Posted On: 11/18/18 3:14 PM
Washington is widely known for producing exceptional wing players at the collegiate level and beyond. “Wing” is a broad term in the basketball world. Technically it can cover positions 2, 3, and 4 depending on an individual’s playing style. Great wings are capable of handling the ball, stretching the floor, impacting the game as a slasher, and scoring some on the inside as well. The wings highlighted below are versatile players that can do a little bit of everything. The size and length of these prospects is very good for only being 15 and barely 16 years old. Keep an eye out for these do-it-all players!
2021 wings to watch:
Kenzel Massey (pictured above), 6’7, SG/SF, Lakes HS- Kenzel is a serious prospect! He can really get hot from behind the 3-line and there just aren’t a ton of 6’7 guys that are capable of that. His body and game has similarities to Dominic Green (Class of 2015 and current UW senior) but Kenzel might actually end up an inch or two taller. He spent his freshman season at Foss before transferring to Lakes High School where he will lace them up for his sophomore season. His recruitment is starting to heat up heading into his sophomore season. Be on the lookout for a feature containing more in depth information on Kenzel!
Casey Jones, 6’5, SF, Eastlake HS- The 6’5 small forward is one of the most rugged players in the state, regardless of class. He initiates contact regularly and utilizes his strength and body control to finish around the rim. His athleticism allows him to catch the ball in the paint in the midst of traffic and still throw down a jam with two hands. Casey had some monstrous performances this summer, with Friends of Hoop, scoring and rebounding the ball. He also hits his free throws at a solid rate, which is important for him, as he draws many fouls. Lastly, Casey’s long range shot has shown great improvement over the last couple years and it allows him to stretch the floor.
Shane Nowell, 6’5, SG, Eastside Catholic HS- The younger brother of UW star Jaylen Nowell is ready to carve out his own legacy. He is an elite athlete on the hardwood and football turf. Simply put, the genetics are there for the star sophomore. The characteristics that makes Shane special are his humility and drive to be great. College coaches have already taken notice and followed his Seattle Rotary team throughout the summer. Shane will look to lead Eastside Catholic to the glorified state championship.
Hudson Hansen, 6’6, SF, Bellevue HS- Another Friends of Hoop wing player in the 2021 class that has the potential to be an impact high school player, as well as college player down the road. Hudson has the length and growing skill set that will eventually catch college coaches’ eyes. He has gotten physically stronger every year and will only continue to grow. Prep Hoops will be keeping a close eye on Hudson throughout the next couple years!