Since the 2016-2017 Arizona high school basketball season has now kicked off, I would like to highlight some of the best players in the state not everyone may know about. After attending the Aspire Prep Fall Classic recently, a couple of new faces really stood out to me.
One of those faces was that of Chicago native, 5-foot-10, 160-pound PG Milton Wordlow III. A tough, gritty type of player that you can get behind, Wordlow has very similar scoring tendencies to that of NBA guard Shabazz Napier. He was able to get shots off on any defender that was in his way, and score the ball at an efficient rate in reference to jumpers (3-pointers & mid-range pull-ups). He was also able to get into the lane with ease, and finished many plays very easily through contact and over taller defenders.
He is a great floor general, as he is never rattled in any situation and looks to get others involved at all times, especially when he is not in a position to score the ball.
Wordlow and his Aspire Prep Wizards have a very tough schedule this year, as they will compete against some of the best high school / prep schools in the country, such as Oak Hill, Prolific Prep, Findlay Prep and many others.
I feel that Milton is one of the best available PG’s in the state, and beyond, and once he shows what he can do on a national stage, this upcoming season, he will see his stock rise more and more.
He currently holds offers from Florida International, Illinois-Chicago, Chicago State and has heavy interest from Loyola-Chicago, New Mexico State, Saint Louis, UTEP and Idaho.
Here is the most recent film on Wordlow:
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: With the heart of a lion, Wordlow really does whatever he has to do on the court for his himself and his teammates to come away with a win. He has a very capable mid-range pull up and can hit a variety of shots from 3-point distance from different situations, but is best when he puts the ball on the deck first and steps into his shots. He is tough as nails when he drives to the basket and can finish through, around and over defenders with a great variety of offensive tricks he has in his bag. He has a great IQ as well and looks to get his teammates involved in pick-and-roll situations, and looks for open guys once he breaks down defenders off the dribble. He sits down and defends with the best of them, and had multiple steals in the games I saw him play. He is a very tough city guard from Chicago and has very similar offensive/ leadership tendencies to that off former UCONN great Shabazz Napier. I truly look forward to seeing him compete more and more this season. He is a coach’s dream.