The start of the 2016-2017 boys high school basketball season has seen a handful of players jump out of the gates with strong performances across the Midwest and junior guard Ayo Dosunmu of Morgan Park (IL) is front and center. Here’s a quick look at four talented prospects already setting the hardwood on fire this season…
Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order
TAYLOR BRUNINGA – 2017 – SF – ILLINI BLUFFS (IL)
The long face up sharpshooting wing continues to elevate and build off of a strong summer and he is doing so in a big way. He’s exploded out of the game with some electric performances and is currently averaging close to 37 points a game, almost 17 rebounds a game, and 3 blocks per contest through the first seven games of the year. Skilled and equipped with size, length, instincts, feel, and a high ceiling, Bruninga may be the best available talent still on the board in the 2017 class regionally and he’s only going to get better.
AYO DOSUNMU – 2018 – G – MORGAN PARK (IL)
Big time talents with big time reputations sometimes don’t deliver as advertised but then again some do and Dosunmu delivered an electric spring and summer campaign for the Mac Irvin Fire that has him firmly established as a top 50 prospect nationally. While rankings and articles are nice, it’s the ability to deliver on the hardwood that should always be first and foremost and Dosunmu jumped out of the box this season with a scintillating 51 points explosion in Morgan Park’s only contest. A high major impact talent who is trending upward and fast, Dosunmu is primed for a huge campaign this season.
TRE JONES – 2018 – PG – APPLE VALLEY (MN)
We caught our first glimpse of this young floor general years ago as a young 1st and 2nd grader and he’s done nothing but continue to impress along the way. Now regarded as a high major floor general regionally and nationally, Jones jumped right out of the box this season with an electric triple double performance on Saturday to the tune of 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists while also blocking 6 shots in a season opening win. Jones is obviously skilled and his ability to lead and contribute across the board is what stands out at this stage. He’s already delivering as advertised so far this season.
KAREEM OZIER – 2017 – PG – RACINE CASE (WI)
A talented lead guard who had some injury issues during the spring and summer, Ozier has been exceptional to far this season through the first three games. Currently averaging 32 points a contest the quick, skilled, and instinctive lead guard has shown range, an ability to score at each level, and solid floor production early on this year. One of the top floor generals still on the board in the 2017 class, Ozier is off to a great start so far this season.