There was a TON of talent in McCormick Place for Nike Nationals and TOC. Each of the players below had the baseline full of college coaches to watch them compete at the highest level. Here were my Top 5 Standouts in Chicago:
| Southeast All Stars
Chloe in the only non-EYBL player that made my Top 5 list. She is the definition of a competitor and it really comes out when she plays elite competition. On offense, she is incredibly hard to stop as she can hit it from behind the arc, pull-up from 15 feet, or get downhill at the rim with a variety of moves in her bag. In the game I watched, she hit a clutch 3 that would ultimately win the game for her squad. If the game is tight, she wants the ball and will do whatever it takes to get the W. There’s a reason she is a gold medalist from her time with the USA U18 team – she’s a bucket!
| Boo Williams
I saw Laila play at GEICO Nationals this year, and I caught part of one of her games in Chicago. She is an exceptional athlete who runs the floor well with good size and length. Laila has a pretty stroke from outside and is one of the craftiest finishers on the inside. Her game is so smooth, but she’s not afraid to do the dirty work like diving on the floor for a loose ball. The upside on this kid is tremendous as she can elevate, dominate the boards, and pass it well as one of the most versatile players in the country at 6 foot 1.
| Miami Suns
Khyala already has 8 offers from the first half of July Evaluation Periods. That’s the most of any player in Florida (publicly), and one of the most out of the entire country. She is a matchup nightmare with her height/length, athleticism, and ability to shoot it from 15 feet. During Nike Nationals, she led the EYBL in rebounds and blocks per game while rounding out the top 3 in steals. She can really shoot it and score it, but those numbers for rebounds/blocks/steals os what makes her an even more sought after post prospect in her class.
Danielle had quite the trip to Chicago as one of the few EYBL players to be included in the WNBA All-Star Skills Challenge. It was easy to see why she was picked and why she is one of the top players in the country. When her team needed a bucket, she was the go-to person. Dani has a solid frame, can shoot the rock, and is a smooth guard with a pretty change-of-pace dribble in the open court. The Georgia hooper can finish at the rim in many ways, knock down the mid-range jumper with good elevation, and had some nice off-foot finishes that made her a high-level offensive weapon in the Windy City.
Grace Knox | Cal Storm
Grace was the only player on this list that I was seeing play for the first time as a 2025 from Nevada. She stood out right away with a huge block on the first play I saw. The 6’2 Wing plays for Team Taurasi and has a great frame with plenty of height and length. Knox shot it from everywhere with a smooth stroke and a high release that made it nearly impossible to defend. On the inside, she can score it with her back to the basket or finish with both hands over most defenders. This Vegas hooper was easily one of the most well-rounded players I saw as only an incoming Sophomore.
Brandon Fisher is a Senior Scout for Prep Girls Hoops Florida and a Regional Scout for the PGH Circuit. If you have any information on players or teams, please email Brandon at email@example.com or DM him through Twitter/Instagram at @BrandonPGHFL.