Penn State Basketball Signs Highest-Ranked Recruiting Class in School History

By Nick Polak on November 11, 2021 at 11:26 am
Four-star center Kebba Njie is the second-highest rated recruit in program history and is the key prospect in what is the highest-rated recruiting class in Penn State history.
Eric Bossi, 247Sports

In his first season at the helm for the Nittany Lion Basketball team, head coach Micah Shrewsberry was able to bring in the highest-rated recruiting class in school history.

The class ended up as the No. 21-ranked class in the country, which was also good for fourth in the Big Ten behind only Ohio State (6), Michigan (7), and Indiana (16).

The class is comprised of five top-300 prospects, including two top-125 players. Though the 2016 class included two of the three-highest commits in program history with Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens, the consistent quality and depth of this 2022 class is what puts it over the edge. Not to mention Kebba Njie's status as the second highest-rated commit in program history.

Penn State 2022 Recruiting Class
Name Position High School 247Sports composite Rating
Kebba Njie C La Lumiere School (IN) 0.9499 (No. 102 overall)
Jameel Brown CG Haverford School (PA) 0.9330 (No. 125 overall)
Evan Mahaffey SF Archbishop Moeller (OH) 0.8941 (No. 188 overall)
Kanye Clary PG Massanutten Military Academy (VA) 0.8822 (No. 226 overall)
Demetrius Lilley C Lower Merion (PA) 0.8477 (No. 285 overall)

What makes the class even more impressive, outside of the fact that it is Shrewsberry's first recruiting class as a head coach and that he's recruiting for Penn State, is that he had to rebuild the class from scratch after taking over for former head coach Pat Chambers. Former commits Elijah Hutchins-Everett, Houston Mallette, and TaQuan Woodley all de-committed the wake of Chambers' departure.

This class, along with the many impactful transfers brought on this offseason and the re-recruitment of key returners such as John Harrar and Seth Lundy, represent how impressive an offseason it truly was for Shrewsberry.

The needle for the program looks to be pointing straight up in Happy Valley.