Another solid weekend of fantastic high school basketball on both the JV (Junior Varsity) and varsity level this past weekend.
Going into the second week of the fall league here at the High IQ Academy I was able to spot talent on both levels as well as see some of the more established players continue to show the growth and maturity with their games.
2021 Julius Rollins 6’6 180 SF (Hillcrest)
Julius’ all-around game was on full display this weekend as he took over the game on both ends of the floor. He has the potential to be a 2-way player being able to score on all three levels with the added dimension of guarding the opposing teams best offensive player. His offensive repertoire was on full display from start to finish during the game. He showed a smooth shooting touch from the mid-range and capped things off with an impressive inside the free-throw line slam dunk. His recruitment is something to closely monitor as the late signing period could see him getting a lot more attention from some of the bigger programs with so much long term potential for this prospect.
2022 Devonte Hall 6’0 160 PG (Hyde Park Academy)
Making his debut this weekend Devonte was leading the charge for the Hyde Park team and his game didn’t need much time to make a positive introduction. For a player this size his athleticism showed from the opening tip going inline to inline with speed an getting down hill challenging bigger players at the rim. No play was ore evident than this as during the 2nd half of the game he turned the corner an attempted a dunk on the big drawing a foul in the process. He fearlessness in attacking will serve him well with his new team as he brings an improved outside shoot as well.
2023 Sam Lewis 6’4 170 Guard (Oak Park River Forest High School)
A hidden gem in this class that will not be hidden for much longer. The word smooth is the best way to describe the skill level for a player like Sam. With his size and ball-handling ability, he is adept at playing on the ball but has a shooting touch all the way out to the three-point line so he is capable of playing off the ball as well. With incredible size already he gets to his spots on the floor with ease and plays with poise far beyond his years and is never rushed on the floor. He was also taking command of the team on the floor being a vocal leader getting his guys in the right spots which showed how mature he is at this stage in his career. After this season this is a player with continued work on his game you will be hearing a lot about moving forward.
2021 Darrell Reed 6’8 220 Forward (Hammond High School)
A high motor frontcourt player who never stops when he is on the floor. This is a player on both ends a team has to make a consorted effort to locate as he rebounds on both ends of the floor at such a high rate. As you are watching Darrell play he jumps off the floor with his athletism and toughness. Darrell is a traditional power forward prospect with an insanely impressive wingspan. With his length, he’s able to play much bigger than his actual height suggets and allows him to keep multiple plays alive with the abilty to back tap rebounds when he is unable to secure it himself.