With the summer season finally done, it’s time to start looking at the bright future of the 2022 class. With household names like Bryce Griggs, Cam Amboree, PJ Haggerty, & Adam Stewart, it seems Houston is in great shape for the future. Here’s a list of some the top incoming freshman in no particular order:
5’11 Bryce Griggs– Ranked #1 in the country as a 4th grader, Griggs has been on the national stage for a while now. This summer was his 1st taste of HS basketball and he exceeded expectations, starring for Team Harden 16’s. Can dribble, pass, & shoot at an extremely high level. Isn’t afraid of the big stage, & never looked out of place playing up due to his physical strength and IQ. Look for him to have the ball as soon as the 1st bell rings to start school.
5’7 Cameron Amboree– AKA “Young Steph Curry” is a Lucas Lab vet, and one of the more skilled guards you’ll see. His unlimited range and tight handle separates him from his peers. The understanding & knowledge of the game makes him an extremely dangerous offensive weapon. Started the spring with Texas Hardwork 14’s, and finished with the Houston Defenders 15’s.
5’10 PJ Haggerty– The baby face Baytown assassin has been turning heads the last couple of years with his gaudy stats. Played 17’s for TJ Ford this summer and didn’t disappoint. Has unbelievable range, and showed a much better job of getting in the lane for one of his patented floaters. Big time shot maker.
6’1 Chris Marshall– Tough, physical guard with a high motor. Played 17’s with John Eurey’s Houston Superstars, great in transition, and is starting to come into his own offensively. Will play at Marshall HS.
6’10 Adam Stewart– Size is always a premium in this game, & Stewart is the leader of the pack in this area. Soft hands, and improving post game will keep college coaches flocking to see big fella play. Had a great showing at the UA Southwest regional camp in Dallas. Played for Richard Law & the Houston Hoops.
6’5 Cameron Crockett– Long, gangly kid with an immense skill set. Gifted offensively, and with his long arms he blocks and deflects plenty of shots. Once his motor comes on could be a top 50 kid nationally. Played with the Houston Defenders 15’s.
5’8 Austin Benigni– Gritty PG who is another Lucas Lab rat. Tough, can create his own shot, knock down 3’s and will pick you up 94ft defensively. Has been under the tutelage of Ben Perkins for the last several years, so you know his skills are up to par. Played for Houston Flight.
6’1 Sam Akinrelere– a physical specimen at the guard spot. Imposes his will against defenders & gets downhill to the rim at will, and can finish above the rim. Played for the Houston Defenders 14’s.
6’5 Isaiah Barginier– big, athletic lefty wing who plays multiple positions. Very high IQ and skill set, has already been playing summer league ball with the Varsity team at Fulshear HS. Burst on the scene this spring/summer with his play in several top underclassmen camps.
6’4 Terrance Arceneaux– Very athletic forward who is phenomenal in transition. rebounds the ball above the rim, and his showing improvement in his perimeter game. Will be suiting up for Beaumont United this year down in the golden triangle
5’10 Jordan Williams– is a 4 sport star at Kinkaid who seems to excel at everything he does. Really athletic guard that plays with a high motor. Often times matches up with the opposing team’s best offensive player. Played for Houston Hoops 14’s.
5’10 Kemauri Millender– Very crafty, cerebral player who plays bigger than his listed height. Plays with a passion, and an understanding beyond his years. Played on Basketball University 16’s.
5’10 Brian “BB” Knight– a very smooth operator but don’t let the light skin fool you, he’s a killer. One of the better shooters in the class, and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Is the son of a HS coach, which explains why he’s as fundamentally sound as they come.
6’3 Chanse Perkins– has arms that seem to never end, and he uses them well, grabbing plenty of rebounds and blocking shots. Is rounding himself into a pretty good wing, spent most of his time this year at the “4” but the transition to wing is inevitable. He shouldn’t have any trouble with this seeing as he lives with a really good player development coach, his father, Ben Perkins.
6’2 Brendon Mwamba– A big lead guard who does a little bit of everything well. Uses his size to get in the lane to get his shot off. Rebounds extremely well at his position, looking forward to see if he can turn the corner as a PG.
Other notable 2022 players:
6’3 Amare Abram
6’3 Jailan Ardoin
6’8 Charles Chukwu
5’11 David Martinez
5’9 Cale Hellums
6’2 Muodubem Muoneke
6’3 Chase Hefner
5’11 Alex Lee
6’0 Zaire Walker
5’10 Joshua Hollis
5’10 Joshua McMillan II
5’7 Donald Coleman JR