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10 Key Players to Know for the 2022-23 Florida High School Basketball Season

Tipoff of the Florida high school basketball season will lurk closer and closer in the coming weeks. As we begin to look ahead to the 2022-23 campaign, here are 10 key players to watch for around the state. (Rankings courtesy of the 247Sports Composite.)

Sean Stewart – Montverde Academy

Our list of key players is led by Stewart, a five-star Duke commit and Top 10 player nationally who enters the 2022-23 Florida high school basketball season ranked as the state’s No. 1 overall player in the 2023 class. The 6-foot, 8-inch forward transferred to Montverde Academy from Windermere during the offseason, after a junior campaign in which he averaged 20.5 ppg, 13.6 rpg, 4.6 bpg, and 2.3 spg for a Wolverines team that reached a 7A regional final a year ago.

Kwame Evans Jr. – Montverde Academy

A teammate of Stewart at Montverde Academy, Evans is the lone other five-star prospect from Florida in the 2023 class. Evans, a 6-foot, 9-inch Oregon commit, is considered a Top 15 player nationally in the 2023 class, and is likely to play a significant role for an Eagles team that is one of the state’s best entering the season.

Jizzle James – Olympia

James, a four-star prospect in the 2023 class, returns for Olympia this season as arguably the state’s top point guard. The 6-foot, 1-inch guard helped lead the Titans to a 7A regional semifinal appearance while averaging 25.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, and 2.3 spg as a junior.

Chris Johnson – Montverde Academy

Johnson, a four-star Kansas commit, is yet another name to know for Montverde Academy this season. The 6-foot, 5-inch senior guard transferred from Fort Bend Elkins (TX) during the offseason after a 2021-22 campaign in which he averaged 19.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, and 5 apg.

Cameron Boozer – Miami Columbus

One of the state’s top players a year ago as a freshman, Boozer enters the 2022-23 season ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the 2025 class. The sophomore made a key impact in helping lead Miami Columbus to the 7A state title a year ago, averaging 18.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2.2 blocks per gamae for the Explorers.

Marvel Allen – Montverde Academy

Allen, a four-star Georgetown commit, transferred to Montverde Academy during the offseason after helping lead Calvary Christian to the 4A state title as a junior. In 26 games with the Eagles, Allen 13.8 ppg, 4 rpg, and 2.7 apg.

Karter Knox – Tampa Catholic

Arguably Florida’s top prospect in the 2024 class is Knox, a five-star and Top 10 national player from Tampa Catholic. In 28 games a year ago, he averaged 20.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, and 2.1 apg in leading the Crusaders deep into the Class 3A playoffs.

Sam Walters – The Villages Charter

Walters, a four-star Alabama commit, returns for the 2022-23 season after an impressive junior campaign at The Villages Charter. Helping lead the Buffalo to a regional semifinal appearance, Walters averaged 24.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

Kris Parker – Crossroad Academy

A four-star prospect in the 2023 class, Parker returns this season for a Crossroad Academy team that went 14-5 a year ago in Class 1A. As a junior, Parker averaged 18.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, and 3 apg for the Scorpions.

Bryson Tucker – IMG Academy

The final name on our list of key players entering the 2022-23 Florida high school basketball season is Tucker, who transferred to IMG Academy during the offseason from the state of Maryland, where he attended Mount St. Joseph. Tucker, a five-star prospect and Top 20 national player in the 2024 class, helped lead the Gaels to a 30-win season a year ago, and he could play a key role for the Ascenders in 2022-23.

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