Posted On: 04/3/21 11:00 PM

Appleton, Wis. — The Prep Hoops Next circuit got rolling again on Saturday as the Future Stars Classic tipped off from the Community First Champion Center. While the 12-hour day was grueling, it was also fruitful, as the eight-court facility proved to be an ideal setting to evaluate many of the Midwest region’s top sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade teams. The competition level was fairly high, with the opening day’s action divided between a handful of new names, as well as a couple of familiar faces. Here are the handful of players whose performances on Day 1 could simply not be ignored…

Derek Bishop | Mundelein, IL | Class of 2025

The six-foot guard got better as the day progressed, and as Bishop improved, so did his Kessel Heat (IL) club. The crafty backcourt prospect scored 17 points in his first game of the day; a loss to Full Package Black (IL). However, he immediately followed up with 20 points in a win against D1 Wisconsin before ending the day with a 29-point explosion versus Chapman Basketball Academy (WI), which resulted in a 48-47 victory and catapulted his team into the Futures Stars

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