We watched games from both the RecruitLook Hoops event and the MadeHoops tournament. Since there was a good amount of carryover between teams in these tournaments, we are making one post with some of the standouts of games that we saw.
Darrion Sutton (6’9 SF/PF, Accelerated Prep [CO])
A coveted forward prospect in the country, Sutton’s smooth ball-handling and pace set him apart at 6-foot-9. He had a number of slick moves to get a step on defenders and has the crossovers and hesitations to get players off balance. His passing really stood out, whipping pinpoint passes off of the post and dropping off dimes while going high speeds to cutters and shooters. Sutton is a talented, big playmaker who has a high-upside, wiry frame.
Justus McNair (6’2 SG, Joliet West)
McNair remained active and attentive on both ends, particularly off of the ball. His cutting and ability to catch it on the move to drive closeouts led to numerous looks around the rim. He added some impact on the offensive glass and was an energetic defender throughout the game. His willingness to affect games in multiple areas with a mature approach hint to a player who can fit into multiple schemes at the college level.
RJ McKinnie (6’2 SG, Simeon)
Often spotting up or looking for his shot coming off screens, McKinnie drilled three shots from beyond the arc when defenders gave him space. On the occasions when he had driving lanes, he used his strength to power his way inside to draw fouls. It was also notable to see the activity on the defensive end that provided a ton of value to Simeon this year. Has some 3-and-D appeal.
Connor May (6’7 SG/SF, Palatine)
Consistent production is hard to find at the high school level and May brings that on a game-to-game basis. He had one of the best showings in the game scoring well as a floor spacer. The 6-foot-7 wing made two corner threes, a nice floater, and worked his baseline cuts for layups. May also has a great nose for the ball and attacks rebounds off the glass. He’s a no-brainer at the D2/LM level.
Jack Stanton (6’2 PG, Downers Grove North)
Facing tight ball pressure all game, Stanton’s ball skills and control were crucial down the stretch. He had defenders trying to chest him up, but showed a lot of IQ and patience to set up his cuts, start and stop effectively, and pick his spots. Stanton raised up for a transition three, got out on the break for an and-one, and found ways to get to his pull-up in the half court. Still looks like the type of heady, shot-making guard who can ruin some brackets in a few years.
Jason Jakstys (6’11 PF/C, Yorkville)
Matching up at times with a skilled forward in Sutton at times, Jakstys did a terrific job moving his feet, anticipating moves, and staying down on shot fakes. His defensive presence was a huge boost with blocked shots and ample altered shots in the paint to fend off dribble penetration. Offensively, we saw his versatility pushing the break off of defensive rebounds, scoring on a spin move off of a faceup, and finishing with force with a dunk as a rim runner. Jakstys projects as an impact interior defender.
Luke Kinkade (6’2 SG, Neuqua Valley)
Kinkade started off slow, but really caught fire in the second half. There was a level of confidence and next-shot mentality that you love to see out of shooters. He went on a stretch where he connected on multiple threes against a press break. Always shot ready and able to get shots up on the move, Kinkade has been a game-changing shooter so far this spring.
Chicago Hoops 16U
Hudson Fuller (6’2 SG, Glenbrook South)
Fuller came in and immediately did damage as a scoring threat. The lefty has some nice shift off of the dribble and drives with intent going to his strong hand. He attacked well on straight line drives and showed good creativity as a finisher. Fuller has good range on his shot and hit a three as well.
Jacob Rice (6’3 SG, St. Laurence)
Rice is a wired scorer but doesn’t really seem like he’s forcing things. He has a calmness and deliberate nature about the way that he handled his offensive game, making direct decisions off the catch and using his body well to create separation. The 6-foot-3 guard spaced the floor from the three-point line and finished through bumps all game. Coming off a really good sophomore season, Rice is a strong two-guard to keep an eye on.
Khalil Jones (5’11 PG, St. Laurence)
It was an all-around effort for the quick-twitch guard, rebounding and passing the ball well in addition to getting into the lane at a high rate. Jones had one of the plays of the day with an impressive dunk in transition at his height. There’s a level of change of speed that makes him tough to stay in front of and should make him a difficult cover throughout the spring.
Reid Olson (6’1 PG, Niles North)
Olson is a sniper from three who made a long ball during the game. But he distributed the ball well, particularly in the open court where he was able to throw advance passes and attract defenders before dishing out to teammates for open threes or driving lanes. Olson added a very difficult and-one, one-foot fall-away from about 17 feet that further extended the lead. Always is good to see the way Olson produces within the structure of the team.
Cam Anderson (6’5 PF, Schaumburg)
It’s hard to miss the potential of the rangy and athletic forward. While he is still developing as a decision maker offensively, Anderson was a problem for opposing teams defensively. His length and anticipation led to multiple deflections and steals that led to transition opportunities and his rim protection saved some mistakes as well. Once he becomes more comfortable sealing hard, catching in traffic, and using his length to score down low, he could have a big impact in the scoring column as well.
Chris Bolte (6’5 SF/PF, Hinsdale South)
Bolte’s body control and athleticism were on display all weekend. He made plays as a pick-and-pop option, making a three with a good-looking shot and sweeping hard left to complete plays or get to the foul line. When Bolte committed to posting up hard, he got great looks over his right shoulder consistently. I was impressed with how well he switched across positions on defense and slid his feet in space to shut off scoring attempts from some talented scorers.
Rafael Pinto (6’3 SG, Fremd)
Athletically speaking, Pinto moves a lot better than most 6-foot-3 guards his age. From 15-feet and in, his footwork and composure in traffic stood out to score with push shots in the lane. Pinto has solid shooting form and is capable of connecting on outside shots, but his slashing and downhill attacking work well with his play style.
Ryan Walsh (6’3 SG, Benet)
Walsh did what he does best: knock down three-point shots. He worked off of pindown screens and staggers to make a number of jumpers. On the taller side for a guard, Walsh did a nice job on the offensive glass to create second and third chances. Whether he was coming off of screens or running the floor in transition, Walsh played with a sense of urgency that is needed to excel as a shooter.
Trey Williams (6’1 PG/SG, Loyola)
Without having to be a primary scoring option, Williams made so many contributions on both ends. His backdoor cuts were strategic and allowed him to get a couple of layups while his court vision really stood out when creating with the ball. By manipulating the defense with his eyes and utilizing ball fakes, Williams got teammates open. His aggressive ball pressure forced multiple turnovers as well.
Carlos Harris (6’2 SG, Curie)
A rock-solid scoring guard, Harris was constantly getting downhill to either hand. There is some power as well as finesse that he has when getting inside, gliding to the basket but able to inflict some punishment on defenders with his upper body. Harris is a guard who has been trending up after a huge junior year.
KJ Windham (6’3 PG/SG, Ben Davis [IN])
Long, agile, and creative off the dribble, Windham made some nice plays with the ball to get to his jump shots. The lefty maneuvers ball screens well, looking to score using the advantages he created. He was able to get all the way to the rim in a couple of dribbles from the wing and played bigger than his listing in crowds. Windham is another Meanstreets player with a Division 1 future.
Morez Johnson (6’9 PF, St. Rita)
How about a 6-foot-9 forward getting up in the backcourt and turning guys defensively? Johnson didn’t have to score a ton of point to have his fingerprints on the game with the tone he set on that end in the open floor and around the basket. He sprinted over to the help side to impact shots, grabbed rebounds, and initiated the break well. Johnson is a big-time athlete with power and skill on the offensive end that he was able to show when isolated. Committed to Illinois, Johnson will be a top 50 recruit.
Nojus Indrusaitis (6’5 SG, St. Rita)
It looked so effortless offensively for Indrusaitis. He made some high-difficulty pull-up threes with hands in his face and connected on a turnaround jumper off the bounce. Despite the defensive attention, he never got sped up and found ways to get to his spots, a sign of a group scorer. If he saw a crease, he was quick to the rim to finish and score. The Iowa State commit was a force all game for Meanstreets.
Trey McKenney (6’4 SG, Orchard Lake St. Mary [MI] 2025)
Playing up an age group with the 17U group, McKenney didn’t just fit in, but stood out on both ends. His physicality and lateral quickness in the full court allowed him to turn ball-handlers, knock them off of their spots, and use his active hands to get steals. He was equally as effective driving hard to the rim in the half court off of ball screens and isolations where he made the right extra pass, shielded off help defenders to finish, or create space for short jumpers. McKenney had a big dunk late in the game and had an all-around positive affect on winning. There’s no question why he is a top 25 player in the country for that class.
Fundamental U 17U
Braeden Carlsen (6’4 SG, Wauconda)
In a game versus a Meanstreets team with five-plus Division 1 prospects, Carlsen was one of the best players on the floor. He made around five threes during the game off of flare screens, spot ups, and after freezing defenders on faceup moves. He’s an excellent shooter, but also a true shot maker who handled it against some pressure and got defenders leaning with his ball-handling before elevating into 15-to-18 foot shots. The physical 6-foot-4 guard showed competitive fire all game, particularly on the defensive end where he stayed in a stance, used his frame to take away driving lanes, and contesting with high hands. Carlsen is a D1/D2 talent who will attract some high-academic schools.
Fola Fayemi (6’4 SG, Culver Military Academy)
It was my first time seeing Fayemi and his impact was felt all over the floor. Even at 6-foot-4, he possessed the strength to match up with bigs and the quickness to stay with some of the quicker guards. He came in the game and immediately brought energy on the backboard, as a slasher, and as a hustle guy. Fayemi finishes above the rim well and added a corner three off the catch. His impact should continue to grow for this Fundamental U team.
Jakob Blakley (6’0 PG, Larkin)
Blakley will get a lot of defensive focus with the multitude of ways that he can score. Early on, he knocked in a three and got some quality looks by sizing up defenders to get shots. With a very tight and controlled handle, Blakley was a threat to break the press and set up teammates. After playing up with the 17U team last year, Blakley provides a calming presence to this group as well. He remains one of the better point guards in the junior class.
JJ Hernandez (6’5 SG/SF, Glenbard North)
On the defensive end, Hernandez has a calling card with his long arms and athleticism. That was much needed against a bigger front line, but he got tips and closed some passing lanes quickly. On a few occasions, he got steals that turned into dunks and layups. Hernandez looked best in transition where his strides and fluidity really shined. There were a number of good straight-line drives in the half court that put him at the foul line or allowed him to show his finishing chops. He checks a lot of boxes that coaches look for in rangy wings.
Nick Taylor (6’7 PF, Glenbrook South)
Despite giving up some size on the inside, Taylor was ultra-competitive and effective as a rebounder and inside option. In the second half especially, he was relentless going to the lane for second chances and getting out in transition to beat opposing bigs for layups. That sky-high motor showed with the urgency of hit cuts and toughness going up against the trees to draw fouls and finish and-ones. A lefty who can make shots with space, Taylor made his open three as well. Taylor’s energy separates him.
Alex Gossett (6’6 SF, Oak Park River Forest)
Gossett has so many projectable traits that seem like they will be realized in time. His athleticism was elite even on a court with multiple high-level prospects, skying above the rim for powerful dunks and rebounds near the rim. He’s got good hands and was a key outlet as a screener in ball screens. You don’t need to call a play for him to produce, thriving off of broken plays and quick decisions where his instincts and explosiveness take over. He’s a willing and impactful defender as well was challenging everything inside.
Daniel Sveiteris (6’6 SF, Downers Grove South)
The 6-foot-6 wing plays with a competitive fire that seems to rub off on the rest of the team. He took two big charges and brought energy to the glass with offensive rebounds in traffic. When he had openings, he made an open three and drove hard to the rim for layups. Sveiteris showed well on the perimeter defensively too for stretches where he jumped passing lanes for steals and transition layups.
Jack Weigus (6’0 PG, Hinsdale South)
Weigus started one game off scorching hot from three. His shot is so quick and repeatable that there wasn’t much the defense could do once he got going and caught the ball. He ran off high staggers and spaced out in the offense to find openings. Weigus made plays off of one or two dribbles when he caught it with defenders trailing hard as well. He has that ability to open things up with his range.
Luca Carbonaro (6’2 PG, Wheaton Warrenville-South)
Carbonaro is a gamer who was very impressive in a number of areas as a lead guard. He’s got a quick first step and does a great job of rocking defenders to set them up for misdirection moves. Aggressive defense didn’t affect him much, still able to analyze where the help was coming from, looking off guys, and delivering passes for layups, dunks, and open shots accurately. Carbonaro made crafty drives to the rim to score with scoop shots but made multiple tough pull-up threes and elbow shots off of dribble as well. He’s got some flash to his game that complements his efficiency and precision. Carbonaro can go.
Gold Starz 17U
Ross Robertson (6’8 PF, South Beloit )
Playing up an age level wasn’t an issue for the physically imposing, athletic forward. Robertson was doing a great job in the screen and roll game, setting solid picks before diving to the front of the rim to finish through multiple bodies or popping out to hit a three. Robertson was like a freight train going to the rim, using in-and-outs and crossovers to get downhill. His nimble footwork, bruising build, and athleticism blend so well with his developing inside-out skillset. Robertson is a unique forward prospect who should have a big spring and summer.
Antonio Munoz (6’6 SF, Whitney Young)
Munoz’s day was highlighted with a showtime poster dunk in the open court. That’s just a microcosm of the damage that he is capable of doing in the paint. The light footwork on his drives allowed him to score on spin moves and other counters inside. Munoz has flashes of brilliance defensively getting back into plays with his closing speed and disrupting opposing offenses with his activity. Munoz is the top wing in the class in Illinois.
Derek Bishop (6’2 PG/SG, Mundelein)
Bishop was instant offense off of the bench, hitting a pair of threes off of a handoff and kick out. After finishing among the top sophomore scorers in the state this year, Bishop looks comfortable making the most of his touches for Meanstreets. But his defense can’t go unmentioned. He picked up at half court and poked a few balls loose to get steals after moving his feet well.
Melvin Bell (6’5 SG, St. Rita)
Likely the most talented two-guard in Illinois, Bell showed a combination of shooting, athletic gifts, and high IQ. As defenders initially gave him a step to avoid getting beat to the rim, Bell made a pair of threes and had a big-time dunk in traffic as well. There is an ease about the way that he covers ground off the dribble and as a perimeter defender that makes it easy to project his fit at a high level in college. Power 5 programs will continue to covet Bell.
Full Package Gold 16U
Aidan Bardic (6’3 PG, Stevenson)
Bardic just weaves and carves up the defense in so many different, creative ways. His finishes were with either hand and from a variety of angles, often making scoop shots out in front of trailing defenders. He’s also got a strong build for a point guard and takes contact very well at 6-foot-3, which allowed him to continue to create the angles that he wanted in space. Bardic shot the ball with confidence from three as well and has developed well as a mid-range scorer. Coming off a solid first year, Bardic is trending up.
Colby Smith (6’3 PG, New Trier)
The New Trier guard was using his quick first step early and often to blow past other guards and explode to the rim to score. A skilled one-on-one player that plays within team concepts, Smith found the right times to draw out defenders and put them on their heels. Smith has a good-looking shot from the outside with range and balance on his mid-range game. I liked how he guarded and turned guys in the half court with the ball to force them to initiate offense off of their spots. Smith is a natural playmaker who I would expect will get some attention on June 15th
Colin Stack (6’10 PF, Benet )
Playing up an age group, Stack was highly active on the inside. A legitimate 6-foot-10, Stack corralled offensive boards in bulk and was able to convert on some putbacks. What stood out most was his potential as an interior defender. Stack contested everything in the paint, blocked a handful of shots, and was an all-around disruptor walling up. Offensively, he showed off a clean three-point stroke and agility rolling to the rim in ball screens. Stack will continue to grow into his body, but his potential is very high.
EJ Mosley (6’0 PG, St. Laurence)
Mosley is a pure shot-maker who doesn’t need much space to get going. He delivered with a couple of pull-up jumpers against tight defense and facilitated well at times when he saw extra defenders. Something is intriguing about the spots and times that he chooses to attack, seeming wise beyond his years in terms of understanding where scoring opportunities lie. Mosley, who recently received his first offer from Northern Illinois, continues to impress.
Lorenzo Shields (6’1 PG/SG, Simeon)
It looks like Shields is going to be the next Simeon guard to step into the bright lights. Playing with a smoothness on the offensive end, he was deliberate off of the dribble and utilized his hesitations and hang dribbles well to read the defense. He made shots around the elbow and showed some range with a few long threes in the game. Shields is a wiry guard who plays bigger than his listing defensively as well.
Terrence Smith (6’4 SG, West Aurora)
Just as he did in the regular season, Smith has continued to prove to be a lot more than a terrific athlete. While he did a great job getting to the rim off of straight lines, his footwork on the catch and understanding of how to lose defenders who overplay his first move was notable. Smith got out on the break for a dunk and drilled a three off of a handoff, which is an area where he also was effective as a shooter during the year. Smith guards the ball all over the floor and is a great shot blocker at the guard spot. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got to 6-foot-6 or taller and continued to have a two-way impact.
Team Rose 16U
Amari Edwards (5’9 PG, St. Rita)
Edwards is quick and tenacious, two traits needed to excel at his size. There was no denying his competitive nature with how hard he was attacking the paint and trying to cause havoc defensively. Edwards got into the lane for some pull-up jumpers and was an asset as a play initiator for Team Rose as well. He consistently gives great effort and energy on both sides of the ball.
Fundamental U 16U
AJ Demirov (5’11 PG, Crystal Lake South)
Demirov is lightning quick when he has space in the open floor. His transition speed led to driving lanes and overhelp that allowed for kick out opportunities. Coming off of ball screens, Demirov really did a nice job taking what the defense gave him once they started sagging off to provide some cushion. He connected on a couple of threes off of ball screens and regularly got to the 15 feet to make jumpers. When he is shooting the ball the way he did, good luck to opposing defenses.
Dom Seaney (6’5 SG/SF, Glenbard West)
Without having to take a lot of shots, Seaney’s versatility made an impression. Around 6-foot-5, Seaney is a very good athlete that acted as a wing defender, rebounder in traffic, and facilitator. The ball never stuck when it got to him and he made some mid-range shots that were under control and timely. Seaney is a solid spot-up shooter as well who didn’t make many mistakes on the defensive end across multiple positions. He will continue to grow with this team.
Drew Rodgers (6’8 C, Deerfield)
Rodgers eats up so much space on the inside, whether he is showing his hands on a post seal or clearing out the paint to go get rebounds. For a sophomore, he has a very developed frame that makes him a brick wall of a screener and interior defender. When he got balls off of the backboard offensively, Rodgers wasted no time putting misses back up. He’s a plus run-and-jump athlete as well who looks to just be realizing how dominant he can be with his physical tools.
Joey Hernandez (5’9 PG, St. Viator)
Hernandez is a great defensive player that doesn’t often have a down day on that end of the court. He turned a steal into a layup and was making life miserable for a number of ball-handlers while he was their primary matchup. The development of the offensive game of Hernandez showed with a comfortable catch-and-shoot three and aggressiveness looking for openings in the offense.
Fundamental U 15U
Christopher Kirkpatrick (6’1 PG, New Trier)
Kirkpatrick was one of the most impressive freshmen that I saw. Possessing supreme confidence and poise, he handled the ball well, threw a couple of dimes off of his drives, and showed a crisp jump shot. He knocked down threes off of a snatch back move and as a spacer off the ball. He’s got good athleticism to convert acrobatic layups in the paint through contact. Another part of his game that stood out was his defensive energy. Kirkpatrick was excellent on the ball, applying constant pressure and power sliding to stay in front of the ball. He has the game and competitiveness you look for in a lead guard.
Kain Kretschmar (6’2 SG, Lake Zurich)
Kretschmar has a lot of skill to his game at a young age. Once he caught the ball in space, he was effective putting his head down to get to the rim or shooting right off of the catch. There were a few long balls that he hit along with some layups on the break. At 6-foot-2, Kretschmar is going to be a guard who can score over the top of defenders at this age and he showed that this weekend.
Panayiotis Sotos (6’1 PG, Maine South)
Playing both on and off of the ball, the heady Maine South guard produced wherever he was playing. Sotos had no problem stretching the defense with wing and corner threes while on the receiving end for drive and kicks. As a lead guard, his court vision and advanced IQ were leading to skip passes, pocket passes, and other nice looks to free up teammates. Willing attack early in the offense, Sotos had some direct drives where his length helped him beat help defenders to the rim. After a freshman season where his moxie shined, Sotos should be a leader of this group.
Amare Pryor (6’1 SG, Hyde Park)
The slick scoring lefty was on a tear from the jump. He made a handful of shots from beyond the arc but it felt like more with the efficiency and volume that he did it with. Pryor has a soft touch and a smooth release on his pull-up as well, leading to a few stop-and-pop shots. He threw the whole kitchen sink at the defense with some athletic strong-hand drives as well.
Gabe Sularski (6’5 SG, Benet)
Sularski has ideal size, skill, and understanding for a two-guard. His shots came within the flow of the offense and he created with a sort of off-rhythm pace that made it tough for defenders to speed him up. The 6-foot-5 Benet product splashed in a three from the wing and showed good balance getting to his mid-range pull-up. Also a sound playmaker, Sularski acted as a secondary ball-handler who made skip passes and dump offs on the move. He’s going to be good.
Marquis Clark (6’2 SG, Whitney Young)
One of the stronger guards of the group, Clark made his presence felt off of aggressive drives to the basket and unselfish decision making. He has the ability to get to the rim and hit push shots or get all the way to the rim, but he also kept the ball popping on the perimeter and drew help to set up teamamtes. Clark has a solid jumper when he gets it off of one or two dribbles and possesses the lift to shoot up over taller defenders. Clark is one of many gifted Whitney Young freshman on the team.
Nasir Rankin (6’0 PG/SG, Whitney Young)
Rankin will regularly be in the top percentile of athleticism and this weekend was no different. Standing around 6-foot, he can jump out of the gym and has elite agility and top-end speed with the ball. He knifed his way into the paint and leaped over defenders for short jumpers and finishes near the rim. If he had space, his set shot looked good and he had no issue hitting long contested twos. Rankin is a committed defender who utilized that quickness to take opposing guards out of their comfort zones. It’s impossible to miss Rankin’s talent.
Rico D’Alessandro (6’4 SF/PF, Whitney Young)
A unique 6-foot-4 freshman with a developed frame and guard-like athleticism, D’Alessandro was a mismatch problem. Whether he was facing up on the perimeter or cutting to the rim, he showed the ability to evade defenders or bull rush through them. He was a high-level finisher in crowds and really impressed as an offensive rebounder and switchable defender. D’Alessandro has a bright future as well.
Team Rose 15U
Andre Tyler (6’3 PG/SG, St. Rita)
Tyler is a lanky guard who played with a ton of confidence. On the defensive end, he shined defending all three spots on the perimeter and irritating players with his active hands. As a transition player, Tyler made plays for teammates and took it down the hear of the lane when no one picked up the ball.
Jaali Love (6’6 SF, Manley)
Love is a mismatch at the 15U level being able to handle the ball and outrun bigs. He dunked one in transition and pushed the pace off of defensive rebounds effectively during the game. At times, he was guarding the bigs on the other team and did a nice job despite giving up some weight. The Manley freshman had a breakout high school season and is going to be a difference maker this spring.
Josh Abushanab (6’5 SF, Glenbard North)
Another tall wing for Team Rose who works best as a direct driver, on the offensive glass, or when running the wings for easy shots. I was most impressed with his defensive range when collapsing on drivers in the lane and either blocking shots or forcing players to double clutch or rush around the rim. He will continue to round out his skill, but Abushanab has plus upside.
Latrell Kelley (5’10 PG, Farragut)
Kelly played the primary ball-handler role well and was willing to be effective off of the ball when needed. He creates with energy and excitement off of the dribble and rewards players for running their lanes in transition. There is a lot to like about the shiftiness and deception that he brings as a lead guard, but his shot making is also an area that stands out. Kelley can go and get a shot when needed and looks to be a nice backcourt weapon for them.
Rajan Roberts (6’0 PG, Proviso West)
Roberts is crafty, fast, skilled, and very cerebral as a playmaker. It seemed like he had an answer to any defensive coverage, maneuvering ball screens and breaking down opposing guards well to get shots off. He is a tough finisher who doesn’t shy away from contact on the inside and knows how to contort his body to complete difficult plays against size and athleticism. Roberts also sees the floor well and whipped a couple of passes across court on time. He is among the best players in the 2026 class right now.
Full Package 15U
Danny Houlihan (6’3 SG, New Trier)
Houlihan was an impact player all game and provided scoring in bulk. I really liked the way he cut and ran the floor to find open space in transition. The 6-foot-3 shooter made a couple of threes and had multiple decisive drives to his left hand. His form wastes no motion and he generates a ton of power from his lower half to shoot from well behind the arc. You can tell that Houlihan has good IQ with how he times up his action off the ball. It’s safe to say that Houlihan is presently one of the better shooters in the class.
Maks DePalo (6’8 C, New Trier)
It’s one thing to be big, it’s a whole other thing to play big. DePalo is still developing, but he seems to have been taught well with how to play in the post. He crashes to the front of the rim for offensive rebounds, keeps the ball high, and has soft touch when he gets looks inside. DePalo moves well at his size for a freshman and brings value hedging ball screens and recovering to protect the paint that you can’t quantify. His outlet passes and passing feel was solid as well.