Conference Preview

Posted On: 09/18/15 11:00 AM

Here is our look at the potential D1 small forwards in the class of 2017.

High-Major Targets

Charles Payton (Bloomington)

Stellar athlete with strength at 6’6”.  Loves to attack the hoop with authority in both half court and transition.  Defensive presence both blocking shots and guarding on perimeter.

Javon Pickett (Belleville East)

Pickett is a smooth scoring wing that can score at all three levels.  He has a smooth handle and passes it well.  Once he adds strength should be a plus defender.

Justin Smith (Stevenson)

High upside wing that is super athletic in the open floor.  Can really shoot the ball from deep with a nice looking shot.

Mid-Major Targets

Trevian Bell (Joliet West)

Bell is a physical and athletic 6’5” wing that can get to the hoop and score in bunches.  Has the potential to get into HM consideration with a strong junior season.

Nana Akenten (Bolingbrook)

No small forward helped themselves more on the circuit than Akenten.  He is an explosive wing and 6’6” that attacks the basket, has clean shot mechanics, and can defend

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