We are taking a look at 2021 power forwards who are going to have a good impact at the next level with their energy and defensive ability.
Kevin Bozeman (6-7 PF, Downers Grove North)
Bozeman has an intriguing profile with his mobility and reach at 6-foot-7. A quick leaper with good timing, Bozeman is a solid rim protector defensively. You can expect him to be a reliable screen and roll defender in college. He has a presence on the offensive glass and can drive to the basket off of a couple of dribbles. There is promise with his jump shooting ability as well. Bozeman has been offered by Governor’s State and Merchant Academy.
Ben Kreitz (6-5 PF, Wilmington)
Kreitz is a highly active forward that plays with a ton of energy on both ends. He averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds, being able to impact the game with his rebounding ability. He can roll or pop to the three-point line as a screener. His offensive game is still a bit raw, but he plays so hard that he coaches will be willing to play him while his creativity develops. Kreitz could be a very productive D3/NAIA big.
Grant Newell (6-7 PF, Whitney Young)
Newell is a top tier face-up four that is built in the mold of a model small-ball four. He is a relentless defender that throws away shots in the paint and alters whatever he can’t block. On offense, he spaces the floor with his shooting range past the three-point line. Newell is a good athlete that has no problem playing on the wing when the lineup allows for it. He is a valuable commodity as a pick-and-pop option that can clean up defensive mistakes. DePaul is the first of what should be a lot of offers for an elite power forward.
Chad Readey (6-7 PF, Homewood Flossmoor)
Built with a strong frame, Readey looks like he will be able to compete physically early on in his college career. Most of his damage comes from 15-feet and in, either from rim runs, post ups, or mid-range jumpers. Given time, he can connect on threes as well. His form suggests that he should be able to take and make more shots from deep. Readey has good hands and pinpoints misses at their apex. He isn’t an overwhelming athlete, but he competes and has a highly projectable frame. It is easy to see why mid-majors like UIC will be interested in his service.
Trayton Trice (6-5 PF, Romeoville)
Trice is a bit undersized, but he is physical and tenacious. He has a wide, powerful body that he uses in the post to back down post players. For a big man, Trice has nimble feet and decent touch from the perimeter. He is going to make it tough on bigs looking to score on the interior. With his unique makeup, he will have a chance to play at the Division 1 level, as Detroit has already offered. But he may choose to go to a D2 or D3 school and dominate against similar-sized posts.