2022 High School Recruiting Rankings

Max Feldman

  1. Shaedon Sharpe

An elite scoring off-guard with a combination of burst, fluidity and touch as a three level scorer. Sharpe continues to rise because of his two-way trajectory and advanced offensive skillset paired with a high ceiling defensively. A nuclear scorer who not only just got his own, but thoroughly elevated the group around him. Physically mature with the handle, strength and speed to get to his spots. His knack to change speeds and control tempo were advanced, as he was dominant in transition and in the half-court. Extended shooter of the dribble who’s potent as a decision maker coming downhill. The ability to create advantages in the half court with or without screens in addition to advance a shot creation package separate him at the top. 

2. Keyonte George

A prominent scorer with powerful athleticism and the ability to finish through the chest of rim protectors on drives. End to end, one of the fastest players in the nation with a developed pull-up scoring game and grit defensively. With an advantage in transition or in the pick and roll, George is arguably the most productive scorer in the country. A true centerpiece weapon and an all-around catalyst on the offensive end.

3. Dariq Whitehead

A physical specimen on the wing with above the rim athleticism and a blossoming offensive skillset. Defensive toughness, instincts and high level lateral quickness make Whitehead the cream of the crop in terms of perimeter defenders in the class. His ability to attack when need be, pick his spots accordingly and constantly play under control jumped out. Perimeter mechanics are polished and his ability to shoot with a hand in his face was second to only Emoni Bates this Summer. For an above the rim, spectacular athlete to rarely rely on those physical abilities at the prep level is rare, and Whitehead only continues to blossom as a dynamic two-way wing.

4. Chris Livingston

A physical two way wing who thrives getting downhill and attacking the rim. A high motor and mature 6-6 and 200 pound frame make Livingston a versatile defender, transition dynamo and mid-post scoring hub. The progression as a spot up shooter has stood out throughout the Summer and is the catalyst to the jump from the 9-10 range. Livingston is slightly more under the radar than many elite prospects, but should garner more attention if the progression continues in terms of polish.

5. Amari Bailey

An explosive, hard-nosed offensive catalyst who can play both and off the ball. A smooth southpaw spot up game combined with subtle playmaking instincts and explosive athleticism make Bailey one of the most polished prospects in the nation. Missing Summer action hurts his ranking, but it’s difficult to drop a gifted, polished initiator too far.

6. Cason Wallace

A smooth spot up game, turnover machine on the defensive end and a transition dynamo. Wallace can play both guard spots and utilizes a potent first step to open his playmaking game as a driver. Tough, explosive and versatile contributor to winning basketball. For a high profile prospect, Wallace does all the little things. His high end outcome could be heavily defensive weighted, with wide shoulders, elite lateral quickness and active hands result in a ton of steals. A playmaker on both ends.

7. Kyle Filipowski

An extraordinarily unique talent as a versatile big. Arguably the most competitive prospect I evaluated this Summer, Filipowski can serve the role as a rim running big, but has opened his game up far beyond – showing production in a point forward role as a grab and go threat and out of the high post. A clear focus on his ball handling and playing low to the ground, at 6-11 and 230 pound he is one of the premier playmakers in the class. It will pay dividends later on, but Filipowski is extremely crafty and intelligent as a pick setter, creating a strong advantage for his ball handlers coming off and often sets himself up for easy finishes at the rim. In my eyes, Filipowski stands alone in this class in terms of being a true offensive hub and centerpiece in the frontcourt. I walked away thoroughly impressed with every outing as I was able to see a new facet of his skillset each time, before it was cut short due to COVID. If Filipowski remained healthy in Rens run, I believe he’d likely be squarely in the national eye as a top 12 prospect in the class. Generally I de-value bigs overall, but Filipowski checks so many rare boxes.

8. Anthony Black

Black’s live ball playmaking can certainly improve and might be a next progression, but his overall decision making a processing in the PnR is arguably the most advanced in 2022. He’s shown the ability to slide both on and off the ball at NBPA top 100, while largely flourishing as a creative initiator with Empire. Defensively, strengthening his frame will be a next step, per usual for most, but his positioning and disruption have opened up some multi-dimensional tendencies on that end. High school prospects often are deemed as having NBA tools at a young – those tools are primarily evaluated as physical components, whether it’s length, burst or strength. Anthony Black has NBA tools in his ability to digest coverages, play with pace, playmaking with high level floor mapping and understanding of spacing. I see a lot of Tyrese Haliburton here. As unique of a prospect as Haliburton was in terms of his creation and ability to elevate those around him, Black provides a similar impact.

9. Jordan Walsh

After speaking with a variety of people in the evaluation industry at Peach Jam, one thing was clear when watching Jordan Walsh – NBA evaluators are going to love him. Extremely tough, hard-nosed and competitive with a consistent will to put his imprint on the game. Long arms, explosive athlete, above the rim finisher, strong change of pace, pull-up shooting and versatility on the defend end.

10. Zion Cruz

Consistent assertiveness is an overarching key, but Zion Cruz is a gifted three level shot creator with an enticing explosiveness as an initiator. At 6-5 with a clean, controlled handle, Cruz has a go-to float game in combination with a proficient spot up shooting stroke. Dynamic off the dribble with wide shoulders, efficient gather into an elevated pull up and a quick snap handle. Primarily handles duties on ball, and has the size to shift off alongside another crafty handler with buzz growing regarding his eventual collegiate destination. 

11. Derek Lively

The nation’s top rim protector with a flourishing spot up perimeter game on the other end. Derek Lively is much more than that, but that in itself makes him a premier NBA prospect. The term unicorn is overused, but the Peach Jam champion is all that, as few can truly do what he does. Adding to 20-30 pounds would go a long way towards becoming more productive as an interior scorer, but what Lively does already has him squarely on the NBA radar. With a relatively diminishing value in tradition bigs, Lively maintains an ultra-unique prospect as a cemented spot up threat.

12. Dillon Mitchell

Mitchell has significantly rose nationally over the course of the last few months. Arguably the top athlete in the country, Mitchell displayed advanced off the dribble playmaking in which I was unaware of. Mitchell showed mass progression with his ability to break defenses down to find shooters and cutters. A smooth lefty spot up stroke only continues to improve and become a weapon, as the combination of his handle and production around the rim make up the incredibly high ceiling I am eager to follow. Defensively, Mitchell defends 5 spots, is extremely mobile and has strong instincts in the passing lanes.

13. Skyy Clark

A fluid, crafty lead guard with extreme pace initiating offense and escorting the pick and roll. Primarily plays below the rim, but can slide both and off the ball with his understanding of how to attack space. More than many in this class, Clark has plenty of nuance to his scoring package utilizing cuts, side steps and an enticing float game once downhill. Polished, balanced spot up game. A few top prospects missed the Summer with injury, and Clark simply cant be dropped too far with his dynamic offensive skillset at this stage. 

14. Nick Smith Jr

The dual threat guard notably rose his stock throughout EYBL play and departs as a headliner. An multi-faceted offensive catalyst with proven extended range, an enticing, natural floater game and strong feel as a set-up man. Always under control, Smith is extremely nuanced as a scorer with a knack for getting to the line and playing angles as a driver.

15. Dior Johnson

A fluid, creative offensive engineer with a palpable basketball IQ. Johnson can fill it up and flourishes as an off the dribble scorer. Elite touch, a smooth floater game and all-around flair as a creator. Johnson’s natural talent, change of pace, production on the glass and scoring polish all make up a skillset that simply screams “pro”. There is a sense of ease with all Dior Johnson does offensively.

16. Ty Rodgers

Elite lateral quickness, shot blocking instincts and clear-cut grit on the defensive end. Rodgers stamps himself as the top perimeter defender in the country, and going through the gauntlet of Emoni Bates, Jordan Walsh, Dillon Mitchell, Shaedon Sharpe, Dariq Whitehead and Eric Dailey among others in North Augusta allowed him to put that on display. An instinctual, physical, hard-nosed perimeter defender who has the lateral quickness, toughness and strength to take on the opposing teams catalyst game in and game out. An extremely strong rebounder who embraces contact and plays bigger than he is at 6-6 and 210 pounds. Rodgers is a timely cutter who finishes above the rim. A true defensive ace who continues to sho ample growth offensively as a lead playmaker.  

17. Jazian Gortman

A jitterbug offensive engine with toughness. Gortman impressed me on the defensive end and is a true menace on the perimeter. Hard-nosed and never takes a play off. Dynamic in the pick and roll and is arguably the fastest player in the country end to end. Great touch and a feel to space in the pick and roll, Gortman will continue to develop his attack and become more assertive as a creator.

18. Jarace Walker

High flying, powerful and physical athlete with enticing playmaking flashes and an advanced handle for his size. Walker has been groomed under a crop of elite prospects under IMG and now appears to be next in line. Having a more versatile, consistent impact on the game is a key progression, but Walker is a strong rebounder and slides in well in both oversized or small lineups. Mature lower body strength and an imposing upper body frame give him the tools to be a bruising interior presence. The playmaking tools have long stood out for me, as he has a unique feel to hit lob threats and shooters out of the low post and top of the key. Walker’s skillset is greatly enhanced when in a more supplemental role. 

19. Kel’el Ware

Ware has quickly become one of the top big prospects in the nation as a prominent two-way athlete at 7-0 and 220 pounds with palpable touch as a roll man and on the perimeter. Flexible athlete attacking the cup with true upside on the defensive end. Ample length and activity as a rim runner. The continued development of his touch as well as lower body strength will hinge points of Ware’s path. 

20. Seth Trimble

Trimble’s understanding of the game, how to space the floor and attack seams makes him an intriguing prospect looking ahead to the NBA. The Wisconsin-native is never rushed and was electric as a playmaker playing alongside profound floor spacers. One of the higher IQ lead guards in the EYBL, Trimble was impactful on both ends, stuffed the stat sheet, processed the game at a rapid rate and got his own on the perimeter and in the mid-range when his team needed it. Trimble does a ton of things that will translate rather quickly to the next level and beyond. In addition to his first step, Trimble is a better than advertised athlete.

21. Arterio Morris

A nuanced, powerful slasher with a lightening quick first step and growing polish once downhill. Clean spot up shooter with confidence against closeouts. Dominant in transition with a head of steam as a finisher or playmaker. Has the tools to be a high volume free throw shooter with his lack of apprehensiveness driving through the chest of rim protectors.

22. Brandon Miller

A bouncy forward with strong creative tendencies in the mid-range, Miller was constantly guarding bigger prospects and held his own as a shot blocker and rebounder. Skilled off the dribble, Miller has touch and a high release with a productive interior game. A multi-faceted defender with range, quick jumping ability and strong instincts.

23. Chance Westry

Versatility is an overused term, but it is the name of the game with Westry. A do-it-all 6-6 wing creator with strong change of pace and a palpable playmaking feel. Advanced ball handling and floor mapping make Westry one of the more dynamic manipulators as an initiator. Still wiry thin, the Hillcrest Prep guard racks of the steals defensively. It may sound basic, but Westry is a productive threat as a passer, ball handler and shooter already.

24. Jaden Bradley

Bradley is as steady and mature as they come as a prep lead guard. Off the dribble shooting is advanced and he is rarely disrupted by contests with high elevation on his jumper. Never sped up, Bradley is a natural, productive shot creator. Exceptional toughness and change of pace make up for solid, not great pop. End to end, Bradley is one of the faster prospects in America.

25. Vince Iwuchukwu

Iwuchukwu’s recent progression and upside largely stood out to me over the recent months. There are very few athletes, if any, on the same level as 7-0 and 220 pound Vince Iwuchukwu. He showed a growing willingness to create out of the post, a relatively new facet for the prominent rim runner. Sweep throughs and over the left shoulder hooks became go-to’s. Embracing contact and finishing through traffic are next steps, but Iwuchukwu is undervalued nationally in my opinion

26. Mark Mitchell

Mitchell also missed action this Summer with an elbow injury, but has long enticed with his upside as a lengthy, southpaw forward with some range. With extreme range as a rebounder, Mitchell is a prominent transition tool running the floor and utilizing his length and pop to finish at the rim on the other end. Attacking closeouts, absorbing contact at the rim and getting to his euro are go-to sources of production. There’s plenty of untapped tools here, but I am relatively unsure of the trajectory at this point. 

27. Jalen Hood-Schifino

Hood-Schifino’s maturation and production largely tell the story. With length and a sturdy frame, the Montverde guard can shift both on and off the ball and has come a long way to become one of the more impactful perimeter defenders in the class. Dynamic playing off his hang dribble as a pull up threat or driver – crafty getting his shoulder under defenders and snaking to the rim. Strong backcourt rebounder and is a physical slasher with touch. 

28. Tyrell Ward

Nuclear scorer with extreme touch and a rare pull up scoring game. Ultra-competitive, Ward is a fluid wing creator who lit it up from the perimeter and impressed as a shot maker against contests. The wiry wing plays above the rim in transition and relentlessly throws himself through the chest of rim protectors. Subtle with his change of pace and pull up with a clear focus on playing low to the ground made Ward one of the tougher guards in the Nike circuit.

29. AJ Casey

Casey fits the bill as what has become the prototypical bridging forward with a traditional wing skillset while being able to guard 3-4 positions defensively. A rangy, selfless wing with a developing shooting stroke hinging on palpable confidence with a subtle playmaking skillset. Casey flourishes in the mid-post playing out of double teams, absorbing contact around the rim or rising up to find his own shot with strong elevation. Whether it’s attacking closeouts, playmaking or getting to the rack, Casey has a unique ability to clean the glass, lead the break to get out & run game in & game out. A high powered athlete, rim running presence and a constant source of energy. 

30. Collin Chandler

Chandler has garnered heightened recognition after a strong Summer, concluding with eye catching runs at the NBPA Top 100 camp and the Circuit Championship. Crafty and creative at 6-4 with an ease getting to his spots. Nuanced pick and roll attack and high speed processor as a playmaker. Smooth shooter off the dribble with flair as a perimeter creator. Ample touch, a high IQ and the end-to-end speed to control tempo each time out.

Dalen Terry is Primed to Come Into his Own as a Sophomore

Max Feldman

A former top 50 recruit in the class of 2020, Dalen Terry might not be the first 2022 NBA prospect that comes to mind with the Arizona Wildcats roster, but a true candidate to burst on to the scene in my eyes.

Terry arrived in Tucson with some lofty expectations but over time was etched into an unfamiliar role under Sean Miller. 

“I played off the ball a lot during my Freshman year. It was definitely new considering I’ve played on the ball for the vast majority before college.”

The transition in a new role had its turbulence, as Terry winded up having the lowest usage rate of any Wildcat who played at least 100 minutes all season. Yet, the 19 year old was able to display facets of his game that previously weren’t advertised as long-term tools. 

The former Hillcrest Prep guard said, “There were absolutely ups and downs throughout the season but I expanded my game. I had to be more creative getting to my spots and add weight to play through the heightened physicality.”

Playing in a relatively foreign role, Dalen Terry provided glimpses of defensive upside that likely wind up as a massive beneficiary in his NBA stock. Now 6-8 and nearly 200 pounds with a 7-foot wingspan, Terry showed the lateral quickness to guard multiple positions and be extremely disruptive in passing lanes. Testing out to the 72nd percentile in overall defense, Terry netted a team-high in defensive plus/minus and was one of just two Wildcats to allow 0.77 points per possession or less on the season.

“I want to show NBA executives I can play on any spot on the court. I can guard anybody they put in front of me with my versatility.”

With Tommy Loyd now at the helm and a notable exodus, now just two of the top eight highest usage players remain in Wildcat uniforms. Dalen Terry has the opportunity to shift into a larger, more primary role as an initiator after engineering a lowly total of just 9 pick and roll ball handling possessions a year ago. 

Without even discussing a likely improved scheme with a higher tempo, emphasis on spacing as well as movement with Gonzaga feel offensively, the Wildcats add two strong perimeter weapons in Pelle Larson (Utah transfer) and Shane Nowell (four-star recruit) in addition to an intimidating interior presence in Oumar Ballo (Gonzaga transfer) to the frontcourt. An additional year under the belt and a strong off-season campaign on the FIBA scene, Bennedict Mathurin (Canada) and Azuolas Tubelis (Lithuania) return as the presumed centerpieces of a new look Wildcat program. 

Shifting into what Dalen Terry may illustrate this season is where the excitement stems from. With a stronger frame and a year of development, Terry ideally has the opportunity to carry a greater load and exhibit the most enticing aspect of his pre-college skillset. A gifted, versatile playmaker off the dribble, Terry repeatedly impressed with the Compton Magic as well as at Pangos with his ability to put on-ball defenders in jail in the pick and roll, slither to the rim and finish with length as well as advanced floor mapping instincts as a decision maker. 

“Without a doubt, the most undervalued facet of my skillset is my vision, my feel and my finishing ability. I wasn’t able to display it enough this past year so some may have forgot what I’m capable of.”

Overall shooting trends and output as well as playing with pace as a ball handler are perhaps my two largest swing traits in evaluating Terry this season. Development or progression in either or both categories has potential to largely open up Terry’s skillset and drive the rising Sophomore onto the NBA Draft map. 

It has largely become a cliche in my opinion of evaluations relying on the idea of prospects thriving once play in an open, up-tempo style, simply because thats how most prospects desire to play. With that, inserting Loyd likely completely shifts the Wildcat’s look and improves Dalen Terry’s fit, considering how slow (198th adjusted tempo) and interior oriented (236th in 3PM and 304th in 3PA in the nation) the Wildcats played under Sean Miller in 2020-2021. Now surrounded by seasoned shooters in Kriisa, Mathurin and Larson as well as two sturdy frontcourt pieces in Tubelis and Ballo, Dalen Terry has the weapons to slot into a catalystic role under Tommy Loyd.  

In final, Terry said, “We’re going to be a lot of fun to watch.”

2022 NBA Draft: Undervalued Prospects to Track

Max Feldman

Year after year, tracking breakouts is a prime task of draft evaluation. Glossing over the 2021 first round as a brief example, at least 10 prospects were not in the NBA Draft picture a here prior. The long-term highly touted five-stars in the previous class aren’t included here — but rather a group of names I can see making a leap onto the NBA radar.

Mouhamed Gueye

Freshman || 6-11 & 210 pounds || Washington State

Surpassing Klay Thompson, Mouhamed Gueye enters his stint in Pullman as the highest rated recruit in program history. Formerly with Prolific Prep, Gueye chose the Cougs over Kansas and UCLA. Measurements are relatively uncertain, but Gueye is near 7-0 and has been listed with a 7-5+ wingspan. Playing alongside five-stars Nate Bittle and Adem Bona last season, Gueye was able to fill a perimeter role and display that enticing spot up skillset. The handle and consistency with touch are the constant questions with this archetype, and while time will tell, the Senegalese-born wing appears extremely fluid and natural as a spot up threat. Productivity as a cutter, smooth shot preparation and creativity driving to the rim. Growing the toughness around the rim, sharpening the handle and monitoring the shooting development will be the keys early on at Washington State, but Gueye should quickly become more well-known on the NBA Draft front. 

Julian Strawther

Sophomore || 6-7 & 210 pounds || Gonzaga

Outside of Jalen Suggs and likely Hunter Sallis and Nolan Hickman, the Zags rarely play Freshman in large roles. Gonzaga projects as one of the top rosters in the nation once again, and tracking how Julian Strawther fits in is a major draft storyline for me. Strawther’s U19 FIBA film with the Puerto Rican national team provides strong context as to what we might see, as opportunity should see an uptick. Formerly a top 75 prospect in America, Strawther is an extremely fluid off-guard with strong change of pace, toughness attacking the cup and what I think winds up as a strong perimeter shot. An intriguing floater game, a developing handle and his activity as a perimeter defender are the key pieces of the high upside trajectory I see. Ideally filling a Corey Kispert spot up scoring role, Strawther is my leading candidate to fly up boards in Spokane. The rising Sophomore brings two-way production, but will need to carve out a role in a competitive rotation in order to cement himself as a 2022 prospect. 

Brandon Huntley-Hatfield

Freshman || 6-9 & 220 pounds || Tennessee

Originally a five-star in the class of 2022, Huntley-Hatfield made the reclassification leap and will join the fold in Knoxville this season. In terms of his potential fit in the NBA, there is a lot of early intrigue as Huntley-Hatfield is ultra-productive on both ends as a versatile forward. A mature screen setter with fantastic footwork as a roll man and a sturdy, set jump shot. Extremely long arms, quick off the ground and shot blocking instincts with a variety of switchable defensive tools. A powerful finisher with wide shoulders and a much better than advertised playmaking ability. The context with B Maze Elite over the last few Summers have been key in projecting Huntley-Hatfield as more of a stretch scoring centerpiece. Motor and consistency are two of the swing traits in my eyes, but BHH has the tools to dominate the glass early on. Playing off of Kennedy Chandler is an optimal opportunity for the dual threat forward. The IMG product lines up as one of the youngest prospects in the 2022 Draft field if things pan out as I project they do. 

Dalen Terry

Sophomore || 6-7 & 200 pounds || Arizona

Crowding a playmaker to the pedigree of Dalen Terry with spot up shooting and athletes is an extraordinarily enticing situation to track. Terry has long been a dynamic, heady passer, but struggled to gain traction on a prominent role with the Wildcats last season. Gonzaga-esque scheme and spacing now potentially aligned Tucson via Tommy Lloyd should serve benefit, as well as another year of experience under his belt. Between the additions of Pelle Larson and Shane Nowell as well as another year of Bennedict Mathurin, Kerr Kriisa and Azuolas Tubelis, Terry has a plethora of floor spacers surrounding him. Playing with pace, embracing contact around the rim and tracking the perimeter shooting volume will be the development to keep tabs on. A wildly talented playmaker off the dribble with passing versatility, size and a smooth intermediate game should be on further display as Terry and the Wildcats take a step forward. NBA evaluators will likely love Dalen Terry’s combination of size and creativity. 

Kowacie Reeves

Freshman || 6-6 & 182 pounds || Florida

It might not all be pretty this year with Florida, but Kowacie Reeves has stunted tools previously that could put him on the NBA radar rather quickly. A knockdown perimeter shooter with explosiveness as an athlete combine to likely produce some extremely enticing flashes in year one. I’d project some inefficiency and some weak spots as a ball handler with the output that Florida lost, but I hope to see Reeves receive high volume and sort through the offensive tools. The fluid spot up shooting with a high release and confidence against closeouts made him one of the best perimeter prospects in the 2021 cycle in terms of NBA scale in my eyes. Defensively, Reeves length and activity are extremely disruptive, and he’ll have the opportunity to display that with Scottie Lewis moving on to the Charlotte Hornets. Undervalued prep prospects leap into the NBA picture year after year, and while just a few candidates are listed here, Reeves will be one of the more convincing cases to track.

Josh Minott

Freshman || 6-8 & 185 pounds || Memphis

Penny Hardaway has been connected to a variety of NBA gigs this offseason and will be moving forward, but his application of NBA principles to his own roster at Memphis could quickly become a factory for next-level prospects. Long, high-wired wings with shot making versatility fill the roster. Josh Minott caught my eye earlier this year and slowly began to gather more attention. With Landers Nolley and Earl Timberlake in the fold, it may be difficult for Minott to gather enough playing time early. Whether its in the 2022 or potentially 2023, Minott’s guard skillset, playmaking instincts and explosiveness as an athlete fit a ton of NBA prerequisites. Physically, he is still rather raw and wiry, but Minott has a rare ability to find his pull up game to rise and fire. I am extremely intrigued to see if he can carve out a role, as he was one of the more undervalued prospects in the 2021 cycle in my eyes. 

All have been previously mentioned in other stories, but the following are more names to keep tabs on.

Jabri Adbur-Rahim

Sophomore || 6-8 & 215 pounds || Georgia

Efe Abogidi

Sophomore || 6-10 & 220 pounds || Washington State

Mwani Wilksinson

Sophomore || 6-5 & 215 pounds || LSU

Matthew Murrell

Sophomore || 6-4 & 200 pounds || Ole Miss

Micah Peavy

Sophomore || 6-7 & 215 pounds || TCU

Jae’Lyn Withers

Freshman || 6-8 & 220 pounds || Louisville

NBA Draft 2021: 5 Favorite Drafts

Max Feldman

In a Draft class with such wildly high expectations, multiple franchises had extremely productive nights in terms of infusing long-term talent and filling holes on the current roster. Five particular Draft night operations stood above the rest to me.

Over the course of about two days, I’ve become a rather large supporter of the Spurs and what they’re building. I was 22 spots or higher on two prospects versus the consensus in the entire draft – both of those prospects landed in San Antonio. Before getting into the actual fit of the prospects within the roster, I do absolutely love how RC Buford, Brian Wright and the Spurs front office have approached the draft over recent years. Whether it’s a big guard or a long wing, the Spurs repeatedly are pouring stock into the most valuable archetype league wide. Multi-faceted, high upside wings who carry multiple of the following traits – youth, shooting, athleticism, length or the ability to put the ball on the floor. I’ve harped on this repeatedly through my breakdown of swing, stability and hybrid prospects, but the highest value swings are on wings when considering how the league has modernized. Of the last 10 Spurs draft selections, only one true big was taken – Chimezie Metu 49th overall in 2018. Value of bigs has undeniably shrunk and while patience is key with the development of these draft selections, multiple have begun parlaying the flashes into production. While the history of winning in San Antonio can make it difficult to swallow the clear-cut focus on development, it is simply a part of the ebb and flow of the NBA – and I believe the Spurs are taking it on in a productive, proactive and intelligent manner.

Josh Primo, my 10th overall prospect in the class, is one I’ve been tracking since his days with UPLAY Canada, Huntington Prep and with Canada U19’s. The beginning of a Josh Primo breakdown has to immediately address the nuance and context with the selection – rather than production in one year at Alabama. Simply put, Nate Oats and Alabama want to maximize Josh Primo’s role in the moment – utilizing his spot up game, energy and ability to space the floor. The role of college basketball isn’t to put Primo in developmental situations with the ball in his hands, creating in the PnR or playmaking for others, when there are already players like Jahvon Quinerly and Herb Jones who thrive doing so now. In addition, Primo played alongside John Petty (6.5 3PA) and Jaden Shackelford (5.6 3PA), who attempted the 2nd and 3rd most three point shots in the SEC last season. So yes, the fit and opportunity at Alabama was rather stark, but it doesn’t alter who Josh Primo is as a prospect. As I’ve harped on since April, if many executives projected Primo to vault into the lottery in 2022, then his stock should be even greater in 2021, if they trust their development staff like the Spurs historically have. Progressing the ability to play with pace, ironing out shot selection at times – which was understandable weakness considering he was the 8th highest usage player on Alabama – and sharpening his handle are next steps of development. There are a myriad of untapped avenues of production for Josh Primo, and the Spurs front office saw similar flashes I have over the course of the last 5 years. In terms of the plans for development and inserting Primo into a program while he should be technically just enrolling in his Freshman year of college, I couldn’t have drawn up a better scenario for the young Canadian wing.

Joe Wieskamp, the 27th overall prospect on my board, shot the lights out in a Spur workout and quietly became a growing commodity throughout the Draft process. Elite is a cliche, but Wieskamp is truly an elite spot up shooter. A high, quick release against closeouts and a very natural ability to slide to space off the ball. Wieskamp will space the floor from the moment he steps onto an NBA court, allowing the high wired, athletic driving guards and wings in San Antonio to have more room to operate. Not in the mode of a swing like Primo, Wieskamp has stood out throughout the last few months for me as a guy who just has a cemented spot in the NBA for a long time. As competitive and intelligent of a worker as I have ever been around, I am extremely confident that the Iowa-native outperforms his 41st overall draft slot.

Somewhat of a unanimous winner, Orlando landed two of my top seven prospects, including my 3rd overall prospect in back to back years with positive value. Having so much young backcourt talent in the fold is an extremely positive issue to have, which will likely sort itself out over time as prospects begin to sort through their longterm trajectory. The combination of Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony is one of the most intriguing young duos in the league for me, as two dynamic off the dribble creators with extreme toughness. A frontline consisting of Franz Wagner, Chuma Okeke, Jonathan Isaac and others provides potentially premier defensive versatility, connective tissue offensively and extremely high speed processing – all 23 years old or under. Roster configuration is the broader key, but I do believe the Bright Future Magic are here.

Shooting and defense. The Pelicans gaping weaknesses over the last year. After dumping cap and moving back, the Pels grab a ready-made two-way wing with upside for more. Trey Murphy can quickly become a bridging piece in a lineup between Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, spacing the floor, defending multiple positions and playing at a high tempo. With Lonzo Ball’s future looking more and more gloomy in New Orleans – and the Bulls interest growing – Herb Jones can provide a few of the same utility traits moving forward. One of the premier defenders in the class, Jones can guard multiple spots and serve as a secondary playmaker on the other end with his adept ball handling traits. I primarily believe in swinging and youth, but for a franchise with unforeseen pressure to produce winning basketball now, Murphy and Jones both were high value selections and fit what they project to need next season. 

The relatively rich, just get richer here. Travis Schlenk has completely altered his identity and stature over the course of just a few months, and I thoroughly enjoy what he did in the 2021 NBA Draft. The Hawks threw out all the over-evaluation and dissecting, simply taking the two most talented prospects on the board at 20 and 48. Jalen Johnson, my 28th overall prospect, undeniably has standout traits that need shoring up. Being surrounded by shooters and providing the Hawks with a potential supplementary playmaker in the frontcourt appears to be an optimal climate early on. There should be no pressure to bring production at all early on, which likely largely benefits both parties. Sharife Cooper can eventually provide the Hawks the ability to seamlessly mimic schemes when Trae Young needs a rest, who’s already nearing 34 minutes per game in just his 3rd season. Between Trae Young’s toughness and the identity the Hawks structured over the last year, it seems as though bleeding those characteristics into both Jalen Johnson and Sharife Cooper can provide universal benefit in Atlanta. When it came down to it, two players who the Hawks likely didn’t think would be on the board were both available at their draft selections. Neither was largely tied to Atlanta pre-draft, but that didn’t hinder Schlenk from taking best player available. 

I dont know if it’s even logical to call it a smokescreen anymore, but Sam Presti changed the course of the draft selecting Josh Giddey 6th overall. Assuming Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is in the longterm plans, which he should be, inserting Josh Giddey and Tre Mann allows the young Canadian star to continue singularly cementing himself as one of the NBA’s top scoring threats. Two of my top eight prospects in the class, both Mann and Giddey will require some patience to settle into the league and find means of production. Quickly, the Thunder have filled their roster with oversized processors with unique skillsets. I am eager to see Tre Mann develop in this setting, where he should have heaps of opportunity to have the ball in his hands and serve as a half-court shot creator. A lineup of Tre Mann, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort and Darius Bazley would have my full attention. Oklahoma City was connected to Josh Primo, Moses Moody and James Bouknight, and while all were off the board at 16, Presti traded out and added another future first round pick. Presti just keeps stacking assets and remaining patient with this historic rebuild.

2021 NBA Draft: Storylines & Takeaways

Max Feldman

The top of the board has gone to the script, but per usual, projections and buzz have go down the toilet in short order. The following is a pool of my storylines, takeaways and overarching thoughts. My final Big Board as well as the full draft are available.

There are not enough positive adjectives to describe sam presti anymore

Amidst all the James Bouknight buzz at 6, I was reminded why Sam Presti is as good as it gets as an NBA decision maker. Adding Josh Giddey allows Shai to slot over and do exactly what he’s best at, rather than forcing the young All-Star into a playmaking role. At 18, Presti hit it big once again, snagging my 6th overall prospect in Tre Mann. Whether it’s while Shai gets a rest or alongside him with Giddey, at near 6-9, plays a wing creator role, the Thunder have an electrifying space creator with extended touch and some enticing upside. With all that, Presti also acquired an additional 2022 and 2023 first round pick.

Shockingly, San Antonio’s Front Office Saw What I saw

I was vastly higher on a bunch of prospects compared to the consensus in this class, but none more so than Josh Primo. The selections of fellow prospects I was notably high on in their respective classes – Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker – had my attention, but taking Josh Primo vaults the Spurs to the top of my favorite front offices. Primo is younger than just about the entire 2022 NBA Draft class and as the Spurs move into a new chapter, they’ll have the full opportunity to squeeze out every facet of the 18 year old Canadian wing’s untapped tools as a two-way creator. RC Buford follows the Primo addition by selecting Joe Wieskamp, my 27th overall prospect, at the 41st pick.

The Bright Future Orlando magic are here

A Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs backcourt is going to be nothing short of sensational down the line. I touted both as the third overall prospect in their respective classes, and the combination projects well. The Orlando core is jam-packed with high speed processors with defensive tools and versatility on the other end up and down the roster. Two mature prospects, a stability prospect in Franz Wagner and the closest swing prospect there was to being a hybrid in Jalen Suggs, which continues the build, rather than a raw restart. After moving Vucevic and committing to developing young talent, John Hammond has stockpiled a plethora of tools to write the script of the Bright Future Magic – led by Cole Anthony, Jon Isaac, Chuma Okeke, Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner.

As a Monte McNair supporter, I am bewildered by the 9th overall selection

In McNair’s first draft in Sacramento, he was the clear winner for me walking away with the Haliburton, Jahmi’us Ramsey and Robert Woodard. Come 2021, not only was Davion Mitchell a reach at 9 in my eyes, but also an incredibly mysterious fit considering the Kings roster and the condition of the franchise. I am extremely curious what Mitchell provides Sacramento offensively that they do not already have. With Franz Wagner off the board, the rumored trade back scenario likely should have been opted for here, unless Davion is on the move with Buddy Hield or Marvin Bagley.

Zach Kleiman and the Grizzlies have an incredibly refined draft process

The Grizzlies have as deep of a rotation as there is in the league currently and have nailed the last few drafts under Zach Kleiman. Jaren Jackson Jr was the lone one-and-done prospect they took in the last few years, but they clearly coveted what Ziaire Williams presented and accordingly moved up to secure him while adding future draft capital by swallowing available cap space. Hitting to the capacity they have over recent years on draft night has allowed ultra-flexibility and most importantly, patience with future picks as the rotation is capable of winning now.

Bob Myers stays steady, sits back and stacks assets

Whether or not Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody are in the Golden State Warrior’s plans for the future, Bob Myers essentially ignored relying on the draft to add immediate contributors and instead took the best player available. With a Ben Simmons offer being rejected and Bradley Beal preferring other destinations, Myers is clearly seeking a big fish and adding the best available at 7 and 14 regardless of age gives Golden State a ton of ammo. Moses Moody, a hybrid prospect, can provide floor spacing and defensive versatility in Steve Kerr’s ultra-flexible lineups, while a combination of Kuminga, my 4th overall prospect, and James Wiseman should be enough to entice any front office with a superstar toying with a trade request.

Houston’s Haul will be an entertaining follow

Houston adds two elite athletes on the wing with shot creation alongside Kevin Porter Jr as well as two of the top international prospects in the field, adding juice to the frontcourt. The group is extremely young and the fit is not seamless, but Jalen Green, Josh Christopher, Alperen Sengun and Usman Garuba is an enticing as a haul as there is. The draft is always a game of darts, and while it’s doubtful all hit the target in Houston, one or two have the chance to really fast-forward the reconstruction of the Rocket roster.

Charlotte surrounds lamelo ball with unlimited upside

Quietly, Charlotte added two of the most enticing, raw forwards in the field in Kai Jones and JT Thor. James Bouknight provides scoring firepower and rim pressure with Devontae Graham and Malik Monk approaching contract time. With Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo likely on their way out, Kai Jones and JT Thor absolutely maximize what LaMelo Ball is looking to do: Run. All three selections add fuel to the identity LaMelo Ball has rapidly constructed in Charlotte.

Chicago Sees a hometown hero fall into their lap

The storybook pick of the 2021 NBA Draft. Ayo Dosunmu curiously falls below Jason Preston and Rokas Jokubaitis, but has the chance to stay home and fill an immediate role for the Chicago Bulls. Ayo’s journey as an Illini and as a premier recruit was epitomized by loyalty throughout, committing to Illinois after a 14 win season. The Bulls were in a pinch to infuse contributors after off-loading their 8th overall selection to Orlando in the Nikola Vucevic trade and Ayo Dosunmu provides a physically mature, two-way backcourt combo tool.

NBA Draft 2021: Ideal Landing Spots for Favorite Prospects

Max Feldman

Now on the eve of the NBA Draft, intel continues to filter in as the Draft night storylines begin to materialize. Between the “Planting My Flag” breakdown along with the prospects I am the highest on versus the consensus, I am taking a look at where I would realistically like to see my favorite prospects in the class land tomorrow night.

Tre Mann

6th Overall Prospect

Tre Mann gives both these destinations a pivotal point they’ve been missing – half-court creation from the lead guard spot. Mann and Kira Lewis are not repetitive in terms of what they provide, as Mann is an elite off the dribble shooter and space creator while Lewis is a primary slasher. As David Griffin looks to infuse more shooting to the rotation, Mann is an enticing target at 17. Executives were most surprised that Tre Mann wasn’t invited to the Green Room, and I see him as the top target to go inside the top 20 that isn’t live in New York.

Again, Philadelphia’s struggle with Ben Simmons likely puts an emphatic priority on adding half-court creators. Their roster omits any tool alike Mann, and while they’re in pursuit of a veteran backcourt creator, Mann could unlock some upside that they’re missing. Playing alongside their wing defenders and running the pick and roll with Joel Embiid is extremely enticing in the early stages of his development.

Josh Primo

10th Overall Prospect

Josh Primo isn’t going 9th overall, but if Franz Wagner is off the board to Golden State or Orlando, Sacramento could very well be a trade back candidate. I believe they avoid a Alperen Sengun situation after the Georgios Pappagiannis mishap. With Buddy Hield on his way out, Primo becomes the third part of a flourishing core in De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton. Monte McNair hit my favorite draft of anyones last year and bringing in Primo fits the bill again – in addition to my liking for trading back in most scenarios.

Partnering up with fellow Canadian, Jamal Murray, on the wing in Denver continues to be an ideal coalition. Primo has the tools to grow into what Denver wanted Garry Harris to become – as a two-way secondary creator who attacks spot ups, processes the game at a high speed and defends the 1-3 with prominence.

Franz Wagner

7th Overall Prospect

It feels as though those analyzing the Warriors pick at 7 have pondered every possible prospect in the top 20 at this point. When it comes down to it, Franz Wagner fits the culture as well as anyone outside of Josh Giddey – but Wagner is a stronger bet to contribute early. Adding an Andrei Kirilenko type alongside Draymond Green in the frontcourt who can both shift down to a wing role or shift up and play a small-ball five with murmurs that he’s grown to upwards of 6-10. Wagner’s feel, understanding of spacing, playmaking and defensive versatility gives Bob Myers an extremely useful weapon right now.

If he’s available, I don’t think Monte McNair hesitates. Whether or not Marvin Bagley is in the fold, Wagner’s fits in ideally alongside the young backcourt duo. The Kings are constantly under scrutiny for their draft history, but I do believe that ship has sailed and they have a clearer vision of the identity they want to build. Wagner isn’t a star but he’s an identity builder.

Josh Christopher

11th Overall Prospect

Christopher fits the New York identity and the culture Tom Thibodeau echoes. Toughness, defense and confidence. In need of some more scoring juice, Christopher is a tough shot maker with a sturdy frame and palpable upside as a creator.

Another half-court creator and hard-nosed perimeter defender. Matisse Thybulle was the lone go-to perimeter defender in Philly and Christopher could be an added tool on the wing. In this case for Philadelphia, Christopher seems like the peak, ideal situation of immediate contribution in terms of high motor defenders and transition weapons yet also with untapped upside alongside Tyrese Maxey.

Joe Wieskamp

27th Overall Prospect

The Spurs worked out Wieskamp and have legitimate interest in Corey Kispert with their lottery pick. If Kispert isn’t there or San Antonio opts for a higher upside prospect, Wieskamp gives them incredible value in the second round. An off-ball mover who can light it up from deep with signals he’ll stick around for a long time in the league.

Boston’s roster construction is at a pivotal hinging point in terms of constructing an identity around their two wing stars. Spacing and iso ball have been issues in the past, so adding Wieskamp who can be a weapon without the ball in his hands and space the floor with efficiency appears to be a beneficial two-way partership.

Day’Ron Sharpe

20th Overall Prospect

With Moses Brown and Al Horford on the way out, I prefer Sharpe over the likes of Isaiah Jackson, Kai Jones and Alperen Sengun in Oklahoma City. As a roll man alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Sharpe can be rewarded around the basket, be a playmaker and defend the rim. Combining Sharpe and Bazley, two high IQ playmakers, in the frontcourt would tap into a new layer of upside for the forward-looking Thunder.

It is difficult to draw up a better mentor for Day’Ron Sharpe than Nikola Jokic. Sharpe is a bruiser around the rim with a fantastic feel for finding shooters and cutters. The Nuggets, a well-built roster, have little behind Jokic in the rotation.

Herb Jones

32nd Overall Prospect

The Nets have interest in Herb Jones. While Bruce Brown might be on his way back, as he is now restricted, it is not out of question that someone might throw too big of a contract at Brown for the Nets to retain him. Especially if Herb Jones is in the fold. The SEC Player of the Year is capable of doing everything Brown did with even more prominence. Playmaking roll man who can defend bigger or smaller opposing players. There is a ton to love in this potential parternship.

Jones fits the identity that Memphis has constructed to a tee. High speed processor who understands spacing, has strong feel on both ends and is extraordinarily tough. The Grizzlies haven’t accounted for draft age over the last few years, making this fit relatively realistic. There is some depth across the board, but if Grizzlies opt for a backcourt player at 10, another wing/forward in the second round like Jones seems ideal.

JT Thor

16th Overall Prospect

The Nic Claxton affect. Thor provides Philadelphia a new piece of upside they do not have, combined with the raw tools to provide early on as a versatile, high motor defender behind Joel Embiid – who could use some rest.

Thor has worked out for a variety of late lottery franchises, and while the Bulls pick at 38, the high upside 18 year old could be a late first round trade up target to replace a stale Lauri Markkanen. Thor provides a much different look than Vucevic off the bench and would provide an extremely enticing young core alongside Patrick Williams. Karnisovas has taken shots like this in Denver.

Top 25 NBA Prospects at Peach Jam 2021

Max Feldman

After an eventful and frenetic week, I was able to get a live look at an assortment of the nation’s top prospects as well as some under the radar risers in an extraordinarily competitive, high profile setting at Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Development and future context will play a contingent role, but I broke down 25 of the most enticing prospects from Peach Jam with an NBA Draft scale in mind.

1. Emoni Bates

Bates Fundamental || 2022 || 6-8 & 200 pounds

Bates has been under scrutiny after his run with Bates Fundamental here. The context of the situation makes it relatively difficult to evaluate his current role and progression in terms of the next role, as his usage has been sky high. Constantly under a microscope in terms of his development, I was impressed by Bates’ improvement as a playmaker. The Michigan native showed a high processing speed, but it didn’t often translate to the assist column with a poor supporting cast at his side. Oversized wing creators ooze with value and while Jalen Duren has shrunk the gap, Bates has elite shot creation and touch with star level upside.

2. Jalen Duren

Team Final || 2022 || 6-10 & 230 pounds

I saw multiple versions of Jalen Duren here in North Augusta. During Pool Play and early in Peach Jam play, I was skeptical of his motor, impact on the game and overall focus, considering that he might be looking ahead to a commitment and reclassification in the coming weeks. Later on now, Duren has turned up the heat and has showed what many expected. A dominant post hub and a premier physical presence. When locked in, Duren continues to move towards the prospect of being a prototypical star big in the modern NBA. He’s won wherever he’s gone and is neck in neck with Bates for the top spots, only taking the second spot because of my valuing of wing creators.

3. Mackenzie Mgbako

NJ Scholars || 2023 || 6-8 & 200 pounds

Mgbako is my top 2023 prospect listed and while he has been in my top 3 his respective class for sometime, he’ll leave North Augusta as one of the biggest eye-openers. Notably improved physically, Mgbako put on a versatile scoring display, showing off an extremely enticing spot up game. A wing creator with burst, scoring pop and multi-positional defense. Absorbs contact, plays angles well and continues to improve the handle. Mgbako will top my next 2023 ranking update and it will not be a surprise to see major recruiting services elevate him as well.

4. Shaedon Sharpe

UPLAY Canada || 2022 || 6-5 & 200 pounds

Sharpe departs North Augusta having made a massive impact on each and every spectator. A nuclear scorer who not only just got his own, but thoroughly elevated the group around him. Physically mature with the handle, strength and speed to get to his spots. His knack to change speeds and control tempo were advanced, as he was dominant in transition and in the half-court. Extended shooter of the dribble who’s potent as a decision maker coming downhill. The rise will only continue and he’s cemented himself in the top 4 of the 2022 cycle.

5. Dariq Whitehead

Team Durant || 2022 || 6-6 & 190 pounds

No one made the game look easier than Dariq Whitehead. Whitehead’s ability to attack when need be, pick his spots accordingly and constantly play under control jumped out. Perimeter mechanics are polished and his ability to shoot with a hand in his face was second to only Emoni Bates. For an above the rim, spectacular athlete to rarely rely on those physical abilities at the prep level is rare, and Whitehead only continues to blossom as a dynamic two-way wing.

6. DJ Wagner

NJ Scholars || 2023 || 6-3 & 180 pounds

While each game I watched of Wagner, his efficiency as a scorer was relatively lacking but his maturity as a decision maker, ability to collapse the lane and shot versatility as a creator impressed. He’s mastered change of pace and is dynamic as a pick and roll handler with a strong feel to space the floor. Wagner is a complete alpha offensively and his trajectory as a high profile lead guard continues to materialize.

7. Mookie Cook

Oakland Soldiers || 2023 || 6-8 & 210 pounds

A bouncy, assertive young wing with polish as a pull up scorer and productivity as a slasher. I was extremely enticed by the way the Soldiers utilized Cook as a playmaking, wing initiator. Strong elevation on the jumper out to the arc, rebounding production and power as a driver. Advanced ball handler who projects as a stat sheet stuffer and high ceiling wing prospect.

8. Omaha Biliew

MOKAN || 2023 || 6-8 & 210 pounds

Now, Biliew has always been one I am high on. There were few prospects I had been looking forward to seeing live more than the Montverde-bound wing. A truly powerful athlete who filled a variety of roles for MOKAN as a scoring forward. The combination of physical prominence, assertiveness and versatile impact make him one to track over the next two years. Walked away with a stronger projection of Biliew as more of a modern forward than a true wing due to how he can defend 4-5 positions, be a bruiser in the paint, attack downhill as a roll or pop man and hit spot up perimeter shots. It might take longer than the prospects surrounding him in this range, but the tools and production lend extreme optimism to his trajectory.

9. Jordan Walsh

Drive Nation || 2022 || 6-7 & 195 pounds

After speaking with a variety of people around the gym in the evaluation industry, one thing was clear when watching Jordan Walsh – the NBA is going to love him. Extremely tough, hard-nosed and competitive with a consistent will to put his imprint on the game. Long arms, explosive athlete, above the rim finisher, strong change of pace, pull-up shooting and versatility on the defend end.

10. Dillon Mitchell

E1T1 || 2022 || 6-8 & 190 pounds

Mitchell has significantly rose nationally over the course of the last few months. Arguably the top athlete in the country, Mitchell displayed advanced off the dribble playmaking in which I was unaware of. Playing alongside a few talented scoring guards, Mitchell was leaned on to break defenses down to find shooters and cutters. A smooth lefty spot up stroke only continues to improve and become a weapon, as the combination of his handle and production around the rim make up the incredibly high ceiling I am eager to follow. Defensively, Mitchell defends 5 spots, is extremely mobile and has strong instincts in the passing lanes.

11. Derek Lively II

Team Final || 2022 || 7-1 & 220 pounds

The nation’s top rim protector with a flourishing spot up perimeter game on the other end. Derek Lively is much more than that, but that in itself makes him a premier NBA prospect. The term unicorn is overused, but the Peach Jam champion is all that, as few can truly do what he does. Adding to 20-30 pounds would go a long way towards becoming more productive as an interior scorer, but what Lively does already has him squarely on the NBA radar.

12. Nick Smith Jr

Brad Beal Elite || 2022 || 6-4 & 190 pounds

Nick Smith Jr left North Augusta as a Peach Jam runner up and a Kentucky offer. The dual threat guard notably rose his stock throughout EYBL play and departs as a headliner. An multi-faceted offensive catalyst with extended range, an enticing, natural floater game and strong feel as a set-up man. Always under control, Smith is extremely nuanced as a scorer with a knack for getting to the line and playing angles as a driver.

13. Cason Wallace

Pro Skills || 2022 || 6-4 & 190 pounds

Wallace was debatably the headliner from EYBL play. A smooth spot up game, turnover machine on the defensive end and a transition dynamo. Wallace can play both guard spots and thrived making plays for two rising bigs, Kye’Ron Lindsey and Jalen Reed. Tough, explosive and versatile contributor to winning basketball. For a high profile prospect, Wallace does all the little things.

14. Dior Johnson

Vegas Elite || 2022 || 6-3 & 180 pounds

A fluid, creative offensive engineer with a palpable basketball IQ. Johnson can fill it up and flourishes as an off the dribble scorer. Elite touch, a smooth floater game and all-around flair as a creator. Johnson’s natural talent, change of pace, production on the glass and scoring polish all make up a skillset that simply screams “pro”. There is a sense of ease with all Dior Johnson does offensively.

15. JJ Taylor

Mac Irvin Fire || 2023 || 6-8 & 185 pounds

The Chicago native carries an incredibly productive, unique and effortless spot up scoring attack. A quick first step to get downhill and finish around the rim has become a pattern for Taylor. At 6-8 with long arms, Taylor’s shooting provides increasing upside, although there is notable necessary progression. With a narrow frame, tightening up the handle and impacting the game on a more consistent basis are next steps. The talent is clear and Taylor fits the bill as another high ceiling wing creator.

16. Simeon Wilcher

NY Rens || 2023 || 6-4 & 190 pounds

Sim Wilcher was opened my eyes as much as anyone, as his alpha tendencies while playing up an age group alongside two high level guards in Chance Westry and Denver Anglin were extremely impressive. Hard-working, disruptive defender who battles through picks and is active in the passing lanes. Likely better fit on the ball, Wilcher played off of Westry very well, attacking closeouts, stroking it on the perimeter and setting up his athletic bigs on dump offs. Slightly less known nationally, Wilcher was one of my favorite prospects I saw.

17. Robert Dillingham

CP3 || 2023 || 6-1 & 170 pounds

A master of deception, Dillingham’s arguably the nations best ball handler. The 2023 Junior has phenomenal change of pace and can create his own shot at each level. Premier floor mapping skills, spacing will do wonders at the next level. Wing creators and big guards make up the vast majority of this list, but Dillingham’s skill and dynamite creation is not only a pleasure to watch, but constantly elevated the group around him.

18. Brandon Miller

Brad Beal Elite || 2022 || 6-8 & 220 pounds

Miller was a major catalyst in BBE’s run to the Peach Jam Championship and is a high priority recruit for blue bloods. A bouncy forward with strong creative tendencies in the mid-range, Miller was constantly guarding bigger prospects and held his own as a shot blocker and rebounder. Skilled off the dribble, Miller has touch and a high release with a productive interior game.

19. Kwame Evans Jr

Team Durant || 2023 || 6-9 & 220 pounds

Tools to the max. Kwame Evans JR flaunted a smooth lefty stroke and an enticing point forward skillset. Long arms and a versatile finisher, Evans made his presence felt often in transition and as a roll man. Slithery around the rim and an acrobatic finishing skillset against contact. Adding mass is a clear need, but there’s so much to with Evans’ growing offensive skillset and fit at the next level.

20. Ty Rodgers

Meanstreets || 2022 || 6-6 & 210 pounds

Better than advertised. Ty Rodgers was the best perimeter defender in the EYBL and was a constant contributor to winning basketball on both ends. Often the initiator for Meanstreets, Rodgers absolutely stuffed the stat sheet and is a special playmaker off the dribble attacking the rim. Rodgers is an NBA athlete and has an NBA body already. Elite lateral quickness, shot blocking instincts and clear-cut grit on the defensive end. Rodgers stamps himself as a the top perimeter defender in the country, and going through the gauntlet of Emoni Bates, Jordan Walsh, Dillon Mitchell, Shaedon Sharpe, Dariq Whitehead and Eric Dailey among all other top offensive catalysts on each team Meanstreets took on, Rodgers only backed up his statement. The production and skillset might not be as pretty as others listed, but I am confident saying Rodgers is the best wing defender and wing rebounder at the prep level currently.

21. Jazian Gortman

Nightrydas || 2022 || 6-2 & 175 pounds

A jitterbug offensive engine with toughness. Gortman impressed me on the defensive end and is a true menace on the perimeter. Hard-nosed and never takes a play off. Dynamic in the pick and roll and is arguably the fastest player in the country end to end. Great touch and a feel to space in the pick and roll, Gortman will continue to develop his attack and become more assertive as a creator.

22. Vince Iwuchukwu

Drive Nation || 2022 || 7-0 & 220 pounds

Iwuchukwu’s recent progression and upside were one of my key takeaways from the evaluation experience as a whole. There are very few athletes, if any, on the same level as 7-0 and 220 pound Vince Iwuchukwu. He showed a growing willingness to create out of the post, a relatively new facet for the prominent rim runner. Sweep throughs and over the left shoulder hooks became go-to’s. Embracing contact and finishing through traffic are next steps, but Iwuchukwu is undervalued nationally in my opinion.

23. Ron Holland

Drive Nation || 2023 || 6-8 & 195 pounds

A pogo-stick athlete with a strong handle and off the bounce game. Holland is as explosive as they come with long arms and strong instincts as a cutter. Holland crashes the glass with aggression and is an enticing grab and go prospect. Producing offensively in more categories, processing and working in the weight room are upcoming pieces of development, but Holland oozes with upside.

24. Tyrell Ward

Boo Williams || 2022 || 6-8 & 180 pounds

Nuclear scorer with extreme touch and a rare pull up scoring game. Ultra-competitive, Ward is a fluid wing creator who lit it up from the perimeter and impressed as a shot maker against contests. The wiry wing plays above the rim in transition and relentlessly throws himself through the chest of rim protectors. Subtle with his change of pace and pull up with a clear focus on playing low to the ground made Ward one of the tougher guards in the Nike circuit.

25. seth trimble

Phenom U || 2022 || 6-3 & 190 pounds

Trimble’s understanding of the game, how to space the floor and attack seams makes him an intriguing prospect looking ahead to the NBA. The Wisconsin-native is never rushed and was electric as a playmaker playing alongside profound floor spacers in Danilo Jovanovich, Jackson Paveletzke and Andrew Rohde. One of the higher IQ lead guards in North Augusta, Trimble was impactful on both ends, stuffed the stat sheet, processed the game at a rapid rate and got his own on the perimeter and in the mid-range when his team needed it. Trimble does a ton of things that will translate rather quickly to the next level and beyond.

2021 Peach Jam Preview

Max Feldman

The Mecca of Elite Youth Basketball has returned to prominence in 2021, and per usual, the next crop of premier prospects will be on display. A plethora of future Lottery picks in both the 17U and 16U groups will headline the 36 team field. I took a brief dive into over 30 of the top prospects regardless of class on tap in North Augusta, South Carolina. I will be in attendance for Peach Jam for more in-depth evaluation and coverage.

Emoni Bates

Bates Fundamental

A generational scoring ability from the wing with his size at 6-8. Fits the bill to a tee of the highly sought-after modern skillset of a wing creator with an elite shot creating skillset. Since decommitting from Michigan State, all signs point towards Bates opting for the professional path with the G-League rumored to have a massive deal on the table.

Jalen Duren

Team Final

An NBA ready powerhouse big with growth as a low-post creator. A chiseled 6-10 and 230 pound frame combined with a developed handle and go-to mid-post jump shot provide uber appeal. Since being heavily linked to the G-League route, there is strong steam that Duren will wind up in college. A former coach is now on staff at Miami, where Duren just took an official visit.

Dariq Whitehead

Team Durant

A physical specimen on the wing with above the rim athleticism and a blossoming offensive skillset. Defensive toughness, instincts and high level lateral quickness make Whitehead the cream of the crop in terms of perimeter defenders in the class. Duke and Florida State have been garnering the most steam.

Omaha Biliew

MOKAN

A springy wing athlete that big man move out of the way for when he is headed for the rim. Powerful athlete who’s high end potential might reside on the defensive end, where he uses length, quickness and strength to defend the 1-5. Kansas, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa and Iowa State are entrenched in the recruitment. Recently visited Kansas, Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska.

DJ Wagner

NJ Scholars

A multi-faceted scorer with athleticism, fluidity and polish. Best suited in a role off the ball, wired to put the ball in the bucket and has a rare ability to glide with high level body control. Wagner has visited Temple and Villanova, while Kentucky has long carried the most steam.

Shaedon Sharpe

UPlay Canada

An elite scoring off-guard with a combination of burst, fluidity and touch as a three level scorer. Sharpe continues to rise because of his two-way trajectory and advanced offensive skillset paired with a high ceiling defensively. Kentucky, Oregon, Creighton, Arizona and others are involved.

Derrick Lively

Team Final

With NBA size and length, Lively fits the bill as a high level rim protector with perimeter production offensively. A bouncy athlete who can stretch the floor vertically or horizontally and can dominate the glass. Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina will battle this one out.

Dior Johnson

Vegas Elite

A smooth, crafty creator who plays off defensive slides by making plays for others or slithering to the rim. Few defenders if any can stay in front of Johnson with his array of attacking movements and threat as a shooter. A dynamic lead guard who can be a catalyst in every facet offensively, specifically in the pick and roll. Johnson is committed to Oregon.

Jazian Gortman

Nightrydas Elite

A quick twitch, jitterbug creator who can collapse defenses with ease. Utilizes a crafty floater game in addition to three level touch and a strong feel for getting to his spots and creating for his teammates. A pesky defender with a quick hands and routinely beats guards to spots with his lateral quickness. Florida State has had the most steam here, but Illinois among others have quickly turned up the heat.

Mackenzie Mgbako

NJ Scholars

A smooth scoring wing that’s fundamentally sound using advanced hesitations and footwork to beat defenders off the dribble. A strong spot up scorer who has an advanced instinct to find his shot beyond the arc and in the mid-range. Duke, Ohio State and UCONN have garnered the most steam, but Mgbako has fielded heightened attention recently.

Brandon miller

Bradley Beal Elite

Extremely enticing wing creator who stunts a versatile scoring package at all three levels, but thrives getting to the rim and using his length to finish through and over defenders. Multi-positional defender with a sought after modern wing creation skillset. Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee are heavily in pursuit, with Alabama garnering some extra buzz.

Sadraque Nganga

SFG

Upside is the name of the game with Nganga. A wiry forward with blatant athleticism and a creative ability to slither to the rim. Rim running traits with flashes of more on the perimeter and a growing sense to make plays for others. Toolsy forward with heaps of potential. Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona and a host of others are involved.

Zion Cruz

PSA Cardinals

Shifty creator with size and an elite change of pace. Smooth slasher with a plethora of off-the-dribble moves attacking the rim or creating his own shot. Wiry strength and elite speed once he gets down hill of the PnR. Slight frame but attacks jumps through the chest of rim protectors. Strong elevation on the go-to mid-range jumper. Oregon appears to be the frontrunner with Auburn also in the mix.

Kyle Filipowski

NY Rens

A polished, unique forward oozing with feel, finesse and a high IQ. At 6-10, Filipowski can handle the ball, attack spot ups and provide legitimate wing creation. Length, toughness, a rebounding prowess and high level awareness have made him a premier riser over the last few months. Duke, Michigan, Iowa and more are entrenched in his recruitment.

AJ Casey

Meanstreets

A rangy, selfless wing with a developing shooting stroke hinging on palpable confidence with a subtle playmaking skillset. Casey flourishes in the mid-post playing out of double teams, absorbing contact around the rim or rising up to find his own shot with strong elevation. When aggressive attacking the rack, AJ Casey is a dominant slashing force and makes his presence felt on both ends throughout. With pogo-stick athleticism and a wingspan to match it, Casey has proven the ability to stretch the floor both vertically and horizontally. A legitimate transition dynamo with a versatile finishing package and a knack for drawing contact at the rim. A true two-way wing that is just scratching the surface.

Nick Smith

Bradley Beal Elite

Steady and fluid true combo weapon in the backcourt. Heady dual threat scorer with ample touch. Length and strong feel to find his floater game in the mid-range make him an enticing off-guard with secondary playmaking. An off the dribble shot creator with an explosive first step off a perimeter hang dribble. Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Kansas and Georgetown involved.

JJ Taylor

Mac Irvin Fire

Rangy wing creator with a smooth spot up game and prominent slashing game using his length. Activity in the passing lanes and transition production are mainstays. A high release, strong footwork and palpable touch jump out with a highly sought after frame.

Simeon Wilcher

NY Rens

An explosive scoring weapon with a sense maturity and nuance to his attack. Carries an extremely unique off the dribble package and flourishes finding his spots coming downhill. An extremely smooth and clean spot up scorer with a high, quick release off elevation. Not necessarily oozing with flair or flash, but Wilcher is ultra-productive putting the ball in the bucket. Ohio State, UConn, Kansas and many, many are subject to be entrenched with Wilcher’s recruitment.

Jalen Washington

Meanstreets

With a Joel Embiid-esque scoring package, Washington has a knack for carving out space on the interior, using pump fakes to get a step on defenders and has a go-to mid-post jumper off one pivot and elevation. Washington thrives finishing around the rim and allows them to be aggressive as perimeter defenders with his backline shot blocking instincts. Strong hands, a mismatch machine and constantly growing basketball IQ with every outing. Washington is committed to North Carolina.

Ronald Holland

Drive Nation

A lively wing who impacts winning a variety of facets. Runs the floor, rebounds with prominence and can speed up a game single handedly with his burst and intensity. Untapped two-way potential. Texas and Memphis are the lone schools notably standing out.

Kwame Evans Jr

Team Durant

A bouncy, long wing who excels getting to the rim and producing in transition. Untapped defensive potential with flashes forcing turnovers and causing leak outs. Developing handle for his size. Evans is supposed to be waiting for a Kentucky offer, and has taken off over the last week in terms of offers and recruiting traffic.

Taylor Bol Bowen

Expressions

An explosive athlete with the length and motor to defend four positions. Long strides, a solid handle and wiry strength make Bowen a productive slasher, but has begun to flourish as a perimeter threat. A growing feel to find his spots makes Bowen one of the more enticing longterm prospects in the nation. UConn, Iowa, Oregon and Arkansas are heavily involved.

Marvel Allen

E1T1

A hard-nosed bucket getter, Allen has a knack for getting to the rim and finishing through contact. His long arms, quickness, and high motor suggest Allen will be a high-level defender. Strong elevation and a smooth of the dribble scoring package comprise plenty of upside.

Ty Rodgers

Meanstreets

Rodgers is an explosive, powerful athlete with a growing polish to his game offensively and a noticeable toughness defensively. Rodgers plays with confidence on the offensive end, has an undervalued playmaking ability and has shown mass progress as a shooter. Defensively, Rodgers is one of the more enticing prospects in the EYBL and arguably the top perimeter defender in America. An instinctual, physical, hard-nosed perimeter defender who has the lateral quickness, toughness and strength to take on the opposing teams catalyst game in and game out.

Robert Dillingham

Team CP3

An extraordinarily crafty creator who thrives creating space off dribble moves. Different than most others, Dillingham is productive in the pick and roll but does not rely on it to create his own shot. Step backs, hop steps and hesitations comprise his isolation attack to go along with a deadly first step. His three-level touch is tangible and can thrive on spot ups. Flair and finesse finishing around the rim to go along with a palpable understanding of spacing and attacking seams makes the NC-native an extremely high-end long-term prospect. The Tar Heels appear to be the leader in the clubhouse.

Matas Buzelis

Mac Irvin Fire

A narrow wing creator with a strong feel for the game and versatility as an offensive tool. A smooth, instinctual playmaker who puts a clear emphasis on playing low to the ground at 6-9. An advanced handle and premier touch finishing around the rim have been catalysts in his recent rise. Fits the mold of the highly-sought after, modern wing creator with high feel, shooting touch and the ability to lead the break to make plays for others.

Kylan Boswell

Team WhyNot

Crafty 3-level shot creator with flair & grit defensively. Has the ability to both lead as a playmaker and bucket getter. Controls tempo, has strong change of pace and elevates shooters and rim runners around him. Polished, physically mature and a palpable understanding of the game. Illinois, Gonzaga, USC, Stanford and Arizona State are among those most heavily in pursuit.

Kam Craft

Meanstreets

Craft stands out as one of the most undervalued prospects nationally and is a strong candidate to rise up rankings over the next few months. A natural shot creator at all three levels, Craft draws extreme gravity with his ability to pull-up from anywhere just a few feet over half-court. Whether the ball is in his hands or not, Craft elevates the group around him because of how much attention he draws and his ability score in a hurry. At 6-6, Craft flaunts an impressive knack for relocating around the arc and finding pockets of space in transition and on offensive rebounds. Now cemented as one of the top shooters in the country, he has parlayed his feel for the game and scoring ability to now becoming a prominent playmaker. UCLA, Syracuse and Michigan among others are turning up the heat.

Cam Whitmore

Team Melo

A powerful floor spacer who’s seen mass progression result in heightened attention. Physically mature with a natural ability to vertically space the floor as a lob threat and a growing perimeter skillset. A multi-faceted defender who can guard 4 positions, rebound and lead the break. Maryland, Illinois, Alabama, North Carolina, Louisville and a group of others are battling for Whitmore.

Bronny james

SFG

A physical backcourt creator with touch and a strong sense picking his spots as an intermediate and perimeter scorer. Plays through the chest of defenders while playing up a level at 17U. An extremely smooth floater game and enticing instincts creating shots as a PnR ball handler. Palpable feel to space the floor and looks to put his teammates to in spots to thrive. Recruitment has been quiet, but Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio State among those supposedly involved.

The Meanstreets’ Files

Max Feldman

CHICAGO – With the previous 2020 AAU Circuit being omitted due to COVID and the overarching recruiting cycle being forced to adjust to unprecedented circumstances, the 2021 circuit will garner immense attention as NBA scouts, alternative path executives and collegiate coaches file in to evaluate the next crop of premier talent coming through the EYBL. Nike Meanstreets, the Chicago-based program that produced Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and many more, will be a headliner all July. Throughout the month, the notebook will act as an evaluation database following Meanstreets’ 17U prospects at each of their events, including the mecca of AAU basketball, Peach Jam, which will occur from July 13 till July 25th in North Augusta, South Carolina. Loading up a roster of the most talented players in the region is a common thread for profound AAU programs, but the 17U Meanstreets group is defined by prospects who have skillsets that seamlessly fit together, elevate one another, and most importantly, manufacture a brand of basketball that is incredibly rare in the EYBL.

After concluding EYBL Pool Play in North Augusta, South Carolina with a 7-0 record, Meanstreets enters Peach Jam as one of the top seeds in the nation and just one of three undefeated programs in the nation. Meanstreets had a margin of victory of 10.9 points.

Points Per GameRebounds Per GameAssists Per Game
Kam Craft (20.0)Ty Rodgers (6.1)RJ Taylor (3.3)
Nick Martinelli (15.3)Kam Craft (5.6)Ty Rodgers (3.3)
Kareem Rozier (7.9)AJ Casey (4.7)Kareem Rozier (2.7)
Jalen Washington (7.6)
Ty Rodgers (6.9)
After rattling off a 5-0 record on a 19.2 average margin of victory at The Platform in Birmingham, Alabama, Meanstreets travels to North Augusta, South Carolina with palpable momentum.
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In Tai Streets' first trip to the Final Four of Peach Jam, Meanstreets 17U fell in the Semi-Finals to Bradley Beal Elite.
Statistics include the 7 game Peach Jam run.

AJ Casey

Wing

6-9 and 180 pounds

Casey fits the bill as what has become the prototypical bridging forward with a traditional wing skillset while being able to guard 3-4 positions defensively. A rangy, selfless wing with a developing shooting stroke hinging on palpable confidence with a subtle playmaking skillset. Casey flourishes in the mid-post playing out of double teams, absorbing contact around the rim or rising up to find his own shot with strong elevation. With Meanstreets, Casey is employed as a volume slasher from the perimeter or mid-post to use his length and speed to get to the rim or to the free throw line. A versatile defender with length, energy and athleticism makes him the rotational chess piece that opens up the versatility of the group around him. Playing with a constant motor on both ends and being more assertive have been key developmental focuses that are beginning to bleed into Casey’s growing bag of tricks. Casey plays low to the ground with the ball in his hands, which can be a struggle for many wings at his size. Whether it’s attacking closeouts, playmaking or getting to the rack, Casey has a unique ability to clean the glass, lead the break to get out & run game in & game out In no manner is Casey reliant on his athleticism on either end, but he will have sudden bursts of above the rim athleticism on back cuts and weak side swats. When aggressive attacking the rack, AJ Casey is a dominant slashing force and makes his presence felt on both ends throughout. With pogo-stick athleticism and a wingspan to match it, Casey has proven the ability to stretch the floor both vertically and horizontally. A legitimate transition dynamo with a versatile finishing package and a knack for drawing contact at the rim. A true two-way wing that is just scratching the surface.

Recruitment Status: Ohio State, Gonzaga, Illinois, Michigan, Marquette and Indiana among others

Jalen Washington

Forward

6-9 and 210 pounds

Washington’s ability to create his own shot offensively while using length on the other to defend the rim cements his argument as one of the top bigs in the nation. With a Joel Embiid-esque scoring package, Washington has a knack for carving out space on the interior, using pump fakes to get a step on defenders and has a go-to mid-post jumper off one pivot and elevation. The Gary, Indiana native requires heaps of defensive attention as a roll man, but his ability to stretch the floor continues to flourish. Advanced footwork, palpable touch at all three levels and a sturdy base make Washington a tall task to defend. Playing alongside Rozier, Taylor, Craft, Casey, Martinelli and Avila who have phenomenal, high-feel playmaking instincts, Washington thrives finishing around the rim and allows them to be aggressive as perimeter defenders with his backline shot blocking instincts. Strong hands, a mismatch machine and constantly growing basketball IQ with every outing.

Recruitment Status: Committed to North Carolina

Kam Craft

Guard

6-6 and 190 pounds

The engine that makes Meanstreets’ go offensively. Craft stands out as one of the most undervalued prospects nationally and is a strong candidate to rise up rankings over the next few months. A natural shot creator at all three levels, Craft draws extreme gravity with his ability to pull-up from anywhere just a few feet over half-court. Whether the ball is in his hands or not, Craft elevates the group around him because of how much attention he draws and his ability score in a hurry. Two categories of Craft’s skillset and development have stood out the most as of recent – shot preparation and playmaking ability. A quick release is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Craft’s shot making ability, as much of the work has already been done before he even touches the ball. Elite footwork coming off of screens and on spot ups coupled with a fluid release and strong elevation makes Craft a candidate to blow any game open with a jump shooting flurry. At 6-6, Craft flaunts an impressive knack for relocating around the arc and finding pockets of space in transition and on offensive rebounds. Now cemented as one of the top shooters in the country, he has parlayed his feel for the game and scoring ability to now becoming a prominent playmaker, a facet that I see opening some eyes in July. His aptitude for eying where the double team is coming from and making the right skip pass as well as a game-breaking ability to attack closeouts to make drop off passes has added a new layer to his game that makes everyone around him better.

Recruitment Status: Committed to Xavier

Ty Rodgers

Wing

6-7 and 210 pounds

Rodgers, the Saginaw, Michigan native, is another that isn’t talked about enough nationally as a high profile longterm prospect. Rodgers is an explosive, powerful athlete with a growing polish to his game offensively and a noticeable toughness defensively. Rodgers contributes offensively in a variety of categories with a gleaming tendency of doing whatever might be asked of him on a daily basis. As a create your own shot scorer, Rodgers is capable of attacking off the dribble and finding his own as a slasher or perimeter scorer. As an off-ball weapon, he has a productive tendency of finding lanes as a cutter and finishing with power around the rim. Rodgers plays with confidence on the offensive end, has an undervalued playmaking ability and has shown mass progress as a shooter. Defensively, Rodgers is one of the more enticing prospects in the EYBL and arguably the top perimeter defender in America. An instinctual, physical, hard-nosed perimeter defender who has the lateral quickness, toughness and strength to take on the opposing teams catalyst game in and game out. An extremely strong rebounder who embraces contact and plays bigger than he is. Rodgers is the identity to this Meanstreets group and is incredibly vocal presence. Through pool play at the EYBL in North Augusta, Ty Rodgers was the most impressive, impactful prospect with his perpetual, tangible ability to contribute to winning basketball for four straight quarters game in and game out. A true stat sheet stuffer who does so much outside the box score as well to impact winning.

Recruitment Status: Michigan, Florida State, Houston, Michigan State, Purdue and Louisville among others

Nick Martinelli

Wing

6-7 and 200 pounds

The Swiss Army Knife. Martinelli does a bit of everything for this group. The Elon commit provides a boost on both ends each time he enters the game. The point forward has a unique skillset in contrast to his teammates and brings an element of playmaking and slashing that winds up stuffing the stat sheet more often than not. Martinelli makes a living in the high post picking out cutters and shooters. At 6-7, he uses developed footwork, wide shoulders and a strong frame to slither through the lane and finish around the rim providing a constant scoring punch off the bench. The Glenbrook South wing exhibits confidence as a perimeter shooter and has become a consistent spot up threat. Feel for the game, a high IQ and selflessness shine through in the vast majority of what Martinelli does on the court. Filling the role as a secondary scorer, Martinelli was the second leading scorer on the roster while coming off the bench during EYBL play in North Augusta. The Elon commit makes a living in the paint, finishing on dump offs, utilizing an elite float game and creating his own offense by slithering to the rim to finish using high level footwork and strong touch. Defensively, he has a tendency to beat drivers to their spots and has the versatility and quickness to shift down and defend guards but the strength and length to defend in the post at times.

Recruitment Status: Committed to Elon

Robbie avila

Big

6-9 and 220 pounds

Robbie Avila is a modernized, polished big man with an advanced understanding of the game and how to pick his spots. Avila is a high level processor and decision maker as a short roll weapon with touch at all three levels. With a palpable feel for the game, Avila allows Meanstreets to throw out a 5 out set or can play alongside in Jalen Washington in a big lineup. Avila is never sped up and has the ability to create his own shot in the low post or with a hand in his face on the perimeter. A Jokic-esque step back perimeter shot along with natural passing instincts make Avila a unique weapon for a high powered group. Avila enhances the skillset of the players around him by routinely making long leak out passes and setting up transition opportunities. A prominent rebounder who uses his lower body strength and instincts to routinely out-position bigger, longer defenders.

Recruitment Status: Loyola-Chicago, Richmond, Southern Illinois, Toledo, Appalachian State and Wyoming

Kareem Rozier

Guard

5-9 and 160

The epitome of a floor general, Rozier is a natural leader and an impressive decision maker. A crafty, quick lead guard with toughness and a subtle ability to dictate tempo. The Michigan native has phenomenal elevation on his jumper and uses change of pace to score in the mid-range. Toughness and confidence are exuded in everything Rozier does. Energetic and intelligent with a noticeable understanding of the game, how to space the floor and efficient comprehension of pick and roll reads. A fiery two-way catalyst with a blossoming off the dribble scoring attack and creativity in the open court. Rozier is constantly the loudest voice in the gym and has a glaring competitiveness to his game. The ultimate competitor oozing with energy. You want him on your team, but you hate to play against him.

Recruitment Status: Toledo, Duquesne, Michigan, Western Michigan, UNC Wilmington, UIC, Butler and GVSU

RJ Taylor

Guard

5-11 and 160

Taylor’s ability to create for himself as well as his teammates jumps out rather quickly. A shifty, jitterbug-type lead guard with a lightning quick first step and strong playmaking instincts. While he’s often the smallest player on the court, the Michigan native collapses defenses with ease and consistently makes the right play using drop off passes to his bigs, skip passes to shooters and acrobatic finishes around the rim. Taylor has the ability to shoot from extended three point range, making him a dynamic weapon in the pick and roll. Defensively, Taylor has a knack for jumping passing lanes and turning tipped balls into turnovers and leak outs. Alongside Kam Craft in this group, Taylor has ability to quickly flip the script of a game with his off the bounce scoring and defensive toughness. The 2023 guard is fundamentally sound and plays with a relentless motor.

Recruitment Status: Northern Iowa, Rhode Island, Oakland, Western Michigan and Michigan State

Darius Robinson

Guard

6-1 and 145

Robinson is a smooth, fluid off-guard with long arms, a high motor and touch beyond the three point line. A spot up weapon who can make defenses pay for short closeouts. A go-to mid-range pull up game has become an added layer when attacking aggressive closeouts. Robinson provides energy and makes his presence felt off the bench, oozing with confidence and zero hesitance to find his shot. On a roster jam-packed from top to bottom with shooting threats, Robinson is an impressive shot creator and has a strong feel for picking his spots coming off of screens or shooting between zones.

Recruitment Status: Wisconsin-Parkside, Dominican University