After the announcement at Armani Mighty’s commitment to Boston College men’s basketball, it looks like Earl Grant’s first full recruiting class, the Class of 2022, is basically complete. The work Grant has done so far has drawn some plaudits, including from ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein, who thinks Grant is laying building blocks of BC finding and developing under-the-radar talent, while also building a team that can be tough and flexible defensively.
Let’s take a look at the class:
-Overall, 247Sports ranks BC’s class 24th nationally and 5th in the ACC.
-4-star PF Prince Aligbe is rated #111 nationally by 247 Sports and per their rankings is the sixth best recruit BC has landed since their database began back in the mid-2000s. (Your top 5? Jairus Hamilton, Rakim Sanders, Reggie Jackson, Sean Williams, Demarr Langford. Make of this information what you will.)
Aligbe was highly sought after by a number of ‘power’ programs including Georgetown, Florida, and Maryland.
-Combo guard Donald Hand is 3- or 4-star depending on what ratings service you believe, and is rated 126th nationally by 247. This rating also puts him among BC’s top-9 recruits since the 247 database started. Hand picked BC over power conference programs such as Clemson, Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, and Penn State, as well as programs from smaller conferences such as UConn and Old Dominion.
-Chas Kelley from Houston is a 6’5’’ shooting guard rated 3-stars and #289 nationally, who drew interest from some quality programs including Butler and DePaul. ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein hailed him as someone who may be better than his numbers indicate due to playing on a loaded team currently where he’s sharing the ball with a number of top-100 prospects.
-Armani Mighty is a bit more off-the-board when it comes to the recruiting sites, but his size (6’10’’) and potential as a post player drew offers from Providence and Vermont.
Put the pieces together and this looks like a class with some building blocks for the future. Time will tell how they look together on the court, but Earl Grant is already getting attention on the ‘crootin trail.