Today, we are focusing on 2021 forwards that have displayed a high level of production.
Marko Anderson (6-5 PF, Maine South)
A wide-bodied post player with a good interior game, Anderson goes to work in the paint. He positions himself well in the paint for rebounds and scoring opportunities. Anderson isn’t the tallest post player, but he creates leverage with his size to neutralize shot blockers. As he heads into his senior year, there should be small colleges that find value in his efficient production.
Grant Johnson (6-6 PF, Naperville North)
Johnson is an athletic face-up four that makes a consistent impact on both ends. He’s strong enough to battle for position on the inside but also skilled enough to step out and hit shots from distance. Johnson is a good rip-and-go player from the perimeter who can finish off baseline drives with force. Focused on his defensive activity, he is able to use his physical gifts to alter shots and create turnovers. His production speaks for itself. More interest should follow.
James Ogrodnik (6-7 PF, Lincoln Way Central)
Another big face-up four, Ogrodnik is long and lean. With a shot that extends past the college line, he is able to stretch opposing bigs outside of their defensive comfort zones. Coaches are increasingly looking for bigs that can shoot it like Ogrodnik. He uses his frame to good use as a rebounder and shot blocker, sending away shots in his area. Ogrodnik has the mobility and athletic upside to continue to evolve as a face-up driver. The next few months should allow him to catch some more attention.
Khailieo Terry (6-5 SF, Champaign Central)
Terry is a nightmare in the open court with his power and explosiveness at full speed. Capable of playing the two, three, or four, Terry offense defensive versatility that is going to translate to college. He has the body to make a seamless transition to the next level and allow him to continue to get to the rim when at will. His handle will continue to improve to give him more ways to create off penetration. Right now, he is a premier slasher, rebounder, and transition player with plenty of potential.