6'9 Brandon Crawford (Irmo/Upward Stars)
After being one of the most tantalizing prospects in recent South Carolina history, the breakout campaign is finally happening for Brandon Crawford. Though he earned a few late offers, he recently announced that he'll be going to Link Year Prep next season'where his recruitment will inevitably take off. Following our South Carolina Top 80 (where he was easily among the top performers), we questioned why Crawford wasn't receiving more buzz from Division I programs. Between his length, athleticism, and incredible rim-protection instincts, it felt like more coaches should've been able to see the obvious foundational appeal. Add in strength development and his blossoming offensive game, and Crawford is the type of guy who should become a priority for countless programs. Expect him to turn a lot of heads on the national stage as an explosive rim-running big man who will only continue to progress.
6'6 Julen Iturbe (Riverside/Team Curry)
There are players who are capable of causing matchup problems and then there are others who simply deserve the label of 'walking mismatch,' like Julen Iturbe. It's highly uncommon to see guys with his level of skill and offensive versatility, particularly as a strong 6-foot-6 forward. Iturbe's impressive skillset allows him to comfortably dictate the action with the ball in his hands, both as a scorer and playmaker. He's an efficient perimeter shooter, post-up option, and penetrating threat with a phenomenal knack for making the right decision. Iturbe does a terrific job of taking what the defense is giving him, but also has the ability to take what he wants. He's simply a smart, skilled player. It also doesn't hurt that his father formerly played basketball at Clemson. Although he already holds four offers, Iturbe should definitely collect more over the coming months.
6'8 Alex Atkinson (Lower Richland/Upward Stars Columbia)
Given everything he's shown over the last month, it sounds like most folks have started getting familiar with Alex Atkinson. At 6-foot-8, Atkinson possesses an excellent array of size, skill, and athleticism. He moves extremely well for his size and is capable of playing inside the paint or along the perimeter. Atkinson can reliably pass, dribble, and score from all levels. He's a competent post-up option and finisher in traffic, but can also spot-up and hit jumpers from beyond the arc. Atkinson rebounds the ball well and is skilled enough to effectively push the break in transition. He's a useful shot-blocker that defends well in space and utilizes his length to disrupt others. Atkinson also moves well without the ball and makes smart passes. Although there's still a ton of upside remaining, Division I coaches should be getting involved sooner than later.