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2023 recruits On3 is higher on than the industry

Joe Tipton02/18/22
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In March, On3 will update its 2023 player rankings. Here are where they currently stand. On3 currently ranks the top-50 juniors but will extend to 100 in the update.

Looking at the On3 Industry Comparison Rankings, here are ten prospects that On3 ranks higher than the industry.

5-star SF Mackenzie Mgbako

On3 currently ranks Mackenzie Mgbako No. 2 overall, whereas ESPN, 247Sports, and Rivals each have him No. 3. The New Jersey native has taken official visits to Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, and Ohio State. The Blue Devils have been perceived as the leader in his recruitment for quite some time, however, a decision has not yet been made. The 6-foot-8 wing has not scheduled any future visits, however, he told On3 he would like to see a few more schools before making a decision (hopefully) by the end of the summer. Mgbako recently discussed his four college visits with On3 here.

Scouting Report: It is the shooting that separates Mgbako. At 6-8, he has a quick, repeatable release with great balance and confidence. He has straight-line burst to the basket and high IQ as a team defender. He is a high-floor prospect.

5-star C Baye Fall

On3 currently ranks Baye Fall as the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2023. Rivals has Fall second-highest at No. 6, followed by 247Sports at No. 7, and ESPN at No. 12. The West African-born prospect holds nearly 20 offers, however, has only taken one unofficial visit to Colorado, a short drive from his home in Denver. The 6-foot-10 center previously told On3 he would like to take official visits to Auburn, Arkansas, and USC, but says his recruitment is still fully open. The Kentucky Wildcats are also interested in the 6-foot-10 center (who boasts a 7-foot-4 wingspan) and he’s considering taking an unofficial visit to Lexington. For more on Fall’s recruitment, read here (On3+).

Scouting Report: It is the motor that stands out for Fall. He has a long and rangy frame, but his willingness to run the floor and throw his body around creates production. He will need to add weight, and tighten up his offensive identity, but the motor will keep him in plays.

5-star SF Justin Edwards

On3 currently ranks Justin Edwards as the No. 6 overall prospect, two spots ahead of Rivals at No. 8. The 6-foot-7 small forward is ranked No. 11 by 247Sports and No. 18 by ESPN. The Pennsylvania native has only taken one official visit to Kentucky in November, where he picked up an offer from the Wildcats. UConn hosted him for an unofficial during the summer. Penn State is also viewed as a contender for the five-star prospect.

Scouting Report: Edwards has a smooth feel to his game. The lefty jump shot comes out clean and he is able to get into rhythm within two, three dribbles. He has good length and natural feel for the game, nothing is ever rushed.

5-star PG Caleb Foster (Duke)

On3 currently ranks Caleb Foster the No. 8 overall prospect in the junior class. Rivals ranks the 6-5 point guard No. 11 overall, 247Sports at No. 12, and ESPN at No. 19. Foster is an early Duke pledge, choosing the Blue Devils over offers from Louisville, Virginia, Tennessee, Stanford, among others. The Charlotte native grew up a fan of Duke and is joined by fellow Duke commit, Sean Stewart.

Scouting Report: Positional size, stands out for the 6-5 lead guard; he has long arms and broad shoulders. Foster is also a smooth shooter with his feet set. He is an excellent pitch ahead passer and moves the ball well in the half court.

4-star CG Kanaan Carlyle (Stanford)

On3 currently ranks Kanaan Carlyle No. 11 overall in the class. ESPN has the 6-3 combo guard ranked No. 17 overall, 247Sports at No. 19, and Rivals at No. 23. The Georgia native committed to Stanford in January over Baylor, Kansas, Florida, and Auburn. For more on his commitment to the Cardinal, read here.

Scouting Report: Carlyle is a microwave scorer with the utmost confidence in his ability to make the next shot. He is a good athlete, with a lot of pop and a competitor. There are a lot of similarities with Carlyle and Terquavion Smith.

4-star C Aaron Bradshaw

On3 currently ranks Aaron Bradshaw No. 19 overall. Rivals has the seven-footer ranked No. 22, ESPN at No. 23, and 247Sports at No. 24. The New Jersey native has taken official visits to LSU and Oklahoma State. Seton Hall and Temple have both hosted him unofficially. Bradshaw spoke to On3 last month and says he hears the most from Kentucky, LSU, UConn, and DePaul. Side note: Kentucky and UConn have not yet offered.

Scouting Report: You bet on the upside with Bradshaw. Long and range, he has a lot of straight-line pop in his game. Bradshaw is best out of the dunker spots, but he is developing a go-to over his right shoulder. He has touch beyond the three line. Next in his development will be continuing to add weight and with that his confidence should grow.

4-star SG Stephon Castle (UConn)

On3 currently ranks Stephon Castle as the No. 22 overall prospect in the class. Rivals has him second-highest at No. 25, followed by 247Sports at No. 27, and ESPN has the lowest at 56th. The Georgia native ended his commitment early, committing to UConn over Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Ohio State. For more on his commitment to the Huskies, read here.

Scouting Report: Castle is a basketball player. You look through his game and are able to poke holes in places, but at the end of the day, you see production and wins. He has a strong, physical frame and he can handle and pass in the half-court.

4-star SG Wesley Yates

On3 currently ranks Wesley Yates as the No. 31 overall prospect in the class. 247Sports has him second-highest at No. 35, followed by Rivals at No. 36, and ESPN at No. 51. The 6-4 shooting guard has visited a host of programs, including Baylor, Houston, Lamar, LSU, Stanford, Washington, and most recently, Auburn. For more on Yates’ recruitment, read here (On3+).

Scouting Report: Yates is a premier spot shooter with deep range and confidence. Yates will need to stay on top of his conditioning and we would like to see him develop the handle to become a confident secondary ball handler. But the shooting is high level and frequent.

4-star SG Gavin Griffiths

On3 currently ranks Gavin Griffiths as the No. 26 overall prospect in the class. ESPN ranks him second-highest at No. 32, followed by Rivals at No. 35, and 247Sports at No. 61. The 6-7 shooting guard has made visits to UConn, Rutgers, Providence, and Iowa. Griffiths is also considering taking visits to Maryland, Xavier, and Penn State. For more on his recruitment, read here (On3+).

Scouting Report: One of the sleepers of the class, Griffiths has positional size and toughness. He is the type to pull up from 30-feet on a fast break. Griffiths has a good wing handle, he can attack close-outs and is a tough rebounder.

4-star PF Jayden Hastings

On3 currently ranks Jayden Hastings as the No. 35 overall prospect. Rivals ranks the 6-9 big man 40th overall, while ESPN ranks him 42nd and 247Sports at No. 65. The Orlando native has only made one unofficial visit to Georgia Tech but says he would like to take official trips to USC, Florida, and Virginia Tech. For more on his recruitment, read here.

Scouting Report: The way Hastings moves is what stands out here. He is raw but developing, on the offensive end, but he moves with fluidity and pop on the defensive end. He has great timing and some touch. An upside guy.