Dereck Lively Holds Top Spot, Nick Smith Moves Up in Final SI99 Basketball Rankings

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By Jason Jordan Players were ranked based on production against elite competition, future projection, intangibles and more. Roughly five months after the initial unveiling of the SI99 basketball rankings for 2022, the very top has remained intact. Westtown School (West Chester, Penn.) center Dereck Lively turned in a dominant high school finale of a season, averaging 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4.5 blocks a game and claimed a state title in the process. His senior year dominance was a carryover from a summer where he led Team Final (Penn.) to the prestigious Nike Peach Jam title. Lively’s abili…

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