Our spotlight today is on some 2023 wing players throughout the state.
Ethan Kizer (6-6 SF, Metamora)
Kizer is a versatile wing that has the ability to play all five positions in high school. He is a skilled playmaker who can handle the ball against pressure. Kizer can also jump out of the gym, allowing him to be a terror around the basket. Whenever he looks to score, Kizer is an efficient option that has a good feel for what a good shot looks like for him. There is little question that he is one of the more promising wing prospects in the state.
Ray Maurchie (6-4 SF, Winnebago)
Looking at Maurchie’s game, there is a lot to like about his long-term ability. He is an unselfish wing that is a committed defensive player. Listed at 6-foot-4, Maurchie is long and active guarding the ball. He is a solid shot blocker for his position and will only improve his on-ball presence as he adds strength. Still raw offensively, he flashes good passing instincts and mobility attacking the basket. His game should continue to evolve.
Jordan Pickett (6-2 SG, Belleville East)
Pickett is a tough combo guard that is probably best suited scoring off the ball. As a driver, Pickett is already years ahead of his peers. He slashes to the basket with a purpose, using floaters and strong finishes to convert. His jump shot, particularly his pull-up from deep, are promising. Pickett is going to be a name to track for Belleville East.
Danny Stephens (6-5 SG, Augusta Southeastern)
A big-time scorer, Stephens was one of the highest scoring freshmen in the state averaging 18.6 points. He makes an impact with his size and athleticism, getting to the rim and rebounding at a high level. Stephens moves well with his lanky frame that is going to fill out with time. With range extending to the three-point line, Stephens has the natural touch that produces results from all three levels and the foul line. Sophomore year will be more of the same for the all-around wing.