2024 Rankings: Fierce Forwards
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Even with basketball going smaller, and more skill based, size and athleticism as still coveted by college coaches. Here’s a look at Class of 2024 prospects that have the ability to fit in the “wing” and “big” classifications that are…
Even with basketball going smaller, and more skill based, size and athleticism as still coveted by college coaches. Here’s a look at Class of 2024 prospects that have the ability to fit in the “wing” and “big” classifications that are becoming more common.
Gray is one of the most powerful athletes in the class, with broad shoulders and good leaping ability. But he’s more than just a “first guy off the bus”, the OCS Saint has a reliable three point shot. He’s great in pick and pop situations or as a floor spreader, dragging opposition bigs out of the lane, to create space for his teammates to attack. Against national competition, his motor has ran hot and cold. But he finished the final EYBL session strong and could be on the verge of a breakout.
A lanky and powerful forward prospect, Mott had a strong junior campaign as the defensive anchor for 5A runner up Carl Albert. He’s a strong rebounder and is continuing to develop as a shot blocker. There’s upside to be a pick and roll/rim running monster, as he’s light on his feet with his movements. An ankle injury appeared to slow him at UCO team camp this past week, but his combination of height, wingspan and athleticism is hard to ignore.
A defensive minded wing, Grant is a physical grinder on both ends of the court. During the Class 6A playoffs, he put the state on notice with his ability to get downhill and finish. Which helped Moore to the Class 6A State Tournament, where Grant stared in an overtime classic with clutch plays. This spring he’s been impressive as a defender, which helped him earn a D1 offer from Troy.
A skilled and savvy forward prospect, Wilkerson is an effective scorer from 15 feet in. He has a good mid-range jumper, post up and face up game. At the rim he has good touch, and has flashed scoring upside while playing against national competition with Texas Pro Skills this spring. Along with the scoring, the Madill Wildcat is also active on the glass.
The small town standout from southern Oklahoma recently picked up a D1 offer from Penn. Cason had a productive junior campaign with Kingston and has been put on the national radar with Team Trae Young’s 17U squad on the 3 Stripes Circuit. He’s a high GPA prospect, that has the size and toughness to mix it up in the paint.
In early spring of 2022, Wilson caught the eye in the 16U division as a raw but promising athletic forward. Now he’s established as one of the highest upside prospects in this class. The high flying Rogue forward is one of the best athletes in 2024, and it’s more than just for show with transition dunks. He backs it up with a high energy playing style that often has him exploding for offensive rebounds and defending the paint. Explosive leaping ability, a big wingspan and a high motor is often very enticing to college coaches.
A lanky forward prospect with shooting touch, Alston has been an intriguing watch this spring with OK Impact 4:13. His ability to stretch the floor as a pick and pop or spot up threat is what immediately jumps out. If he continues to improve his physicality as his frame fills out, the Destiny Christian Wildcat could be a dark house to have one of the longer and more successful college careers of any 2024 prospect.