2024 Midwest Warmup: 16U Standouts


Fresh off a weekend full of action in Chicagoland, I've got plenty to breakdown. The 16U division was loaded with talent, with plenty new names arising and ranked prospects showing progression. Let's get into the 2026's (and a 2028) who left a big impression at Midwest Warmup in Libertyville.

Yusef Gray Jr | Team Herro

Gray Jr has been a figure in our Top-150 in 2026 since it's debut last year, and should be a candidate to leap onto national radars over the next few months. The 6-4 guard is still tapping into his upside from a physical and athletic standpoint, but already brings a cerebral approach and mature feel for the game to the table. He utilizes tempo at a high level on drives and processes rotating defenses well beyond his years. Defensively, it's tough to find moments where he's not engaged and hunting down steals on-ball and in the passing lanes. Gray Jr's best basketball is well ahead of him, but he's already making a versatile imprint on winning basketball game-to-game.

Lamont Hamilton | Power 5

Sticking in Wisconsin here, Hamilton, after producing in Omaha last weekend, went takeover mode in Libertyville with Power 5 16's. The lightning quick guard is simply one that opposing guards do not enjoy lining up against. He's going to pressure the ball all game long and never let you relax, while applying pressure on the other end and looking to get downhill possession after possession. His three point stroke was clicking in a big way here, connecting on some tough ones off the bounce in key moments. Moxie, blistering speed and a tone setter in every manner.

Lincoln Williams | Mac Irvin Fire

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