While there are certainly a bunch of players in the freshman class we still need to get familiar with, there are five guys we’ve recognized who have stood out over the summer and early in the season. A few have…
While there are certainly a bunch of players in the freshman class we still need to get familiar with, there are five guys we’ve recognized who have stood out over the summer and early in the season. A few have been impact players already for their high school teams, while others simply have undeniable skills and potential that make them top players in their class. It is a very early look at the 2026 class but here is our initial top 5 for the freshman class.
Harmon has been a fairly consensus pick at the top of the 2026 class, and it is easy to see why considering his position and skillset. He brings elite length and athleticism to the point guard spot, and already has a pretty polished offensive game that is highlighted by good patience and decision-making. He plays with a supremely talented BFL Prep squad that should help his game continue to grow at an accelerated pace. Harmon’s strengths are his finishing at the rim and his ability to make plays on defense, but his outside shot has potential and his size and court vision obviously make him an elite-level prospect as a playmaker.
Aklog brings immense size to the table and while it is definitely the first thing that jumps out, you are even more wowed with his size when you see what he can do with the ball in his hands. He is uniquely set with great touch on his shot, good vision from the top of the arc/key and has a good handle that should come into play more often when he gets better mobility. His power inside is a big plus but his ability to step out and drain the three ball bodes extremely well for his development and future outlook. He is one of the few prospects in this class that boast this inside-out skillset.
Mpouli is already an impact player and gamechanger for a talented Rainier Beach team. He has the ability to take over games with his on-ball pressure, ability to create turnovers, and with his strong finishing at the rim. He’s only 6’2 for now, but his length is out of this world and is a factor on both ends of the floor. There is big-time potential here, especially for a player who already exhibits the right mentality and fight on the court. Mpouli is one of the more exciting players in his class and has a legitimate case to rise even higher.
It has been a bit since I’ve seen Lattimore play but he left quite the impression throughout the summer. Before he even officially became a freshman, he was playing AAU with kids two to three years older than him. He’s an explosive athlete who plays above the rim and should be able to continue his development as more of a guard than forward/wing. Whatever position his sticks with Ford is a two-way player with immense physical tools.
This fifth spot was a tough decision, but Webster’s early season play gave him the slight edge. He has been a huge force for O’Dea off of the bench, playing with poise and confidence, nailing three’s, scoring efficiently, and bringing great energy to both ends of the court. He’s not an overwhelming physical prospect though he does bring good size and quickness. What makes Webster stand out is his ability to affect the game in so many ways at this early stage in his career. His awareness puts him in positions to make plays in whatever situation arises and he looks completely comfortable contributing for a team that fills the court with numerous D-1 players. Webster is a kid who could just have that “it” factor that has defined so many winning players.