2020 | Kyree Walker | SF | Phoenix (AZ) Hillcrest Hoops
It is as clear as water for Kyree Walker. He has already done everything he could at his current level so he sees no benefits in remaining as part of the high school circuit. To be honest, as dominant as he’s been the option of reclassifying isn’t that crazy. Walker just finished his junior season but based on what happened to be Phoenix (AZ) Hillcrest senior night he might as well have waved goodbye to the Arizona state prep. Still considered part of the 2020 class, though, Walker has never been out of the Top 20 players in all of the nation, comes as the best prospect from Arizona, and is a certified future pro-player if everything follows the current path and no surprises pop out of the left field. With the season coming to an end and the summer AAU ball to be played, it looks like the perfect chance for Kyree to prove he’s the real deal right now and make the early jump to the collegiate ranks, where he most definitely wouldn’t be out of place given his over-average skill-set.
With a strong game and at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Walker is a complete wing able to put on work both on the inside and outside zones of the attack. That National Freshman of the Year award did mean something and highlighted what was to come, which was nothing short of a beast. On the positional spectrum, he could be deemed an oversized small forward or power forward given that it feels like he plays bigger than his size, but he actually can operate as a complete wing with three-level shooting ability. So far this year playing for Hillcrest he’s averaging 30.2 points, 11.0 boards, 5.9 dimes, 3.4 steals and 2.2 blocks a night. Not that many kids are able to put up those numbers game after game, much less considering we’re talking about a junior here carrying his team by himself (yes, he also counts a POY Award as the best guy on the school’s roster last campaign) and being fed by another future pro in Dalen Terry, who leads the nation in assists per game at 11.4. Leading a team has been part of Kyree’s life from day one so he won’t have a problem getting into the daily routine of his D-I college of choice and there will be no shortage of options to choose from. He currently boasts offers from USC, UCLA, LSU, Cal, Memphis and of course both ‘Zona and Arizona State. Only time will tell where he’ll go next, and that moment seems to be closer and closer.
2019 | Casey Morsell | SG | Washington (DC) St. John’s
It’s not common for District of Columbia to produce coveted prospects. The state has always found it hard to develop a high school player able to crack the nations’ highest tier of talent. Things could be just about to change with the meteoric rise of Washington (DC) St. John’s combo guard Casey Morsell. Too much praise, you say? Well, consider Morsell was ranked out of the 200-best seniors the first time he was put on a list and he now sits on the verge of the Top 50, let alone at the peak of the class coming out of DC. And all of this playing for a St. John’s squad that is (on paper) miles behind the ranked-kids-studded Woodrow Wilson prep school also from Washington. Not that Casey finds strange that feeling of topping things, though. Playing for Team Takeover on the Nike EYBL 2018 circuit he reached the Peach Jam and, well, let’s say he didn’t just reach it but actually conquered it going back home with the champ’s trophy in his bag. Add to that his decision to join a Virginia Cavaliers team next fall. And I haven’t even mentioned his stint with the U17 USAB squad this past summer when he got nothing but good talk about his game.
I guess by now it’s clear why Morsell is about to become the next great Cavalier, isn’t it? At 6-3 and 190 pounds, one of the best traits of Casey’s game is his two-way approach to it. If one thing separates good prospects from great ones at high school level that’s defense and Morsell has no problem bringing it to the table. Tough as nails. Motor always on and never burnt out. Physical as needed. Sure D-I starter at Virginia in no time. He’s good enough at outside shooting that he’s able to keep the defense honest in which ultimately gives him the chance to spread the opposition and open lines for teammates. He’s not labeled a point guard, nor does he need or fit that position as a glove, but his vision and leading-game make him a good first option on the attack. He takes advantage of his acceleration and low center of gravity to blow past closing defenders, getting to the rim and finishing with them jelly moves. He couldn’t win the WCAC title as a senior, but he was named WCAC Player of the Year. Say no more, a star’s just been born.
2020 | Chuck Harris | PG | Washington (DC) Gonzaga
It is hard to know where Chuck Harris will play ball once he graduates. One thing is sure, though. The point from Washington (DC) Gonzaga already has a chip under his arm after beating the WCAC opposition as a junior. He’s determined to keep piling accolades during his senior year playing for the Eagles. What comes next, well, there will be time to tell. Offers from D-I schools have already arrived, more are on the way, and the pedigree of the names and logos printed on the envelopes will only rise from now until the end of next year when Harris enrolls in his college of choice. Still with one season of high school ball in him, Chuck was handed the reins of Gonzaga this season as the leading guard and creator of the team and look where things ended. Surrounded by a cast of other interesting and buzzing underclassmen, Harris put his squad on top of everyone from the DC area.
Not small at all for a guy with his skill set and expectations, Chuck measures at 6-1 and 170 pounds. He’s got all that is needed to make the run from the top of the key to the rim and finish even in contact although he knows how to find empty holes inside the paint and under the rim to get easy buckets. Physicality may not be his defining attribute, but the kid’s not afraid of catching bodies while maintaining a high activity rate from the very first minute of the game to the final buzzer, which shows mostly on his suffocating defense on ball-carriers. While not a shooter by definition, he can put the ball in from different ranges and he can only get better with the proper time and training. Harris is also lightning-quick and aware enough of the situation at every moment, always on the right position to put easy points on the board while taking on fast-breaks after his team recovers the ball and he serves as the leading poacher. Don’t get it wrong though as he ain’t no cherry picker but rather an over-average IQ-er that knows where to be every single time. What has now been an under-the-radar career so far is starting to bear fruit. Washington is calling him one of the best prospects out of the District already and even a little improvement on his overall game will foster his rank-climbing to greater horizons. We are months away to know his final committing decision (he has made it clear he’s patiently approaching it) but colleges better hurry up and send their letters in before they fall short on Chuck’s sweepstakes.