Boys BB: Introducing 2022 Class

Ben Shtolzberg (L) and Brandon Perez are two of the best freshman in SoCal. They are teammates at Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and both crack the initial Cal-Hi Sports Top 25 for the 2022 class. There is also a pair of teammates on the list at De La Salle of Concord and Windward of Los Angeles. Photo: Jack Pollon

Our boys basketball coverage for Gold Club VIPs continues with a first look at the state’s top incoming ninth-graders. The freshman (2022) class has terrific talent in the post and some top-shelf point guards. Many in the group are already mature and it’s important to keep that in mind when projecting future success, especially for post players who often develop later. Some of the state’s better freshmen also won’t contribute right away because they are joining strong programs with veteran players.  

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The first 2022 Cal-Hi Sports Top 25  for the 2018-19 school year is based on evaluations from this past summer’s NCAA viewing periods and non-viewing showcases and middle school events over the past year.

The baseline of where we begin with each prospect begins with high school basketball, so keep that in mind when you view the initial rankings for the 2022 class because none of them have played a regulation varsity basketball game yet. These rankings will expand as we see varsity games this winter and change over time as players develop and new ones emerge during the 2018-19 high school season. Cal-Hi Sports realizes some talented ninth graders will sit behind talented upperclassmen, while a select few remain in junior high this school year. We did not factor in projected playing time with the high school team into our rankings. We also realize not every 2022 prospect participated in a spring or summer showcase or with their high school team this fall and we might not have had an opportunity to evaluate them. That’s why we limit this list to 25 players.

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