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Five potential Section 7 blow-up players from the class of 2024

12, Jun 2023

Five potential Section 7 blow-up players from the class of 2024

June has become an important month in the recruiting landscape because of the value of the scholastic team camps across the country.

We’ve seen players elevate their profiles and earn scholarships during this important stretch of the recruiting calendar. With big-time events happening right around the corner, we wanted to get into our cheat sheets and offer up some players to watch.

Ring Nyeri, Liberty (AZ): He’s one of the more interesting players in the West’s 2024 class because of his great basketball length, his ever-present high ceiling and the space in between where he is now and where he can take his overall skill set. Nyeri is one of the best prospects on the independent circuit this season. At the recent Pangos All-American camp, he showed that he can finish against size and his unmatched length proved to be a problem for defenders. A non-stop motor, willingness to get better and a foundation of high character, there is no reason to think his basketball growth will only continue at the collegiate level. A variety of schools are going to be watching Nyeri at Section 7.

Darnez Slater, Roosevelt (CA): A confident shooter with good size, Slater was a shot-maker at the AZ Live event during the first NCAA Live Period back in April. He proved himself as a confident shot creator. He has good lift, high release and squares up nicely as a point producer. Really liked him off the bounce. I think he was one of the best sleepers I saw from the first NCAA Live Period weekend in the West. Slater is wired to score and could be a real steal for a free-flowing offense that has flexibility for three or four guards on the floor at the same time. He could be a real threat as a jump shooter from deep and midrange. It wouldn’t shock me if he is a major blow-up guy in June.

Trevor Hennig, Mount Si (WA): Since Section 7 tipped off, I’ve made it a point to get my eyes on Mount Si out of Snoqualmie, Washington. One of the most well-coached teams in the event each and every year, the Wildcats traditionally always have a player or two who has chops to make an impact as a college prospect. This year’s guy, for me, is Trevor Henning. The 6-foot-4 guard comes from a basketball background, is his team’s best defender and is a threat as a shooter from the perimeter. And he wins a ton of games. A fractured back put his basketball journey on pause for a bit but his game is worthy of a deep dive once we get into Section 7.

Malik Abdullahi, Columbus (FL): Quite frankly I’m not sure why I’m putting him on this list but here we are. The motor man for the powerful squad from Florida has been a favorite of mine for quite some time but his recruitment doesn’t really match what I’ve seen on the court from him for years. He’s the type of forward that Florida Atlantic and San Diego State rode to the Final Four. Abdullahi plays with a non-stop motor and toughness that certainly won’t turn off when he gets to college. His DNA is toughness, effort and energy. He’s all about winning and his resume will be full of victories by the time he exits the prep ranks.


Jase Butler, Branson (CA): A big guard with a grown-man mentality, Butler plays a balanced and sensible game. He knows his strengths and his skill set translates to the next level very well. He is a multi-positional guy in the backcourt and can be a set-up guy - he’s really good in pick-and-roll situations - and he can be a create-and-score kind of guard. His recruitment is healthy at the mid-level and that’s the right place for him to be successful early and throughout his college experience. The lefty guard warrants a nice crowd of coaches at Section 7.


College coaches looking for Justin Young's Section 7 cheat sheet for the event should email him at for an exhaustive list of participating players. 

Justin Young

Justin Young has been the editor-in-chief of since 2013. He manages the day-to-day operations on the site and in conjunction with our national and regional events. He was the national basketball editor for and a contributing editor at Yahoo! Sports. Young has been earned numerous awards for his work in sports journalism, including the Georgia Press Association Columnist of the Year. His Justin Young Basketball recruiting service has been in existence since 2002 and worked with over 300 schools from all levels. He is the director of HoopSeen Elite Preview camps and our national Preview camp series.