As we transition into high school season, it's time to look at some players that could have big-time and breakout seasons this Fall. You won't see hundreds upon hundreds of names on this list, it is comprised mostly of players whose names may not yet be known on the national stage, and those who are just beginning to peak, nominated by coaches and selected by us. Today our focus is on the sophomore class, specifically defenders, ready to cover the court from oncoming attackers.
We present to you the Defenders of the Class of 2026 High School Watchlist. Be sure to check out the rest of the list below as well: