Over the last few months there have been many juniors to skyrocket up college coaches recruiting boards. Here are five of the most noticeable players that had big summers and took their games plus recruitment to the next level. 

Brooks Barnhizer – Lafayette Jeff High School (IN) – 6’6”
While he had a tremendous sophomore season, it took some time for college coaches to come around and pull the trigger. Barnhizer entered the summer with no scholarship offers to his name but that quickly changed. The wing was able to earn himself offers from Ball State, Butler, Detroit, Evansville, and Western Kentucky all since June. The junior is a stat stuffing 6’6” wing can do a bit of everything on the court that has drawn attraction of many coaches and should continue to do so. 

Bryce Hopkins – Fenwick High School (IL) – 6’5”
Not the traditional breakout player you think of as Hopkins has been a high-level player for some time now and already held offers from the likes of Illinois, Nebraska, and Xavier prior to this summer. However, the guard has taken his game to a new level and gone from a player with a couple Big 10 offers to one nearly the entire Big 10 is after plus some blue blood offers and interest. His combination of size and skill make him such a unique and dynamic player. He plays with great strength and toughness but also has the guard skills to pair with it. 

John Poulakidas – Neuqua Valley High School (IL) – 6’5”
While being one of the better class of 2021 scorers around for some time now, Poulakidas only had offers from Southern Illinois and UIC prior to this summer. That all changed as he had a truly breakout summer and left with double digit offer, including a couple from high major programs. Rutgers, TCU, Wake Forest, among others all extended Poulakidas a scholarship offer over the past few months. He is a wing guard with good size at 6’5” and is a high-level shot maker from the outside. 

Julius Rollins – Hillcrest High School (IL) – 6’5”
Rollins had quite the summer with his high school team as well as Young & Reckless. The lengthy and athletic wing is one of the better drivers around as he is able to glide to the basket with ease. Plus, Rollins is a quality and versatile defender that plays with plenty of energy. He received his first offer back in late June courtesy of UIC and has added ones from Ken State, Southeast Missouri State, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee since then. 

Payton Sandfort – Waukee High School (IA) – 6’6”
The junior sharpshooters stock absolutely took off this summer. He earned a big first offer from in-state Iowa in late June and things just continued to trend upwards from there. Sandfort also received offers from Air Force, Drake, Loyola (IL), Minnesota, and Utah later on. With his size on the wing, shooting ability, and high energy style of play, just expect this trend of offers to continue.