HESI U17 TOP 30: The Best Hoopers in the MENA (25-21)

The Middle East and North Africa region has a lot of unseen high-quality hoopers. Here we will give you the top 25-21 basketball players in the MENA Region according to their Regional, Continental and International competitions with their respective teams

#25 Yasin Samiei

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5
Name
Yasin Samiei
Nationality
irnIran
Position
Guard
Player Ratings
76
Class
2026
Height
6'2"
Current Team
Iran National Team U16
Leagues
U16 Asian Championships, WABA U16 Championships
Seasons
2022
Birthday
July 27, 2005
Age
17

Yasin proved essential to the Iranian side as a spot-up shooter. But other than his playing his role Yasin showed glimpses of good ball handling, defensive IQ, and athleticism. He has the tools that can build a modern-day point guard. Yassin was on a team with lots of heavy hitters, I don’t doubt he has more in his bag but he was able to play his role, finding a sweet spot as a shooter and secondary ball handler at times.

U16 Asian Championships

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
Total-60.0000.0003.00.51.00.01.000

WABA U16 Championships

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
2022Iran National Team U1669.23120.0007.00.30.00.00.000
Total-69.23120.0007.00.30.00.00.000

#24 Selim El Selmy

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1
Name
Selim El Selmy
Nationality
egyEgypt
Position
Scoring Guard, Shooting Guards
Player Ratings
85.5
Class
2025
Height
6'1"
Current Team
U16 Egypt National Team
Past Teams
Alexandria Sporting Club
Leagues
U16 Africa Championship
Seasons
2021
Birthday
January 1, 2005
Age
18

Selim is a bucket and can get points in a hurry. He can score from anywhere on the floor off the catch or off the dribble. Selim is a great option on the bench for his scoring abilities and can get his team on an offensive role. He has a good habit of grabbing rebounds and starting transition in an instant to gain quick points from a miss.

U16 Africa Championship

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
2021U16 Egypt National Team50338.34.82.51.30.310.344.4
Total-000000000

#23 Mohamed Hussein

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77
Name
Mohamed Hussein
Nationality
egyEgypt
Position
Center
Player Ratings
79
Class
2025
Height
6'5"
Current Team
U16 Egypt National Team
Leagues
U16 Africa Championship
Seasons
2022
Birthday
July 5, 2022
Age
0

Hussein is a cornerstone of the Egyptian team. Despite being relatively undersized, Hussein can grab lots of rebounds through good old boxing out, something that seems a relic of the past among youth basketball. Hussein is very intelligent on both ends moving without the ball and setting screens to open up teammates. He also has a surprisingly good shot where he knocked down more 3-pointers than people expected.

U16 Africa Championship

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
2022U16 Egypt National Team50257.17.51.80.80.913.868.4
Total-000000000

#22 Anthony Nabaa

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35
Name
Anthony Naba
Nationality
libLebanon
Position
Combo Forward
Player Ratings
78
Class
2025
Height
6'7"
Current Team
Lebanon National Team U16
Leagues
U16 Asian Championships, WABA U16 Championships
Seasons
2022
Birthday
May 10, 2022
Age
0

This 6’7″ has a major upside. He is long and length and is annoying for ballhandlers on defence. He is also very good at creating opportunities for the catch and uses his lanky frame to reach the rim under pressure. We would love to see him develop a long-range shot. Once that is developed Anthony can be THE universal type of player coaches dream about in the wing position.

U16 Asian Championships

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
Total-51.72450.0008.86.61.00.60.000

WABA U16 Championships

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
Total-66.66766.6676.82.01.00.50.800

#21 Znar Al Youssef

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13
Name
Zinar Al Youssef
Nationality
irqIraq
Position
Point Guard, Two-Way Guard
Player Ratings
80
Class
2025
Height
6'3"
Current Team
Iraqi National Team U16
Leagues
WABA U16 Championships
Seasons
2022
Birthday
May 13, 2022
Age
0

Znar is an aggressive two-way guard, he has the ability to lock-down on defence and gets you buckets in succession. For Iraq, he was the floor general which made their team a ball of energy on defence battling hard to get the stop or steal. He needs to focus on his shot selection and shot making if Znar can develop those attributes he will be one of the future stars of Iraq.

WABA U16 Championships

SeasonTeamFG%3P%PPGRPGAPGSPGBPGEFFFT%
2022Iraqi National Team U1632.69225.000337.83.32.02.00.500
Total-32.69225.000337.83.32.02.00.500

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