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Best of HoopSeen 2020: Top 2022 Prospects, part II

25, Sep 2020

Best of HoopSeen 2020: Top 2022 Prospects, part II

As we put a bow on the long, strange trip that the 2020 season has been, we wanted to look back on the best of from our platform. 

Today we dive into our team’s Best of the Class of 2022. We polled our staff on the absolute best they saw from the action. Today we start with the juniors. You are going to want to know more about this group in the years to come. 

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Jazian Gortman

Columbia , SC

Class
2022
|
Position
CG
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Height
6'
|
School Team
National
75
National Pos. Rank
9
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

One of the most electrifying prospects we saw on our stage over the course of the summer, Gortman is as fast from end to end of the floor that I have seen over the past 10 years. His change-of-direction leaves defenders wondering which way the 6-foot-1 guard went. He showed he can consistently knock down shots from the outside, he draws defenders in on him and is able to have the court-vision to find open teammates resulting in easy baskets. He holds high-major offers across the board and I expect this one to end up in the Palmetto State at either South Carolina or Clemson. - Justin Byerly 

Deante Green

Swannanoa, NC

Class
2022
|
Position
PF
|
Height
6' 8"
|
National
94
National Pos. Rank
19
State
3
State Pos. Rank
2

Playing with Tea Marie during our HoopSeen/BetheBeast Always Live Showcase, Green showed he was worthy of being ranked as the #1 prospect in North Carolina for the class of 2022. The Christ School (NC) rising junior displayed a high-level scoring prowess throughout the weekend. Green, at 6-foot-8 displayed improved footwork and the ability to get to the rim from the perimeter while also being able to score in the post against some of the top players in the region in what was arguably the top showcase event in the country at Suwanee Sports Academy. Green has offers from some of the top-programs in the country and has the ability to come in and make an impact from day one. - Justin Byerly 

Joyful Hawkins

Brunswick, GA

Class
2022
|
Position
PF
|
Height
6' 7"
|
School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

The Game Elite 2022 3BB3 team played up at our HoopSeen/Be The Beast Always Live Showcase and went to work. Hawkins was one of the best rebounders in the event. Playing alongside one of the best backcourts in the South, Hawkins had a lot of one-on-one opportunities inside the paint. When he focuses on producing near the rim, Hawkins is at his very best. Sure, he can step out and knock down a jumper. But Hawkins shined more when he was High-majors continue to monitor his game. Now back on the coastline of Georgia, we will learn who really is interested if and when college coaches can get back out on the physical recruiting trail. Who will make their way to Glynn Academy to see Hawkins play? Right now Auburn, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida are in the mix. 

Brenen Lorient

Orlando, FL

Class
2022
|
Position
PF
|
Height
6' 8"
|
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
24
State Pos. Rank
6

If you saw Team Florida 2022 at all at any of our events this year, it was pretty clear that this team was loaded with prospects with size. Laurient was one of those players. The 6-foot-9 forward paired length and athleticism with rebounding and shot-blocking. That’s where his impact was felt the most. He has bounce and power and used both to rise up and play above the rim. But don’t discount that as his offensive game not being there. It is. He’s still a work in progress, sure, but when he gets into the paint, watch out. Lorient has all kinds of high-major potential as any big man we saw on our platform. Every year we see guys from Florida with his tools rise up and grow into a highly sought after guy. Just ask guys like Jon Isaac or Isaiah Adams or Josh Minott. Laurient could be next in line. - Justin Young


Justin Young
Editor-in-Chief

Justin Young has been the editor-in-chief of HoopSeen.com since 2013. He manages the day-to-day operations on the site and in conjunction with our national and regional events. He was the national basketball editor for Rivals.com and a contributing editor at Yahoo! Sports. Young has been earned numerous awards for his work in sports journalism, including the Georgia Press Association Columnist of the Year. His Justin Young Basketball recruiting service has been in existence since 2002 and worked with over 300 schools from all levels. He is the director of HoopSeen Elite Preview camps and our national Preview camp series. 

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