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2022 Rankings: Several Clawing at Emoni Bates #1 Spot
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (11:28 AM CT, Thu December 21, 2017)
2022 wing Caleb Houstan is an elite Canadian prospect.
2022 wing Caleb Houstan is an elite Canadian prospect.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

Future150 GM / Senior National Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Birmingham, AL (Future150) -- For the first time, we have expanded our national rankings for the class of 2022 to 150 spots. While there was no shortage of movement among top prospects in the class over the past few months, one thing didn't change, and that was our #1 prospect in the country.

Emoni Bates Still Controls His Destiny As #1 In America

The 6'7" Michigan wing prospect is a gifted player who already has skills to play both inside and out. He has deep range on his jump shot, stretching all the way out past the three-point line. The next step for him is to put on some muscle, even though it's probably easier said than done since he's still growing. While he's extremely productive right now, it's easy to like what he can become over the next several years.

Fantastic AAU Season Catapults Chris Livingston To #2

Running the show for We All Can Go (TN) this past AAU season, the 6'3" point guard was a dominant force offensively, capping off his fantastic year by showing out at the loaded MADE Hoops 8th Grade Finale event in Georgia at the end of July. His scoring insticts are quite impressive, as is his feel for the game. He's also shown that he can play against older competition and still shine. 

Delaware Big Man Continues To Grow & Rises To #3

First catching our eyes as a 6'4" seventh grader last year, he was a towering presence at that age level. Well, one year later and Jalen Duren has now sprouted to 6'8" and is beginning to develop...and dominate. The talented big man looks like the first truly elite post in his class, and it seems like he'll ultimately end up playing at one of the power programs in the Philadelphia area when it comes time to pick a high school.

The Next Canadian Star Lands At #4

In terms of polish and frame, 6'5" wing prospect Caleb Houstan certainly fits the bill when looking for kids who track as elite wings down the line. A gifted three-level scorer who already has some impressive footwork, he's the kind of player who has no problem playing against older competition and plays with a high IQ on the floor. 

Super Athlete Dariq Whitehead Sits At #5

At 6'4" with fast-twitch athleticism, it's easy to see a little Scottie Lewis in the New Jersey prospect. Young for his class, we expect him to hover in the top five for years to come. It's also important to note that he's a standout football prospect as well, with a brother who has played in the NFL. In terms of upside, he has no shortage of it, and he's off to a sparkling start in his eighth grade year. 

Rounding Out The Top 10

#6 | Bryce Griggs, G, Rodeo Palms Junior High (TX): The 5'10" point guard has an uncanny feel for the game. He's been putting up monster numbers in the Houston area to start the season. 

#7 | Zion Cruz, G, Fisher Middle School (NJ): An advanced guard who can play above the rim, he's an electric offensive player who continues to round out his overall game.

#8 | Amari Bailey, G, Skinner West Elementary (IL): The 6'3" point guard is already committed to DePaul, and for good reason. He's an elite prospect out of Chicago with considerable upside.

#9 | Jarace Walker, G, Southern Middle School (PA): The explosive 6'3" wing has much more growth left in the tank, but is as naturally gifted as they come. When the light bulb goes on 100%, watch out!

#10 | Trejuan Holloman, G, Minneapolis North (MN): The 6'0" point guard is the next elite prospect out of the state of Minnesota, already playing varsity minutes and contributing. Smooth & athletic. 


#Future150Family With Large Presence In 2022 Class


Along with #6 prospect Bryce Griggs, four more alumni land in our national top 50, including Jaquan Harris (#19), Dior Johnson (#20), Tyrese Elliott (#38) and Matt Curtis (#39). Overall, 25 of our alums made the list. Congratulations to all prospects!

Want to see who made the rest of our rankings board? Find out below.

 

    2022 National Rankings of our Top 150 Prospects
 

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