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ESPN and Rivals finalize their 2022 recruiting rankings

Two of the main four national outlets that rank high school basketball prospects put a final stamp on their evaluations for the incoming freshman class.

And they’ve confirmed what we already knew — Mike Woodson’s first full recruiting class as head coach at Indiana is one of the program’s best in a decade.

Here’s how national outlets Rivals and ESPN look at the four members of Indiana’s 2022 class.

Rivals says point guard Jalen Hood-Schifino is a 5-star recruit and the No. 17 overall player in the class.  ESPN pegs Hood-Schifino as a 4-star and the No. 24 overall player in the class.

New addition Malik Reneau is a 5-star as well according to Rivals, and the No. 25 overall player in the class.  ESPN agrees with Reneau’s 5-star status.  They slot him in at the No. 22 spot nationally.

Forward Kaleb Banks is a 4-star and the No. 130 overall player according to Rivals.  ESPN has a much more optimistic view and places Banks at No. 78 overall in the class.

Neither publication lists Indianapolis-based shooting guard C.J. Gunn, who averaged more than 23 points per game as a senior while playing against the best competition in the state of Indiana.  Rivals says Gunn is a 3-star prospect, while ESPN grades him as a 4-star and just one rating point below Banks, meaning Gunn is likely just outside their top-100.

According to Rivals, Indiana has the No. 13 overall class in the country.  ESPN has moved Indiana up to No. 8 in today’s update.

Here is what ESPN said about Indiana’s incoming class in their update today:

“Mike Woodson and his staff continue to recruit at a high level, and in the 2022 class, that includes a quartet of commitments, featuring two top-25 recruits and three ESPN 100 prospects. High school teammates Reneau and Jalen Hood-Schifino are the headliners. Reneau committed in mid-April after decommitting from Florida; he’s a productive inside player who enjoyed a breakout summer on the EYBL circuit. Hood-Schifino is one of the most versatile players in high school basketball. He’s a big guard who defends at a high level, passes, attacks off the dribble and is capable of playing multiple positions. Kaleb Banks is an ultra-long forward who has come on strong since last spring and still has a huge upside left to discover. C.J. Gunn has untapped potential of his own as a rangy contributor with good perimeter size and shot-making ability on the wing.”

ESPN says IU has the top class in the Big Ten.

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