Now that the Holiday tournaments and majority of showcases have concluded, I wanted to take a closer look at some updates that were made in our rankings for the Class of 2022 in Illinois. Sophomores are continuously popping up on our radar as they begin to gain more experience and have success at the Varsity level. Here is an interesting group of prospects with notable moves in our updated rankings:
Stevensons’ Simone Sawyer has further solidified herself as one of the best prospects in this class of 2022, jumping to #9 in our Rankings. The 5’10” Combo Guard has great length at the position to succeed on both ends of the floor. Sawyer is elusive with the ball and runs the floor well in the transition game. Her jump shot also continues to become more consistent from both mid-range and beyond the three point line.
Brooke Blumenfeld has had a sensational, and probably very underrated Sophomore campaign as she moves to #22 in the Rankings. The 6’0″ G/F from Glenbrook North has the athleticism to handle the ball and attack the lane, and the strength to compete in the post. Her numbers have been consistently impressive all season, making her one to really keep an eye on throughout the next several months.
Bartlett Guard Kenzie Hare is a name that most already know for her great play throughout her first two high school seasons. The 5’9″ Sophomore recently eclipsed the 1,000 points scored mark, just proving how dominant she can be on offense. Now our #12 Ranked player in the Class of 2022, Hare is an Elite shooter from deep, but also as the skill to get in the lane and make good things happen for her team.
Thornwood’s Nayo Lear enters our Rankings for the first time all the way up in the #8 spot. The 5’10” Point Guard is a terrific floor general and can have success off the ball as well. She’s shifty when driving in traffic and has several moves to slip past defenders. Lear’s shot from deep and mid-range is impressive and just another reason why she’s ranked so high.
Tri-County Sophomore Bella Dudley may not be known very well in the Chicagoland area, but she will be soon. The 5’8″ Combo Guard (our #20 Ranked player in 2022) averages around 15ppg and collects them at all levels with a well-rounded offensive game.
Whitney Dunn from Kenwood has had a nice breakthrough season, showing up at #21 in our Rankings. The 5’8″ Shooting Guard can catch fire from deep very easily with her consistent jump shot. Dunn has a nice understanding of the game on both ends and makes the right play more often than not.
Stagg Sophomore Laila Barakat enters the Rankings at #25 after a solid last several months of play. The 5’6″ Point Guard is a ton of fun to watch each game with her energy and impressive set of skills. She’s speedy and controlled with the ball in her hands, and loves to push it up the floor. Not many defenders can stay in front of her which, in addition to her solid shot from deep, makes her such a dynamic player on offense.
Check out the Full Rankings for the Class of 2022 HERE