I already took a look at some of the best forwards from the Top 30 of our 2024 Rankings, but here are some lesser-known names from number 30 in our ranks and beyond. These guys are ready to make their…
I already took a look at some of the best forwards from the Top 30 of our 2024 Rankings, but here are some lesser-known names from number 30 in our ranks and beyond. These guys are ready to make their names as they enter their junior seasons, and show why they are among the top 100 players in their class.
Ulsh was lurking on our radar after last season but really made a strong impression at the WA Top 250 Expo. Strong finishing and an excellent motor, Ulsh has the qualities you look for in a guy who can contribute just off his activity alone. He was great rolling to the hoop, making himself available for passes, and cleaning up around the rim. He’ll be a big piece for Lincoln this season.
I love the potential Clark displays and this season will be a great opportunity for him to contribute without a ton of added pressure. O’Dea is a deep squad with plenty of talent across all positions. Clark has great length and an improving ability to score. He’s a guy who should give solid minutes off the bench this season for a team with state title aspirations.
As the summer went on, Wiggins got more aggressive, more confident, and looks ready to take on a big role for Bellarmine Prep this season. The forward plays a physical game inside but has shown he can put the ball on the floor and attack from the mid-range and has clearly been working to solidify that jumper, making him a more dynamic player.
Robinson is one of the more raw, physically gifted players on here, and when you watch him play you can see the potential to be a dominant inside force. He’s a strong guy who has shown glimpses of his inside scoring ability. Robinson is great at establishing position and making lanes for those entry passes from outside. It’s going to be a new-look Graham Kapowsin team this winter and Robinson should have a big role in it.
Bews is probably a bit more under the radar than these other players coming from the Caribou Trail League in District 6. However, Bews has shown he can put up big numbers in points, rebounds, and blocks, using his length and touch to work opponents around the paint. He’s a strong kid who works hard on the glass and can even step out to hit the three every once in a while.
McFerran is one of the more interesting names on this list. He’s tall, lanky, plays inside and out, but when I’ve watched him he lacks a little consistency. There is a big opportunity for Jackson in the Wesco 4A this season and McFerran could be the difference for them. He can hit the three, has good leaping ability that plays at the rim, and works hard to make plays. If he can be a little more consistent this season, he could break out in a big way.
At first glance, Filler comes off as a classic big who bangs in the paint, sets hard screens, and makes the bunnies around the rim. But Filler is quietly a more versatile player than first appears. He can make good passes out of the high post, can handle the ball well enough to make some plays, and if left open will nail the long-range shot. He’s a solid player that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Schmidtke is a guy I think can be a sleeper out of White River. He has a solid frame and moves pretty well, sets those big screens freeing up guards, and works hard on the boards. But there are times he seems to unlock another aspect to his game, working from the mid-range and using that big frame to maneuver his way to the hoop. He has a good handle, nice footwork, and keeps defenders honest with a solid jumper. He can be a big factor in 1A this season.
Navarre is another guy a bit unnoticed, but steadily putting the work in and it’s shown. He’s a big body that runs the floor well, attacks the glass, and goes at his man offensively. Still very raw, Navarre has a solid jumper from mid-range that keeps getting better, and the mindset to get over bad plays and keep going forward. I can see him having a big year for Zillah and picking up some of the scoring vacated by last year’s league Co-MVP, Clay Delp.