The NCAA summer evaluation period is a time for top basketball prospects to gain recruiting attention from college coaches at all levels. This summer was even different, as college coaches returned to the road for the first time in almost two years to catch a glimpse of the top prospects available to recruit. Many new prospects emerged this summer in the process. One of these prospects is Chaparral High School's tough and skilled 6-foot-4 junior guard Paul Oscislawski. A native of New Jersey, Oscislawski is a full package guard prospect with a combination of size, skill, toughness and high academics - making him an attractive prospect for college programs at many different levels. Oscislawski has emerged as one of the top versatile guard prospects in Arizona's 2023 Class.
Oscislawski went into the spring club season with one focus in mind - to raise his recruiting stock and to compete at a high level against the best talent in the state. This young man impressed our staff a great deal in the spring with his play, and then went out during the summer and competed against some of the best competition in the West on the club circuit. While traveling this summer with his club team, Quantum Elite, which was a new Scottsdale-based club program filled with some of the state's better talent from the 2023 Class, Oscislawski gained a lot of experience and game competition over the spring and summer, and emerged as a top guard prospect in the 2023 Class.
Oscislawski is a nice looking guard prospect for a smaller college program with high academics. Very coachable and hard-working, this young man absolutely loves the game. I first caught a glimpse of him at a workout organized by his club coach, Mohamed Tangara. Tangara is a former McDonald's All-American and Top 20 national prospect that played at the University of Arizona. Tangara was well-known personally as a player for his work ethic and aggressive playing style, so if he says someone plays hard, the comment gains instant credibility. Tangara commented to me that Oscislawski was a workhorse and that he loved the game. I instantly was drawn to Oscislawski as a college prospect. I watched him go through drills with excellent energy and a desire to improve his craft. As a result, I followed him throughout the summer, and realize now that, while he may not be a high-major Division-I prospect, he would make a college program proud as a result of his toughness on and off the court, excellent work ethic and desire to want to be great. Just how good of a prospect he becomes will be determined by his continued work ethic.
For Oscislawski, he advised our staff that the level of the college program is not important to him. Rather, he is looking for the best fit that has a combination of athletics and academics. His focus is to get into a Top 25 academic school and play college basketball in the process. He advised us that he is looking for the "athlete-scholar" college experience. He is well deserving, as he currently has a better than a 4.5 CUMP GPA and is the full package for a college program.
This young man is a bigger guard prospect with excellent size and still growing. He is a bruising guard prospect with a strong handle of the basketball and a bullying aggressive style of play, which allows him to overpower smaller guards and be very effective inside and outside. He drives hard to the basket and does not mind physical contact. He draws fouls often as a result, and gets to the free-throw line quite often. He has a very good shooting stroke with range also, which sets up his strong drive to the basket. He plays at a fast pace, but has a strong change of speed and direction, which him suit him nicely as he continues to mature and develop over the next two years of high school basketball. He is very versatile as a player, as he can play multiple positions - either as the point guard or shooting guard, and can even plays as a 3/4 in certain situations at the AIA high school level. Over time, his natural position will in college will be as a combo-guard, as he has a knack for scoring the basketball and also playmaking.
Oscislawski is a strong rebounder as a result of his strong motor, size and toughness. He competes hard and follows his shot, which results in scoring opportunities for his team. He is a good passer that sees the floor and enjoys getting the ball to the open man on the floor. He will need to really focus on this area of his game over time, to maximize his potential as a guard prospect.
This high school season will be a breakout season for Oscislawski, who will look to continue his development and rapid advancement as a player. He will look to lead a very talented Chaparral High School program to the top of the 6A Standings, and a chance at a deep state playoff run. Oscislawski will team up this season with 6-foot-8 senior post Michael Saba, to give Chaparral one of the better one-two punches in the state. 5-foot-10 senior guard Joey Greer and 6-foot senior guard Jalin Humphrey will also provide excellent depth for this year's team.
I will continue to follow the progress and development of Oscislawski closely this high school season, and look forward to watching him continue to develop into a serious college prospect for next spring and summer (2022).