Posted On: 01/24/18 3:00 PM
Time to examine the wing group in 2018. First we look at what prospects have seen their stock rise the most this season.
Dannie Smith (Orr)
Smith is continuing the momentum that he started over the summer and taking it into his senior season. The physical 6’5” small forward is physical and super tough. He is a force finishing around the hoop and being a beast on the offensive glass getting second chance opportunities. Plus wing rebounder that can play some small ball four on occasion taking his man in the post in key moments. Smith is also a sound perimeter shooter off the catch which has been a major improvement in his game. Quality on ball defender with a chance to be very good on that end if he locks in. Smith is a really good low-major prospect that should also be monitored by JUCO’s.
Robert Harvey (Hillcrest)
Harvey has elevated his stock in a major way this season. To be frank he wasn’t very good on the travel team circuit in the spring and summer with Young & Reckless. Seemed disinterested and never once showed the potential we have seen this year. As a senior he has turned things around with his plus perimeter shooting hitting a high percentage from beyond the three point arc. Plus athlete that can also make plays in transition. Three and D potential at the next level. High end D2 prospect.
Kenyon Duling (Morgan Park)
Duling was a prospect that signed with Tennessee State in the fall, but he has continued to improve his game. What Duling brings to the table is toughness and rebounding on the wing. Physical player around the rim getting on the glass and is a sound spot up shooter. If the Mustangs take home 3A again he will be a big reason why.
Damaria Franklin (Niles North)
Franklin has been a consistent threat for Niles North this season. The well-built 6’3” shooting guard is best as a spot up shooter from three. Feel for finding the right spot to let his shot fly. Also can take a bump at the rim and finish through contact. Rebounds well for his position. Franklin has been a major reason for his team’s great first half.
Peter Lambesis (St. Viator)
Lambesis is a prospect that constantly grows on you each time you watch him play. That has happened in our evals of him this year. He is a versatile wing that can really pass it from the small forward spot. Sound shooter and can handle it. Skilled wing that will make a major impact at the D2 or D3 level.
Josh Boulanger (Brother Rice)
Previous Ranking: #119
Current Ranking: #73
Boulanger continued to do what we liked out of him this summer. The 6’3” springy athlete has a knack for being around the ball and making plays. He has shown that even more this year with Brother Rice getting on the glass and playing in the transition game. Tools to be a plus defender at the next level.
Corey Noe (Mahomet Seymour)
Previous Ranking: #197
Current Ranking: #82
Noe is a sound perimeter shooter that can drill shots off the catch. Moves very well without the ball to get open and has a quick release transitioning from catch to shot. Solid athlete that can mix in a drive every now and then, but this skilled wing is mostly a three point threat.
Jonte Coleman (Champaign Central)
Previous Ranking: #231
Current Ranking: #83
Coleman has really elevated his game as a senior. The shooting guard is lights out from the perimeter especially off the catch. He has been a major contributor for the Maroons this year and we have seen him go off with his perimeter shooting on multiple occasions.