2023 F Justin McBride knows a thing or two about flying under the radar. It is something that he has used a motivational tool to consistently improve on his game and not get caught up in the hype. He also knows your game will speak for you and the once unknown prospect has pushed his way into being a top national talent.

The Oak Hill big man by way of Dallas, Texas, has a natural feel for the game at his size. He is very crafty around the basket and uses his solid frame to overpower smaller defenders. He has an extremely high motor and above average IQ for this stage of his career. He finishes at the rim very well and can get it done with either hand. His passing skills are still improving but does possess the ability to find open teammates when he gets doubled in the post, as well as great outlet passes to start the break. His athleticism at his size is what truly sets him apart at the high school level. He loves to play above the rim and when his teammates lob it up to him in the half court or open court a jaw dropping dunk is usually the result. The biggest are where has begun to improve is his outside shooting. He has extended his range over the last year and is now more comfortable shooting the three. This is what makes him a such an intriguing prospect in today’s era of basketball. He has also put in countless time on the court to improve his free throw shooting.

Defensively, his teams consider him the anchor on the floor. He is vocal and active and does not take any plays off. He is one dive on the ground for loose balls as well as fight to get offensive rebounds. He has sound defensive principles, and this is what keeps his out of foul trouble compared to other forwards his age. He boxes out well and has the speed and quickness to stay with smaller opponents in situations where he must switch on bigger players who challenge him the paint. These tangible skills he possesses have started division one programs to make him target for their recruiting class.

He currently holds offers from the likes of Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, TCU, and Texas Tech. This list will only continue to grow as we head into the winter school season and eventually into the spring and summer travel season next year.