Each year prospects across the country land on top rankings lists with a plethora of offers from various schools and at the same time a large number of sleepers lie under various rocks across the country waiting for their opportunity to shine at the next level.  Equipped with the ability to play and deliver at the next level, these prospects stand to shine in college with the right fit and system.  Here are five 2017 prospects still on the board with upside and potential to deliver quality results at the collegiate level…

(Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order – This is not an exclusive list)

TAYLOR BRUNINGA – 2017 – SF – ILLINI BLUFFS HS – ILLINOIS IRISH
A long lean 6-7 plus wing with a high ceiling and upside, Bruninga has an excellent stroke and a textbook catch and shoot offensive package that is only scratching the surface.  Currently being pursued by various Division 2 programs, Bruninga is a legitimate low to possibly mid Division 1 face up scoring talent who can slide between either forward spot.  He has instincts, plus length, a frame that could add both strength and explosion to it, and he pairs that with an ability to take over the game in flashes.  One to take a close look at if you need a big who face up and knock down the jumper consistently from the perimeter.  

COURVOISIER MCCAULEY – 2017 – SG – INDY MANUAL HS – INDY EBC
I promise you there may not be another guard so lowly recruited with so much upside and potential.  A virtual unknown coming out of the spring, McCauley switched back to his original travel program in July with Indy EBC and started to generate attention at the eleventh hour with the likes of Drake and UMKC taking a look amongst others.  A legitimate 6-4 guard with size, athleticism, and a big time scoring game that delivers from all levels, McCauley is a legit mid to potential high major off guard with the ability to catch and shoot at will and take over the game.  This young guard is a sleeper in the truest sense of the word recruiting wise and with the right system and the right fit he will be an absolute steal of a prospect at the Division 1 level and the end result will be a lot of big time performances.  

OCTAVIUS PARKER – 2017 – G – NILES WEST HS – PLAYGROUND ELITE
Another solid talent who suffered a bit from a slow high school campaign that may not have been the right fit last year, Parker delivered some solid results on the grassroots travel campaign.  He has handles, solid instincts, and a quality perimeter stroke that he can make from beyond the arc and at the mid-range level and he has some nice versatility in that he can slide between both guard positions and deliver.  Still scratching the surface of his potential with his best years ahead of him, Parker stands to excel in the right system and for any low to mid-major caliber school in need of someone to put the ball in the basket and make plays on the perimeter, Parker is worth a serious look over the next few months.

PJ PIPES – 2017 – PG – LEMONT HS – ILLINOIS STARS IBA
Currently holding offers from UW-Green Bay, Navy, and Denver, Pipes is a quality lead guard with size, skill, and instincts who has delivered consistent results for the past few years.  Initially a scoring talent who could finish at each level, Pipes made a concerted effort to create more starting in May and the results were stellar efforts consistently and high level floor general production.  Pipes could deliver quality results at a number of Division 1 levels and given the right fit his best basketball may lie ahead high caliber fashion.

JACOB SHIELDS – 2017 – SF – YATES HS – RL9
Another athletic versatile talent with a decent ceiling, Shields can finish in transition, half court sets, and has the ability to make things happen at times defensively.  Still raw in some areas, Shields impressed in flashes at times this spring and the talented wing has a lot of physical tools to mold into a quality impact talent at the next level.  Another sleeper with a potentially high return, Shields can play and as most on this list he will excel substantially in the right Division 1 program.