• Jared Exler

National Prep Championship Report Part One

Luke Hunger 6’10 Center 2022 (Northfield Mount Hermon School): Hunger can space the floor from beyond the arc. He makes three-pointers at a good rate when spotting up or on pick and pops. Finishes proficiently around the basket with his sturdy frame and soft touch off the glass. Also is a solid passer, finding teammates for layups on backdoor cuts. Defensively, Hunger is terrific on the glass. He uses his strength to get an advantageous position on opponents when boxing out to rebound at an excellent rate. Also does a nice job staying out of foul trouble, showing good verticality when contesting opponents’ shots around the rim. Hunger is committed to Northwestern.

Chase Ross 6’4 Shooting Guard 2022 (Cushing Academy): Ross is a consistent threat from long-range. He can make treys off movement or off the bounce with his step-back. Creates penetration with his good burst and quick crossover move. Ross scores effectively around the basket with his leaping ability and comfort finishing through contact. Also uses his speed and explosiveness well in the open court to create high percentage layup opportunities for himself. Makes good decisions in the half-court as a playmaker, kicking the ball out to open teammates for three-pointers when an opponent collapses on him in the lane. Defensively, Ross creates steals at a solid rate. He has quick hands, plucking the ball away from opponents if they are weak with their handle. Ross is committed to Marquette.

Abdou-Halil Barre 6’9 Center 2022 (Scotland Campus Sports): Barre makes his presence felt on the defensive end. He uses his impressive leaping ability and 7’4 wingspan to rebound at a good rate on the defensive glass. Also utilizes these tools to consistently block or alter opponents’ shots around the rim. Offensively, Barre works hard to get deep post position on opponents and has a nice up-fake to give himself better finishing angles. He is a constant threat to score on putbacks or drop-offs with his motor and explosiveness. Shows a good understanding of when to slip ball screens, creating high percentage finishing opportunities for himself around the rim. Barre also has solid vision as a passer, finding cutting teammates for layups when catching the ball in the paint.

Mike Rogan 6’7 Small Forward 2022 (South Kent School): Rogan is an excellent shooter from deep. He has good mechanics on his shot with a quick release. Makes three-pointers on standstill attempts or off of movement. Also can hit pull-up treys in transition. Does a nice job playing within the flow of the offense, rarely taking ill-advised shots. When opponents close out hard on him from the perimeter, Rogan can put the ball on the floor to get to his mid-range pull-up or floater in the lane. He is an unselfish player, understanding the times when to make an extra pass to a teammate for a higher percentage look. Rogan is committed to Fairfield.

Ugonna Kingsley 7’0 Center 2023 (Putnam Science Academy): Kingsley is an elite rim protector. He uses a combination of great anticipation, timing, and physical tools to block opponents’ shots around the rim at an exceptional rate. Has impressive mobility when rotating over from the weak side. Kingsley also is a solid defensive rebounder. He uses his size well to get an advantageous position on opponents when boxing out. Offensively, he is a reliable threat to score on putbacks, lobs, or drop-offs with his good motor and leaping ability. While most of his offense at the moment comes around the rim, Kingsley has shown instances of hitting fifteen-foot jumpers when flashing to the foul line.

George Turkson 6’7 Combo Forward 2024 (Bradford Christian Academy): Turkson makes an impact when defending around the basket. He blocks or alters opponents’ shots at a good rate, using his length and leaping ability while making quick rotations coming over the help side. Also is solid on the defensive glass, showing a knack for being around the ball when it comes off the rim. Offensively, Turkson uses his explosiveness to finish proficiently around the rim on drop-offs, lobs, or screen and rolls. Also shows flashes of being able to make pull-up three-pointers.

Jorge Diaz 6’10 Power Forward 2022 (IMG Academy): Diaz is a terrific shooter from beyond the arc. He has fluid mechanics on his shot with good elevation. Makes treys on the move or when spotting up. Shows some off-the-dribble flashes with a step-back move to get to his three-pointer. Also has impressive mobility, beating opposing forwards down the floor in transition for high percentage finishes around the rim. Diaz is a good passer, using his size to detect gaps in opposing defenses. Finds others for open treys on drive and kicks. Also is willing to make extra swing passes to give teammates higher percentage looks than the one he initially had. Defensively, Diaz does a nice job coming over from the help side to take charges in the lane when an opponent drives recklessly.

Jalen Bradberry 6’3 Combo Guard 2022 (Woodstock Academy): Bradberry uses his good burst or array of shifty ball-handling moves to get into the paint to create for himself and others. Does a nice job drawing contact around the rim to get to the foul line at a solid rate, in addition to having a step-back jumper in his mid-range arsenal. Bradberry also shows in spurts the ability to make pull-up three-pointers. He is a good playmaker, finding teammates for high percentage layups in the half-court on drive and dishes or screen and rolls.

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