We are looking at some talented guards and small forwards in the 2021 class.
Amar Augillard (6-6 SF, Zion Benton)
Augillard is a powerful scoring wing that knows how to put points on the board. Most of his production comes from straight line drives, using his shoulders to finish through defenders, and off of spot-up threes. When he is chased off the line, Augillard possesses a decent mid-range pull-up. There are glimpses of his shot creation ability using stepbacks and set up dribbles in isolations. After averaging 25 points a game as a junior, Augillard is going to see heavy defensive attention. Wisconsin Milwaukee, Chicago State, and Grambling State have offered.
Max Christie (6-6 SG, Rolling Meadows)
Christie has one of the smoothest games in the state. He has excellent patience and feel for the game. While he is capable of shaking defenders off the dribble, he is very efficient with his handle. Christie slashes to the rim at will and is strong enough now to finish through contact. With a lean, projectable frame and fluid athleticism in space, the long-term physical traits are there. He is an unselfish star, moving the ball within the offense and committing to using his length to be an impact defender. With range out to the NBA line and an easy release, Christie projects as a terrific shooter at the next level as well. He is an All-American caliber prospect with a long list of offers.
Devon Ellis (6-4 SF, Conant)
Ellis a well-built wing that plays with energy on both ends. He is an impact defender that uses his long arms to play bigger than 6-foot-4. Ellis attacks the glass well (7 rebounds per game), regularly beating players to loose rebounds and high-pointing missed shots. Versatility has high value in the game today, and Ellis has the compact shooting form, passing skills, and defensive chops to fit that description. Look for more schools to reach out to the high-motor wing.
Landon Moore (6-1 PG, Bloomington)
A high-IQ shot maker, Moore is the type of point guard that could a run a team for four years in college. Moore is a very good long-range shooter that spreads out the defense with his touch. He is a strong kid at 6-foot-1, playing angles well and shielding off shot blockers with his body. Moore’s passing ability shines in the pick-and-roll where he effectively reads the defense and assesses the help defenders. His open court vision is solid as well, keeping his head up and advancing the ball through the air. The cerebral point guard is going to be a reliable college player wherever he ends up.
Rickey Woods (6-4 SG, Bloomington)
Woods is transferring to Bloomington for his senior season where he will join Moore. The 6-foot-4 guard is an explosive athlete that can finish in a lot of ways once he gets in the paint. Woods has good speed in the open court, allowing him to excel out in transition. There is a lot to like about the upside of Woods when you see how easily he beats defenders off the dribble and his quickness and activity when he is engaged defensively. University of Indianapolis has been showing interest.