High Schools Hoops: Updated Top 22 in the Class of 2022

Max Feldman

Per usual, FOG’s High School rankings are a reflection of scaling down NBA evaluation tools and projection concepts to prep prospects. Prep rankings are structured with eventual NBA trajectories in mind.

  1. Emoni Bates

A generational scoring ability from the wing with his size at 6-8. Fits the bill to a tee of the highly sought-after modern skillset of a wing creator with an elite shot creating skillset. Since decommitting from Michigan State, all signs point towards Bates opting for the professional path with the G-League rumored to have a massive deal on the table.

2. Jalen Duren

An NBA ready powerhouse big with growth as a low-post creator. A chiseled 6-10 and 230 pound frame combined with a developed handle and go-to mid-post jump shot provide uber appeal. Since being heavily linked to the G-League route, there is strong steam that Duren will wind up in college. A former coach is now on staff at Miami, where Duren just took an official visit.

3. Dariq Whitehead

A physical specimen on the wing with above the rim athleticism and a blossoming offensive skillset. Defensive toughness, instincts and high level lateral quickness make Whitehead the cream of the crop in terms of perimeter defenders in the class. Duke and Florida State have been garnering the most steam.

4. Amari Bailey

An explosive, hard-nosed offensive catalyst who can play both and off the ball. A smooth southpaw spot up game combined with subtle playmaking instincts and explosive athleticism make Bailey one of the most polished prospects in the nation. Bailey is committed to UCLA.

5. Keyonte George

A prominent scorer with powerful athleticism and the ability to finish through the chest of rim protectors on drives. End to end, one of the fastest players in the nation with a developed pull-up scoring game and grit defensively. Texas has some steam to gain George’s eventual commitment, but Baylor, Kentucky, Kansas and Oklahoma State are all heavily in the mix.

6. Shaedon Sharpe

An elite scoring off-guard with a combination of burst, fluidity and touch as a three level scorer. Sharpe continues to rise because of his two-way trajectory and advanced offensive skillset paired with a high ceiling defensively.

7. Derrick Lively

With NBA size and length, Lively fits the bill as a high level rim protector with perimeter production offensively. A bouncy athlete who can stretch the floor vertically or horizontally and can dominate the glass. Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina will battle this one out.

8. Dior Johnson

A smooth, crafty creator who plays off defensive slides by making plays for others or slithering to the rim. Few defenders if any can stay in front of Johnson with his array of attacking movements and threat as a shooter. A dynamic lead guard who can be a catalyst in every facet offensively, specifically in the pick and roll. Johnson is committed to Oregon.

9. Jazian Gortman

A quick twitch, jitterbug creator who can collapse defenses with ease. Utilizes a crafty floater game in addition to three level touch and a strong feel for getting to his spots and creating for his teammates. A pesky defender with a quick hands and routinely beats guards to spots with his lateral quickness. Florida State has had the most steam here, but Illinois among others have quickly turned up the heat.

10. Chris Livingston

A physical two way wing who thrives getting downhill and attacking the rim. A high motor and mature 6-6 and 200 pound frame make Livingston a versatile defender, transition dynamo and mid-post scoring hub. His recruitment has been very quiet in terms of any steam in a certain direction, but Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State, North Carolina and Memphis are in the mix.

11. Brandon Miller

Extremely enticing wing creator who stunts a versatile scoring package at all three levels, but thrives getting to the rim and using his length to finish through and over defenders. Multi-positional defender with a sought after modern wing creation skillset. Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee are heavily in pursuit, with Alabama garnering some extra buzz.

12. Jarace Walker

13. Anthony Black

14. Mark Mitchell

15. Skyy Clark

16. Kel’el Ware

17. Sadraque Nganga

18. Zion Cruz

19. Kyle Filipkowski

20. Jalen Washington

21. Nick Smith

22. AJ Casey

On the fringe: Arterio Morris, Adem Bona, Kamari Lands, Chance Westry, Cam Whitmore

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