2024 Midwest Warmup: 17U Standouts

Fresh off a weekend full of action in Chicagoland, I've got plenty to breakdown. Year in and year out, rising seniors show signs of what's to come in early spring action. It was no different here; let's get into the 2025's who left a big impression at Midwest Warmup in Libertyville.

Jamarion Batemon | Power 5

After catching Batemon explode last spring at Run N Slam in Indiana, I've been pushing the gas on the 6-3 sharpshooter out of Milwaukee as a Top-60 national prospect. Through the first two weekends of the spring, he's certainly furthered his case. A super unique prospect at 6-3 with real on & off ball versatility on the offensive end, he thrived here sprinting off screens to create just enough necessary space to get his shot off, which isn't much. Two things are certainties with Batemon; he's going to sprint through every action offensively and look to pressure the ball just about full court each and every game. He's long, quick-twitch, has fast hands and is excellent shadowing handlers to make them uncomfortable. Batemon's consensus ranking across the four major platforms is 173rd. It's likely a matter of time, but there aren't 50 more more intriguing prospects in the 2025 class who are both producing and have the potential for much more long-term than the Milwaukee native to me.

EJ Horton | Meanstreets

Horton has gone overlooked by many, including myself, after a terrific season at Phillips (IL) in Chicago, but not for long.

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