After the dust has settled on what was considered a rather surprising college basketball season, experts have begun to throw out their projections for which recruiting classes will be in place by 2022. With many teams experiencing unexpectedly good seasons and programs changing coaches quickly, this is sure to become an interesting area of debate among fans who are already wondering where they can spot the next Tom Izzo or Rick Pitino before they get big time coaching jobs.
The “2021-2022 ncaa basketball rankings” is a ranking of the top 100 men’s college basketball recruits. It is updated every year in January and February.
It’s been almost two months since the early signing period closed… and there hasn’t been much in the way of recruiting for the 2022 class.
Only three ESPN 100 players have committed since we last updated our rankings in November, right after the signing period. The tiny number of top-100 seniors remained on the board after the signing period was part of the reason behind this. After the early phase, there were no five-star prospects available, and just nine ESPN 100 prospects in total.
Despite the absence of commitments, the class rankings have shifted, partly owing to the aforementioned pledges and partly due to individual players climbing and dropping in the ESPN 100. Here are some of the most interesting class rankings stories:
Duke moves to No. 1: The Blue Devils overtook Kentucky for the No. 1 spot in the class rankings following Mark Mitchell’s commitment to Duke in December. Mitchell chose the Blue Devils over UCLA and likely gave them an insurmountable lead in the class rankings, barring a slew of 2023 reclassifications. It’s not an unfamiliar position — in fact, Duke’s No. 4 finish in the 2021 class was its lowest ranking since 2013 — but it would be their first No. 1 finish since the 2018 class if things hold.
Texas rises into the top 10: The Longhorns rose to No. 8 in the class rankings this month following a commitment from ESPN 100 guard Rowan Brumbaugh. Brumbaugh originally picked Northwestern over the Longhorns, but decommitted from the Wildcats in late December and didn’t take long to announce he was headed to Texas. Another positive for Chris Beard’s class was the development of Dillon Mitchell, who was already a five-star prospect but impressed onlookers during the first half of the high school season — including this past weekend at the Hoophall Classic.
Kansas closes gap in top five: Kansas went from No. 5 to No. 4, which isn’t a huge jump, but it’s noteworthy when it’s that close to the top of the rankings. The Jayhawks didn’t add any new pledges, but Gradey Dick boosted his stock over the past several weeks and pushed Bill Self’s program a spot higher. Dick is a high-level shot-maker who can get his own looks in a variety of ways and also demonstrated this past weekend at Hoophall that he can impact a game even when his shot isn’t falling.
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After announcing Jon Scheyer as Mike Krzyzewski’s successor for the 2022-23 season, it was critical that the Blue Devils have a head start in recruiting. Scheyer and his staff have established the Duke brand by getting three five-star recruits in Lively, Dariq Whitehead, and Kyle Filipowski, despite Coach K’s absence on the recruiting trail this summer. Lively’s dedication is the one that has the Blue Devils in contention for the best class in the country. He’s a world-class shot-blocker with offensive range out to the rim. Whitehead is a top-tier defender and competitor who has exceptional leadership qualities and a wealth of intangibles. He’s been a high-profile prospect since he was a kid, yet he’s kept his humble demeanor and improved with each passing year. Filipowski, on the other hand, has made a significant improvement during the last two years. Filipowski’s game has exploded alongside a new commitment to conditioning and consequent gains in mobility and quickness off his feet around the rim. As a playmaking big man who stands just under 7-foot but can still attack off the dribble and facilitate for others, Filipowski’s game has exploded alongside a new commitment to conditioning and consequent gains in mobility and quickness off his feet around the rim. The Blue Devils did not take over the No. 1 class until they received a commitment from top-30 forward Mark Mitchell. Mitchell is a powerful, slicing lefty with excellent passing ability. Jaden Schutt, a top-50 guard and one of the greatest shooters in the 2022 class, and Christian Reeves, a 7-foot-1 center from Oak Hill Academy, were both added to Duke’s recruiting class (Virginia).
SG Shaedon Sharpe was the top commit in the previous ranking (former No. 1)
After point guard Cason Wallace (No. 9) committed to Kentucky in early November, the Wildcats overcame Duke for the No. 1 slot, which they maintained until Duke secured Mark Mitchell a month later. Wallace was one of the greatest point guards in the class, and he chose Kentucky over Tennessee and Texas. Three five-star recruits were already in the fold for John Calipari. Sharpe, the former No. 1 overall prospect, wasn’t rated at all last summer, but he established himself as the best prospect in the class this summer. He is a finisher at the rim, with excellent size and strength. He also has exceptional physical tools. After the first semester, he enrolled at Kentucky and is anticipated to train with the team before appearing in games next season. He’s still a part of Kentucky’s 2022 class, but he’s no longer playing high school basketball, thus he’s not in the rankings. Chris Livingston has been a name to keep an eye on since his freshman year of high school, and he is still one of the top 15 prospects in 2022. He’s a dynamic weapon who excels in transition and on both sides of the floor. Skyy Clark, a 6-foot-3 point guard who missed the summer due to an ACL tear, is another option. Clark committed to the Wildcats in October 2020, and despite reports that he might be reclassified to 2021, he stayed in 2022.
Prior to this, he was ranked 3rd. His top commit was SG. Nick Smith is a writer and a musician (No. 6)
Arkansas, which had risen to the top of the class rankings earlier in the autumn, secured the country’s top two uncommitted prospects in October. Smith is a gifted guard who can play both on and off the court, but excels when he has the ball in his hands. He’s a prolific scorer who can also shoot from the wing. Jordan Walsh had a breakthrough summer, excelling in terms of athletic abilities and motor skills. He’s great in transition and competes hard. The Razorbacks already had three ESPN 100 prospects in Derrian Ford, Barry Dunning, and Joseph Pinion before those two top-10 talents elected to play for Eric Musselman. Ford and Pinion, along with Smith, are helping Arkansas maintain its grasp on in-state talent, while Dunning had a solid June before committing.
Gradey Dick of the San Francisco 49ers is the top commit (No. 8)
While Bill Self has established one of the strongest teams in college basketball this season by dominating the transfer market, he has the Jayhawks recruiting at a national level once again. It all started with a pledge from Gradey Dick, a local Kansas product, last spring. Dick will offer them with a productive and dependable big winger who has proved himself against top competition and has a well-rounded floor game. M.J. Rice provides them with a powerful winger with increased talent. He’ll remind Jayhawk fans of Wayne Selden in certain ways, and he’ll be an excellent wing complement to Dick. In the current game, Zuby Ejiofor is a throwback-style power forward who might play some small-ball 5. He has a strong motor and is powerful, explosive, and ultra-aggressive. Another frontcourt addition, 6-foot-10 center Ernest Udeh, chose the Jayhawks as the last piece of the jigsaw. The top-50 prospect is a high-energy player who is strong on the boards and in transition.
Previous ranking: 4 Jaden Bradley (PG) is the top commit (No. 15)
When Nate Oats transferred from Buffalo to Alabama, some questioned whether he’d be able to recruit in the SEC. Although it was just a few years ago, it feels like a long time ago. On a yearly basis, Oats and his team continue to demonstrate their ability to attract top national talent. This year’s class has five pledges, four of which are ESPN 100 high school talents, including two five-star prospects. It all started with Bradley, one of the best point guards in the nation who should be ready to contribute right away. Brandon Miller is a top long-term prospect with a wide range of skills and lots of untapped potential. At the center position, Noah Clowney has a comparable high potential, while Rylan Griffen is a long wing with a fast first step, strong lift at the rim, and other two-way skills. Nick Pringle, a 6-foot-9 power forward regarded one of the greatest junior college prospects in the nation, completes the class.
Previous ranking: 6 SG Amari Bailey is the top commit (No. 2)
Following last year’s Final Four appearance, Mick Cronin has the UCLA Bruins primed to reclaim their place among college basketball’s best. He continued his winning streak from last March by presenting a star-studded early recruiting class that included some of the best prospects on the West Coast. Bailey isn’t only one of the finest high school basketball players; he’s also one of the most recognizable, so his promise, which was made in February, will inspire other players to do the same. Dylan Andrews, a dynamic large guard with an aggressive style who succeeds in the open floor while yet being able to defend the manner Cronin expects, is one such player. Five-star center Adem Bona chose UCLA over Kentucky, propelling the Bruins into the top ten of the class rankings. Bona is a dominant defensive big guy with incredible athleticism.
Prior ranking: 10 PG Bruce Thornton is the top commit (No. 49)
Chris Holtmann and his staff at Ohio State put forth the most effort early in this recruiting class. They have five early promises, three of whom are ESPN 100 prospects, and all of them are strategic acquisitions who suit their system and ethos. Thornton is in charge. He’ll put his imprint on the program right away as an accomplished point guard and winner. Roddy Gayle is a talented winger who can score in large quantities while also integrating his own skills with those of other high-level players. Felix Okpara is a large, bouncy center with a very high long-term ceiling. Brice Sensabaugh is the underdog; a big-bodied mismatch playmaker on the perimeter with flexible guard abilities, he’s currently just outside the ESPN 100 but has the potential to be as good as anybody in the class for the Buckeyes. Bowen Hardman is a local product from Ohio who contributes perimeter shooting and floor-spacing skills to the offense. To date, no other class in the nation has as much depth as this one.
Prior ranking: 15; top commit: SF; previous ranking: 15; previous ranking: 15; previous ranking: 15 Mitchell, Dillon (No. 7)
In the Class of 2022, Chris Beard will get a trio of instant impact players, who should help enhance — and balance out — his transfer-heavy team. Mitchell, a five-star forward, provides him with the sort of smooth and explosive mover and leaper that Texas now lacks. He excels in transition and is a strong finisher as well as a flexible defender with some potential. Arterio Morris is a huge guard with one of the best upsides in the league. His stature is matched by his explosiveness and competitiveness, and he has the capacity to influence the game on both sides of the floor. The Longhorns’ third pledge is ESPN 100 guard Rowan Brumbaugh, who chose Texas after decommitting from Northwestern in late December. When Brumbaugh committed the first time, Texas finished second to the Wildcats, but the Longhorns got him the second time. In the spring, expect them to put a lot of effort into the transfer site.
Previous ranking: 7 C Vincent Iwuchukwu is the top commit (No. 27)
Andy Enfield has a greater record of recruiting top frontcourt talents than most coaches in the nation, and he’s continuing to do so with the 2022 class. In five-star center Iwuchukwu and top-40 power forward Kijani Wright, the Trojans will have one of the best interior duos in the nation. In July, Iwuchukwu emerged as one of the most prolific big men on the Nike EYBL circuit, having gradually developed during his high school career. Wright is a classic big man who dominates in the paint and on the boards. He’s a physical rebounder who gets the job done. Oziyah Sellers, a four-star prospect, was the third member of the Trojans’ 2022 recruiting class; he’s a local kid who should contribute on offense. Tre White, a top-50 recruit who can really score, rounded out the bunch and helped maintain the Trojans at the top of the Pac-12 class rankings. He is a solid defender with excellent stature and playmaking abilities.
Previous ranking: 8 C Jalen Washington is the top pledge (No. 30)
On the recruiting trail, Hubert Davis is making rapid progress. When it came to Seth Trimble, a large point guard from Wisconsin who committed to the Tar Heels in June, a few weeks before putting on a spectacular show during the July recruiting season, he was ahead of the game. Washington is a very talented big man who can stretch the floor, pick-and-pop, and play with another post player if Davis decides to go with a larger lineup. Tyler Nickel has a clean release on his jumper, making him one of the best shooting forwards in the nation. Will Shaver may not be ready to make the same immediate impact, but his size and inside-out ability might pay out in the long run.
Previous ranking: 9 C Tarris Reed is the top commit (No. 33)
Coach Juwan Howard is back in the top 10 with two recent pledges, after securing the country’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2021. Reed is the main attraction, and he’ll be one of the guys that will assist Hunter Dickinson replace him in 2022-23. He’s a powerful interior man who also has a great offensive rebounding ability. Dug McDaniel, a point guard, committed before the July deadline. Last season, Howard had to depend on a grad transfer point guard, and he’ll have to do it again this season, but McDaniel may be able to change that. Four-star power forward and ESPN 100 forward Jett Howard — Juwan’s son, of course — was the most recent pledge to help the Wolverines climb the rankings. Howard, on the other hand, is a legitimate talent in his own right. He’s a confident player who can shoot from the outside.
Prior to this, he was ranked 11th. His top commit was PF. Traudt, Isaac (No. 46)
Virginia’s 2022 recruiting class is shaping up to be one of the strongest the program has seen since the 2016 class, which led the Cavaliers to a national title. Isaac McKneely, like Ty Jerome for the Cavaliers, is a superb big guard who is tough, clever, and capable of playing both on and off the ball. Leon Bond is an offensive winger with a powerful frame, quickness in the open floor, and the potential to develop into a top-tier defense. Traudt is a 6-foot-8 forward with the ability to stretch the floor to the arc and operate from a variety of locations on the court within the offensive scheme. Tony Bennett now has not just three ESPN 100 prospects, but three guys with complementary skill sets who should all fit into his system. Bennett then went out and signed fast-rising wing Ryan Dunn, who had had no Division I offers six months before. He possesses size and length at 6-6 and can make shots from the wing.
Prior to this, he was ranked 13th. His top commit was SG. George Keyonte (No. 3)
After winning a national title, what did Scott Drew do? In local product George, he beat over in-state rival Texas and a slew of others to get one of the greatest prospects in the country. George is one of the most skilled shot-makers in high school basketball, and he’s certain to make an early impact in college. Dillon Hunter, a multifaceted offensive threat with length, shooting touch, and increasing playmaking skills, joins him in the backcourt. Joshua Ojianwuna, an Australian native, committed in September and is expected to be one of the best foreign talents entering college next season.
Previous ranking: 12 PF Jarace Walker is the top commit (No. 9)
Kelvin Sampson and his staff are developing an early 2022 recruiting class that features a program-record three ESPN 100 products, riding the excitement from last year’s Final Four run. Walker, the top-ranked power forward in the 2022 class, is the big fish. Since Danuel House committed in 2012, Walker was the program’s highest-ranked commitment. He has one of the greatest low-post talents in the class and is a strong scorer around the basket. Emanuel Sharp is a big-bodied scoring guard with ball-handling skills and inventiveness. Terrance Arceneaux is a native of Houston who is a “head on the rim” sort of player who can have an impact on both ends of the floor and on the glass.
Previous ranking: 14 C Kel’el Ware is the top commit (No. 16)
The Ducks continue to recruit at a high level year after year. They had one of the top entering frontcourts in college basketball last year, and this year they’ll get Ware, a high-ceiling big guy, and Dior Johnson, one of the most college-ready point guards. Ware, a very skilled big man with height, skill, agility, and jumping ability, but an inconsistent motor, is one of the most fascinating possibilities in the ESPN 100. We might be looking at one of the greatest incoming tandems in the nation if and when he works it out. Johnson is a real alpha who has grown up under the spotlight after establishing himself as an exceptional prospect at a young age, and he seemed destined for the professional ranks until Oregon gained his commitment. Tyrone Williams, a junior college transfer, completes the group.
Previous ranking: 20 SG J.J. Starling is the top commit (No. 17)
Mike Brey wanted a class that would have an instant effect, and he and his team have delivered. They competed against Duke and others for the commitment of five-star guard Starling, a superb shooter with fast developing playmaking abilities. Ven-Allen Lubin provides them with a mismatch forward who can attack and assist in the open floor as well as in the half-court. Brey has typically given his frontcourt a lot of leeway, so he should profit from it. Finally, Dom Campbell is a superb five-man who can stretch the floor, create space in the lane, and distribute the ball.
Previous ranking: 16 C Malik Reneau is the top commit (No. 21)
Mike White and his team were ecstatic to be able to keep Reneau in the state of Florida. The lefty big man is fundamentally solid, has a wide range of talents, and, perhaps most significantly, is on the rise. Another local product is Denzel Aberdeen. He’s a versatile combo guard with terrific size who can play on or off the ball and has intangibles as well as skills on both sides of the floor. With the arrival of ESPN 100 center Jalen Reed, a superb 6-foot-9 frontcourt prospect, White bolstered his frontcourt. When facing up, he can hit shots and merely needs to add physicality to continue to be a matchup concern in college.
Previous ranking: 17 PG Jalen Hood-Schifino is the top pledge (No. 24)
Mike Woodson and his staff continue to recruit aggressively, with three commitments in the class of 2022, two of which are ESPN 100 prospects. Hood-Schifino is one of high school basketball’s most versatile players. He’s a large guard that can play many spots and defends well. He can also pass and attack off the dribble. Kaleb Banks is a super-long forward who has been on a tear since last spring and still has a lot of potential. C.J. Gunn, a rangy athlete with decent perimeter size and shot-making skills on the wing, has untapped potential of his own.
Previous ranking: 18 PF A.J. Casey is the top commit (No. 56)
After two commitments in one day in mid-October, the Hurricanes made a late push into the standings. Danilo Jovanovich, a four-star forward from Wisconsin, was the first player off the board. During the spring and summer, he improved his stock, and Miami got into the mix after a great July on the Nike EYBL tour. Casey, the top recruit in the class, was recruited out of the Midwest by the Hurricanes, with DePaul among his finalists. Casey is a player that makes an instant impression and excels in transition. Christian Watson, an ESPN 100 winger who had a strong July, is the third member of the class. He has strong physical abilities and is capable of making shots. During the early signing period, the Hurricanes recruited four-star center Favour Aire. Aire has been a well-known brand for a few years and still has a high ceiling in the front.
Previous ranking: 19 PF De’Ante Green is the top commit (No. 62)
While there’s no Scottie Barnes in this class, the Seminoles have produced a lot of first-round choices who weren’t well regarded coming out of high school, so keep a watch on this bunch. The six-man class is headlined by a pair of ESPN 100 prospects. Green is a versatile frontcourt player with size and finishing abilities near the basket, as well as the ability to step out and hit face-up jumpers. Cameron Corhen, a gifted big man who can stretch defenses, is another frontcourt acquisition. Chandler Jackson, a four-star guard who had a number of high-major teams following him in the fall, will give backcourt depth. The group is completed by three-star wings Tom House and Jeremiah Bembry, as well as 7-foot-2 center Alaaeddine Boutayeb.
PF was the top commit in the previous ranking of 21. Cameron Whitmore is a character in the film Cameron Whitmore (No. 29)
Unlike practically every other coach in the nation, Jay Wright has focused largely on player development and recruiting high schoolers to match his system rather than using the transfer portal. In the 2022 cycle, he’s doing it again, with a strong three-man class thus far. Whitmore is a natural fit for Villanova. He’s a fast-paced forward with a strong work ethic in transition and on the glass. He doesn’t need plays to be run for him; he’s already productive. Mark Armstrong, another ESPN 100 talent, is a force to be reckoned with when he has the ball in his hands, and his ability to alter speeds and directions makes him impossible to keep out of the lane. Brendan Hausen, a four-star shooter from the perimeter who knows his position, rounds out the bunch.
Ty Rodgers is the top commit, with a previous rating of 22. (No. 52)
Rodgers chose Brad Underwood’s program on the last day of the early signing period, and the Fighting Illini made a late charge into the rankings. They knocked out Michigan State, Memphis, and Alabama on the final list, albeit the conference foe Spartans were putting in the most effort. Rodgers has been a well-known commodity in recruiting circles for the majority of his high school career, and he’s seen as a valuable addition to Underwood’s recruiting class. Rodgers will be a force in the mid-range and around the basket, and he’ll also be a factor in transition. Jayden Epps, a former Providence pledge who reopened his recruitment in May, is the other ESPN 100 talent in the class. Epps is a versatile backcourt player who can score in a number of ways. Sencire Harris, a four-star guard, completes the class; he’s a lefty who should contribute on the offensive end, particularly from the perimeter.
Previous position: 24 SF has made the most commitments. Phillips, Julian (No. 11)
Will Wade has two commitments from within the ESPN 100, including Phillips, who is one of the greatest long-term prospects in the class. Phillips, a fluid large winger with both talent and athletic qualities, is still early in his overall arc but has the potential to be one of the top players in this class. Devin Ree is a comparable prospective prospect, with length, mobility, and some growing ability. LSU isn’t done recruiting yet, as the Tigers have brought in five or more freshmen in three of the last four years and have demonstrated a propensity to recruit far into the spring, if not the summer.
C Kebba Njie was the top commit in the previous ranking of 25. (No. 99)
Micah Shrewsberry’s first complete recruiting class as the Nittany Lions’ head coach is looking promising. It’s a five-man squad that checks a lot of boxes, with a point guard, two wings, and a couple of big men, including Njie, the team’s lone ESPN 100 prospect. Njie had a breakout season in the spring and summer and should be ready to contribute right away, particularly on defense and on the glass. Jameel Brown and Kanye Clary, both four-star recruits, should be the backcourt’s basis. Brown is versatile and a two-way player, while Clary is fearless going to the rim and smart with the ball in his hands. Demetrius Lilley, a center, and Evan Mahaffey, a small forward, round out the lineup.
prior position: unranked C Jaxon Kohler is the top commit (No. 40)
In ESPN 100 products Kohler and Tre Holloman, Tom Izzo has an inside-out tandem on his way to Michigan State next year. Kohler is a vintage big man with some of the greatest footwork in the high school game in recent years and a solid skill set to go along with it. Holloman is a tough, gritty lead guard who was a two-sport standout in high school and brings a football mindset to the court, making him an excellent match for the Spartans. Michigan State may not be finished in 2022, but the Spartans have a jump start on 2023 thanks to an early commitment from Jeremy Fears, a pure point guard and natural leader who will be compared to Mateen Cleaves.
Syracuse has dropped out (23)
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