In April at his retirement press conference Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made it clear that he wouldn’t be recruiting players that he wouldn’t be coaching, and as a result Jon Scheyer, who was named as Krzyzewski’s successor when he leaves after this season, and his staff went to work all summer.
In the end, the Blue Devils reeled three general consensus top 10 players in the 2022 class and, arguably, the country’s top marksman.
“It’s definitely important, and the way our recruiting has worked, we need big classes every year,” Scheyer told SI in June when he was announced as the Blue Devils’ coach in waiting. “I’m very excited about the prospect of this class.”
Arkansas coach Eric Musselman put together an impressive three-week span in September and March, landing two top 15 prospects, which put the Razorbacks in the No. 2 spot and Kentucky has, arguably, the best collection of perimeter weapons to round out the top three.
Here’s how the rest of the team rankings shook out.
Key Commits: Dereck Lively, Dariq Whitehead, Jaden Schutt, Kyle Filipowski.
Key Commits: Nick Smith, Jordan Walsh, Barry Dunning, Derrian Ford, Joseph Pinion.
Key Commits: Jaden Bradley, Noah Clowney, Brandon Miller, Rylan Griffen.
Key Commits: MJ Rice, Gradey Dick, Ernest Udeh Jr., Zuby Ijiofor.
Key Commits: Skyy Clark, Cason Wallace, Chris Livingston.
Key Commits: Kijani Wright, Vince Iwuchukwu, Oziyah Sellers, Tre White.
7. Ohio State
Key Commits: Bowen Hardman, Felix Okpara, Roddy Gayle Jr., Brice Sensabaugh, Bruce Thornton.
Key Commits: Amari Bailey, Adem Bona, Dylan Andrews.
9. North Carolina
Key Commits: Seth Trimble, Tyler Nickel, Jalen Washington, Will Shaver.
Key Commits: Dug McDaniel, Gregg Glenn, Tarris Reed, Jett Howard.
Key Commits: Ryan Dunn, Leon Bond, Isaac McNeely, Isaac Traudt.
Key Commits: Mark Armstrong, Cam Whitmore, Brendan Hausen.
Key Commits: Emanuel Sharp, Terrance Arceneaux, Jarace Walker.
Key Commits: Peter Carey, Maliq Brown, Quadir Copeland, Justin Taylor, Chris Bunch.
Key Commits: Jalen Hood-Schifino, CJ Gunn, Kaleb Banks.
Key Commits: Keyonte George, Dillon Hunter, Joshua Ojianwuna.
Key Commits: Devin Ree, Julian Phillips.
Key Commits: AJ Casey, Favour Aire, Christian Watson, Danilo Jovanovich.
19. Notre Dame
Key Commits: JJ Starling, Ven-Allen Lubin, Dom Campbell.
Key Commits: Denzel Aberdeen, Jalen Reed, Malik Reneau.
21. Florida State
Key Commits: Cameron Corhen, De’Ante Green, Chandler Jackson, Tom House, Jeremiah Bembry.
Key Commits: Kel’el Ware, Dior Johnson.
Key Commits: Lee Dort, Noah Shelby, Malik Dia, Colin Smith.
24. Penn State
Key Commits: Kanye Clary, Demetrius Lilley, Evan Mahaffey, Jameel Brown, Kebba Njie.
25. Michigan State
Key Commits: Tre Holloman, Jaxon Kohler.