The past couple of days we took a glance black at the 2019 GNBA Top 40 Camp this past weekend to look at some of those efforts.  We will continue with that into next week but today we circle back to the Midwest to look at 10 high level impact prospects who stand to generate a lot of headlines over the next 8-12 months…

Note – Not listed in any particular order

Patrick Baldwin Jr. – 2021 – G/F – Sussex Hamilton (WI)
One of the premiere juniors in the country, Baldwin has been the ton setter for the 2021 class nationally since he took his first high school class.  Equipped with a combination of court IQ, size, skill, vision, etc. and a versatile package that allows him to fill the box score and score at every level, Baldwin makes the game look easy at times.  He’s a model of consistency and where another may have that one game here or there, Baldwin pretty much delivers what is asked of him every time out.  He already holds offers from every blue blood school in the country including Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, etc. and he’s a consensus top 2 on virtually every board as well.

Emoni Bates – 2022 – SF – Ypsilanti (MI)
The alpha in the current sophomore class nationally, Bates is a long lean plus length wing that has the ability to score in bunches.  He can finish at every level and his perimeter stroke when clicking can take over the game.  Far from a finished product physically or skill wise, Bates is one of the must watch prospects in the country regardless of class and expect his name to be at the top of numerous headlines over the next couple of years.

Malaki Branham – 2021 – G – St. Vincent St. Mary (OH)
An emerging junior with solid physical tools in terms of size and length, Branham hasn’t generated the headlines the others on here have but he’s regarded by many as a top 50 caliber prospect nationally.  He has size, length, athleticism, and smooth perimeter game with range from multiple levels.  Figures to have a huge spring and summer and the highly talented guard holds offers from the likes of Ohio State, Louisville, Alabama, Xavier, etc. amongst others.

Kendall Brown – 2021 – SF – Sunrise Christian (MO)
Highly regarded since his middle school NY2LA GNBA days where Brown delivered some high level performances, Brown is a consensus top 25 prospect nationally who some have taken for granted at times in the glass unfortunately.  A smooth talent with skill and versatility, Brown heads down to Sunrise Christian this season for a reboot so to speak and the powerhouse in Missouri should be a big step forward for him.  A high major talent, Brown holds a large number of offers with Kansas, Creighton, Minnesota, Marquette, California, Texas, etc. being in the mix.

A.J. Casey – 2022 – PF – Tinley Park (IL)
A long bouncy raw sophomore forward, Casey is regarded by most as the best up and coming sophomore in Illinois.  Equipped with size, length, and athleticism, Casey has nice vision, he has quick bounce so he not only can collect rebounds initially but he has the ability to hit the ground and get back up immediately which is a positive physical tool around the basket.  He has plus length, can finish in transition, and he has the ability to score facing the basket or with his back to the basket at times.  Still raw skill wise, Casey is further along athletically at this stage but that doesn’t keep him from being regarded across the board as a high major prospect.  He left Simeon for Tinley Park during the summer.  He holds offers from Illinois, Depaul, and Tulane. 
Max Christie – 2021 – SG – Rolling Meadows (IL)
One of the many names that has graced this site and others for the past few years, Christie is a consensus top 20 prospect nationally in the 2021 class and he has continued to take steps forward each year.  A natural scoring guard with the ability to finish at multiple levels, Christie is most comfortable with the ball in his hands as he can attack off the bounce and create his own shot.  He has size, length, and athleticism to go along with an evolving skill set.  He holds offers from multiple schools as well with Duke, Villanova, Michigan, Northwestern, etc. as just a few of the multiple schools recruiting him. 

Chet Holmgren – 2021 – F – Minnehaha Academy (MN)
The biggest stock booster of this past spring and summer, Holmgren continued to deliver dominant and versatile performances both during the high school season and in spring/summer competition.  A 7-0 plus forward with plus length, instincts, skill, and desire, Holmgren alters shots consistently, he has bounce, he can finish around the basket, he runs the court for a big, and he has the ability to rip the nets from long range with consistently.  A very difficult cover any time he takes the court, Holmgren like a few others in this article started at the NY2LA GNBA middle school platform and he’s soared each passing year since.  He holds a laundry list of offers as well with Kansas, California, Florida, Baylor, Minnesota, Texas, Gonzaga, etc. being just a few of the schools in the mix early.

Meechie Johnson – 2021 – PG – ISA (OH)
A recent commit to Ohio State, Johnson is a tough skilled talent who can carry a team on his back in a variety of ways.  An electric type guard with instincts and feel, Johnson handles it, he can score at multiple levels, he breaks opposing guards down off the dribble, and he can create both in half court sets and in transition.  Look for him to continue his development with another huge season.

Khristian Lander – 2021 – PG – Reitz (IN)
A talented left handed floor general with nice size, plus length, and solid feel, Lander is the alpha in the 2021 class in Indiana and he’s already one of the more coveted juniors in the country nationally.  He handles it, he can score off the bounce through traffic, he has a nice mid-level game, and he can spot up and knock down the perimeter shot from beyond the arc.  Further along with the ball in his hands scoring at this point, which is expected as a lead guard, Lander can contribute in a variety of different ways.  Indiana, Louisville, Florida, Michigan, Purdue, Kansas, etc. are a few of the many schools courting him at this time.

Matthew Mors – 2021 – F – Yankton (SD)
Mors first jumped out a couple years back at one of our NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza platforms and the talented forward has quietly emerged as the alpha prospect in the Dakotas for the 2021 class.  A skilled talent with an ability to score at multiple levels, Mors has nice athleticism and agility for his size and his ability to score in transition, half court sets, and off the bounce is highly intriguing.  He has range, instincts, etc. and he’s really just scratching the surface.  One of the better kept secrets in the country nationally, Morse has Wisconsin, Nebraska, Creighton, Colorado, Iowa State, Iowa, etc. on his recruiting trail already.  He’s a top 100 prospect nationally that isn’t generating the headlines he deserves just yet.  Look for him to continue to grow and potentially be a big story over the next 8-12 months nationally.