This fall the annual Generation Next All-Star Camp hit the hardwood in Wisconsin.  Annually regarded as one of the premiere middle school development and showcase platforms in the country, the 2022 installment did not disappoint.  Here’s a quick look at six outstanding up and coming prospects in the Class of 2028 that stood out in Wisconsin…

Ethan Vahl – Hybrid Guard – Illinois – If dominate was a person, Vahl would be him at the 2022 Generation Next All-Star camp. He led the camp in scoring, assists and was second in steals. Ethan is a long, lanky guard and he used his length to garner easy buckets throughout the camp. Despite being able to score when we wanted, the young prospect got his teammates involved and placed the ball in places where it was easy for them to score. As his body fills out, Vahl will be a name that will ring bells all over the Midwest. His work at the camp led him to Co-MVP honors.

Taaj Whitlock. – Point Guard – Minnesota - This was my first-time laying eyes on the younger Whitlock and I left impressed. The sibling apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree. He attacked the basket well and shot the well throughout the camp, shooting 62% from the field overall and 55% from range. Whitlock is shifty with the ball in his hands and is very tough to defend off the dribble with his quickness.  Taaj used his skillset and IQ to finish 2nd at the camp in scoring.

Kayden Turner – Combo Guard– Illinois – They say you are not supposed to have favorites in the scouting game but I am breaking that rule for Turner. I watched him play GNBA all last spring/summer and really enjoyed evaluating his game. Per usual, he was very efficient at the camp averaging 11 points per game while shooting an eye popping 89%. Turner has decent size for a guard his age and displayed that by being top 10 at the camp in rebounding.  He used ball screens very well to get his shots off and never seemed to force the issue offensively. Coming off a 1st Team All GNBA summer season, Turner continued his strong play and was Co-MVP of the camp.

Jared Van Donselaar – Hybrid Post – Illinois – Jared seems to have grown since the GNBA season and now looks to be 6-3ish. He used his height and skill set to play very well at the camp. Jared controlled the interior on both ends of the floor at the camp, using his height to score over defenders offensively and deterring a lot of shots on the defensive end of the floor. He led the camp with 7 rebounds per game. 

Jett James – Small Forward – Missouri – A sleeper in the class of 2028, James is just a steady, do it all type kid. He rebound the ball well and defended at a very high level. He used his instincts on defense to lead the camp in steals. He played so hard in a camp setting and that caught my attention. A sleeper to keep an eye on as every team needs a glue guy to steady the ship.

Brock Brown – Dual Forward – Illinois - Brown was really active up and down the court all camp, making plays with his hustle and effort and ability to finish when attacking the hoop. He has some length to him standing about 5-10/5-11 and used that to tie for the camp lead in rebounds. He showed a solid first step driving to the basket and also used his length to alter shots defensively. He was efficient from the floor during his games leading his team to victories in all of their games.