The key takeaway from this year’s VolleyballMag.com Boys Fab 50 list?
The sport is alive and well in the Midwest — particularly in Illinois and Wisconsin.
While California, as it usually does in this annual much-anticipated feature, dominated the rankings, a total of 11 players from either the Land of Lincoln or the Badger State made the prestigious list.
The VolleyballMag.com Boys Fab 50 ranks the top 50 senior-age players in the nation (Class of 2022). The longest-running boys volleyball list in the country, the Boys Fab 50 is voted on by an elite panel of NCAA Division I-II men’s coaches. The list takes into consideration a player’s overall skill level and is not exclusive to his high school, club or USA Volleyball prowess.
California leads the way with 22 Fab 50 selections with Illinois next with seven. Wisconsin had four Fab 50s, tied with Arizona and Florida.
On the college front, Lewis, out of Romeoville, Illinois, is the leader of the back this time with six Fab 50 selections. Pepperdine, Loyola-Chicago, Stanford, UCLA and Ohio State each had four. A total of 19 universities are represented in this list.
MB Surf takes home the top Fab 50 club for 2022 with six selections. Bay to Bay, out of Northern California, has 5, while Arizona Fear and Milwaukee VBC each have four. Loyola High School out of Los Angeles has four of its 2022 rostered players on this list, including outside hitter Dillon Klein, who was voted the top player in the Class of 2022 by the voting panel. Klein, inbound to USC, beat out AZ Fear’s Zach Rama (UCLA signee) for the top positions.
The rest of the top five features UCLA recruit Andrew Rowan (OCVC), Florida product Shane Wetzel (Ohio State) and Bay Area resident Theo Snoey (Stanford).
As is custom, we also present our 25 Underclassmen to Watch list. Keep in mind, this is not a listing of the top 25 non-seniors in the country, but rather 25 players, as the name of the list suggests, that we should keep an eye on in the future. Historically, almost all of this particular list will graduate to the Fab 50 list when it comes time for their senior years.
What is not custom with the this year’s 25 Underclassmen list is the preponderance of freshmen and sophomores. Of the 25 positions, 11 were either ninth- or 10th-graders this past school year.
Some names that drew heavy amounts of eyeballs on the voting panel include San Diego-area standout Wesley Smith (committed to USC), Florida product Thiago Zamprogno (UCLA commit), as well as sophomore Tread Rosenthal (MB Surf) and fellow 10th graders Cole Hartke, a 6-10 outside hitter out of the Northwest Chicago suburbs and 6-6 outside hitter Sean Kelly (MB Surf).
Top 5 Players in the Class 1. Dillon Klein (USC) 2. Zach Rama (UCLA) 3. Andrew Rowan (UCLA) 4. Shane Wetzel (Ohio State) 5. Theo Snoey (Stanford)
2022 VolleyballMag.com Boys Fab 50 Name, Height, Position, High School, Club, College Shawn Baggs, 6-7, MB, Casteel (Gilbert, AZ), AZ Fear, Lewis Mick Bakos,, 6-3, Libero, Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, CA), MB Surf, Pepperdine Ryan Bartz, 6-4, OH, Muskego (Wisconsin),Milwaukee, Ball State Bradley Bell 6-7, MB, Westosha Central (Salem, Wisconsin), Milwaukee, Loyola-Chicago Derek Bradford, 6-7, RS, Royal (Simi Valley, CA), MB Surf, Hawai’i Christopher Connelly,5-11, Libero, Naples (FL), 352 Elite, Long Beach State Mason Connor, 6-0, Libero, Germantown (Wisconsin), Milwaukee, Ball State Caden Day, 6-5, OH, Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Ocean Bay, Penn State Nathan De Graaf, 6-6, RS, Seneca Valley (Harmony, Pennsylvania), Vanguard, Lewis Island Doty, 6-3, S-OH, Doherty Green (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Front Range, Long Beach State Ryan DuRoss, 6-3, OH, Christopher (Gilroy, CA), Bay to Bay, Stanford James Eadie, 6-7, MB, Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, CA), Balboa Bay, Pepperdine Josh Ewert, 6-3, OH, Campolindo (Moraga, CA), Pac Rim, UC San Diego Daniel Haber, 6-5, OH,Westhampton Beach (New York), Academy, Lewis Callahan Hefner, 6-5, OH, Westlake (Austin, Texas), Austin Juniors, Pepperdine Nico Hersh, 6-9, MB-RS, St. Francis (Mountain View, CA), Bay to Bay, UCLA Asa Holmes, 6-6, OH, Paloma Valley (Lake Elsinore, CA), Balboa Bay, Concordia Irvine Dan Hurley, 6-8, OH-RS, Cox (Virginia Beach, Virginia), Coastal Virginia, Ohio State Owen Loncar, 6-3, OH, Loyola (Los Angeles, CA), MB Surf, UC Santa Barbara Jordan Lucas, 6-2, OH, Upland (CA), Pulse, Grand Canyon Blaine Jones, 6-3, OH, South Fayette Township (Bridgeville, Pa.), Yorktowne, Penn State Patrick Kane,6-3, OH, Mountain View (CA), MVVC, UCSB Filip Kierzkowski, 6-7, MB, Rolling Meadows (Illinois), Pipeline, Purdue Ft. Wayne Dillon Klein, 6-4, OH, Loyola (Los Angeles, CA), MB Surf, USC Coleman McDonough,5-11, Libero, Seneca Valley (Cranberry Township, Pa.), Vanguard, UCLA Jack O’Riordan, 6-7, RS, Barrington (Illinois), Adversity, Ohio State Nico Paula, 6-2, OH, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, FL), 352 Elite, Lewis Zach Rama, 6-8, OH, O’Connor (Phoenix, AZ), AZ Fear, UCLA Bryce Robbins, 6-3, OH, O’Connor (Phoenix, AZ), AZ Fear, Loyola-Chicago Noah Roberts, 6-7, OH, Los Alamitos (CA), Team Rockstar, USC Alex Rottman, 6-6, OH, Santa Barbara (CA),Santa Barbara Coast, Stanford Andrew Rowan, 6-6, S, J Serra (San Juan Capistrano, CA), OCVC, UCLA Jaidin Russell, 6-5, OH, Newton South (Newton, Mass.), SMASH, UCLA Evan Snodgrass, 6-8, MB, Tabb (Yorktown, Virginia), Coastal, George Mason
Theo Snoey, 6-8, OH, Head-Royce (Oakland, CA), Bay to Bay, Stanford JJ Sowa, 5-10, Libero, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA), Pulse, Loyola-Chicago Ryan Sprague, 6-3, S, Loyola (Los Angeles, CA), MB Surf, USC Ryan Steponaitis, 6-7, MB, Woodstock (Illinois), MOD, Purdue-Ft. Wayne Cole Sweitzer, 6-4, OH-RS, Middleton (Wisconsin), Milwaukee, Lewis Kai Taylor, 6-3, OH, Capistrano Valley Christian (CA), Balboa Bay, Hawai’i Brian Thomas, 6-10, MB, Campolindo (Moraga, CA), Bay to Bay, Harvard Aidan Tune, 6-0, OH, Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii), Spike and Serve, Pepperdine Miller Trubey, 6-9, RS, St. Mark’s School of Texas (Dallas, Texas), StepUp, Loyola-Chicago Ryan Vena, 6-6, MB, Loyola (Los Angeles, CA), MB Surf, Princeton AJ Vuksinic, 6-6, MB, Wheaton Academy (West Chicago, Ill.), Sports Performance, Ball State Moses Wagner, 6-5, RS, Bellarmine College Prep (San Jose, CA), Bay to Bay, Stanford Andrew Werner, 6-6, OH, Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, AZ), AZ Fear, Princeton Shane Wetzel, 6-6, RS, Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs, FL), Winter Park, Ohio State Josh Weyerhaeuser, 6-7, MB, Warren (Gurnee, Illinois), Adversity, Long Beach State Niko Williams,6-6, S, Poway (CA), Coast, Ohio State Pitor Wymoczyl, 6-6, MB, Buffalo Grove (Illinois), Adversity, Lewis Paul Wyszyinski, 5-7, OH, Glenbrook North (Northbrook, Illinois), Sports Perf., George Mason Note: 52 players are listed. There was a three-way tie for the 50th and final spot.
25 Underclassmen to watch Name, Height, Position, Year, High School, Club, College (if known) Caleb Blanchette, 6-5, S-RS, Soph., Ravenwood (Brentwood, Tennessee), C2, Unknown George Bruening, 6-9, RS, Jr., Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, CA), Balboa Bay, Pepperdine Kaumana Carreira, 6-7, OH, Soph., Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA),A4, Unknown Christian Connell, 6-5. OH., Soph., Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA), Wave, Unknown Jackson Cryst, 6-8, S-RS, Fresh., Millikan (Long Beach, CA), Pinnacle, Unknown Luca Curci, 6-3, OH, Jr., Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, CA), Balboa Bay, UCLA David Decker, 6-8, RS, Jr., Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Ocean Bay, UCLA Jack Ebertin, 6-5, OH, Jr., St. Francis (Mountain View, CA), Bay to Bay, USC Sterling Foley, 6-4, OH, Soph., Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, CA), Balboa Bay, Unknown Cole Hartke, 6-10, OH, Soph., Barrington (Illinois), Pinnacle, Unknown Finn Kearney, 6-5, RS-OH, Soph., O’Connor (Phoenix, AZ), AZ Fear, Unknown Sean Kelly, 6-6, OH, Soph., Loyola (Los Angeles, CA), MB Surf, Unknown Jakobi Lang, 6-4, OH, Jr., Hinsdale (Illinois) Central,630, USC Kellen Larson, 5-7, Libero, Soph., Woodbridge (Irvine, CA) Balboa Bay, Unknown Victor Loiola, 6-2, OH, Soph., Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, CA), MB Surf, Unknown David Mansilla, 6-8, OH, Jr., Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, CA), Rockstar, Unknown Will McElveen, 6-5, S-RS, Jr., Olympia (Orlando, FL), 352, Ohio State Kai Rodriguez, 6-3, OH, Jr., Christopher (Gilroy, CA), Bay to Bay, Hawai’i Tread Rosenthal, 6-7, S-RS, Soph., Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, CA), MB Surf, Unknown Ryan Sears, 5-11, Libero, Jr., Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, CA), SCVC, Hawai’i Wesley Smith, 6-9, MB, Jr. (La Costa Canyon CA), Wave, USC Alex Smits-Van Oyen, 6-5, S-RS, Jr., Coronado (Henderson, Nevada), Vegas United, UCSB Jameson Vaccaro, 6-4, OH, Jr., Bishop’s (La Jolla, CA), Wave, Princeton Tristan Whitfield, 6-7, MB-RS, Jr., Cape Henry (Virginia Beach, VA),Coastal Virginia, Princeton Thiago Zamprogno, 6-6, MB, Jr., Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Ocean Bay,UCLA
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