Despite the challenges that COVID-19 continues to place on high school basketball recruiting — the show much go on.
That being said, 247 Sports released an updated set of rankings for the class of 2022. There was some major changes but the top spots remained consistent with previous ranking lists.
Mega-superstar and potential generational talent, Emoni Bates, retained his spot as the unanimous best player in the class. For several years many recruiting experts have said that Bates is the best prospect they’ve ever scouted, regardless of class.
Now that he’s finally in the senior year, it seems highly unlikely that anybody will catch him for the top spot. As of now, he’s committed to Michigan State with another top-20 player in the class of 2022. Big man, Enoch Boakye, is another five-star who’s slated to play for Tom Izzo.
Although, speculation remains swirling that Bates will never attend Michigan State and instead opt for the professional route directly out of high school. If he did choose to play collegiately, it could make for some great entertainment, because the Spartans are scheduled to play Kentucky in the 2021 Champions Classic.
Checking in at second on 247’s newly updated rankings was a name that Cats fans have been hearing quite a bit about as of late. Jalen Duren is a physical specimen with extreme potential. I personally saw him play last year and couldn’t believe he was only 15- years old. He looks like a full grown SEC athlete. Duren was recently offered by Kentucky and will be a guy that they continue to pursue.
One more time. This kid is 15 years old. pic.twitter.com/1YMocUbAHI— Big Blue Drew (@BigBlueDrew33) December 19, 2019
Recent UK commit Skyy Clarke ranked 13th overall and is one of just a handful of five-star players in the class of 2022 to already make a decision. There is still a real possibility that Clarke reclassifies to 2021 but as of now that’s not on the table.
John Calipari hasn’t dished out a ton of offers in this class yet. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield was a guy that was seemingly heading to Lexington there for a while. But ultimately UK chose to cut ties and move on.