Tavares, Fl. — There was no shortage of star power in the Sunshine State this past weekend as “Faces of the Future” camp invaded The Big House in the greater Orlando area. Here are a handful of standouts from the event’s seventh-grade division who should have an opportunity to become the state’s brightest stars in the Class of 2026…
Brandon Bass, Jr. | Orlando, FL | Class of 2026
The son of former LSU standout and longtime NBA and overseas forward, Brandon Bass, Sr., the younger Bass is more perimeter-oriented than his father. His combination of size, skills, and bloodlines blended together in a package that made him one of the most intriguing prospects in attendance at Faces of the Future camp. Bass appeared to enjoy competing, had a charismatic demeanor, and ran the floor with ease. He converted transition finishes, handled the ball in the halfcourt, and attacked the lane off the bounce with regularity. He’s an obvious choice as a player to monitor in the Class of 2026.
Herly Brutus | Tavares, FL | Class of 2026
The 6-foot-4 wing was my revelation of the seventh-grade division at Faces of the Future camp. A fluid athlete with an elite physical profile and rapidly blossoming confidence, Brutus is primed to explode on the national stage in the Class of 2026. The perimeter prospect is an imposing defender, was not afraid to assume a stance, and utilized his length and deceptive lateral abilities to overwhelm opponents throughout the event. Assertive in attacking the rim and pursuing rebounds, Brutus also displayed adequate shooting touch, and range that extended beyond the three-point line.
| Kissimmee, FL | Class of 2026
As evidenced by his recent feature on PrepHoopsNext.com, Quinones has quickly established his reputation on the hardwood in the Class of 2026 since moving to the United States from Puerto Rico less than three years ago. Approaching 6-foot-2, the skilled backcourt prospect put his full arsenal of offensive talents on display during Faces of the Future camp. A confident ball-handler, Quinones routinely beat defenders off the dribble, and scored with ease in the lane. There’s an element of flash to his perimeter game, as he was able to create separation, and showed promise with his jumper.
Chris Washington, Jr. | Gainesville, FL | Class of 2026
Washington provided a phenomenal first impression at Faces of the Future camp. The thin but athletic forward stands 6-foot-5 and exhibited superb timing as an interior defender and rebounder, while also flourishing offensively in the open court. At this stage, his game is constructed in the mold of a face-up forward, capable of stretching the floor with his versatile array of skills. He sprinted end-to-end with purpose, stalking chase-down blocks, and hunting opportunities above-the-rim. It will be fascinating to watch this seventh grader’s game evolve on the middle school circuit during the next couple of years.
Kymani Weathers | Maitland, FL | Class of 2026
Weathers has stretched out and expanded his game since I watched him a year ago at this very event. At the most recent 2020 edition of Faces of the Future camp, Weathers demonstrated improved ball skills, as well as enhanced fluidity on the perimeter. The 6-foot-4 forward now divides his time facing the basket while also continuing to exert his will on the block. A talented athlete, Weathers slashed his way to the basket from the wing and had a number of impressive finishes in the paint. Already playing above the rim with regularity, Weathers is currently one of Florida’s most explosive players in the Class of 2026.
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