The July live period’s have finally concluded and the 2021 AAU season is very close to coming to a full end. These last few months have been amazing with AAU getting back to normal after having it shutdown last spring, summer due to the outbreak of COVID-19. We had our spring stock boosters and released those list of prospects back in May. Prospects like Anthony Black, Shaedon Sharpe, Dereck Lively II, Ernest Udeh Jr., and others headlined the stockrisers from this spring. Here we take a look at the biggest stock boosters from the summer and month of July.
2022 F Yohan Traore (Prolific Prep, CA) – Yohan Traore came into the month of July ranked in the bottom half of the national player rankings on the main ranking outlets and that certainly changed quickly. Yohan strictly dominated the Adidas 3SSB circuit and helped lead Dream Vision (CA) to an Adidas 3SSB championship a couple weeks ago. Traore is a 6-foot-10 native of France who runs the floor at a very high rate, a consistent finisher at the rim, and plays with an elite motor. He is able to display his versatile skills offensively in some situations, can be a rim protector on the defensive end, and a very outstanding rebounder. Traore arguably had the biggest stock boost coming out of July, earning offers from schools like Arkansas, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Oregon, Louisville, and others. Yohan was also offered a contract to join Overtime Elite, a new team featuring some of the top high school prospects.
2022 G Cason Wallace (Richardson, TX) – The Nike EYBL began their session and Peach Jam a couple weeks ago after not having any sessions at all last year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Cason Wallace played tremendously throughout the two week “bubble” Nike hosted and led Pro Skills (TX) to an impressive 12-1 overall record before being eliminated in the Elite 8 round. Cason was locked in mentally and played at a consistent level in all 13 games. He is a 6-foot-4 guard with a Dwayne Wade, Donovan Mitchell style of play. Wallace can score from all levels of the floor, has the ability to make plays for his teammates, and is an elite rebounder for a guard. He holds great strength at 6-foot-4, can finish through traffic, and is an aware defender. The toughness this kid plays with is impressive and has an argument to possibly be the number one prospect in the class or at least a top-5 or top-10 prospect. His most recent offer came from John Calipari and the Kentucky coaching staff.
2022 SG Jaden Schutt (Yorkville Christian, IL) – Not many national media scouts even knew who Jaden Schutt was coming into the month of July but the rising senior changed that in a heartbeat running with the Illinois Wolves (IL) on the UAA circuit. Schutt help lead the Illinois Wolves (IL) to a UAA championship this past weekend and should be on the rise in the next set of national player rankings before the high school season starts. He is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard with an elite jump shot and an excellent form and release. Schutt holds a great balance on his jumper with the ability to score from the perimeter and midrange spots. He has the positional size, outstanding at running off ball screens keeping his body squared to the rim, an elite catch and shoot shot maker, holds a nice rapid release, sort of like a J.J. Redick, and his short preparation is next level. Duke and Florida are the most recent big time offers Jaden has received but that should certainly change with more offers coming in soon.
2022 SG Otega Oweh (Blair Academy, NJ) – Otega Oweh proved to be one of the premiere stock risers last month helping Team Final (PA) capture the Nike EYBL Peach Jam championship about a week or so ago. The 6-foot-4 athletic two-guard showed his confidence offensively throughout the month of July. Oweh is an athletic guard, able to hit perimeter shots, plays with amazing toughness, an engaged defender, and can finish through contact inside the paint. The rising senior was extremely eye-opening with his energy and high motor on one of the best teams in the EYBL. He has earned offers from Oklahoma and Pittsburgh recently after an outstanding two weeks down in North Augusta, South Carolina but that should certainly change over the next few weeks. Otega will be playing on a top-25 caliber program for his senior season with Blair Academy (NJ).
2023 G Reed Sheppard (North Laurel, KY) – Reed Sheppard burst onto the national scene early in July running with one of the best programs on the Adidas 3SSB circuit Midwest Basketball Club (OH). He is a 6-foot-3 combo guard with a terrific feel for the game at a young age. Sheppard played up a level all summer and proved he is one of the best guards in that 2023 class. He has tremendous range from the perimeter, can run some point guard, has great floor awareness, can score from inside the arc, finish plays at the rim, and has a nice passing ability. Reed could be considered a microwave type scoring guard and definitely plays at his own unique pace. Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio State, UMass, and Virginia are his most recent offers. Reed Sheppard arguably could have the biggest stock boost in the next set of the national player rankings before the the start of the high school season.
2022 SG Nick Smith Jr. (North Little Rock, AR) – Thought Nick Smith Jr. had himself an incredible last two weeks of July playing in the Nike EYBL and Peach Jam tournament. Coming off an injury and not have played in about two months, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard proved why is one of the best scorers in the loaded 2022 class. He averaged 18.6 PPG for Brad Beal Elite (MO) during their Peach Jam championship run in North Augusta, South Carolina. The rising senior dropped a game high 31 points in the Nike EYBL Peach Jam championship game despite the loss. Besides his talented scoring ability from all levels, Smith Jr.’s playmaking skills always go unnoticed when he is on the floor. He is a very unselfish scorer who is a willing passer that loves to make plays for his teammates. One of the top stock risers from this past July. Should see a move upward in the next set of player rankings.
2022 G Judah Mintz (Oak Hill Academy, VA) – One of the top breakout prospects of the Nike EYBL last month was no one other than Judah Mintz, future Pittsburgh Panther. Mintz showed out throughout the two weeks in North Augusta, South Carolina helping Team Durant (MD) reach the Elite 8. The 6-foot-4 guard displayed his full skillset and did so at a consistent rate. He has always been known for his high motor and pesky defense but Judah proved he can be effective on the offensive end as well. He holds good size, a reliable perimeter shot maker, can finish inside through traffic, and can hit midrange jumpers as well. He put up a couple big time games including a few games where he had 20 or more points. The rising senior will be suiting up for national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (VA) for this upcoming high school season.
2022 PG Milos Uzan (Dream City Christian, AZ)
2022 F Ven Allen Lubin (Orlando Christian Prep, FL)
2022 SG Kam Craft (Buffalo Grove, IL)
2023 PG Isaiah Collier (Wheeler, GA)
2022 SG Rylan Griffen (Richardson, TX)
2022 F Cam Whitmore (Archbishop Spalding, MD)
2022 F Zuby Ejiofor (Garland, TX)
2022 F KyeRon Lindsay (Guyer, TX)
2023 PG London Johnson (Norcross, GA)
2023 PG Jared McCain (Centennial, CA)
2022 SG D.J. Jackson (Montverde Academy, FL)
2022 PG Jamarques Lawrence (Roselle Catholic, NJ)