The Prep Hoops Next Battle at the Lakes brought out the best of the best from the 14u and 13u levels. These players are the best shooters that I got to watch from this weekend. All these players can really…
The Prep Hoops Next Battle at the Lakes brought out the best of the best from the 14u and 13u levels. These players are the best shooters that I got to watch from this weekend. All these players can really fill it up from the outside.
Woeser Jenpa– 5’6″ guard- WOTN 2026 Anderson
A lot of players can shoot the ball, but what sets Woeser apart from the rest is his high IQ. For a kid who has not even finished middle school, his ability to relocate and find space to get his shot off is unmatched. Combine that with his confidence and his pure stroke, and you get a player who can knock down threes at a high clip. He also had multiple backdoor layups and finishes around the basket in the game that I watched. Woeser’s biggest weakness is his pace in pick and roll. If he continues to work on that, he will be an effective scorer in the years to come.
Aric Wynczewski– 5’7″ guard- ECI Wynczewski 2025
Aric was a big part of why his ECI team made it to the 14u regional championship. I was really impressed by his shooting ability overall, especially considering the diverse collection of shots that he took. I saw him knock down plenty of catch-and-shoot threes, but I really liked his use of the shot fake to get defenders up in the air. After the shot fake, Aric did a great job of using his dribble to get to space and he showed solid elevation on his pull-up. He also showed that he was unafraid to get into the paint to put up floaters and runners. For Aric, his biggest place to improve is on defense where he can do a better job of playing with his body instead of his hands.
Gannon Schwartz– 5’2″ guard- Wisconsin Blizzard 2026 Ivory
Gannon is a bucket-getter. He has a very smooth shot and has very high confidence. I saw him knock down multiple catch-and-shoot shots, but what was the most impressive was his ability to knock down shots when the defense went under the ball screen. His understanding of pace and spacing is well-developed for a player of his age, and he showed that he was willing to drive to the basket and finish when defenders took the deep ball away from him. He’s also a confident ball handler and passer. Gannon’s next step is to become more patient as he tended to force shots sometimes.
Bo Draheim– 5’11” guard- MN Crossfire 2025 Jorgenson
Bo is a player that is so much fun to watch. What caught my eye was his ability to use screens to create space for him to get his shot off. He did a great job of curling around down screens and double screens, squaring his feet, and elevating into his shot. He has a good stroke from mid-range and from three, which he showed that he could shoot off the catch or off the dribble. Bo’s biggest weakness was his understanding of spacing. There were instances where he would curl or fade off a screen into a space that was already occupied. I expect him to sure up those miscues as he continues to develop, and when he does, look for him to become an offensive force.
Keelyn Tyler– 6’0″ wing- D1 Wisconsin 2025
I mentioned Keelyn in my article on the top performers that I saw, but he was also one of the most consistent shooters that I watched this weekend. Keelyn does a good job of always having his hands and ready before the catch. He did the little things like sliding to the corner or raising up to the wing to make himself available for kick-outs. He showed a tremendous amount of confidence in his shot-making ability and he refused to let a miss stop him from taking the next shot. My next thing for him to develop as far as shooting is to involve his legs more on his shot. His shot would come out flat sometimes as he used his arm strength too much when he was tired.