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Long-Term 2022 Prospect Rankings

By Max Feldman, 01/17/22, 2:45PM CST

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Purpose

The ranking of high school prospects has become commonplace and annual practice for those tasked with getting eyes on preps’ elite. From the division of five-stars, four-stars to rankings that extend beyond 500 names nationally. The work to gain intel and provide scouting capsules is sound, but the notable omission with the rankings landscape is the premise of what is being ranked. Is the potential for collegiate production or the projection of NBA upside being ranked? Is one taking precedence over the other, or are they crossing over throughout the range of rankings?  As members of the class of 2022 flip the page towards the last remaining months of their high school careers, it is now in just less than 5 months that many will be evaluated completely on NBA scale. 

Consensus national rankings rarely extensively align with eventual NBA Draft stock – The largest observed turnover and disparities anchor around prospects who primarily leverage their physical tools to dominate at the high school level on either end.

 The following top 50 prospects in the class of 2022 are weighed through the lens of an NBA scope. Through the evaluation of the respective prospects’ development arc, their untapped tools, physical upside, fit and more are taken into account. Over the course of the last 12 months, I have been able to get eyes on 48 out of the 50 listed prospects in-person for multiple games. The lone exclusions are the Thompson twins.

(+) signals upward shift in ranking.

Surface Principles

  • Physical upside

  • Role malleability

  • Growth curve through HS

  • Clear-cut pathway towards NBA-level skills

  • Processing ability

1. Dariq Whitehead 

8/1/2004

6-6 and 190 pounds

Duke

 

2. Ausar Thompson

 1/30/2003

6-6 and 190 pounds

Overtime Elite       

 

3. Amen Thompson

1/30/2003

6-6 and 190 pounds

Overtime Elite

 

4. Kel’el Ware

 7-0 and 210 pounds

Oregon    

 

5. Cam Whitmore

7/8/2004

6-7 and 220 pounds

Villanova 

 

6. Nick Smith Jr

 4/18/2004

6-4 and 185 pounds

Arkansas 

 

7. Jarace Walker

 9/4/2003

6-8 and 230 pounds

Houston

 

8. Anthony Black

 6-7 and 200 pounds

Arkansas

 

9. Cason Wallace 

6-3 and 185 pounds

Kentucky 

 

10. Julian Phillips

6-8 and 200 pounds

Auburn 

 

11. Jordan Walsh

 3/3/2004 

6-7 and 200 pounds

Arkansas

 

12.  Gradey Dick

 6-7 and 200 pounds

Kansas

 

13.  Dillon Mitchell

10/3/2003

6-7 and 190 pounds

Texas

 

14. Dereck Lively

 2/12/2004

7-1 and 215 pounds

Duke

 

15.  Judah Mintz

7/10/2003

6-4 and 175 pounds

Syracuse

 

16. Kyle Filipowski

6-10 and 230 pounds

Duke 

 

17. Keyonte George

6-3 and 200 pounds

Baylor 

 

18. Yohan Traore

6-9 and 225 pounds

Auburn 

 

19. Tre White

6-5 and 200 pounds

USC 

 

20. Rylan Griffen

6-5 and 180 pounds

Alabama

 

21. Terrence Arceneaux

6-7 and 180 pounds

Houston   

 

22. Chris Livingston

6-6 and 200 pounds

Kentucky

 

23. Brandon Miller

6-8 and 200 pounds

Alabama

 

24. Devin Ree

6-8 and 185 pounds

Louisville

 

25. Jett Howard

6-7 and 220 pounds

Michigan 

 

26. Tyrell Ward

6-7 and 185 pounds

LSU 

 

27. Ty Rodgers

5/3/2004

6-6 and 210 pounds

Illinois

 

28. Amari Bailey

 2/17/2004

6-4 and 180 pounds

UCLA

 

 29. Arterio Morris

6-3 and 190 pounds

Texas

 

30. Adem Bona

6-9 and 225 pounds

UCLA

 

31. MJ Rice

6-5 and 220 pounds

Kansas

 

32. Chance Westry

6-6 and 190 pounds

Auburn

 

33. Adrame Diongue

7-0 and 195 pounds

Washington State 

 

34. Jazian Gortman

4/14/2003

6-2 and 180 pounds

Overtime

 

35. Brice Sensabaugh

6-6 and 230 pounds

Ohio State 

 

36. Bruce Thornton

6-1 and 205 pounds

Ohio State

 

37. JJ Starling

6-3 and 180 pounds

Notre Dame

 

38.  Riley Kugel

6-5 and 180 pounds

Florida

 

39.  Skyy Clark

6-2 and 200 pounds

Illinois

 

 40. Milos Uzan

6-4 and 185 pounds

Oklahoma 

 

 41.   Dior Johnson

6-3 and 180 pounds

Pitt

 

42. Vince Iwuchukwu

7-0 and 220 pounds

USC

 

43.  Joseph Hunter Jr

6-5 and 185 pounds

Fresno State

 

44.    Jaden Bradley

6-2 and 190 pounds

Alabama

 

45. Jalen Hood-Schifino

6-5 and 210 pounds

Indiana

 

46. Kam Craft

4/2/2004

6-5 and 180 pounds

Xavier

 

47.  Bobi Klintman

3/6/2003

6-9 and 200 pounds

Wake Forest

 

48. Justyn Fernandez

6-6 and 200 pounds

George Mason

 

49. Mark Mitchell

6-7 and 205 pounds

Duke

 

50. Zion Cruz

6-5 and 180 pounds

DePaul

 

Just missed: Felix Okpara, Otega Oweh, AJ Casey, Noah Clowney, Taylor Hendricks, Rodney Rice, Jayden Epps, Jalen Washington,  Kamari Lands, Noah Shelby, Ven-Allen Lubin, Oziyah Sellers, Alex Karaban, Dylan Andrews, Brendan Hausen

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