The shooting guard and small forward position boast a solid amount of potential D1 talent. Here we breakdown part two of that group.
SG Donovan Oliver (Kewanee)
Oliver is a power wing that is best working from 15 feet and in. He is a beast on the offensive glass and finishing on the interior through bigger defenders. The 6’4” wing will need to improve jumper to max out ability, but you have to love his motor. Low-major prospect.
SF Brendon Gooch (Belleville Althoff)
Gooch is a projectable 6’6” small forward that has long arms and a frame he should add weight on once he gets in a college program. His versatility is his calling card. He can stuff the stat sheet in a variety of areas. Gooch has committed to SIU.
SG Josh Thomas (Simeon)
Thomas had a big spring for Meanstreets 17U as he was their top player. The crafty guard uses his strength to get in the lane where he is an effective scorer in the mid-range and can get into the paint for buckets as well. Productive player that will be a nice fit at the right low-major school.
SF Ben Coupet (Simeon)
Coupet has all the talent in the world, but he doesn’t show it on a consistent basis. He has the look with long arms, great frame, plus athleticism, and flashes the skill set of a mid-major plus talent. Defensively he has potential. Best at a low-major program where he can develop and maybe by his junior or senior year become a go to player.
SF Daniel Ogele (St. Ignatius)
Ogele is a physically built small forward that is powerful around the hoop. The 6’5” forward is making the transition to the perimeter and showed flashes of it with an explosive first step when we saw him in the summer. Good rebounder, potential on mid-range shot, and should develop into solid defender. Borderline low-major/D2 prospect.
SG Dakota Bennington (Peoria Christian)
Bennington is a wiry and uber athletic 6’2” shooting guard that is smooth attacking the basket and flying above the rim for jams. His game goes to the next level is when he is effective with his shot from beyond the arc. Borderline low-major/D2 prospect.
SG Chris Harris (Lake Forest Academy)
Harris put himself in this conversation with a strong July for the Illinois Wolves. The senior is a big time athlete that excels in transition and on the defensive end. Growth has been seen in his ball handling, more consistency on the jumper, and as a passer. Harris is on the low-major/D2 border as well.
SG Drew Evans (Thornwood)
Evans saw his stock soar in the spring with his play for Chicago Lockdown. He is a plus athlete that is an above average perimeter defender. In the open floor he is tough to contain with his speed and explosiveness. Became a consistent threat from three. Should be on the low-major/D2 radar.
SG Rodney Herenton (Stevenson)
Herenton is coming off a solid high school season at Whitney Young where he produced with his ability to score with his craftiness. He just knows how to play the game and does the little things well. Look for him to be one of the go to players for his new school at Stevenson this year.
SF Skyler Nash (Riverside Brookfield)
He is a little bit lower down the list, but one prospect to watch closely this year is Nash. The former Whitney Young standout who was once a top five player in his class will be attending Riverside Brookfield this year and is recovering form a serious medical condition that held him out for the majority of the travel team circuit. With his size, athleticism, and potential he is worth monitoring at the D1 level.