Top Midrange Players for the 2024 Class
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The midrange game/inside game can be somewhat of a lost art in today’s game because of how popular the three-point shot is. However, it is still important to have players who can dominate at the midrange level to balance out…
The midrange game/inside game can be somewhat of a lost art in today’s game because of how popular the three-point shot is. However, it is still important to have players who can dominate at the midrange level to balance out an offense. Here are my top midrange players for the 2024 class.
Brown is an elite scorer on all levels on the court and can make any shot you put in front of him. However, he excels in the midrange/inside area because of his speed and quickness. He has tight handles that allow him to weave in and out of traffic to hit the pull-up shot. Brown can draw double teams in the midrange, allowing his teammates to be set up for open shots. His finishing ability is terrific as he looks to make some impressive finishes around the rim.
Panzini is a versatile player that can do a lot of great things for his team and when it comes to working the midrange he can take over games because of his strong skillset. He likes to look for catch-and-shoot opportunities or look to come off of pick-n-pops to create space that way. His high release point makes it hard to contest. Panzini can back you down in the post at times and will use his crafty moves around the rim to come up with easy points in the paint.
Akande is a creative player on offense and can do some special things with the basketball. He plays with different paces to his game and knows exactly when to use them in different situations. In the midrange, Akande has a nice floater game that seems to be an effective shot for him. He uses his tall 6’4″ size to fly in the paint and body defenders as he goes up around the rim. He can stop on a dime and hit the quick pull-up shot with no chance for a defender to get a contest up.
Payne seems to be able to score the basketball in his sleep with how he moves. He can seemingly take on any defender and he will more than likely get by them. His tight and shifty handles allow him to get anywhere on the court. His pull-up midrange game is near perfect as he has a bunch of different moves he will go to to catch his defender off guard. Payne’s finishing ability is smooth with him completing some athletic finishes around the rim.
Sheehan can make a lot of defenders look silly in the midrange and inside area with his plethora of moves at his disposal. At 6’9″ he will more than not have a mismatch every game allowing him to post up in the midrange to draw double teams to kick out to his teammates or look to score over them. Sheehan has great timing and instincts on when to time for his offensive rebounds and putbacks.