When looking at the rising stars of the 2022 NCAA Basketball recruiting class, two players have come to mind from the past month. One is center Dereck Lively, who started out the Spring in the top-40 overall but has since risen all the way to the top five. The top guard in this scenario arguably has been Anthony Black, who at one point was in the top-100 overall in previous rankings.
That, however, is not the case anymore. Since live events and evaluation periods have been back, Black has become a superstar-level prospect. He’s a 6’7 guard with ball-handling and distributing capabilities while also able to play the small forward position as well. Black is an outstanding athlete whose versatility and scoring ability makes him a future NBA Draft prospect.
Black has elevated to five-star status, with 247sports having him currently at No. 16 overall. If he can continue improving shooting the ball at both the mid and three-point range, the guard prospect could end up in the top-10.
At this moment, Black doesn’t have an official list of contenders, several NCAA Basketball programs have consistently been reported as part of the process. 247sports’ Travis Branham talked with Black about the recruiting process, with seven programs involved.
So which of them has the best odds of landing the now five-star recruit? Here’s a current look at how Black would fit with each of them.
Black hails from Coppell, Texas, which is just two hours away from Waco, home of the reigning national champion Baylor Bears. They’re not only the hottest name in the state but also at a national level, having a top-15 incoming recruiting class led by wing Kendall Brown and shooting guard Langston Love.
After losing all three starting guards this offseason, the current core of Brown, Love, Arizona transfer point guard James Akinjo, and Adam Flagler. Black, who could be used anywhere from the 1-3 positions, would be a massive get for the program and could be utilized in a number of different ways, rather than ending up pigeonholed at just one spot.