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Posted On: 03/15/21 9:21 AM

The updated 2022 rankings are finally here. Over 40 players were added for the rankings to round off the rankings at 198. The top of the rankings is a new face, but an old face as  Zion Cruz Zion Cruz 6'4" | SG Patrick School | 2022 State #13 Nation NJ  maintains the top spot. 

The 6’4 guard left the rankings as he was going to play at Oak Hill Academy for his junior season, before deciding to transfer back to the Garden State and play for the Patrick School. Cruz is an athletic lead guard who can finish around the rim in a variety of ways. He has a good handle and is capable of scoring points in bunches.

Will Richardson Will Richardson 6'2" | PG Bergen Catholic | 2022 State #59 Nation NJ  drops to the second spot, but do not sleep on the Bergen Catholic prospect. The 6’2 guard is tough to keep out of the lane and is capable of scoring points in bunches. Richardson and Julian Brown Julian Brown 6'1" | PG Bergen Catholic | 2022 State NJ create the most dynamic 2022 guard duo in the state with both players having the ability to go for 20 on any given night.

Roselle Catholic’s Corey Floyd Jr Corey Floyd Jr 6'4" | SG Roselle Catholic | 2022 State #85 Nation NJ checks in at number three and is the highest committed player in the class. The UConn commit attacks the basket with a purpose and does not mind drawing contact. Floyd Jr. also has a good release on his jumper and can defend both positions in the backcourt.

Mark Armstrong Mark Armstrong 6'2" | PG St. Peter's Prep | 2022 State #119 Nation NJ  comes in at number four after eclipsing the 1,000 point mark during the season. The St. Peter’s Prep guard has a tight handle and can score at all three levels. Armstrong is an underrated passer as he improved his assist per game average and it should climb in his senior season.

Jaquan Harris Jaquan Harris 6'4" | PG St. Peter's Prep (NJ) | 2022 State #127 Nation NJ claims the number five spot, despite missing time due to injury. The St. Thomas Aquinas guard has a smooth shooting stroke, but also has the ability to finish around the rim. Harris makes smart decisions with the ball in his hands and should be a triple-double threat throughout his senior season.

Blair Academy’s Kyle Cuffee Jr. checks in at number six and is an intriguing prospect on the list. The Kansas commit is a big-time athlete who can finish above the rim, but he has the ability to reclassify up and join the 2021 class. Cuffee’s move up would not only shake up the 2021 rankings, but the 2022 rankings as well.

The guard crop is strong in New Jersey with the top nine spots being occupied by guards and 13 of the top 15. Point guard is the most prominent position in the rankings with 70 prospects taking up the 198 spots. Shooting guard is the position group with the second most players represented at 50.

St. Benedict’s  Ziare Wells Ziare Wells 6'6" | SG St. Benedict's | 2022 State NJ is the highest newcomer to the state as the South Shore transfer checks in at number 12.  Lual Manyang Lual Manyang 6'10" | C Blair Academy | 2022 State NJ is the highest rated frontcourt player at number 10, while  Drew Kania Drew Kania 6'7" | SF Gill St. Bernard's | 2022 State NJ from Gill St. Bernard’s is the only other forward in the top 15.

The updated 2022 rankings are finally here and the group is filled with talented players who have the ability to make an impact at the next level.

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