Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player.

Here is the latest commitment.

Player: Gus Yalden
Class: 2023
Committed to: Wisconsin

What Was Said by Phenom Hoops:

“There has always been an undeniable value in possessing skill, but the specific development of polished big men has led us to the creation of someone like Yalden. Between his IQ, vision, and scoring ability, he’s absolutely the most skilled post prospect in North Carolina. He’s not necessarily the most explosive athlete, which actually makes his impressive skillset shine even brighter. Yalden is an exceptional rebounder who understands how to properly utilize his frame to alter shots and snatch every available board in his area. The Blues are 10-3 with Yalden, and 3-2 without him. It’s extremely difficult to overstate the value (and general matchup problems) that comes from having someone so unique.”

“The difference in this team before and after the arrival of Gus Yalden is obvious. His addition not only provides them with a go-to offensive option, but a walking mismatch with the ability to dominate the glass on either end of the floor. Yalden possesses a big, strong frame and understands how to consistently utilize his body to outmuscle opponents within the paint. He’s incredible at moving without the ball and properly positioning himself for success (especially as a rebounder). Yalden has great hands and a clear nose for the ball, which allows him to effortlessly accumulate tips and second-chance opportunities (or push the break himself in transition). That being said, the most common buzzword regarding the sturdy big man is “skill,” and it’s pretty easy to see why. Yalden is genuinely as skilled as any forward/post prospect in the state. He’s a brilliant passer and reliable scorer from all levels with the blend of IQ, size, and natural leadership to really shine as a focal point. Yalden can post-up, initiate the offense, or adapt his approach on a possession-to-possession basis. He’s equally as effective from the block or beyond the arc. Yalden also does a quality job of anchoring the paint and protecting the rim despite not being overly explosive. It’s easy to see why his name is nationally recognized, and he should continue to stand out as one of the top prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2023.”

“The young big man got some good playing time and had some glimpses of why he has the attention of many around the country.  In a short series of minutes, he showed his range and comfort level to step out with range but also show how he can operate around the rim and with his back to the basket.”