One of the many reasons why basketball is such a great game is because it’s a skill-driven game, based on constant development. Players spend hours in the gym refining that skill just hoping to maximize every ounce of their potential.…
One of the many reasons why basketball is such a great game is because it’s a skill-driven game, based on constant development. Players spend hours in the gym refining that skill just hoping to maximize every ounce of their potential. That potential is higher for some. In this article, we take a look at some local players with the highest ceilings.
Rhymes is a player that has a ton of upside because of his skill and circumstance. He has good positional size, and has shown the ability to shoot it and play above the rim. I like his ceiling. He plays for a powerhouse and say what you want, but there is value in playing for great programs. Even if he never saw the floor, he’s competing against big time D1 prospects daily. He has terrific physical skills and Rhyme’s floor is an athletic downhill finisher. Because of that, his ceiling is intriguing. He is a good shooter, and has the ability to finish those downhill drives with dunks.
HS Comp: Felix Reeves
Bey checks a lot of boxes. He fits the mold of the prototypical college wing, and should be immediately able to step in and defend that position. His celing is intriguing for these reasons. He has terrific bloodlines and because of the success of other family members it’s only natural for coaches to take that into account when projecting Bey’s ceilings. He has a valuable signature skill as, they say you are what you can guard, and Bey guards every position at the high school level. His defensive versatility is a skill that is in high demand at the next level.
HS Comp: Mwani Wilkinson
I’ve seen Jensen only a handful of times, but he jumped out at me in each instance. I believe he has a chance to have a high celing because of his energy + Athleticism combination. There’s no point in being athletic if you don’t play hard, and energy and effort are useless if you can’t run and jump. Jensen puts together both attributes marvelously. His anonimitty is a plus becasue when you see him play, his length, athleticism and effort stand out, I’m just not sure if enough people have actually seen him play. I was able to check him out during our recent Top 250 Expo and both traits checked out.
HS Comp: Ray Daniels
Stroughter is a player that I am growing to like the more I see of him. His combination of physicality and skill, intrigue me. Despite being 4th in the initial freshman rankings he’s only scratching the surface. Here’s why his ceiling excites me. I haven’t seen every game, but up until now, I’ve yet to walk into a game that Stroughter didn’t stand out. Although playing for a 2A school, he’s instantly been productive as a freshman against 4A competition. He’s also just scratching the surface offensively. I don’t think Stroughter is anywhere close to the offensive player he could be. He’s a strong driver, and I expect that to get even better, as his physicality improves. He is an ok shooter, however increased outside accuracy will only help. Gradual overall improvement to his game, will give him a chance to flirt with national rankings.
HS Comp: Keshon Gilbert
Knox is one of the most talented players in the state, who will be finishing his senior year at Red Rock Academy. There’s a lot of reasons to like his ceiling becasue he competed against top competition. Knox has always been a factor on the floor whether playing in the EYBL, or against 5A competition in HS. This experience alone is more than most prospects face at the scholastic level. Knox is the epitome of a Swiss Army Knife player with his ability to impact games in a variety of ways He’s going to catch the eye of someone looking for a productive basketball player.
HS Comp: Braden Lamar