Posted On: 08/9/18 4:00 PM
What prospects helped themselves the most during the three week July evaluation period? We break down some of the 2021 prospects that saw their stock take a boost with their play during the crucial evaluation period!
PF Scotty Ebube (Kessel Heat)
This Mundelein 2021 power forward will make a splash debuting as one of the top power forwards in the state in our next update. After seeing him for three weeks the 6’7” power forward presents legit size, strength, and feel for scoring around the hoop. Grown man on the glass.
SG Ahamad Bynum (Mac Irvin Fire)
Bynum was already the #3 prospect in the class, but the Simeon two guard made a very strong case for why he should move up to #2 with his play for the Mac Irvin Fire. The rising sophomore was a beast scoring at Summer Jam putting his 15U team on his back at times and even came up big in one 17U contest.
SF Nate Santos (Mac Irvin Fire)
Santos is headed out east for prep school, but is worth mentioning how well this former Geneva wing played. He is a skilled and athletic small forward with size on the perimeter. Big time jump shooter from all over the floor that also has acceleration with the rock. Passes it well too. If he were a 2021 prospect in-state he would probably be the second ranked prospect in the class.
SF Bryce Hopkins (Illinois Wolves)
Hopkins was definitely undervalued in our initial 2021 rankings and will see his stock boost inside the top 10 overall with his play in July. The Fenwick small forward has strength on the perimeter and can really score it. Also proved to be a versatile defender checking both posts and perimeter players.
SF Isaiah Barnes (Illinois Wolves)
We were already pretty high on Barnes potential long term, but the OPRF wing showed flashes of putting it all together throughout the month. He scored with his plus pull up jump shot and made opponents pay in the transition game.
PF Grant Newell (Meanstreets)
Newell is another Chicago prospect that will see a leap in the next rankings. The Whitney Young forward showed potential, but hadn’t put it together yet. We started to see that in July where he blocked shots and consistently knocked down mid-range jumpers.
SG Blake Peters (Meanstreets)
Peters continued to shoot the rock at about as good of a clip as anyone in the state. The Evanston rising sophomore is an elite perimeter marksmen that mixed in gritty drives at times.
SG Connor Davis (HIT)
Davis is a 6’3” shooting guard from Neuqua Valley High School. The rising sophomore likes to use shot fakes and skilled moves to get where he needs on the floor. Quality mid-range shooter that stretched it to three on one occasion. Rebounded well from his guard position.
SG Donovan Amos (Lake County Challengers)
The Fremd long and rangy guard has a feathery jump shot. He was very smooth working his pull up game. Mixed in a few scores off the bounce although his handles need to tighten up. Defensively he has a chance to change the game with his length on the perimeter. Played well at Summer Challenge.
C Brian Mathews (All-In Athletics)
The DePaul Prep post impressed with the strength he has added on to his frame. Has a nice combination of height and strength already. Showed mobility and a soft touch around the hoop to score regularly.