“Hoops” Strickler breaks down top junior boys basketball players


Outside of VSN’s Derek Toney, nobody watches more boys high school basketball than scouting guru Tommy “Hoops” Strickler. Strickler has been on the recruiting scene for more than 35 years…a little longer than Derek.

Here’s Stricker’s list of the top players in the Class of 2022.

1. Cameron Whitmore, Archbishop Spalding, 6-foot-6, forward

This strong and explosive athlete has overcome knee injury and improved his offense to become one of the premier players in the nation. High-major Division I prospect.


2. Christian Winborne, Gilman School, 6-1, point guard

Saw greatness from the beginning and he hasn’t disappoint. A top notch play-maker and scorer. Mid-to-high major prospect.


3. Bryce Lindsay, Poly, 6-3, combo guard

With extra pounds, Lindsay is blossoming into true combination guard with improved ballhandling skills, to go around with pure jumper. Mid-to-high major prospect.


4. Tyson Commander, John Carroll School, 6-3, shooting guard

Long range lefty bomber with sturdy frame is sneaky athletic and prolific scorer. Mid-to-high major prospect.


5. Cesar Tchlimbo, John Carroll School, 6-8, power forward

Relentless defender/rebounder who still needs to define offensive game. Mid-to-high major prospect.


6. C.J. Scott, Archbishop Spalding, 6-5, small forward

Strongly built wing has improved in every phase, including from perimeter. Low-to-mid major prospect.


7. Adam Walden, Poly, 6-8, center

Big-bodied sometimes grounded pivot has outstanding work ethic on both ends, and progressing offensively. Low-to-mid major prospect.


8. Carlos Alexander, Mervo, 5-11, point guard 

Quick speedy lead guard can get to basket, deal to teammates and knock down a 3-pointer when needed. Low-to-mid major prospect.


9. Toby Nnadozie, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 6-3, shooting guard

Swift slashing off-guard who’s improved his handle and jumper. Low-to-mid major prospect


10. Dani Dennis-Sutton, McDonogh School, 6-5, power forward

Powerful physical specimen, who’s regarded as Power 5 football elite recruit, has good mid-range touch. Low-to-mid major prospect.


11. Deon Perry, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 5-9, point guard

Speedy playmaker who can get everyone involved and has solid perimeter touch. Low major prospect.


12. Cortez Johnson, St. Frances Academy, 6-6, combo forward

Active body on both ends, Johnson can score going to basket and has improving jumper. Low major prospect.


13. Garvin Sween, Glenelg Country School, 6-7, power forward

Slightly built inside performer who’s gaining confidence on both ends of court. Possible low-major prospect.


14. Gavin Walsh, Loyola Blakefield, 6-6, forward

Tenacious worker on both ends who’s sneaky athletic and improved scorer. Small college stud prospect.


15. Jordan Pennick, Archbishop Spalding, 5-10, point guard

Smallish, but sturdy lead who can score from anywhere and distribute ball. Small college prospect.