Posted On: 07/15/21 4:30 PM

Through the Prep Hoops Missouri Magical Stream Machine, I had the opportunity to watch players from around the state compete in tournaments from around the country during the July Live Period. Here is a group of underclassmen at the forward position that caught my eye.

Steven Bonner Steven Bonner 6'3" | SG Soldan | 2023 State MO 6’54" Team Ramey CCM 16U: The 2023 forward from Soldan had a breakout weekend in Louisville in leading his team to the championship game of the Battle Under 1 Roof in Louisville. He was scoring 20 points a game on the regular and reached the 30-point mark a couple of times. He used his skill level and quickness to outmaneuver bigger players inside and he could attack off the dribble and hit the mid-range jumper.

Brayden Shorter Brayden Shorter 6'5" | SF Kickapoo | 2023 State MO 6’5" ShoMe Assault: The 2023 forward from Kickapoo was one of the top shooting young frontcourt players that I watched during the weekend. He had a big highlight play by making a 60-footer at the buzzer to win a game in Chicago. He can really stretch the floor with that pure shooting stroke of his from long distance. He also has a stout body to go inside to get a bucket and

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