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By THE HUSTLE, 09/09/21, 11:30AM EDT


The ’21-’22 prep hoops season is officially here! Over the next few days, The Hoop Hustle’s 2022/2023 Big Board will feature the top-30 prospect in the Northeast.

The group is comprised of prospects who have established their prospect reputation in the Northeast and either play their AAU or prep ball with a Northeast program. The list doesn’t include guys like Chance Westry (Hillcrest Prep, AZ) and Roddy Gayle (Wasatch Academy, UT) despite the fact that they played with the NY Rens this past grassroots season. Follow along and the prerequisites will become a little clearer.

We started things off yesterday with prospects #21-30. Here are prospects #11-#20…

11. Alex Karaban, 6’8” Wing, IMG 2022 UCONN-commit

Whether it’s a natural gift or an acquired talent, Karaban just knows how to play the game and would find a way to contribute on any team in the country over the next few years. He’s always owned deceptive athleticism and quickness but he’s constantly improved in those two areas during his prep career. When you consider that a young prospect’s free throw percentage is the best indicator of their 3pt shooting success at the next level, Karaban’s performance with Expressions this summer should give Huskies fans reasons to be excited for his arrival.

Karaban averaged 18.6 Pts/7.1 Rebs/1.8 Ast/1.5 Blk while shooting 45.3% Fg/35.7% 3pt/100% FT (36-36) and owned one of the highest defensive grades in Cerebro’s EYBL Advanced Metrics during the 2021 EYBL season.


12. Ryan Dunn, 6’7” Wing, Perkiomen 2022  

I’m bullish on Dunn’s future and it’s mainly because you don’t find any bullshit in Dunn’s game. He plays with an infectious intensity on both sides of the ball and acts as a leader by example every time he steps on the floor. The fact that he owns prototypical size on the wing to go along with a versatile offensive skillset and smooth stroke only makes me believe in the NY JayHawks-product that much more.

Dunn burst onto the scene while playing on the Adidas circuit this summer and heads to Perkiomen as a national riser. He trimmed his list to a final eight with Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, South Carolina, Oklahoma State, Boston College, Pittsburgh and Minnesota making the cut.

13. Taylor Bowen, 6’7” Wing, Brewster 2023

Here’s where you start to realize how good the 2022 & 2023 talent level is in the Northeast: Bowen comes in at #13 on the Big Board but is a consensus top-30 prospect in the national class of 2023 by the ESPN, Rivals and 24/7 Sports. The rangy 6’7” wing owns a great motor with a work ethic to match. He’s seen steady improvement over the last 18 months but it’s not hard to imagine his frame and game rising to another level at some point in the near future.

Bowen starred for Expressions at the 16U level while spending time with the 17U squad outside of EYBL play. The tools are there, it’s simply a matter of time before they all start to shine through. Bowen owns a bunch of high major offers but is being recruited hardest by UConn, Arkansas, Kentucky and Kansas right now.


14. Chase Ross, 6’4” Wing, Cushing 2022

You’re not gonna find Ross on any national top-100 lists but he’s being recruited like a top-50 prospect in 2022. And justifiably so! The Texas-native is a violent athlete who plays the game with the perfect mix of aggression and passion without sacrificing his unselfish nature along the way. When you blend that type of rare skillset with Ross’ rare athleticism, you typically get high-level production with a low-maintenance attitude.

Ross averaged 12.8 Pts/3.8 Rebs/1.5 Ast/1.4 Stl while shooting 47.3% FG/37.5% 3pt/76.7% FT for a Drive Nation team that finished 8-4 in EYBL play this summer. He currently owns offers from Texas A&M, Georgia, Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, St. Bonaventure and more.

15. Scotty Middleton, 6’8” Wing, Sunrise 2023

There’s a trend here: Skilled wings with size and athleticism are the most valued commodities in the game today. Middleton fits that description perfectly. He’s also a rugged pitbull who prides himself on the value he provides on the defensive end of the floor.

Playing alongside Naasir Cunningham and Tyler Bey on a loaded NY Rens 16U squad, Middleton’s unselfish style was welcomed and that should be the case regardless of where he ends up in college. Ohio State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Clemson, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, UConn and Penn State are just a handful of the programs who have offered the future-Sunrise Christian stud.


16. Otega Oweh, 6’6” Wing, Blair 2022

While he might’ve been playing on one of the best grassroots teams of the last decade, Oweh was a huge reason why Team Final was so dominant and ran away with the 2021 Nike EYBL Peach Jam Championship. The versatile, athletic, attacking 6’6” wing played his role to perfection and was at his best when his team relied on him the most.

When Oweh played more than 20 minutes, he averaged 16.3 Pts/4.9 Reb/2.3 Stl/1.6 Ast while shooting 60.4% FG (58-96 FG) and 42.8% 3pt (6-14) during the 2021 EYBL season. Illinois, Georgia, Penn State, Miami, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Washington and Nebraska are just some of his current offers.


17. TJ Power, 6’8” Wing, Worcester 2023

After establishing himself as one of New England’s top prospects last fall, Power played up a year on The BABC’s 17U squad this summer and the results were somewhat of a mixed bag. He creates open looks for himself with ease, thanks to his size and ability to handle the rock. But it acts as a detriment at times, resulting in too many long 2’s instead of downhill attacks to the rim or simpler pull-ups at the elbow. His efficiency and overall shot selection should improve drastically when he returns to the Nike circuit in 2022.

Power averaged 9.6 Pts/5.4 Rebs/2.5 Ast/1.2 Stl/1 Blk during the 2021 EYBL season and is one of the most underrated playmakers in the 2023 Class. He’s exceptionally dangerous while operating as a grab-&-go rebounder in transition, putting pressure on defenders and creating for his teammates in the open floor. He currently owns offers from UConn, Providence, Miami, Boston College, Iowa, Creighton, Penn State, Harvard and Oklahoma amongst others.


18. Gavin Griffiths, 6’7” Wing, Kingswood 2023

Griffiths has risen from a well-known Northeast prospect to one of the nation’s top-50 recruits over the last 6 months. The hype is real! The Kingswood wing owns the size, athleticism, loose hips, playmaking ability and easy shot mechanics that extend well beyond the arch to deserve such a lofty ranking at this point in his prep career.

A move to a higher level NEPSAC program is probably imminent after this year and a strong 2022 EYBL campaign with Expressions is also expected. Griffiths has answered the bell at every turn and there’s no reason to believe otherwise moving forward. Maryland, UConn, Syracuse, Rutgers, Dayton and Xavier are just a few of his current offers.

19. Mark Armstrong, 6’2” Point Guard, St Peter’s VILLANOVA-commit

After a solid EYBL season, Armstrong cemented himself as one of the top Point Guards in the nation. My biggest concern going forward is how some highly-touted prospects have fared in Villanova’s system. It’s been hit-or-miss to say the least. Even though his summer stats don’t necessarily reflect it, Armstrong does have a solid stroke that remains consistent as he stretches it out beyond the arch.

Armstrong averaged 10.2 Pts/3.2 Reb/2.6 Ast/1.2 Stl while shooting 40.3% FG/31.4% 3pt/66.7% FT for New Heights Lightning in the EYBL over the summer.


20. Donovan Clingan, 7’2” Big, Bristol Central 2022 UCONN-commit

Clingan put together a strong showing at the NBPA Top-100 Camp this summer, averaging 7 Pts/7 Rebs/3 Blk against some of the top prospects in the nation. I would’ve loved to see him against the top prep school prospects in the country but he’ll remain at Bristol Central for his senior season.

He’ll have to remain conscience of his frame and weight as he moves on to the next level but the new UConn strength staff has had nothing but great success. While Dan Hurley isn’t going to rush the big fella into the rotation, he’s hoping that Clingan has the same type of impact that Hunter Dickinson has had at Michigan at some point in his career.

Karaban has been celebrated for his offensive skillset but his defensive metrics stood alongside some of the EYBL's best this summer

Dunn is another local prospect who hasn't gotten enough respect at the national level but the high major programs looking to snag him aren't too upset about that right now

Bowen is an unselfish worker who plays with pride and passion, assets that will allow him to play this game for a long time

Ross is being recruited like a top-50 prospect in 2022 but hasn't received the same respect from the national rankings

Middleton's potential was on full display this summer as the rugged wing open eyes and received offers from a bevy of high major programs

Oweh was sensational with Team Final this sumer and looks to pick up where he left off as he returns to Blair for his final prep season

Power's ability to rebound and put the ball in the hole have been well documented but his vision and handle should be considered equal parts of his overall skillset

Griffiths rose over the course of the summer thanks to his shot making ability, athleticism and high-IQ

Armstrong will look to have the same success with Jay Wright's program as the steady-handed PG's who have come before him

Clingan should dominate the CIAC once again in '21-'22 before heading to the Big East