Since the end to the high school season, St. Mary's High School's 6-foot-10 sophomore post prospect KJ Hymes has seen his value to college coaches increase tremendously. After a strong summer for himself, Hymes proved to college coaches that he is worthy of early recruitment, and at such a level that suggests he will develop into what I thought early on - an elite high major prospect.
This week, Hymes has received two high-major division-I offers in fine fashion. He first received a huge offer from Georgia Tech, then he followed that up with another big offer from Memphis University and head coach Josh Pastner.
Hymes gained exposure this spring and summer while playing for the Arizona Warriors club program in the summer, and also alongside his close friend, superstar Marvin Bagley Jr., on their club team, Phoenix Family, in the spring.
Hymes received loads of attention from college coaches, as a result of his extreme potential for the future. While he still has a long way to go physically, the extreme potential is there for the future.
Thus far, Hymes has also received scholarship offers from Clemson and Grand Canyon University, and he has also received serious interest from such programs as Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Hymes ' recruiting success as of late has been a far cry from a freshman season where he saw up and down playing time at St. Mary's HS last season.
Hymes is the son of former South Mountain High School standout Kwame Hymes Sr., who went on to play collegiately at Pepperdine University in the mid 1990's. Recently, Hymes Sr. was also hired as an assistant coach at St. Mary's HS, and will now have an opportunity to work with his talented son throughout the remainder of his high school career, while also developing the other student-athletes on the team.As a freshman for the Knights, Hymes averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per/game on a team that finished 18-13 on the season.
Hymes has tremendous upside for the future, and he should only improve a great deal over time, as a result of his tremendous upside. Watch the scholarship offers to continue to pour in for Hymes, as he matures physically throughout his high school career.
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.