Grassroots Sizzle has a stable of players making noise on the national scene — something they’ve been known for the past several years. Jalen Suggs was a top 5 player nationally and considered a lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. How do you replace that talent? You tout out the #1 overall 2021 player, Chet Holmgren, along with a supporting cast that is commanding division one scouts’ attention.
We saw this stable of talent the past couple of years on the RecruitLook Hoops League. Guys like Hercy Miller, Isaiah Davis, Demarion Watson, Donovan Smith, Chase Carter, Alonzo Dodd, and the list goes on and on.
The key to Sizzle’s success is the supporting cast that has developed around the elite level players like Suggs and Holmgren. But, wait, there’s more. Prince Aligbe is a 2022 top 50 player that is waiting in the wings to step into the role left behind by Chet — and he’s fully capable of carrying the torch.
Sizzle played as Minnehaha Academy recently in the Border League in an ESPN matchup that let everyone know that they are one of the top teams in the country. Recruitment is going crazy, so let’s do a quick recap:
Chet Holmgren (2021) is hearing from his top 7 as well as NBA Scouts and G-League reps.
Prince Aligbe (2022) is hearing from a lot of HM schools (all that have offered) including: Marquette, Memphis, LSU, UCLA, Illinois, Iowa, & Iowa St.
Hercy Miller (2021) is really stepping his game up in the absence of Jalen Suggs. His recruitment is right where it should be — he’ll decide soon from his top 7 of: Mizzou, Arizona, Howard, UCLA, UCF, LSU, and Minnesota.
Mercy Miller (2024) has the makings to be good, very good. He has the poise, the handles, and the scoring abilities to be the next man up at Minnehaha Academy and the Sizzle AAU program. Mercy is hearing from Xavier, Missouri, and Hampton early on.
Chase Carter (2022) is a versatile SF that has transformed his body this year. The added muscle and toned up frame has made him quicker and more bouncy. Chase is hearing from West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Minnesota (all offered), and a handful of other D1 schools.
Isaiah Davis (2021) is a high-level role player. He is tough as nails and possibly pound-for-pound the strongest guy on the court. He gets buckets from outside & inside, he rebounds with toughness, and he defends all over the court. He’s really heard from Western Illinois, Hampton, and Northern Arizona.
Donovan Smith (2022) is an outside shooting specialist. He commands the defense to honor his shooting which stretches the floor for guys like Hercy, Chet, and Prince. Donovan is hearing from Morgan State, Western Illinois, and Hampton.