We take a look at 2021 small forwards to that have the potential to make a lot of noise as seniors.
Jeffery Oakley (6-5 SF, Corliss)
There are few wing players in the state as active on the glass as Oakley. The 6-foot-5 small forward averaged 10 rebounds as a junior and plays with a high motor on both ends. He is more of a slasher than perimeter scorer, using his length and speed to his advantage. Oakley doesn’t settle in transition, putting pressure on the defense at the rim. Defensively, Oakley is a multi-positional stopper. After transferring to Corliss, Oakley will look to receive more attention as a senior.
Charlie Sessa (6-5 SF, Hinsdale Central)
Sessa is a big-time athlete. With broad shoulders and long arms, he has physical traits that college coaches look for in a wing. Add in his explosive leaping ability, and the interest is understandable. He may be best suited to be a small ball four that can play above the rim. Sessa is a high-level finisher from close range and a good rebounder for his position. He can act as a rim runner in certain lineups when needed. Sessa has a lot to work with from a physical standpoint.
Anthony Taylor (6-6 SF, Richards)
Taylor is a big wing that has a nice shot from the perimeter. He is a true perimeter player with decent ball skills and a projectable body. Taylor moves well without the ball, cutting to open space and showing the leaping ability necessary to score over size. Shooting remains a valuable commodity. And at 6-foot-6, Taylor has a nice combination of skill and size.
Reggie Ward (6-5 SF, Curie)
The talent and potential is clear with Ward. He has a college-ready body, good athleticism, and a promising skill set. When given space from three, Ward has a decent release. Penetration and transition run outs are his bread and butter, out-sprinting and overpowering defenders. He has solid body control and hangtime that allows him to finish effectively. Ward will be a player to watch at Curie this season.