Top Inside Players for the 2026 Class Part II
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The inside game may not be as popular as it once was but it’s still an important aspect of the game. Being able to control the painted area or post can help open up plays for your team. You can…
The inside game may not be as popular as it once was but it’s still an important aspect of the game. Being able to control the painted area or post can help open up plays for your team. You can command a lot of attention in the inside game. Here are my top inside players for the 2026 class part II.
Derkack is an efficient scorer down low and has a bunch of moves he likes to go to to create separation against a defense. He will look to throw everything down but can also handle the ball in transition allowing him to use a euro-step in the paint for the layup. His timing cutting down into the baseline sets him up for easy baskets. Derkack is an aggressive and tough finisher and more often than not he will finish through contact.
Reevey is an athletic rim-running center that will look to do damage on both ends of the floor. When it comes to the inside game Reevey will look dunk everything. His aggressive attack when going to the rim allows him to put a body on a defender to draw a foul or create extra space. He can catch lob passes easily and will use an effective spin move around the rim to create that separation from multiple defenders. Reevey also knows exactly when to cut into the paint to receive that open pass.
Boyd plays almost like a center because of his strong upper body and skillset around the rim. He likes to play with physicality in the paint and back down defenders but also looks to use his soft touch when turning around to score. Boyd is great at timing his offensive rebounds and putbacks. His post-hook shot he goes to is what can help him score more. He can even put the ball on the floor sometimes and look to drive strong into the paint.
Ahmetaj can play almost every position which can give him some mismatches throughout a game. His game inside the paint is smooth as he can sell pump fakes well and finish strong with either hand no matter who is in front of him. He has post moves he can go to with his back to the basket like his spin move. Ahmetaj can put the ball on the floor and take the ball inside or look to cut without the basketball to receive the lead pass for the open layup.
Young plays under control but with a lot of speed and quickness added to it. He knows when to use his speed in different situations and takes advantage of that. His ball security when driving to the rim is strong as defenders rarely poke it free. Young will put a body on a defender and looks to create separation in the air. He can do many different crafty finishes around the rim or look to hit the short post-turnaround shot.