Memphis, Tenn. — The positional breakdowns from the Under Armour Future Presidents’ Day Classic continue, as the release of my choices for the top wing guard performers from the Class of 2026 is next on the agenda.
The regional balance of this group reflects the national-caliber competition that made the trip to Tennessee for this early-season, three-day event. Be sure to remember these names as the grassroots travel season moves forward as I’ll certainly be keeping tabs on them for continued improvement…
Ethan Caswell | Memphis, TN | Class of 2026
Caswell is currently one of the more unknown talents playing for a P7 Elite (TN) team with an extremely deep eighth-grade roster, but that could soon change, as the 6-foot-1 guard has excellent size for the backcourt and measurables that suggest he could stretch out even more in the future. The Snowden Middle School (TN) product showed promise in spurts during the UA Future Presidents’ Day Classic, with excellent flashes of vision, feel, and playmaking, but the next step will be demonstrating an ability to have a consistent impact at both ends. I’m interested to see if he can earn more minutes and convert his time into additional production.
James ‘J-Rob’ Croy | Menifee, CA | Class of 2026
Croy has earned a lot of ink to begin the season and rightfully so. He’s as steady as you can ask for in an eighth-grade backcourt, with an advanced understanding of the game, and a feel for making impactful plays whether it be by scoring or facilitating. On a few occasions during the UA Future Presidents’ Day Classic, Croy faltered a bit when pressured as a ball-handler, but his confidence remained and his shotmaking ability proved true. I went on record last season that I thought Jake Hall was the most underappreciated player among the West Coast’s eighth-grade group and Croy may very well lead that list this year.
Preston Stensland | Gilbert, IA | Class of 2026
Speaking of underrated, a resident of Gilbert, Iowa (population less than 1,500), Preston Steensland quietly put together one of the most impactful weekends of any player at the Under Armour Future Presidents’ Day Classic. While Jude Gibson and Evan Jacobson earned the majority of praise for eighth-grade champions, Kingdom Hoops (IA), Steensland provided major minutes while rotating between guard and forward positions for his team. It’s fair to say that this group may not have hoisted the trophy without the all-around contributions and versatility of the 6-foot-2 perimeter prospect.
Antonio Taylor | Ardmore, OK | Class of 2026
One of the youngest prospects in attendance from the Class of 2026 at the Under Armour Future Presidents’ Day Classic, Taylor actually competed in the tournament’s seventh-grade division with Southern OK Elite. A skilled, 5-foot-10 guard, the Oklahoma native posted big scoring numbers throughout the event while helping his team secure a pair of victories. His first step and quickness off the bounce made Taylor tough to contain on offense and he aggressively hunted his shot at the encouragement of his coaches and teammates. Ultimately, he’s probably best-suited for the lead guard spot, but was a scoring extraordinaire on this particular weekend.
Juaquine Wright | Kennesaw, GA | Class of 2026
A versatile, six-foot perimeter player, Wright demonstrated his immense potential at the UA Future Presidents’ Day Classic tournament while playing with P3 Elite (GA). His emerging athleticism and perimeter skills were intriguing as was the manner in which Wright competed beyond positional stereotypes. He simply found ways to positively impact the game whether touching the ball or not. It’s worth noting that his older sister, Que Morrison, was a 2018 SEC All-Freshman Team selection and 2021 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year at the University of Georgia; so clearly Wright is a Peach State prospect worth monitoring in the Class of 2026.
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