Posted On: 01/17/22 12:18 PM
Our updated player rankings were unveiled earlier today on what is by far the most talented class of the four classes. As usual, I’ll take some time to break down the current top 10 on this list.
1. | 6’6 | Mount St. Joseph
In such a loaded class, it speaks volumes about the prospects included on this list. At the top is, who at 15 years old can process the game better than any other prospect I’ve seen at his age. He grown 2-to-3 inches since spring and has polished his overall game steadily to blossom into one of the top players in the nation for the 2024 class. He’s a scoring threat from all three levels, but if there was one slight critique it would be to become a better shooter from three off the bounce. His leadership skills are on par with a sophomore or junior in college and his elite feel translates on the defensive end as well.
Offers: Maryland, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, LSU, Virginia Tech, Penn State, George Mason, Notre Dame
2. | 6’6 | Mount St. Joseph In such a loaded class, it speaks volumes about the prospects included on this list. At the top is , who at 15 years old can process the game better than any other prospect I’ve seen at his age. He grown 2-to-3 inches since spring and has polished his overall game steadily to blossom into one of the top players in the nation for the 2024 class. He’s a scoring threat from all three levels, but if there was one slight critique it would be to become a better shooter from three off the bounce. His leadership skills are on par with a sophomore or junior in college and his elite feel translates on the defensive end as well. Offers: Maryland, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, LSU, Virginia Tech, Penn State, George Mason, Notre Dame 2. | 6’7 | Georgetown Prep Rooths arguably has the highest ceiling of this group given his body makeup, athleticism and overall skillset. Rooths is an explosive finisher around the basket which also makes him a presence defensively in the paint where he utilizes that length effectively to disrupt shots. As he’s continued to become stronger and more confidence, so has his game off the bounce where he can create for himself in the mid-range and also show good instincts as a passer for his size. While Tucker is still the unanimous No. 1 player in this class, Rooths isn’t far behind and we’ll monitor his progressions closely throughout the rest of the season. Offers: Georgetown, Maryland, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Indiana 3. | 6’6 | DeMatha Swinton is another talented wing prospect who has responded well with the increased role as a sophomore for the Stags. Despite their struggling ways early this season, Swinton’s versatility on both ends has been a major weapon. Playing next to talented scorers such as (Xavier commit) and (Virginia Tech commit), he has to be efficient with his looks as he’s capitalized with a dependable shot from three off the catch. He’s also been active in space filling the lanes and presenting himself as a lob threat whenever there is a numbers advantage. Offers: Georgetown, Maryland, Xavier, Virginia Tech, George Mason, Howard 4. | 6’7 | Wilson Dockery received a boost in the rankings for his stellar summer and continued production for Wilson this winter. The 6-foot-7 combo forward makes for mismatch nightmares as he can score in a variety of ways, has a frame that can overwhelm skinny wings and athleticism to finish above the rim with regularity. He’s a consistent double-double threat who over time should develop into a prospect that high major programs prioritize. Offers: St. Bonaventure, UMBC, Towson, Howard 5. | 6’7 | Glenelg Country I made the trip last week to Glenelg Country to get eyes on McKenna, but unfortunately the night before in practice he broke his thumb and will be sidelined for six weeks. Nevertheless, he’s been one of the hottest sophomores in the state posting averages of 23.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and three assists per contest. His intriguing size and versatility match the other four players mentioned before. High majors are starting to take note as McKenna will be one monitored closely this spring with Team Melo. Offers: Howard, NJIT 6. | 6’7 | Sidwell Friends Williams’ name may not jump off the page at most, but it’s only a matter of time before it carries just as much weight. He recently showcased his efficient scoring prowess at the MLK Classic over the weekend helping his team to a win over Grayson (GA) with 27 points on 11-of-14 from the field and 3-of-4 beyond the arc. Williams is a skilled wing with high IQ and feel. There’s no reason why the local mid-major programs shouldn’t invest early in Williams before word gets out. 7. | 6’9 | St. John’s (DC) Freeman may have the most intriguing frame in the top 10. His freakishly long arms to go with an already long 6-foot-9 frame make for a terror as St. John’s uses him as the top guy on their full court press. It also comes into play pursuing rebounds, shutting down the middle as a defender and being a lob threat offensively. Freeman continues to develop his in between game as a scorer and should come into form nicely as he further matures into his body. Offers: Georgetown, Maryland, Syracuse, Xavier, Virginia Tech, George Mason, Old Dominion 8. | 6’10 | West Nottingham I finally had the chance to catch Missi this season and saw the reason why there were conversations being had about his substantial upside. His 7-foot-3 wingspan further adds to his value as a long term prospect. He plays with a good motor, instincts on the defensive side as a shot-blocker and rebounder as well as decent feel around the rim. He’s at his best playing as a roller where he can catch and finish big time dunks. He has good form on his free-throw release, which offers hope that he can eventually develop into at least a capable three-point threat with time. The native of Cameroon will have to continue to get comfortable with the speed and physicality of the American game as he comes into his own. Offers: UCLA, Syracuse, St. John’s, DePaul, Norfolk State, USC-Upstate 9. | 6’2 | Bishop Walsh Robinson is a new addition to the list after transferring to Bishop Walsh this fall. The 6-foot-2 lefty guard is good at creating his own shot off the bounce thanks to his quick twitch ability. He’s effective in space where he attacks his defender by getting downhill and finishing with craft. He’s also a threat in ball screen scenarios where he uses his scoring ability to bait defenders and deliver crisp passes to open teammates. 10. | 6’5 | DeMatha Mustaf and Swinton are two highly skilled sophomores in the Stags stable. The 6-foot-5 wing has the size and ball skills to be featured on or off the ball. He takes advantage of slight driving lanes with his quick first step and uses his size and ability to absorb contact to finish consistently around the basket. He brings a tough-nosed mentality defensively as a guy who takes pride in his individual matchup. Offers: Maryland, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Howard