Author: Keith Agran

  • 2027/2026 Top Performers – PHN Heartland Kickoff

    2027/2026 Top Performers – PHN Heartland Kickoff

    I didn’t get to see the full gamut of teams from the 6th and 7th-grade divisions, but from the games I saw, here are some of the standout 2026/2027 performers at the Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff. 2027 Derrick Kilgore, G/F, Project Basketball (pictured above) Arguably the best overall talent I saw in the division,…

  • Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff: Top 2025 Bigs Part 2

    Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff: Top 2025 Bigs Part 2

    Here’s Part 2 of what was a deep cast of bigs playing at the Prep Hoops Heartland Kickoff: Trayvon Taylor, 6-1, F, EZ Work Elite Polished and confident young big man prospect, showed the post-game of a much bigger and more mature player, sometimes he’d out-work you or sometimes just plain beat you with flair…

  • Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff: Top 2025 Bigs Part 1

    Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff: Top 2025 Bigs Part 1

    Not to be outdone by their speedier, flashier guard counterparts, the big guys in the 14U division brought plenty of game and highlights to the Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff. We take a look at some here: Kendal Cutler, 6-2, Grind Family Chicago Perhaps among the weekend’s most tantalizing young wings, you can just see…

  • Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff: Top 2025 Guards Part 2

    Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff: Top 2025 Guards Part 2

    We continue with a second group of outstanding backcourt performers from the Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff: Nasir Williams, 5-11, SG, NEBC (pictured above) Smooth athlete with good length and uses it in a classic slasher’s role, likes to attack from the wing and get downhill, nice understanding of how to find offense and gets…

  • Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff: Top 2025 Guards Part 1

    Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff: Top 2025 Guards Part 1

    A deep field of backcourt aces took the floor at the Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff, here’s group #1: De’queris Mayfield, 5-11, PG, C.M.B. Runnin Rebels Explosive speed off the bounce and power to the basket were among the traits that made Mayfield one of the weekend’s top performers, when he turned things up in…

  • Prep Hoops Heartland Kickoff: 2025 All-Tournament Teams

    Prep Hoops Heartland Kickoff: 2025 All-Tournament Teams

    There was some tremendous basketball played outside of Indianapolis this past weekend, and the Hoosier state repped really well in the 14U division for Prep Hoops Next’s stop at the Heartland Kickoff, here’s a look at three teams of 2025 standouts and some honorable mentions who narrowly missed the top 15. 2025 1st Team De’queris…

  • Southwest Kickoff: Top Shooters

    Southwest Kickoff: Top Shooters

    The 3-point arc has been the catalyst in youngsters developing deep and quality shooting range at younger and younger ages, and at the Southwest Kickoff outside of Houston, we got to see the age ranges match up with the shooting ranges. Here’s a look at a few I saw… Davon Scott | SG | 2025…

  • Southwest Kickoff: 2025 Frontcourt Standouts

    Southwest Kickoff: 2025 Frontcourt Standouts

    Unfortunately, I only got to see about half of the 2025 field of teams at the Southwest Kickoff, but there were several notable frontcourt workers, scorers, and rebounders among that group that really impressed. James Murray | SF | JB White Elite | 2025 Among the better-looking overall prospects on hand I saw, incredible length…

  • Southwest Kickoff: Top Scorers Part 2

    Southwest Kickoff: Top Scorers Part 2

    Sunday we switched over to the 2025’s, and the skill level and scoring ability was on full display from a deep cast of guards and forwards whose names will be well-known to TX hoop pundits in the years to come. [player_tooltip player_id=”469″ first=”Cameren” last=”Paul”] | CG | FOE | 2025 As good an 8-grade prospect…