Roaming around the country, we recently checked in with a young prospect who is starting to gain a lot of traction with his play this season and should only continue to flourish this summer. 2026 Hassan Koureissi, who plays for Archbishop Stepinac, is starting to have a breakout season, as the 6’3 prospect is showing his ability to be a strong creator off the bounce, get to his spots, and play at his own pace.

It is why schools like Saint Louis, St. John’s, and others have already offered the guard.  We check in with Koureissi about the latest, learning more about his game and what has been going on early on with his recruitment.

Phenom: How has everything been going this season for you and your team? What has been your impact for your team this year?
Koureissi: Everything is going great this season we are putting wins together as a team and looking forward to going back-to-back state champions. My impact on the team is to come off the bench and provide what the team needs, whether it’s guarding the opposing team’s best player, rebounding, or scoring.

Phenom: How would you best describe your game?
Koureissi: I’m a player who plays at his own pace, never really gets sped up, can guard 1-5, is never scared to guard other team’s best players, and is a vocal person who loves to get their team going.

Phenom: Anyone you like to model your game after?
Koureissi: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Phenom: How has everything been going early on with your recruitment?
Koureissi: Recruitment is going great. I just picked up a St. John’s offer. I also have offers from Iona, Manhattan, St. Louis, and St. Bonaventure.

Phenom: What are your thoughts on your latest offer from St. John’s? What do you know about them?
Koureissi: St. John’s is a great school; Rick Pitino has a great coaching resume especially coaching in the NBA and it being close to home makes it that much better.

Phenom: Seems like they have been on you for quite some time now?
Koureissi: Yes… my grassroots program, PSA Cardinals, has two alumni there. Joel Soriano and Drissa Traore.

Phenom: What are your thoughts on the other programs that have offered? Are any standing out early?
Koureissi: They are all great schools but as of right now, I am focusing on the season in front of me. But when the time comes, I will put a lot of thought into it.