One of the elite prospects right now in the state of Arizona is St. Mary's High School's versatile post prospect, 6-foot-10, 205-pound junior KJ Hymes. Hymes has as much upside as we have seen in recent years in the state of Arizona, and division-I college coaches are taking serious notice. The talented and sizeable prospect has received 15 different division-I offers as a result.
Hymes performed at a very high level all spring and summer with the Las Vegas Prospects - a heavily Nike-sponsored EYBL team that year in and year out produces some of the best players in the country. In the process, Hymes became one of the most sought after recruiting targets in the country for the 2018 class.
Hymes picked up offers from some of the top basketball programs in the country as Michigan, Cal, Virginia, University of Oklahoma, St. John's University, Washington, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Memphis University, Grand Canyon and several others offered scholarships very early in the recruiting process to Hymes.
Hymes will be a junior this season for a St. Mary's ballclub that will not have much to go around him this season. While the team will have some experience, Hymes will be asked to lead the team in numerous categories - living up to his level of college recruitment. I look for him to put up huge numbers this year for the Knights, and our Arizona Preps' staff looks forward to tracking his progress this year.
We will continue to follow Hymes' college recruitment closely - bringing you any updates as they continue to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Hymes is a long and skilled prospect that gravitates to the perimeter where he has a solid shooting stroke with range. He looks to be very comfortable on the wing and will develop with maturity and hard work. He also has a good understanding of the post position and has good low-post footwork and moves, which allow him to score inside and out. He is a solid finisher now and uses his length to finish plays over defenders, and possesses a good overall feel for the game offensively. Hymes is an active rebounder and shotblocker, but he should develop in both of these two areas over time - especially as he gains much more physical size and strength. His body is very thin now and lacks physical strength, but he should add strength over time with natural maturity and hard work in the weight room. He is a good passer and and has a nice overall feel for the game. Hymes has tremendous upside as a prospect. He will only continue to improve throughout his high school career - growing into an excellent college prospect.