In part one we covered Trey Buchanan, Lamontae Cross, Davee Flowers, Jason Jakstys, and Jack Stanton. Here are five additional players that could have breakout junior seasons that are now upon us. While they all have varying levels of potential at the college level, they all share plenty of upside and recent growth in their game. 

Zavier Fitch – 2024 – F – Young & Reckless – Brother Rice

There is already a lot to like about the game of Fitch whois just scratching the surface of his potential. As well to being 6’7” he has a lot of tools with his athleticism, IQ, and versatility. After flashing great play with Young & Reckless this year, look for Fitch to continue that this winter and get on plenty of division one programs radars. 

Luke Hopp – 2024 – F – MidPro Academy – Metamora 

As Hopp has grown a few inches from 6’5” last year now up to 6’8”, the ceiling is incredibly high on him. He still has the perimeter skills of being able to spot up for threes, skilled passer, and put the ball on the floor but can now also be very impactful inside the paint. Hopp really has the opportunity to see his stock explode over the next few months a part of a talented Metamora squad. 

Malachi Johnson – 2024 – G – Greater Purpose Athletics – Rockford Guilford 

Johnson is a skilled and strong 6’3” combo guard whose game has continued to greatly improve over the past several months. As well to his shot making ability, Johnson is also explosive attacking the basket. He is a guard that scholarship level coaches will want to see this high school season and moving forward. 

AJ Levine – 2024 – PG – Big 3 – York 

As well to high and well-rounded skill set, Levine has some bounce and toughness to his game. He is a good playmaker off the dribble who can pull up and hit shots from well beyond the arc but also run the point effectively and create for his teammates in addition to finishing above the rim. While still under the radar, don’t be surprised to be hearing his name plenty this winter. 

Jaylan McElroy – 2024 – F – Illinois Wolves – DePaul Prep

A more well-known name on this list who already holds a couple of division one offers from Illinois State and Loyola Maryland. Though with his development of skills over the past several months to go along with his defensive ability, size, length, and athleticism, the 6’8” forward could emerge as one of the top juniors in the state of Illinois.