Kentucky Wildcats basketball commit Shaedon Sharpe is no stranger to receiving praises throughout his young basketball career. An elite scorer at all three levels with incredible athleticism, it’s no shock that he’s now the consensus No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2022.
One basketball analyst thinks Sharpe may end up being better than a recent No. 1 overall pick at the collegiate level.
Jeff Goodman of Stadium joined Rob Dauster on The Field of 68 podcast, and Dauster asked him an off the wall question, “Is there anybody in this class you would take over Zion Williamson?”
Goodman’s response should get BBN fired up.
“Shaedon Sharpe,” Goodman said. “Shaedon Sharpe in college, I might...the whole thing with Zion, maybe not. The whole thing.
“I freaking love Shaedon Sharpe. I love him. You know what he is? Here’s what he is that Zion wasn’t: He can score at all three levels. He can shoot it from deep, he can get to the basket, he can dunk over you. Zion could dunk over you, but he couldn’t shoot the ball. And he was hurt. He was a marketing superstar and a highlight freak, all that.
“But Shaedon Sharpe, I freaking love this kid. I love him. … You’ve got me on the record, and I’m not gonna back down from it. I freaking love Shaedon Sharpe.”
That’s some high praise from Goodman here folks.
Zion Williamson was one of the biggest names to come through college basketball in the last decade. In his lone season with the Duke Blue Devils, he took home just about every award and honor imaginable (other than going to the Final Four or winning a national title). He then was selected 1st overall in the 2019 draft by the New Orleans Pelicans.
It’s obvious that Sharpe has what it takes to be a star, as he has flown up recruiting rankings over the last year. But if he can produce, and receive the same accolades that fans saw Zion achieve, then fans can expect next year's team to push for a very special season.