HoopSeen 2022 Wrapped: The 2024 guy
The calendar year of 2022 is nearly in the books and we are looking back on the 12 full months of hoop that we've seen at HoopSeen, within the HoopSeen Association and beyond. So, we asked Josh Tec and Justin Young some questions.
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When you look back on the 2022 year, who stands out as the best 2024 player from the HoopSeen Association and Grassroots Basketball Association platform?
Kuol Atak has to be the pick here. Our friends at 3D Empire always have DUDES. Anthony Black was a stud in the 2022 class, and he’s looking like a lottery pick now. Gehrig Normand was a player we’ve been high on for a while, and now he’s signed with Michigan State. Both of those guys were top-100 prospects, and Kuol Atak is next up in that 3D Empire lineage.
When we saw him in April, it was obvious that he was a star on the rise. The 6-foot-8 forward impressed as a high-level scorer. He shoots the ball well from the perimeter and is lethal from mid-range. He can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim as well. Atak has a good motor and has plenty of defensive upside with his length. Because of what we saw from him over the summer, we put him at 58 in our 2024 rankings. More national sites will follow suit and bump him up into their top-100s sooner than later.
He’s a no-brainer for coaches to watch during the 2023 live periods. - Josh Tec
It’s an easy choice here. The quick point guard from the Nashville burbs was the guy who I had to make sure I saw each and every HoopSeen event we hosted.
His end-to-end speed paired with strong finishing ability around the cup, full court vision as a distributor and scoring was a terrific package from the point guard positon.
Bailey was an easy choice for our All-HSA 16 and under team, a top performer at all of our spring events and a player who is only getting better. The work done in the 2022 season certainly set the table for the good things that are in store for him in the 2023 season that awaits. - Justin Young