Which 2022 U17 World Cup player will have the best pro career?
MALAGA (Spain) - Now that the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 is done and dusted we can look ahead and dream on what some of these youngsters will become in the future. Which of the players from the tournament will have the best professional career?
This is not always the easiest question to answer as these players are still very young and there is still a lot of development to be done - physically, mentally and skills wise. And being a stand-out player at 17 years old is no promise for later stardom. These young players also need to have the proper work ethic and supportive environment around them to take the next step.
And just the same, not being among the top players at the U17 World Cup doesn't mean a player cannot become superstar. Canadian Andrew Wiggins for example in the first edition in 2010 averaged just 8.1 points and 3.2 rebounds and he has turned into an NBA star. Ben Simmons in 2012 played a total of just 46 minutes in the final four games for Australia and he became one of the best players in the NBA.
We have selected 12 players from the 2022 edition who many believe could have a great professional career. Like both Wiggins and Simmons, a number of them are bottom level players, meaning they are younger than the rest of the players. The USA duo of Cooper Flagg and Koa Peat - who were both selected for the All-Star Five - are both 15 years old and Spaniard Hugo Gonzalez and Australian Rocco Zikarsky were born in 2006.
All of the players below had strong performances in Malaga, but as stated above, none of them are finished products. Therefore it will be interesting to come back to this poll in 3 to 5 years and see who received the most votes and think back to how they played - or didn't play - in Malaga.
Now it's your turn - tell us who you think will have the best professional career. Vote below!