McCade Hall | 6’3” SG | Poplar Springs High School
McCade is one of the top shooters in all of 1A. Last season, averaging almost 17 points per game, Hall shot an excellent 47% from the field and 40% from beyond the three-point line and had 16 games with 3 or more three-pointers made. He is a constant threat in the corners and is very confident in his catch and shoot style of play. Hall isn’t just a threat on the offensive end; he is a very intuitive defender who makes the most of his chances. He has great anticipation of where the opposition’s pass is going to end up and will consistently jump in passing lanes leading to steals and deflections. Last season Hall put up 11 games with 3 or more steals. His impact can also be found on the offensive and defensive glass, where Hall averages 5 rebounds per game and is a consistent force in the paint every time he is on the floor; He had only 5 games where he put up less than 3 rebounds last season. McCade is an all-around player, impacting all facets of the game. If he can improve on his playmaking, he will instantly be regarded as one of the most well-rounded players in the lower classes.
You don’t see many athletes like. The 6’4” freshman already has multiple D1 offers for football, and now hes also making a name for himself on the basketball court. CJ plays Quarterback for the Hawthorne Football Team and is a freak of nature athletically. He started playing varsity basketball as an 8th Grader, where he was able to put up respectable numbers. In his freshman season, he was able to take that next step and show everyone the sky is the limit for him on the court. He was able to double his output from his 8th-grade season, improving every aspect of his game. Ingram put up nearly 15 points per game as well as averaging 6 rebounds and close to 6 assists. He is a technician on the offensive side of the ball, shooting 49% from the field; he hits his shots more than most. Ingram showed off his passing vision by leading all Class 1A in Assist per game as just a freshman. CJ impacts the game in every aspect; he had five double-doubles his freshman season (the only freshman in 1A to record more than 1). Ingram is special; if he can continue to grow his talent, he has the potential to be not only one of the top football players in the state but also one of the most well-rounded basketball players in the state as well.
DJ Slater | 5’7” PG | Hawthorne High School
DJ Slater might just be the best defender in 1A this upcoming season. His 4.3 steals per game was good enough for second in all of 1A, and his STL/PF ratio was also second-best in all of 1A. In his first game last season, DJ grabbed 13 steals and led Hawthorne to a 75-38 victory. He had 11 games with 3 or more steals. Slater has some of the quickest hands in the state; he has excellent anticipation skills and knows precisely when to poke the ball free without causing a foul. He isn’t just a menace on the defensive side of things, and he can hurt you offensively as well. Slater loves to run the floor; he can get from end to end in a blink of an eye and loves to attack the basket and lay the ball in. When he does go for the layup, there isn’t any stopping him; he possesses a crazy layup package and finishes with ease around the rim. DJ has the ability to impact the game in many ways; he had nine games with 3 or more assists and seven games with 3 or more rebounds last season. If Slater can polish up his shooting and get the ball to fall more consistently, he will be one of the most feared players in all of 1A Basketball.
Khalil Cummings | 6’0” SG/SF | Bradford High School
Cummings has the most potential for growth out of maybe anyone in 1A this upcoming season. He averaged just over 20 minutes a game for the top team in 1A last season (Bradford) and was able to put up incredible numbers as just a Sophomore. With Bradford’s second and fourth leading scorers, as well as their top rebounder, all graduating, this should thrust Khalil into a more significant role with the team moving forward. Last season Khalil was all over the floor; he averaged over 8 points per game as well as 2.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds. His most serious impact was on the defensive side of the ball, racking up 61 defensive rebounds and averaging over two steals per game. Cummings had 13 games with 2 or more steals (Including a 7-steal game vs Oakleaf); he has the innate ability to read the offense and be in the right position for the steal. The biggest thing that stands out when looking at Khalil’s stat sheet is his consistent play. He was able to put up an assist and a rebound in every game he played last season (Including two games with double-digit rebounds). If Cummings is able to step into a larger role with Bradford this upcoming season, there is no limit to the amount of impact he could have.