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5 High School Prospects Ready to Emerge as Bona Fide Superstars

Eric HampfordContributor IIINovember 7, 2016

5 High School Prospects Ready to Emerge as Bona Fide Superstars

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    Every year, there are undoubtedly prospects who are overlooked on a national level. For a variety of reasons, they aren't given the respect they deserve as being a premiere basketball player worthy of the ink given to the players sitting atop these lofty recruiting lists that we see so frequently. 

    Sometimes, it's just because they simply are so young—they haven't had enough time to carve out their own stardom at the high school level yet. Other times, a recruit may be overshadowed by a more talented teammate, which I like to call "The Scottie Pippen Syndrome."

    Sometimes, a prospect might just be a late bloomer who is just starting to put his whole arsenal together near the end of his high school career. 

    Here are five prospects at the high school level who are ready to emerge nationally, bringing a plethora of attention to themselves as well as the schools they represent.

Allerik Freeman

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    The 6'4", 210-pound shooting guard used a breakout spring and summer to help bring his name into the conversation as one of the most talented guards in the class of 2013. 

    He is a powerful wing player capable of creating for others while also taking his defender into the paint and abusing him.

    Look for him to have a breakout season this year while suiting up for Charlotte's Olympic High School (NC). They are absolutely stacked with what is said to be their most talented team in school history.

    Once the accolades start rolling in for Freeman, the rest of the country will find out what the state of North Carolina already knows—that he is an elite recruit.

Jahlil Okafor

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    Here's one of the biggest post prospects you will find at the high school level. He is 6'10", tipping the scales at 280 pounds. The young Chicago center is patiently waiting his turn behind Jabari Parker as the city's next roundball standout. 

    While he already is incredibly well known as an elite sophomore in the country, his national reputation is on the fringe of blowing up and reaching the level of the nation's top juniors and seniors. He stars for the city's elite program, Whitney Young High School (IL), where he teams with another super sophomore, Paul White.

    As he continues to dominate the Chicago Public League, you will start hearing more about the powerful post prospect. 

Tyus Jones

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    The 6'0" point guard may only be a sophomore, but he could potentially end up becoming the state of Minnesota's most highly sought-after recruit...ever.

    He is a point guard in every sense of the word. He makes everyone around him better, and sees the court like only the greatest lead guards are capable of. 

    He's been playing significant varsity minutes at Apple Valley High School (MN) since his eighth grade year, and has already worn the red, white, and blue representing our country in international play.

    His game may be quiet, lacking gym-shaking dunks or brash trash-talking, but it doesn't lack elite skill. He will be a constant atop of national rankings in the class of 2014.

Goodluck Okonoboh

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    The 6'9", 215 pound center is a prime example of a player who has been overlooked at the national level. This is because he plays in the giant shadow of Nerlens Noel at the Tilton School in New Hampshire.

    Not only do the two players look like brothers on the court with their hairstyles, but they also possess similar games, which bodes well for coaches recruiting Okonoboh, considering how highly touted Noel already is. 

    He runs the floor exceptionally for a center, finishes plays above the rim, and blocks a ton of shots. His game improves on a yearly basis, and by the end of this high school season, he should be shooting up the national rankings for the junior class.

Kasey Hill

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    Kasey Hill is the player most ready to explode onto the national radar. The 6'0", lightning quick point guard plays his high school ball for Montverde Academy (FL), and all signs point to him having a huge season this winter.

    He will be learning the nuances of the game under legendary high school coach Kevin Boyle, and that should help his game significantly. He is an explosive athlete who gets to the basketball whenever he wants, against whomever he wants.

    Don't be surprised if he is clawing at Andrew Harrison for honors as being the best point guard in the entire junior class. He is capable of doing so, and it might be this year.

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