We evaluate hundreds of basketball prospects in each recruiting cycle and narrow down our rankings to Sportzshala 100 for seniors, Sportzshala 60 for juniors, and Sportzshala 25 for sophomores.

But how do they relate to each other? After all, there are juniors who are better than seniors.

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We ranked the top 25 recruits regardless of class, comparing senior #1 (DJ Wagner), junior #1 (Tre Johnson), and sophomore #1 (Cameron Boozer).

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This list is an assessment of vision testing, character traits, film work, and performance. And like all rankings, it’s mutable, so players can of course move up or down along the way.

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To compile this list, we take into account how far a player has come in his development, analyze his recent performances and results of the summer season, and unleash their potential at the next level.

We also provide a player comparison for each rookie – and some of these players are on their way to becoming future NBA stars.

1. PG DJ Wagner

Not confirmed | 2023 Sportzshala 100 rating: 1

Wagner was instrumental in the U.S. Under-17 Basketball team’s gold medal run in Spain, throwing nine assists in just one rotation, hitting 48% of two-point field goals and 87.5% from the line over the last three games. In addition to his high basketball ability, he has a competitive edge, a selfless approach, and a veteran mentality. At 6’2″ and 175 pounds, Wagner is a big factor in the paint whether he’s doing a float against a blocking shot or taking on an attack. His drive and kick game is strong and he knows how to find empty pockets for his jumper. Even with the No. 1 status, he has room for growth due to his talent and capabilities. Kentucky and Louisville compete for his commitment.

Player Comparison: Darius Garland