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Aug, 2019

Tri-Regions Top 20 of 2022 (UPDATED)

(By: AlamoCityHoops Staff)

For only the second time in our 6th season of doing player rankings, did we have to expand the number of individual spots. As we've been saying for years now, this freshman class, now sophomores to be, is one of the deepest and most talented to ever come out of the Texas Tri-Regions, and is on the heels of the even deeper 2021 class.

At the top of the class is 6'10" 5-star center Vince Iwuchukwu (Cole HS). The progress this young man has made is astonishing compared to when we first saw him practicing two years ago. His coordination, knowledge, intensity, intangibles that were lacking, have all developed, and throw in a skillset that is showing improved low post footwork, the use of a hook when down low, and a developing set perimeter shot that saw him connect on more than a handful of three pointers, the surface is just being scratched. Defensively, he can alter a game. With his seven foot plus wingspan, swats anything within his reach and is aggressive to the boards. Good athlete who will hammer it down on lobs, and finish strong above the rim more times than not. Is on the verge of being a Top 20 National prospect.

Coming in at the second spot is Austin Nunez (Cornerstone HS). Newly transferred in to the northwest side private school, Nunez has double digit offers and some of the nations top high majors vying for his commitment. If using one word to describe his game, it would be "smooth." The 6'1" point guard can do it all. He is a true pg, and instantly makes his teammates better. Has such great basketball IQ, and will find the open teammate or shift into scoring mode and call fill up the stat sheet quick. Uses either hand well, is deceptively quick, and when you see him slashing it's because he's zoomed by his defender. The smooth shooting lefty is also a sniper with plenty of range beyond the arc, is a dual threat when in scoring mode. One of only five freshmen to have played on the Under Armour Assocation's 17U division with Texas Hardwork this past AAU season.

We go to the West Texas Plains for the #3 prospect in 6’7” Kiante Williams (Lubbock Estacado HS). A long lanky wing who many are still unaware of that is roaming the Tri-Regions. During the AAU circuit, laced them up for Oklahoma Gym Time Hoops. Williams is a natural wing, plays on the perimeter, uses his length well to get up and down the floor, and when slashing, uses his athleticism to finish through the rim. His perimeter game, from mid-range to past the three-point line is what makes him a very tough guard. Keep an eye on West Texas as he projects to be the next mid-major plus prospect to come out of the plains.

 Up I-35 in Central Texas is where you’ll find Nehikare Igiehon a 6’8” low post player for St. Stephens HS. Igiehon splashed onto our radar last September during our 2018 I-35 Fall Showdown and we’ve continued to keep a close watch on him. Noticeable strides have been made as he continues to show that he’s just not relegated to the block, during the AAU season, he ran with JL3 of the Nike EYBL, and opened eyes with his ability to play, and slash from the wing. Improved ball handling, strength and conditioning, have also helped him finish stronger and more consistently above the  rim. Has a good frame already, and if he can develop a consistent perimeter presence in addition to his low post game, and slashing ability, St. Stephens High School will have their next big time prospect.

 Rounding out our Top 5 is Richie Torres (Southside  HS). The 6’4” prospect turned plenty of heads helping lead Southside to the playoffs and reach basketball success that had not been seen in recent years on the Southside of San Antonio. A very versatile prospect who plays inside out. In crucial playoff games earlier this spring, the young freshman did not back down from the moment. He can take advantage of smaller defenders on the block, and then showed plenty of range with a set shot out to the 3-point line, accurate mid-range game, and has shown a consistent touch with the baseline jumper. 

 In addition to our Top 5, we have some names cracking our 2022 rankings for the first time, including: Deon Williams (Brennan HS), Xavier Kirk (Warren HS), Tyson Whyrbew (Weiss HS), Reginald Stewart (East Central HS), Mikahli Roberts (Churchill HS), Joe Longoria (Homeschool/San Marcos), Jacob Swaboda (Cedar Park HS), William Nathaniel (East Central HS), and Jarmaine Mason Jr. (Weiss HS).

 Williams went from unranked to #6, on the cusp of the Top 5, showing that the 6’5” wing had a very good summer. Showed off his athleticism multiple times, whether it be slashing to the hole while taking his defender off the bounce and finishing with the flush, or displaying a jumper that can hurt you. Defensively, good lateral quickness to adjust and move for position, rebounds very well for a wing.

 For the rest of our Top 20 of 2022, be sure to click on the link below: