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Class of 2022 (Tier 1)

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

  • 6’10” F Jalen Duren (PA)/ Team Final (ESPN Ranked)

  • 6’4” G Zion Cruz (NJ)/ PSA Cardinals (ESPN Ranked)

  • 7’0” F Derek Lively (PA)/ Team Final (ESPN Ranked)

  • 7’1” F Donovan Clingan (CT)/ Team Spartans (ESPN Ranked)

  • 6’6” CG Chance Westry (PA)/ New York Renaissance (ESPN Ranked)

  • 6’4” G Justice Williams (PA)/ Team Final (ESPN Ranked)

  • 6’4” PG JJ Starling (NY)/ City Rocks (ESPN Ranked)

  • 6'2" PG Dasante Bowen (Mass.)/ BABC (ESPN Ranked)

  • 6'8" SF Alex Karaban (N.H.)/ Expressions Elite (ESPN Ranked)

  • 6’4” CG Jameel Brown (PA)/ Team Final

  • 6’3” PG Mark Armstrong (NJ)/ New York Lightning

  • 6’4” CG Corey Floyd Jr. (NJ)/ Team Final

  • 6’5” Wing Otega Oweh (NJ)/ Team Final

  • 6’4” CG Jaquan Harris (NJ)/ New York Jayhawks

  • 6’2” G Jayden Pierre (NJ)/ Team Rio University

  • 6’5” SG Roddy Gayle (NY)/ New York Renaissance

  • 6'4" SG Rodney Rice (MD)/ Team Durant

  • 6'7" F Noah Batchelor (MD)/ Team Thrill

  • 6’3” G Jaquan Sanders (NY)/ New York Lightning

  • 6’8” F Chisom Okpara (NY)/ New York Renaissance

  • 6’2” G William Richardson (NJ)/ PSA Cardinals

  • 6'9" F Brandon Hutley-Hatfield (PA)/ B-Maze Elite

  • 6’2” G Kyle Cuff Jr. (NJ)/ PSA Cardinals

  • 6'4" Avery Brown (CT)/ PSA Cardinals

  • 6'1" Mason Manning/ MBA Hoops

  • 6'11" Kyle Filipowski/ New York Rens

  • 6’6” PG Ziare Wells (NY)

6'10" F Jalen Duren (Montverde Academy)

Duren is a man amongst boys. He has the height, strength, and athleticism to dominate 99% of his matchups. I watched him dominate everyone in his last two years at Roman Catholic. He made 1st Team All-Catholic in both his freshman and sophomore season. He led his team to two straight final appearances with capturing one of them. He blocks and dunk everything in the post. He's simply unstoppable. He's ranked #2 in the Nation for a reason.

Photo: SLAM

Media: MaxPreps

6'4" CG Zion Cruz (Oak Hill Academy)

Cruz has been a superb athlete since middle school. His growth has been tremendous. Cruz is an offensive wizard. He can score with ease. Cruz is the best scorer in this tier. He checks off every statistical category there is to the game. Cruz has transferred to Oak Hill Academy to be paired up with Dior Johnson as they aim to be the best backcourt in the country.

Picture: TBMedia

Media: TBMedia

7'0" Derek Lively (Westtown School)

Lively is a 7 foot punisher. Lively is a dominant forward that finishes everything. Lively still has room to grow which is scary seeing that he's already much more dominant than many of his peers. Lively holds several D1 offers including Ohio State, Xavier, UCLA, Miami, and more.

Picture: SLAM

Media: RawSportsFilms

7'1" F Donovan Clingan (Bristol Central)

I've been watching Clingan play basketballsince middle school. The biggest difference from then to now is that he has finally realized how dominant he truly can be. He understands with his size, it's easy to dominate and he is doing exactly that. In one game, he put up 37 points, 28 rebounds, and 11 blocks. He's a 7'1" sophomore and he's only going to get better as time goes on.

Media: BallisLife

6'6" CG Chance Westry (Sierra Canyon)

Westry has been dominant in his freshman and sophomore season. He's led Trinity to two playoff appearances and one championship appearance. He's been playing up with 17U as a underclassmen and that has helped accelerate his maturity and IQ for the game. He has been nicknamed "Mr. 40 Ball" because when he takes over a game, he's capable of putting up 40 points and leading his team to difficult victories. He is now transferring to California where he will play alongside other top national recruits in Amari Bailey and Lebron James Jr.

Media: RawSportsFilms

6'4" CG Justice Williams (Montverde Academy)

Williams is a smooth operator. He always takes what the defense gives him and he capitalizes all the time. He can drive, shoot the three and facilitate. It's difficult for defenders to guard him because he's completely unpredictable. He may shoot a three, he may drive, he may drive and dish to short corner, or he may drive, stop and pull-up for a mid-range shot. Williams is an extremely focused player who is capable of being the #1 option for any program.

Picture: SLAM

Media: BLFSports

6'4" PG J.J. Starling (La Lumiere)

Starling is taking his basketball talents to the prep school level after two electrifying seasons as one of the top high school players in Central New York. The highly recruited four-star guard will transfer out of Baldwinsville’s Baker High School to enroll at La Lumiere School in Indiana for the final two years of his high school career. The challenge of competing against elite players on a nightly basis is the reason for his move, he said. As you can see in the video below, once Starling gets hot, there's no stopping him. He's an excellent three point shooter which creates opportunities for driving to the lane.

6'2" PG Dasante Bowen (Worcester Academy)

Dasonte Bowen is already regarded as one of the top prospects in the country, but after a strong summer, the Class of 2022 point guard says he’s taking even bigger steps this fall. He stated in a Zagblog interview, “I feel like I made a drastic jump in my explosiveness this summer, so I’m ready to showcase that,” he said. “The biggest step I want to take this year is being a vocal leader.” Bowen, the 6-foot-3, 165-pound point guard from Worcester Academy (MA) and the BABC AAU Program currently holds offers from 11 schools, but says Iowa and Rutgers have been in contact with him the most.

Media: Run The States

6'8" SF Alex Karaban (New Hampton School)

Karaban long frame along with his shooting ability causes problems for most opponents. He's another matchup nightmare. He can post up smaller guards and forwards, he can stretch the floor with his shooting ability, and take the big men off the dribble at ease. Very versatile wing in Karaban. He holds multiple D1 offers. #1 Player in New Hampshire, per ESPN.

Picture: Pangos AA Camp

Media: Run The Stats

6'4" CG Jameel Brown (Harverford School)

Brown has improved tremendously through his upbringings with Team Final. As a freshman, he played an important role as Harverford went undefeated and won the PAISAA championship. Brown knocked down six three's and recored a team high, 24 points, to lead his team to a victory over Westtown in overtime. Brown was sidelined in his sophomore season due to injury but he is back at 100% and he looks better than before. Brown has offers to Purdue, Temple, Nebraska, and more.

6'3" PG Mark Armstrong (St. Peters Prep)

Armstrong is now the #1 Guard in New Jersey for the Class of 2022, per 247sports, and rightfully so. Armstrong has been dominant all year. When he steps on the court, it is very clear that he is the leader. He doesn't shy away from competition, he embraces it. Armstrong led his team to the sectional finals this year. Armstrong holds several major offers from Seton Hall, Rutgers, Illinois, Creighton, DePaul, and many more.

6'4" Guard Corey Floyd Jr. (Roselle Catholic)

Floyd is a dynamic guard. He's stronger than most guards so he dominates in that manner. He plays above the rim. Floyd is a transcending talent. Floyd currently holds offers from Virginia Tech, Miami, UCONN, Auburn, and more.

Pictures: Tim Lang Photos

6'5" Wing Otega Oweh (Blair Academy)

Oweh is a very athletic wing. Oweh is primarily known as a slasher but he is consistently adding to his package. He's learning how to do more on the court. He's becoming a better shooter, a better facilitator, a better defender, and a better leader. Alongside Trey Patterson, Oweh played a big part in making Rutgers Prep the #1 school in New Jersey. Oweh will be transferring and completing his last two seasons at Blair Academy.

Picture: Tim Lang Photos

6'4" CG Jaquan Harris (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Harris is a very aggressive guard. He can score with the best of them. Harris value is increasing by the day. He's a great combo guard who can finish at the basket and shoot the lights out. He can play either guard position and take advantage of his matchups. Harris currently hold offers to St. Johns, Seton Hall, Illinois, and more.

Pictures: HoopGroup, Tim Lang Photos

6'2" G Jayden Pierre (Elizabeth High School)

Pierre is one of the most exciting guards to watch. He plays with a great passion for the game. His energy is what separates him from the pack. He's all over the place. He will do anything that is needed to win. He's lightning quick and he pushes the tempo so fast where most teams cannot keep up with him. When opponents get tired, he's still full of energy and that's when he capitalizes. Pierre hold offers from Florida, Rutgers, Nebraska, New Mexico State, and more.

Pictures: Tim Lang Photos

6'5" CG Roddy Gayle (Lewisport)

Gayle is the Class of 2022 best kept secret. After years of hard work and progress, he's finally getting the credit he rightfully deserves. He is now the #1 ranked player in the Class of 2022 in New York, per 247Sports. He holds several high major offers. After watching him over the past few years as he played up 17U as an underclassmen, this kid can go toe to toe with anyone regardless of class.

Media: StandStillMedia

6'4" SG Rodney Rice (DeMatha Catholic)

Rice averaged 23 ppg his past season as a sophomore. Rice is the #1 player in Maryland, per 247sports. He is a force to be reckoned with. Rice can score in a multitude of ways. He's a crafty scorer who likes to get physical at times. Rice has over twenty offers so far but in an interview with Zagsblog, he stated, "Georgetown and Louisville are recruiting him the hardest."

Media: Jon Lopez Photography

6'7" F Noah Batchelor (Glenelg Country School)

Batchelor can shoot the lights out. He is so tall that he often convert his shots over his opponents while being contested. He is also an explosive forward that can play above the rim as well. He can do a variety of things. He moves great without the ball which usually opens up his scoring opportunities. Batchelor holds several D1 offers.

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6'3" G Jaquan Sanders (Our Savior Lutheran)

Sanders is another quick and explosive guard. He played a big role for National Powerhouse "Our Savior Lutheran" last year. He will now be asked to be play a bigger role and be the leader for the club going into his last two years. Sanders is arguably the best shooter in New York for the Class of 2022. Sanders hold offers from Creighton, St. Johns, UMASS, Hofstra, and more.

6'8" F Chisom Okpara (Vermont Academy)

Okpara is the #1 player in Vermont (2022), per 247Sports. Okpara is a 6'7" SF but can help out anywhere between 1-4. He's a great rebounder. His coaches usually gives him the best matchups to be successful. He will post up smaller defenders and use his athleticism to take advantage of bigger defenders on the wing.

6'2" G William Richardson (Bergen Catholic)

Richardson is an elite scorer. He can shoot from anywhere on the court. I watched him go 12/13 during a game against St. Thomas Aquinas in the HoopGroup Tip-Off Tournament. He can shoot the mid-range jumper and the three ball at a high clip. Richardson scored 21 points and led his team to a victory over St. Peters Prep in the sectional Finals.

6'9" F Brandon Hutley-Hatfield (Scotland Academy)

Scotland Academy's 5-star forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield is one of the top forwards in the country with everyone from Kentucky to Kansas and Auburn all recruiting him. He has shown his dominance on the UA Summer Circuit, at IMG Academy, and last season suiting up with USA Basketball. He's primed for greatness. He's strong, athletic, and plays the game with a passion like no other. His hungry mindset is what stands out the most when watching him play. You can tell he just wants it more than others. Hutley-Hatfield is highly respected recruited and one of the best forwards in the country.

Picture: SLAM

6'6" PG Ziare Wells (South Shore)

Wells is very tall for his position. He's capable of playing above the rim. He's a smooth floor general who get after it on the offensive end. South Shore was the #2 team in New York last season and they look to continue their dominance over the State this upcoming season.

6'2" Kyle Cuff Jr. (Blair Academy)

Cuff can jump out the gym. I first witnessed him at Pangos East All-American Camp. He stood out because he was one of the shortest guards but dunking every chance he could get. He plays a big role for New Jersey powerhouse "Blair Academy," he will be looked upon as the leader of the program for the next two years. He holds several offers to Seton Hall, UCONN, PITT, UCLA, and many more.

Picture: Tim Lang Photos

6'1" G Mason Manning (First Love Christian Academy)

Manning holds D1 offers to Wake Forest, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Georgie Tech, Seton Hall, Ole Miss, and more.

Media: FCLAHoops

6'4" G Avery Brown (Northfield Mount Hermon)

Brown holds offers to Howard, Penn State, Indiana, Missouri, St. Johns, UPenn, and more.

6'11" Kyle Filipowski (Wilbraham & Manson Academy)

Filipowski is a great "Stretch 4." He holds offers to Ohio State, Purdue, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Creighton, Louisville, and more.

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