The final 247Sports ranking of the class of 2022 are complete and now that the top 150 is set, the team rankings picture — fueled by the 247Sports Composite — has become clear.
Eric Musselman and Arkansas made a strong run at the top spot by landing a trio of five-stars led by the nation’s No. 1 player Nick Smith. But it wasn’t enough to beat out new kid on the block, Jon Scheyer, for the top spot as Scheyer’s first haul at Duke includes four of the top 12 players in the senior class and gives the Blue Devils the No. 1 ranked recruiting class. The margin between Duke and Arkansas was a miniscule one point (71.05 to 70.05).
There may still be some movement as the last few remaining players in the class make their decisions and current juniors reclassify but as of today here’s a look at the top 20 incoming classes in 2022.
no. 1 Duke Blue Devils
The class: Derek Lively II, Dariq Whitehead, Kyle FilipowskiMark Mitchell, Jaden Schutt and Christian Reeves
Bossi’s analysis: look, John Scheyer is no stranger to landing big-time players at Duke. He did so for several years as an assistant, but he was recruiting those players to play for a legend in Mike Krzyzewski. That he could convince this level of talent to come play for him despite having never coached a game establishes Scheyer as maybe the best recruiter in the game in just his first year.
In the no. 2-ranked Lively, Duke is getting a defensively versatile seven-footer who can defend on the perimeter and protect the rim. At no. 3 overall, Whitehead is an athletic wing who can help out with ball handling while Filipowski is a skilled big man who ranks No. 4 overall. The Blue Devils’ fourth five-star signee, Mitchell is a jack-of-all trades in the frontcourt while Schutt gives them a four-star shooter from deep and Reeves is a big man that can be developed to contribute a few years down the road.
no. 2 Arkansas Razorbacks
The class: Nick Smith, Anthony Black, Jordan Walsh, Derrian Ford, Barry Dunning and Joseph Pinion
Bossi’s analysis: The Muss Bus is rolling well past the speed limit and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. After back-to-back appearances in the Elite Eight this could be the class that helps to push the Razorbacks to the next level. As the No. 1 player in the class, Smith is the headliner and the 6-foot-4 combo guard is an electrifying, homegrown, playmaker off the dribble.
With Smith’s fellow five-stars Black and Walsh, Arkansas is adding a pair of long and athletic playmakers on both ends of the floor. Ford is another Arkansas native and he’s a strong scorer who can get hot from deep. Dunning gives them another body to play third a combo forward and as the in-state player in the class, Pinion is a wing shooter who adds size. Musselman and his staff will be working in this six man group with the nation’s third ranked transfer portal class.
Consider that Arkansas is bringing in 247Sports’ No. 3 transfer class and it’s inevitable the Razorbacks will be a preseason darling.
no. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide
The class: Brandon Miller, Jaden Bradley, Rylan Griffen, Noah Clowney and Nick Pringle
Bossi’s analysis: Recruiting in the SEC has become incredibly competitive and isn’t for the weak of stomach. Nate Oats looks like he’s got an iron gut as he’s been able to roll up his sleeves and go toe to toe with some of the country’s most accomplished recruiters to put together a top three class.
A five-star small forward with a sweet stroke from deep, Miller is a big wing that could conceivably play some small ball four. Bradley is a patient, under control floor general who will arrive having played a lot of high-level games during his high school career. Griffen is a wildly athletic wing who has one of the best mid-range pull-ups in the class. Clowney gives them an athletic four man to develop while Pringle is an SEC athlete and one of the top five juco players in the country.
no. 4 Kansas Jayhawks
The class: Gradey Dick, Ernest Udeh Jr., MJ Rice and Zuby Ejiofor
Bossi’s analysis: For a few years the clouds of an NCAA investigation were hurting Kansas on the recruiting trail. While there’s been no decision from the NCAA yet, Bill Self and the Jayhawks have been able to navigate their way back to the top of the recruiting world and look to have put together a tremendous class to replenish their talent after winning a National Championship.
Raised in Wichita, Dick was Gatorade’s National Player of the Year and has ideal size and shooting ability for a wing. Like Dick, Udeh Jr. and Rice were McDonald’s All-Americans. Udeh will provide needed size and interior defense while Rice is a strong and explosive wing scorer. Ranked in the top 50 himself, Ejiofor is an athletic and energetic big who will add depth to the Jayhawks post rotation.
no. 5 Texas Longhorns
The class: Dillon Mitchell, Arterio Morris, Rowan Brumbaugh and Alex Anamekwe
Bossi’s analysis: During Chris Beard’s first year on the job in Austin, he and his staff had to rely heavily on the transfer portal. This time around, Beard and his collection of elite recruiters are showing what they can do in this realm, landing a class that can help right away while also setting a foundation for the future.
One of the fastest risers over the last year, the top 10-ranked Mitchell is a big-time athlete, incredible finisher in transition and a potential lottery pick who was barely even ranked in the top 150 a year ago. A five-star like Mitchell, Morris is the most athletically gifted point guard in the class and was an important in-state recruiting win. Brumbaugh gives the Longhorns a four-star ball handler and playmaker with size while Anamekwe is an undersized but tough and athletic four man who will bring energy.
no. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes
The class: Roddy Gayle Jr., Bruce Thornton, Felix Okpara, Brice Sensabaugh and Bowen Hardman
Bossi’s analysis: There isn’t anything about the class signed by Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes that is going to wow you. It is just a solid group of guys that Holtmann has told 247Sports that he and his staff expect to be able to help early while developing into a nucleus that wins a lot of games in Columbus.
In Gayle they have an accomplished scorer with legitimate Big Ten size, range on his jumper and confidence to develop into an alpha scorer. Built like a linebacker, Thornton is a second top 50 player and a born leader at the point guard position. One of the top shot blockers in the class, Okpara is a near seven-footer who plays with tremendous energy and runs the floor hard. A mismatch combo forward who can shoot the three, Sensabaugh is the fourth four-star in the class.
no. 7 USC Trojans
The class: Vince Iwuchukwu, Tre White, Kijani Wright and Oziyah Sellers
Bossi’s analysis: Andy Enfield and the Trojans have been establishing their program as a place for young big men to go and get ready for the NBA Draft. In Iwuchukwu, they’ve got a seven-footer who ranks among the top 25 players in the class and is as naturally gifted as any big man in the country. If they can get him to buy into playing hard each possession, he could be their latest one and done.
After originally committing to Kansas early in his high school career, White really developed as a senior and is an impressive playmaking wing who finished ranked among the top 35. Wright is a bruising big man who earned McDonald’s All-American honors while Sellers is a two -guard with deep range on his jump shot.
no. 8 Indiana Hoosiers
The class: Jalen Hood-Schifino, Malik Reneau, Kaleb Banks and CJ Gunn
Bossi’s analysis: When Mike Woodson took over the helm at Indiana, the biggest question was whether he would be able to connect with today’s high school players. After one year, the answer looks to be a resounding yes.
The highest-ranked recruit signed by any Big Ten program at No. 23 overall, Hood-Schifino is a polished, tough and steady guard who can play all three perimeter positions. A teammate of Hood-Schifino’s in high school, Rennau was originally headed to Florida and is a top 35 big man who will provide instant help as a post scorer and rebounder. An athletic combo forward, Banks is an energetic frontcourt player who could turn into a defensive ace. Last but not least, Gunn earned four-star status as a senior and has the tools to develop into a starting two guard.