2023 6’10 Tai Hamilton (ACE Elite): Hamilton has been a name popping up more and more this summer and deservingly so. At 6’10 and with his fluidity, there is certainly a place for him at the next level and he is one big that you can still work with and develop. But he utilizes his length well, whether it is being active on the boards or protecting the rim, but he also runs the floor well at 6’10. He still has room to develop on the offensive end, but still a good big to watch out for more.
2024 6’9 Reece Ketron (GATA Academy): Ketron was an interesting prospect to watch, as the 6’9 forward is another one of those long, mobile bigs that likes to run and get up offensively, get to his spots on the block, and be active in an array of ways. He displayed flashes of his ability with his back to the basket, while also keeping the ball high, and creates second-chance opportunities for his team.
2022 6’8 Zaquien Whitehead (North Florida Elite): Whitehead is a new name personally for us at Phenom Hoops but the 6’8 Whitehead opened some eyes with college coaches watching. For a program still looking for a big body, he could be one to look at as he brings athleticism to the table, a long wingspan that allows him to finish over opponents and at the rim and is great on the boards. He also has nice timing on the defensive end.
2024 6’6 Logan Ware (Strong Center 2024): Though 6’6 now, Ware is one that caught my eyes during the first LIVE period and did so again this time around. Ware is another fluid forward on the floor that gets all over the glass on both sides, but what makes him very interesting to watch is not only his touch in the paint but his ability to pop out and be a threat from outside as well. Still a younger developing big but a name to jot down and watch.
2025 6’5 Quinton Burgess (Team EAT 2025): The youngest prospect on the list here, Burgess has good size early on a 6’5 and has a motor that you have to love. Very skilled and fluid, Burgess is a forward that loves to make those hustle plays, is quick off the bounce, and has a nice feel for the game around the basket. Add that to his early athleticism and wingspan, Burgess could be one to monitor for down the road and will be interesting to see how much more he grows and develops.
2023 6’7 Jamarcus Wilkins (Upward Stars Upstate): From when we first saw Wilkins to where he is today, the 6’7 forward has really developed nicely as a player and think he will only continue to make progress with his game. He not only uses his athleticism on the defensive end in anchoring the paint and on the boards, but he is steadily improving his offensive game and adding pieces.