We are highlighting some long, athletic 2021 wings that are going to be sought after over the next few months.
Jerry Abushanab (6-6 SG, Glenbard North)
Abushanab has great length for a shooting guard and good defensive versatility as a result. Passes lanes that seem open will quickly disappear when he is on the help side. There is a lot to like about his ball skills, flashing the ability to shake defenders off the dribble. His instincts when making moves are there, it will just be a matter of refining his handle. With long strides and good pace, Abushanab can lead the break or get to the rim off of pick-and-rolls. He has potential as a standstill shooter with the high arc and touch he displays. Abushanab is a long-term prospect that has an offer from Indiana Tech already.
Noah Franklin (6-6 SF, Cobden)
An All-State performer who has scored over 1,500 points so far, Franklin is a hidden gem that has been a model of consistency. He operates as a point forward, showing good vision for a wing player (5.7 assists per game). There isn’t much on the court that Franklin can’t do, with great balance and range on his jump shot and strength getting to the rim with his left hand. The athleticism is apparent as a rebounder and finisher, but he should be able to add more strength. Franklin looks like a high-level D2/D3 prospect that has gotten some interest from some D1 schools as well.
Chase Larsen (6-4 SG, Prospect)
Larsen is a tough perimeter defender that has a blossoming offensive game. He has broad shoulders, long arms, and is an all-around solid athlete. His in-between game is nice, hitting pull-ups and leaners in and around the paint. Off the ball, Larsen moves with a purpose and cuts to space. That activity helps set him up for open outside shots, where his three-point shooting shows promise with his feet set. He should have a huge senior season for Prospect and will have a long list of D3 suitors, especially if he has a chance to play in front of coaches this summer.
Jaiden Lee (6-4 SG, Joliet West)
The wiry Joliet West guard is a nightmare to keep out of the paint. Lee has a quick first step and has the ball on a string. The finish on his shot is repeatable and allows him to demand attention on the perimeter. He is going to be able to defend multiple positions at the next level with his length and quickness. With a quick second jump, Lee can beat larger opponents to rebounds and elevate over size when needed. Southeast Missouri State has offered Lee, who is one of the more dynamic two guards in the state.
Ben Schwieger (6-6 SG, Waubonsie Valley)
Schwieger had a breakout junior season and is still scratching the surface of his immense potential. The 6-foot-6 wing has explosive leaping ability that allows him to play above the rim on both ends. He is at his best attacking closeouts and getting out in transition. But Schwieger’s versatility is what stands out. He is an unselfish playmaker with good passing instincts, an active defender on or off the ball, and a true shooter with a smooth, projectable jumper that extends to the college line. He already has eight mid-major offers. With his skill set and athletic ability, Schwieger should be attracting some Power-5 interest over the next few months.