2026 Watchlist: Names to Know
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Here are 5 more freshmen that will have a big impact over the next 4 years, some of which are already starting to make a name of themselves early on in the season. Kandice Shepard Kandice Shepard 5'9" | SG…
Here are 5 more freshmen that will have a big impact over the next 4 years, some of which are already starting to make a name of themselves early on in the season.
– VISTA Peak
has the potential to be a top girl in the class with tons of upside. She’s a 5’10 combo guard with ability to get downhill in transition and finish in traffic. She also can knock down the midrange jumper and that makes her lethal. Kandice’s athleticism is a game-changer on the defensive end of the floor, she has quick hands and moves her feet really well which allows her to guard multiple positions on the court.
Kennedy Spellman– Sand Creek
Kennedy Spellman will be game planned for every single night. That’s when opposing teams recognize your talent. Spellman has endless range on her jumper and isn’t afraid to use it. Three games into her high school career she is averaging 16 points per game as well as 2 assist and 4 rebounds. As the season goes on it’ll be interesting to her how she is able to keep up her hot streak and help her team string together a couple of wins.
– Cherry Creek
could provide a spark to an already stacked Cherry Creek team as they look to make a deep playoff push. Addison adds a much need threat from 3 but can also take over point guard responsibilities when called upon. Her high IQ and willingness to do the small things will earn her a decent amount of minutes this year on a very good Creek team.
– Highlands Ranch
is another small guard that has many layers to her game. At 5’5 she is able to defend at a high level as well as put her hand in passing lanes. Offensively, she has shown that she can score from all 3 levels of the floor despite being guarded by bigger guards, Kniyah has great court vision, which makes her hard to double team in the back court. With Ranch being a young team, this will be a good year for her to get some experience under her belt.
– Holy Family
is a smaller guard, but she does not lack talent. Offensively she is a microwave that can get hot at any moment during a game. Her ability to shoot the ball from deep forces defenders to have to pick her up at half court, which allows her to blow past her defender and create teammates.