6’5 ’25 Tristan Thompson (Upward Stars)

Though folks should already know about Thompson and his incredibly productive, low-maintenance identity, this past weekend was just another indicator of what he brings to a team. He’s a smart, skilled, versatile two-way wing/forward with the ability to consistently affect all facets of the game. Thompson can initiate the offense, create for himself and others off the bounce, and apply efficient scoring pressure from all levels. He crashes the glass on a consistent basis, defends all types of opponents, and naturally fills in the gaps on both ends of the floor. It’s extremely difficult to say anything other than positives about Thompson, both on and off the court. He’s the type of winner that will be an asset wherever he furthers his playing career. 

6’8 ’25 Kaden Hammond (Team CP3)

Given the value of versatile big men, someone like Hammond should be a priority for a variety of college programs. He’s a strong, physical post prospect with great hands, soft touch, and the ability to operate on the block, high-post, or beyond the arc. Hammond possesses a ton of skill on the block, displaying feel, footwork, and reliable scoring instincts over either shoulder. He spaces the floor, passes at a high level, and rebounds well on either side of the ball. Hammond is a reliable interior defender and communicates well in screen actions or as a help defender. His stock should only continue to rise over the coming months.  

6’7 ’25 Julian Johnson (Upward Stars Carolinas)

Considering how much he’s progressed over the last calendar year, folks should be buzzing about Johnson and his appeal as a college prospect. He’s a steady, straightforward big man with touch, mobility, and quality instincts on both ends of the floor. Johnson is a reliable finisher, both above the rim and from the block, and can knock down the occasional midrange jumper or effectively run the two-man game. He utilizes his length well to alter shots and rebound the ball. Johnson operates very well within the team structure on both ends of the floor. He still has ample upside remaining, so expect him to continue on this current trajectory.