It’s never too early to start looking forward!
Check below for our list of 20 fresh under the radar for the 2022-23 college basketball season.
Not in any particular order:
Mark Armstrong, Villanova: Cam Whitmore may be the focal point of the Wildcats’ freshman class, but Armstrong is also a leading guy. Threatening the ball defensively, Armstrong’s intangibles are perfectly consistent with Villanova’s program culture. We expect him to play a key role this season in the backcourt with Justin Moore’s health involved with a hock injury.
Alex Karaban, Ocon: Could Karapan be the leading attacking force player this season for the Huskies? Do not exclude it from the realm of possibilities. Whether starting or coming off the bench, Karaban would earn big minutes in Dan Hurley’s rotation due to his outstanding ability to shoot basketball and expand defense.
Brian Waddell, Purdue (red shirt): Another student in the Red Rose Kettle student? You better believe it. Waddell comes off 6-7 with a knee injury, but he has a great sense of the game and a phenomenal IQ overall. He’ll be a fan favorite over the next few seasons at West Lafayette.
Chance Westery, Auburn: Bruce Pearl made Auburn a national show of how hard it is to compete for every property. Westry aligns perfectly with this mindset. This new 6-6 player would immediately play key minutes for the Tigers and could eventually work his way up to the starting lineup.
Langston Love, Baylor (red shirt): Love, a former Top 50 recruit, missed the entire last season with a knee injury. Armed with good size and power at 6-4, Love should have a key place in Baylor’s rotation – especially if Scott Drew chooses to play with multi-guard formations.
Dylan Andrews, University of California: Andrews will initially be ranked as one of the top 50 employees unanimously as Tyger Campbell’s high-quality backup; His game reflects the ability of a player. A 6-3 point guard at breakneck speed on the open floor, Andrews will be a factor for UCLA as a freshman.
Taylor Hendricks, UCF: Orlando’s deeply entrenched confidants are optimistic about Hendrix 6-9, who should make an immediate impact at the American Athletic Conference. This was a good choice for Johnny Dawkins, who outperformed several power conference programs for this Fort Lauderdale born.
Ty Rodgers, Illinois: Champaign’s well-placed moles believe that Rodgers will be an indispensable piece for Eleni as a new student. A talent out of place at 6-6, Rodgers should fit seamlessly into Brad Underwood’s plans to use the interchangeable bits in all five locations on the ground during the 2022-23 season.
Desmond Claude, Xavier: Playing the point guard for Shawn Miller requires a certain amount of mental toughness, but Claude is up to the task. Gen 6-5 in decks should be a major part of Xavier’s rotation as a freshman. Don’t be shocked if Claude emerges as one of the top newcomers in the Big East.
Rodney Rice, Virginia Tech: The Hokies need a quality fourth guard to go with Sean Pedulla, Hunter Cattoor and Darius Maddox. Rice could be that guy. Rice 6-4, unanimous in the top 100, is a Washington, D.C. native and should aid Virginia Tech’s efforts in their quest to return to the NCAA Championship in 2023.
Justin Fernandez, George Mason: Kim English beat multiple strength conference programs for Fernandez 6-5, who has the potential to be an all-conference caliber player for several seasons in the Atlantic 10. Remember the name.
Denver Anglin, Georgetown: The Hoyas family made headlines during the holiday season due to the work they did at the transfer gate, but Anglin is an underrated addition from the high school classes. An elite player, Anglin will stand a chance of getting an immediate turn for Georgetown thanks to his ability to put the ball in the basket.
Finn Allen Lupine, Notre Dame: Minutes are readily available in the Irish Foreground and this applies directly to Lubben. Since Paul Atkinson is no longer part of Notre Dame’s baseline, don’t be shocked if Lubin pushes 6-8, 220 pounds to get a starting point as a freshman.
Felix Okpara, Ohio: Tall, tall, and active, the 6-11 Okpara immediately gives Ohio State a true edge guard in the paint. It will change the dynamic of the Buckeyes in the center when Zed Key is out of the game.
Colby King, St. John: The 6-2 King was specifically designed for Mike Anderson’s high-octane system. Fast and elusive, the King should make an immediate impact thanks to his outstanding defense on the ball.
Mike Sharafgames, Dayton: I will be shocked If Sharavjamts aren’t a fan favorite at UD Arena by Christmas. 6-8 and skilled, Sharavjamts is an exceptional trans with a high IQ. He will have a big role in the Flyers hunt for the regular season title of Atlantic 10.
Papa Miller, Florida: Leonard Hamilton didn’t expect John Butler to lose to the NBA, but replacing him with Miller isn’t a bad consolation prize. Miller, who was born in Spain, chose the Seminoles over Gonzaga and at the age of 6-11 could earn a spot as Florida State’s starter in 2022-23.
Prince Alligby, Boston College: Earl Grant brings back four rookies from last season, but Aligbe is the main newcomer. A freshman from age 6 to 6 has a solid chance to be a starting force at Boston College as a freshman – that’s good enough.
Jayden Beer, Providence: Ed Cooley landed a gem. Pierre 6-1 is a real goalkeeper who knows what he is good at and is good at what he knows. His presence should allow Cooley to get Jared Bynum off the ball in batches over the next season.
Riley Coogle, Florida: Todd Golden is a frequent user of the transfer portal, but he got a very good chance in high school at 6-5 Kugel. Kugel, who was enlisted with a unanimous four-star, should have a chance to make an immediate impact on the Gators in Golden’s first season as head coach in SEC.