College basketball recruiting has been in a weird space for quite a long time. Once the pandemic shut things down last March, prospects weren’t able to develop much during the summer AAU leagues like we are used to, and even normal high school basketball seasons were a little weird. However, we are finally somewhat back to normal, summer leagues are back, and with that comes new rankings.
Yesterday 247Sports announced that they did a massive update of their recruiting rankings. Just to be clear about what we’re looking at: the site has their own rankings, but they also have a composite ranking that is a collection of high school rankings from various recruiting outlets. What was released yesterday is the former, which does also mean that the composite score did change some for each player.
I digress, Carolina’s two 2022 commits, Seth Trimble and Will Shaver, both benefited from the new rankings. Trimble took a massive leap in the rankings, as he is now ranked 45th in the country. His former ranking was 101th, so he catapulted 56 spots up the standings. Here’s what 247Sports national basketball analyst Travis Branham had to say about Trimble’s improvement in the rankings:
“Trimble has the reputation for high level athleticism, and it’s very functional athleticism, but the thing that has always stood out to me is how under control he plays, knowing what to do in certain scenarios and being a coach on the floor. It’s that ability to run the team - really smart, high IQ player that always plays under control and plays within tempo. And he can also certainly score. He’s a really good kid and a high upside kid that’s going to serve UNC very well in the years to come.”
When Trimble committed to the Tar Heels, we heard a lot from recruiting experts that suggested that his ranking was well overdue for an update. During his junior season, Trimble averaged 23.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 54.6% from the field. With a true offseason to continue his development, there’s a decent chance that he could either earn his fifth star, so we will have to wait and see how good of a job he does during his final high school season when it comes to convincing recruiting analysts that he belongs among the elite in the 2022 class.
Then there is Will Shaver, who is another player that we expected to make some moves once rankings updated. Previously ranked 161st by 247Sports, Shaver is now the 109th-best player in the country going into the month of July, and he has also earned his fourth star. Here’s what Branham had to say about Shaver’s movement in the rankings:
“Shaver is a big, big body,” Branham said. “He’s got really good size and a sturdy frame. I could see that he’s really skilled, can stretch floor, has good hands and touch, can score in post. When he gets in even better shape you’ll see an increase in his athleticism and mobility. Solid player who I’d expect to come see his role will increase each year because he can rebound, make jump shots, and score in post.”
The 6’10 Oak Mountain senior is the first in what will likely be a sizable list of stretch bigs in newly-appointed head coach Hubert Davis’ system. There were multiple games this springs in which Shaver drained five three-pointers in a game, which gives us hope that he will provide some continuity behind what we are hoping Oklahoma transfer Brady Manek will be able to do for the Heels this season.
It’s exciting to see the pair of Tar Heel commits climb up the rankings, and it’s even more exciting to think that there’s still a lot more time for both of these players to improve even more before they arrive on campus. It’ll be worth keeping an eye on these two players as they finish out their senior seasons, and hopefully we will also see more recruits joining the 2022 class in the coming months.