a varsity starter. Feller returns to the lineup healthy and ready for a big junior campaign. Joining Nate in the backcourt is Ben Badger, a three-sport Lincoln star who saw time on both the Lincoln varsity and sophomore team last season. Six-foot-8 rim runner Maiwut Jock was also a heavy contributor on the sophomore squad with some starts at the varsity level under his belt as well. Jock shot 50 percent from the field for the varsity team and was a lethal shot blocker and rebounder for both squads. Jock also plays for Beyond Ball’s travel team. A skilled finisher around the rim, his growing perimeter skills have created a much higher ceiling for Maiwut, who was already gaining reputation for his rim protection skills. Kameron Young was a key contributor for the sophomore team last season. The lefty continues to improve as a wing player as he sets the daily standard, on the court and off, about how hard you have to work to be a Lincoln Railsplitter. James Anderson, Kobe Moriarty and Kamron Francis are also juniors to watch this June. Anderson and Moriarty played big roles on the sophomore team while Kam Francis transferred to Lincoln in January. Anderson plays for the Cornsharks 16U Elite Team, Moriarty plays for Ignit and Kam Francis has already put together a 30 point team for a Beyond Ball 16U team.