Crush In The Valley II: Top Performers!

With state high school association sanctioned programs wrapping up their regular seasons, it’s that time for a number of prep schools as well. The Grind Session held its final regular season event of the 2023-24 campaign at Napa Valley College, titled “The Crush In The Valley 2”, brought teams from a handful of states and Canada to wine country. Host school Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) ran the table, going 3-0 on the weekend and remaining undefeated within Grind Session Power Conference play at 16-0. The crew presently sit at No. 8 in the latest FAB 50 National Rankings.

Here are a few of the standouts from the Crush In The Valley II:

Tyran Stokes, 6’7, SF/PF, Prolific Prep (CA), 2026
Considered by many to be the top sophomore in the nation, Tyran Stokes did everything in his power to live up to his lofty reputation and more throughout Prolific Prep’s undefeated weekend in Napa. Stokes was a more confident 3-point shooter than the last time we seen him, killed defenders with his ridiculously explosive first step, and was more engaged as an on ball defender than our last evaluation. The Louisville native leads The Grind Session in efficiency and has done everything in his power to hold on to that No. 1 spot in the class of 2026.

Jayden Williams, 6’9, C, Bella Vista Prep (AZ), 2024
Sometimes there are players that are hidden in plain sight, and Jayden Williams is definitely one of those guys. Williams is a much more confident scorer with his back to the basket, is great playing out of the dunker as a lob threat, and offers so much on defense containing perimeter/as a shot blocker. An incredibly heralded player early in his career, Williams made the move to Overtime Elite and it was almost as if people forgot about how special of a prospect he was. There aren’t many better available big men in the late signing period than Jayden Williams.

A.J. Dybantsa, 6’8, SF, Prolific Prep (CA), 2025
The No. 1 player in the class of 2025 didn’t force the issue at all over the weekend for Prolific Prep, letting his offense come to him within the flow of the game and showing the immense versatility that he offers as a new age forward. Able to play inside and out, Dybansta was an outstanding offensive rebounder, ran the floor exceptionally well, and impacted the game on both ends with his combination of length and athleticism. The pride of Brockton, Mass., already has a NIL deal with Nike and is sitting at fourth in The Grind Session Power Conference in scoring.

Aliou Dioum, 6’10, PF, Accelerated Prep (CO), 2026
It has been a coming out party of sorts in The Grind Session season for Aliou Dioum, Colorado’s top prospect in the class of 2026. The Senegalese big man finished above the rim in traffic, showed a super soft touch out to the 3-point line, and was outstanding as a rim protector. Dioum’s 27-point, 19-rebound, 5-block performance emphasized why Georgia and Georgia Tech put scholarships on the table for him so early in the process.

Z.Z. Clark, 6’3, PG/SG, DNA Prep (CA), 2024
There have been a number of people who forgot about Z.Z. Clark, but the former Illinois commit certainly reminded everyone that he’s one of the better scoring combo guards still left on the west coast with his play at The Grind Session. Clark was outstanding in pick and roll play, was a threat to score anytime that he had the rock in his hands, and got it done from both backcourt spots equally well. The younger brother of Louisville point guard Skyy Clark played last season with Overtime Elite, but proved that he belongs in The Grind Session with his 36-point, 11-rebound, 4-assist performance against Bella Vista Prep.

Khaman Maker, 7’2, C, SFBA Trinity Prep (NV), 2024
The biggest player in the Grind Session made a big impact on the game, and that was Khaman Maker. The defensive minded big man from Sudan had double doubles in both of Trinity’s games over the weekend while adding four blocks in each outing. Maker isn’t one to force the issue offensively, but made a number of tough catches around the rim and finished over top of the defense. Naturally, the biggest impact that he made on the game was as a rim protector, as he leads the Grind Session in blocked shots per game (4.7 blocks per game) and made defenders think twice when attacking the rim.


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