The high school season is quickly approaching and with that begins the dawn of many prep careers for talented freshmen from across the country.  While some will make an immediate impact right off the bat, others will do so as time improves and they continue to mature and develop physically and skill wise.  Here’s a look at five very intriguing young freshmen to watch closely over the next four years.

Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order

Luka Balac – 2021 – PG – Munster (IN)
A skilled and instinctive young guard with size, handles, vision, and range, Balac brings nice leadership to the court for a young guard.  The young Indiana talent can finish at multiple levels, he sees the floor well, he contributes on the defensive end of the court, and he can fill the box score in a variety of ways.  Really like what he brings to the table at this stage and with continued development across the board look for him to have a strong prep career in Indiana.

Ilyaas Harris – 2021 – G – Marquette HS (MO)
Ultra-quick and ultra-skilled Harris hits the hardwood with natural swagger and he can really play when he’s got it going.  An excellent perimeter shooting guard with the ability to take over the game, Harris oozes with confidence.  He handles it, he can breakdown opposing guards, he can change direction on a dime, his perimeter stroke is lethal, and he brings speed and quickness to the hardwood.  Really looking for him to so some high quality things over the course of his high school career.

Gavin McGrath – 2021 – F/C – Onalaska HS (WI)
A talented young big with all the physical tools to generate a lot of looks and attention over the years.  He can finish with both hands, his feel around the glass is solid, he has length, and he has nice instincts for a young big.  He can face up out to about 15 feet but like most bigs he’s still raw and developing.  Look for him to continue to grow and develop as he already looks like a legitimate Division 1 prospect and his best years are in front of him.  Expect him to quietly develop into a quality impact talent for Onalaska in the coming years.

Nolan Rieder – 2021 – F/C – Sussex Hamilton (WI)
Another developing big who works hard and competes, two very nice characteristics for any prospect much less a freshman with size, length, and potential.  He can step out and face up with a solid perimeter stroke and he can contribute around the basket with either hand and on the defensive side with instincts and positioning.  Still far from a finished product, Reider has Division 1 type potential and with continued development both physically and skill wise he could really become a strong prospect and a quality impact player for Sussex Hamilton during his prep career.

Treyton Thompson – 2021 – F – Alexandria Area HS (MN)
Arguably the most intriguing and interesting talent on this list, Thompson is advanced with his face up ability and his range and that bodes well for him long term as both are already Division 1 prospect qualities for him.  He has size, plus length, a long wiry frame, solid vision, and ability to hit the jumper at the mid-range level and beyond the arc, and he’s a solid passing big already.  Still very raw physically and developing his back to the basket game, ball handling, etc. Thompson has a lot of clay to mold into a potential high major Division 1 prospect if he keeps trending in the direction he’s going.  He will be another that will develop over the next couple of years but look for his name to generate a lot of buzz with each passing year as he has tremendous potential long term.