HESI U17 TOP 30: Best Hoopers in the MENA (5-1)

#5 Rayan Hachem

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Name
Rayan Al Hachem
Nationality
libLebanon
Position
Point Guard, True Point
Player Ratings
96
Class
2025
Height
6'5"
Current Team
Lebanon National Team U16
Leagues
U16 Asian Championships, WABA U16 Championships
Seasons
2022
Birthday
May 10, 2022
Age
0

Rayan Hachem is an impressive player. He has a very high IQ and Lebanon thrived on this during their run to the U17 World Cup. Rayan is a 6’5″ true point guard. His ability to orchestrate the offence and make the right pass at the right time. Rayan’s length makes him a rebound go-getter and a bothersome defender. Rayan rarely creates for himself because he’s busy creating for other people but he is so skillful he can play off-ball and that is where he creates for himself the most. He has good finishing around the rim. Great 3-point shooter with a smooth form and can shoot off the dribble. His pace and playing maturity is what got him to this high spot in the rankings. Coaches should look to recruit Rayan, he’s a special player and has the potential to play at a high level.

U16 Asian Championships

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
2022Lebanon National Team U1642.10550.00012.84.03.61.00.200
Total-42.10550.00012.84.03.61.00.200

WABA U16 Championships

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
2022Lebanon National Team U1651.28240.00013.08.53.51.00.000
Total-51.28240.00013.08.53.51.00.000

#4 Adam El Halawany

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Name
Adam El Halawany
Nationality
egyEgypt
Position
Point Forward, Scorer, Two-Way Guard
Player Ratings
97
Class
2025
Height
6'3"
Current Team
U16 Egypt National Team
Past Teams
Smouha
Leagues
Egyptian Nationals, FIBA
Seasons
2021
Birthday
April 9, 2005
Age
17

U16 Africa 2021 Most Valuable Player. Adam is a scoring powerhouse. He can score at all 3 levels and is skilled at creating space. He can play on or off the ball and creates chances for his teammates. He is very valuable to his team because of his ability to go get a bucket, grab a crucial steal or rebound or be a spot-up knockdown shooter. He can finish on taller defenders or through contact. His play is so smooth and has fancy footwork that gets him slicing through the defence. He’s fast and physical and can do almost everything on the floor. He has a low ego and plays team ball will go get a bucket when the team needs it. He plays hard-nosed basketball with a great attitude. Coaches will have an eye out for him and we will see him at the next level soon.

Egyptian Nationals

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
2021Smouha000000000
Total-000000000

FIBA

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
2021U16 Egypt National Team000000000
Total-000000000

#3 Seifeldin Kedar Hendawy

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Name
Seifeldin Hendawy
Nationality
egyEgypt
Position
Power Forward, Stretch Four
Player Ratings
98
Class
2025
Height
6'6"
Current Team
U16 Egypt National Team
Past Teams
Al Ahly
Leagues
Egyptian Nationals, FIBA
Seasons
2021
Birthday
September 5, 2005
Age
17

Seifeldin took the biggest jump on the Egyptian side from their last FIBA competition when they won gold. Saif went from 8.7 to 13.4 PPG 4.5 to 6.6 RPG. His time with NBA Academy Africa shows as he became more aggressive and showed to have an offensive and defensive presence that affects the game greatly. He blossomed into a scoring leader who puts up buckets in numbers while getting multiple stops in consecutive plays that gave his team a major morale boost and rally behind him. The forward took a major step in defensive efficiency getting 1.4 SPG and 1.4 BPG, up from 0.9 and 0.8 respectively in last year’s U16 African Championship

Egyptian Nationals

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
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FIBA

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
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#2 Karl Zamatta

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Name
Karl Chris Zamatta
Nationality
libLebanon
Position
Center
Player Ratings
99
Class
2026
Height
6'8"
Current Team
Lebanon National Team U16
Leagues
U16 Asian Championships
Seasons
2022
Birthday
June 23, 2022
Age
0

Karl was the surprise of both the U16 Asian Championship and the U17 World Cup. In the Asian Championship, the 6’8″ big man, turned heads helping Lebanon clinch the World Cup dropping 22 points and grabbing 11 offensive boards and 21 total rebounds. He finished that competition averaging 11.5 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 2.8 BPG, and 1.3 SPG.

In the FIBA U17 World Cup, despite getting to a slow start in the first two games, Karl scored in double digits every game and had two double-doubles. He continued to show up and averaged 9.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.4 BPG, and 1 SPG.

Karl is a great prospect that has great back-to-the-basket skills, good touch around the rim, and knows how to position himself for rebounds and blocks. He is quick on his feet to recover from closeouts and will surprise defenders by attacking off the dribble. Karl is a dream player for any coach because of his skills on so many levels while being the big man every team needs.

U16 Asian Championships

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
2022Lebanon National Team U1651.3510.00014.013.31.71.32.700
Total-51.3510.00014.013.31.71.32.700

#1 Mohammad Amini

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Name
Mohammad Amini
Nationality
irnIran
Position
Guard
Player Ratings
100
Class
2025
Height
6'6"
Current Team
Iran National Team U16
Leagues
WABA U16 Championships
Seasons
2022
Birthday
May 13, 2022
Age
0

Mohammad Amini’s game is so mature it almost has no faults in it. He is a skilled wing that can handle the ball and facilitate. He can score from every level. He’s athletic to finish above the rim but has great touch and body control when he needs to get by defenders at the rim. He can shoot but will not force his shots. Despite his scoring abilities, he will look to almost always facilitate and get his teammates involved early in the shot clock. In the Asian Cup, Amini was ranked in the top 5 in 3 different statistical categories. Ranked 5th in rebounding overall with 10.4 RPG. Ranked 2nd in scoring overall with 22.8 PPG. And ranked first in steals with 4.6 SPG.

It is a shame he didn’t get a chance to participate in the World Cup but he will be there in Iran’s lineup for a long time to come. Coaches that are looking to recruit should take a good serious look at this 6’6″ wing that can do almost anything on the floor

WABA U16 Championships

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
2022Iran National Team U1644.44425.00014.08.32.72.00.300
Total-44.44425.00014.08.32.72.00.300

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