June is a month where various camps, skill development, etc. take precedence so it seems like a perfect time to continue to look back at this past spring while setting the table for this upcoming July.  So here’s a quick look at five must watch talents in July whose late blooming exploits on the hardwood have been both impressive and intriguing in the same sense…

Note – Listed in alphabetical order

One of the breakout performers of the spring if not in fact the breakout performer of the spring, Shannon is an explosive wing with bounce and athleticism who is just starting to take off nationally.  He is excellent in transition and he slashes and finishes in a variety of ways in half court sets.  Equipped with a plus length 6-6 frame Shannon has the potential to be a versatile and dominant defender potentially as well.  Already a high major talent, Shannon could see his list of offers continues to grow with a strong July.  DePaul, Florida State, Illinois, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Mississippi, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Maryland, Loyola-Chicago, Austin Peay, and Illinois Chicago have offered.  

A long lean 6-10 plus length frame lets Skogman pass the look test initially but the talented big from Waukesha West High School (WI) is more than just a big young talent in a uniform.  Skogman had a solid spring where he scored and rebounded with consistency while also showing skill and consistency in finishing around the basket, at the mid-range level, and beyond the arc.  Already holding a number of Division 1 offers after a stellar spring, Skogman is primed to see more attention come his way in July as he’s highly intriguing as a prospect given his size, grades, and nice ceiling.  Air Force, LIU Brooklyn, UW-Green Bay, Furman, Lafayette, American, Bucknell, and UW-Milwaukee have already offered this young big.  

A 6-10 plus length big with the ability to make an impact on both ends, Thomas is a classic late blooming big who will not reach his full potential until the collegiate level.  Equipped with a strong frame, a 7 foot wingspan, nice instincts, etc. Thomas has the potential to develop into a dominant post player at the next level.  Defensively he’s further along right now as he can defend in the post, he alters and blocks shots, and he moves well inside the 15 foot area.  On the offensive end he has the ability to face up to about 12-15 feet and he’s also shown an ability to finish around the basket with both hands in a variety of ways.  There’s a lot of clay to mold into a quality impact talent at the next level and Thomas already holds offers from Xavier, Buffalo, Cleveland State, Detroit, Kent State, U-Mass, Miami (OH), Toledo, and UW-Milwaukee.  Expect that list to grow with a strong July.  

A talented 6-7 plus length big with a 7 foot plus wingspan, Wilbourn did not start playing basketball until the end of his middle school years and he’s already taken huge steps forward in a short period of time.  Equipped with nice size, strength, length, and instincts, Wilbourn rebounds well on both ends, he can finish with either hand, and he’s shown improved skill at the mid-range level and at times beyond the arc.  A classic late blooming big, Wilbourn is a solid mid-major impact big whose best basketball lies in front of him.  The talented big from Bloomington (IL) could be a steal at the next level for the school that lands him.

A long lean 6-4 plus length guard with the ability to flip the scoreboard in bunches, Williams deliver a strong and solid spring with a high level of consistency and he’s primed to take the next step in July.  He can finish at each level, his solid awareness and high instincts help him make quality plays with the basketball in terms of table setting and delivering the pass, and defensively he’s a solid on the ball defender who can create chaos on that end as well with his size, length, versatility, and athleticism.  One of the better kept secrets on the west coast, Williams holds a handful of offers but that should grow exponentially with a big month of July.