The 2023 high school basketball class in Illinois is deep with talent. Today we are focusing on four players to keep an eye on for the 2020-2021 season.
Matas Buzelis (6-7 SF, Hinsdale Central)
Heading into his sophomore year, Buzelis already looks like a player with high-major potential. At 6-foot-7, the long-armed wing is an effortless athlete that can handle the ball in space. He has a nice outside stroke that should become more consistent with time. Buzelis has defensive upside as well, using his length to block shots, get in passing lanes, and disrupt vision. Playing with the Mac Irvin Fire this summer, more colleges will become aware of Buzelis.
Ty Minor (6-4 SF, Normal U-High)
Minor is an athletic wing player that has the strength to play on the inside amongst size. His body is solid for his age, with defenders bouncing off of him on penetration. In transition, he gets to the basket with ease. Expect his ball-handling to become more refined and his jump shot to improve over the next year. Minor will defend anywhere on the court, from guards to forwards. The potential is there for Minor to really take off.
Kaiden Space (6-0 PG, St. Rita)
Space is a true floor general that has a mature pace to his game. He doesn’t seem rushed or in a hurry playing at high speeds, effectively taking what the defense gives him. Space operates well off of penetration or in pick-and-rolls where he can use his upper body strength to get downhill. His playmaking feel is ideal for a point guard, drawing help and delivering timely passes. Space is part of a talented 2023 class at St. Rita.
Sonny Williams (6-0 PG, Notre Dame College Prep)
Williams is up next at NDCP. The gifted ball-handler can score from all three levels off the bounce. He is a creator with the ball in his hands, more than comfortable getting separation from his defenders. At this point, he looks like he will add a few inches before he is done growing. There will be a chance for Williams to step in and play big minutes on one of the most talented returning groups in the state.