It was quite a debut for the Prep Hoops Next circuit in 2021, and as the headliners from the event series begin to see their names appear more frequently across Prep Hoops’ network of state websites, now is the appropriate…
It was quite a debut for the Prep Hoops Next circuit in 2021, and as the headliners from the event series begin to see their names appear more frequently across Prep Hoops’ network of state websites, now is the appropriate time to give my final farewell to the Class of 2025 on this platform.
In total, the Prep Hoops Next circuit comprised sixteen events that spanned five regions and hosted more than 2,500 players, which provided excellent viewing opportunities for much of the nation’s youth hoops talent. After much thought and deliberation, here are the backcourt prospects that I’ll remember most fondly when recalling the accomplishments of the Class of 2025 from the inaugural PHN circuit…
Kayden Edwards | Fort Worth, TX | Class of 2025
Any discussion about the Prep Hoops Next circuit should include Edwards, as the 6-foot-2 southpaw torched the Southwest region with his scoring and playmaking abilities. Eventual region champs Southern Assault (TX) were a fixture in the circuit’s debut season and Edwards was an undoubtedly critical piece to the team’s success. Currently enrolled as a freshman at Duncanville (TX) High School, the kid better known as “Bugg” to his teammates has since exploded at the prominent CP3 Rising Stars National Camp, and earned an impressive early scholarship offer from Texas Tech.
Hudson Greer Hudson Greer 6'4" | WG TX | Austin, TX | Class of 2025
It’s only fitting that Greer appears in this article alongside his aforementioned teammate, Kayden Edwards. The Southern Assault (TX) pair were arguably the most impressive backcourt duo on the Prep Hoops Next circuit with the 6-foot-4 Greer serving as a steady presence to complement the boisterous Edwards. While Greer’s high-flying act is certain to earn him early praise at Lake Travis (TX) High School, there’s also a lot of substance to his game, as timely shotmaking and competitive nature were constantly on display during his final season at the middle school level.
Jaiden Holloman Jaiden Holloman 5'8" | PG NY | Syracuse, NY | Class of 2025
Perhaps the most prolific scorer on the Prep Hoops Next circuit in 2021, Holloman was heavily relied upon by his N.E.B.C. Elite (NY) club, and the 5-foot-8 sparkplug consistently delivered. Void of a PHN event in his area, the upstate New Yorker trekked to multiple tournaments and demonstrated his abilities against a variety of opponents, thus solidifying his place among the top backcourt performers from the Class of 2025. A quick and shifty playmaker, expect the Bishop Ludden (NY) High School product to continue garnering attention in the Northeast region during his freshman campaign.
John ‘Trey’ McKenney III | Flint, MI | Class of 2025
McKenney and his Bates Fundamentals (MI) team were crowned champions of the inaugural Blue Chip City Mayhem in their lone appearance on the Prep Hoops Next circuit as the Michigan native was awarded Most Outstanding Player honors. One of the most ballyhooed players in the Midwest, McKenney has opted to attend St. Mary’s (MI) Preparatory High School in suburban Detroit for his freshman year, as outsiders’ expectations for him continue to mount. The early praise heaped on him was justified based on his outstanding production but now the challenge will be for McKenney to prove his skills and physique translate at the next level.
Curtis Stinson, Jr. | West Des Moines, IA | Class of 2025
The season started early for Stinson and his Kingdom Hoops (IA) teammates, as the group made the nearly 1,000-mile journey in January to the Prep Hoops Next Southeast Kickoff in Georgia. The versatile, 6-foot-2 guard appeared comfortable in both scoring and facilitating roles, but it was Stinson’s feel and poise that struck me as especially advanced. While there are certainly areas for improvement, the pedigree is present for Stinson (type, “Curtis Stinson Sr”, into the search engine of your choice), and his natural pace helps to illustrate the vast upside of this West Des Moines Valley (IA) High School freshman.
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