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DC/Maryland Rankings: A Look at the Top 10 Prospects in the 2022 Class

By Big Shots Nation, 06/08/20, 2:00PM EDT


Here's a look at the top talent in the DC/Maryland 2022 class.

#1 Darren Buchanan Jr. - 6’6 Wing/Guard - Woodrow Wilson

Darren Buchanan Jr. is a star in the making at Woodrow Wilson in the DCIAA. Buchanan was highly-effective at the point-forward spot for Woodrow Wilson in 2019-20 as his play earned him DCIAA Player of the Year when it was all said and done. He’s a 6-foot-5 versatile prospect that can do it all using his size and IQ to create for himself and others as well as lead by example whether it be rebounding or defending at a high level. He’s got a bright future ahead of him over the next two seasons. He holds an offer from Bryant so far.

#2 Favour Aire - 6’10 Forward/Center - Bishop McNamara

Favour Aire is an emerging big man prospect at Bishop McNamara that holds quite the presence already at 6-foot-10. He’s already quite the defensive presence in the paint, swatting shots and snagging boards at a high rate. He’s raw offensively but as the season progressed, showed off his ability to run the floor and finish at the rim. As his offensive game develops, he’ll be a two-way threat to keep an eye on in the WCAC and on a national level. He holds offers from Louisville, LSU, Georgia, Rutgers and IUPUI.

#3 Tyson Commander - 6’3 Guard - John Carroll School

Tyson Commander is a growing name in the Baltimore area at the John Carroll School. The 6-foot-3 lefty guard is slowly picking up steam on the recruiting trail and was a key cog in their 21-11 turnaround in 2019-20. He was an All-MIAA All League A conference selection and All-BCL first-team selection in the backcourt. He’s a sharpshooter with nice range on the floor from the perimeter and showed potential making plays off the bounce for himself and teammates. He holds offers from VCU, St. John’s, DePaul, Xavier, Towson, Howard, Bryant and Mount St. Mary’s.

#4 Tyrell Ward - 6’5 Wing/Forward - DeMatha

Tyrell Ward is a prospect that’s already filling the void at a number spots already in the DeMatha Stags’ rotation. Ward is a game-ready player that started and played as a reserve on the wing for DeMatha and is a young slasher in the making that benefited with Earl Timberlake Jr. at the lead guard spot. His best years are ahead of him. He holds offers from Georgia, LSU and Providence already. 

#5 Noah Batchelor - 6’6  Guard/Wing - Glenelg Country School

Noah Batchelor is a growing name at Glenelg Country School and the Maryland area. He adjusted to a new team in 2019-20 but once he got acclimated, he showed off his skill set as a slashing sharpshooter with nice athleticism. Batchelor can operate at all three levels and poses matchup problems with his size and length. He’s an emerging wing at 6-foot-6 that’s drawing high-major offers in already with a few seasons under his belt already. He holds offers from Georgetown, Memphis, Maryland, Florida, Virginia Tech, Clemson and George Washington.

#6 Trey Thomas - 6’2 Guard - Wise

Trey Thomas was impressive at the lead guard spot in the Wise rotation this past season. He’s a three-level scorer that was named Prince George’s County 4A Player of the Year after averaging 23.2 points per game. He posted a game-high 30 points in their 4A quarterfinals victory over Annapolis and put up 27 points in the regional final against Eleanor Roosevelt in an upset in the game before. He’ll be fun to watch over the next few seasons and holds offers from IUPUI and Rhode Island. 

#7 Rodney Rice - 6’4 Guard - Bullis

Rodney Rice is a growing national name in the Maryland area at Bullis School. He missed part of the 2019-20 season but he still managed to remain in the conversation as one of the premier scorers in the DMV area, averaging 22.9 points per contest as a sophomore. He can operate on all three levels and is a smooth operator off the dribble that can get to his spots and put up numbers in the backcourt. He holds offers from Richmond, Alabama, Louisville, Providence, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech among other programs.

#8 Christian Watson - 6’7 Wing/Forward - St. John’s College

Christian Watson is a rising prospect with some versatility to his game at St. John’s College High School. Watson is a prospect with a smooth game useful for getting to the rim and a nice shot from the perimeter. His size at 6-foot-7 allows him to play and defend multiple spots on the floor and he’s got a nice energy to go along with it. He holds offers from VCU, George Washington, George Mason, Howard and Stony Brook.

#9 George Perkins - 6’8 Forward - Sidwell Friends

George Perkins is a name to know at Sidwell Friends in the frontcourt. Perkins is an emerging forward that’s shown flashes of his potential as an inside-out threat already. In the post, he uses his 6-foot-8 frame well to maneuver around the defense for baskets at the rim. On the perimeter and high post, he’s already developing as a stretch-forward with his nice shooting stroke and mobility. He’s an underrated forward that should make waves over the next couple years. Howard has already offered him.

#10 Judah Mintz - 6’3 Point Guard - Gonzaga College

Judah Mintz is just one of a few names to keep an eye on at Gonzaga College High School in the WCAC . Mintz is a floor general set to take over the lead guard role with the departure of Chuck Harris (Butler). He’s an explosive guard that likes to get to the paint and make things happen with the ball in his hands. He’s also quite the underrated passer after dishing out 67 assists in 2019-20. He’s another prospect in the DMV area that’s making a national name for himself with offers from Florida, Penn State, Georgetown, Wake Forest and George Mason.