A ton of talent in the gym today, the HoopState is blessed with a lot of talent in the 2022 class! Here are some of the up and coming guys y’all need to know about!
6’7 2022 Asa White: Garner Road 15U
White is a prospect that I’ve had the chance to see quite a few times in the high school season and after watching him for the first time in travel ball it’s clear his trajectory is headed in the right direction. He’s a skilled and mobile 6’7 forward that is still learning how to finish around the basket in traffic consistently, but possesses some incredible physical gifts that he takes advantage of. Protecting the rim, shooting over defenders, and using his length to cause problems on the defensive end are White’s strengths right now. Expect his name to become more talked about in the near future.
6’2 2022 Omar Harris Jr: Garner Road 15U
Harris is a hard nosed lead guard that gets into the teeth of the defense consistently and at will. His ability to finish around the basket through contact is vital to this teams success. He runs the team at a high level, and as he continues to limit mistakes, expect Harris to emerge as a bonafide next level prospect.
6’1 2022 Owen McCown: PSB Elite Wilmot
In my lone previous viewing of McCown, he appeared to be primarily a catch and shoot guy, but his willingness to put it on the deck and make plays for teammates showed me he’s much more than just a shooter. He has excellent vision and the flare that makes an exciting PG. Expect McCown to see his role continue to grow over at Myers Park and be a guy we talk about even more in the near future.
5’8 2023 Kobe Parker: CSB Elite 2022
Parker is a pure scorer, pouring in 20 points in his teams second game of the day and doing it in a multitude of ways. He capitalizes on his touches, playing an efficient brand of basketball while showcasing his ability to score all over the court. As he continues to physically develop, expect Parker to become a really productive high school player sooner rather than later.
5’10 2022 Andrew Siler: CSB Elite 2022
Siler has shown himself to be one of the elite scorers in the 15U age group for the #PhenomDavidRoseMDC and does it in an exciting fashion. His explosiveness and ability to score from beyond the arc create a nightmare for opposing defenders. He is a prolific scorer that will have college coaches watching closely in the coming years. Put this one in the memory bank.
5’5 2023 Keenan Wilkins: WNC Warriors
Wilkins is the youngest member of this WNC Warriors squad and he’s continued to show flashes of brilliance every time he steps on the court. His willingness to fight through larger defenders to make a play is admirable. As he continues to physically develop, look for Keenan to become a really productive high school player, eventually becoming a possible next level prospect.
6’1 2022 Davion Joyner: TMP Elite 15U
Joyner is a really exciting play making lead guard that consistently has the defense on their heels with his ability to break his man down off the bounce. He finds a way to make tough shots look easy, dropping in contested pull ups in the free throw line area, shots that he needed to make to keep his squad in the game and he consistently knocked them down. He’s a kid that if he continues to develop will play college basketball, and has a chance to earn a scholarship if he keeps working. Expect Joyner to have a big high school season next year, and then the coaches will come calling.
5’11 2022 Jerec Thompson: Mid-State Magic 15U
Thompson is a cold blooded assassin from the perimeter and that’s what most people are gonna notice when you watch him play, but after multiple viewings, you begin to appreciate his craftiness and decision making that help his team enjoy a lot of success. His presence on the court simply makes his teammates better, and he never forces the issue, making sure the ball is always moving and often passing up good shots for great ones. Thompson is the kind of player coaches love to have on their roster, and he has a shot to be one of the best shooters in NC’s 2022 class when it’s all said and done.
6’3 2022 Christian Ferguson: Palmetto City Hurricanes
Ferguson is one of the most important pieces on a really talented and tough Palmetto City group that has a chance to accomplish great things assuming they keep their core group of guys together. His length and activity impact the game on the defensive end and his versatility offensively really gels in with the group of teammates he has on the roster. He’s a wiry wing prospect that possesses the ability to score all over the court, and does a great job bringing a ton of effort, making his presence felt every moment he’s on the court.
6’5 2022 Kaleb Hedgepeth: Garner Road 15U
Hedgepeth did a great job keeping his Garner Road squad within striking distance as his team really struggled offensively in the first half, before eventually coming back and beating a really talented Palmetto City Hurricanes Squad. His ability to create offense from the wing spot at this point in his basketball career is really encouraging. He’s got a strong frame that allows him to finish through contact at the cup, and it gives him a lot of versatility defensively. Expect Kaleb to have an impact at Heritage High School next year where he’ll be a part of a really talented team.
5’8 2022 Justin Monden: WCBA 15U
Monden is a really talented young floor general that pushes the pace, has the ball on a string, and does a great job finding his teammates in the open floor as a catalyst for this WCBA squad. He attacks when he has the ball and plays every possession with a ton of purpose. As he continues to develop physically, expect Monden to have a really nice career at Heritage as he becomes a more next level ready prospect.