Posted On: 06/9/20 8:00 AM
Nebraska’s class of 2022 is full of players that will make an impact at the next level, including some players with clear division one potential and talent near the top. Taylor McCabeTaylorMcCabe5'9" | SGFremont | 2022StateNE proved she is still the clear #1 in this class by leading all sophomores in scoring and getting her team into the Class A State Tournament. The top 3 is rounded out with Aaniya WebbAaniyaWebb5'11" | SFOmaha Central | 2022StateNE and Freddie WallaceFreddieWallace5'11" | PFLincoln Southwest | 2022StateNE who are both in the top 5 for the first time after impressive sophomore seasons. Check out the entire rankings update with the Top 60 list linked above, as well as a brief look at the top 5 prospects in the 2022 class below.
McCabe is an extremely skilled scorer and playmaker with a tight handle on the ball. She gets to the rim with either hand using quick crossovers, hesitations, and inside out dribbles. Her three point shot has deep range and she can knock down jumpers off quick pull ups or step backs. McCabe has great footwork and balance as a shooter and on scoring moves around the basket like spin moves and euro step finishes. She has great vision, can draw extra defenders to create scoring opportunities for teammates, and has active hands defensively. McCabe averaged 20.3 points, 2.3 assists, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game. She shot 42% on over 8 three point attempt per game. McCabe holds multiple division one offers including Kansas State, Drake, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado State, Creighton, UNO, and more.
Webb is an athletic 5’11 forward that can score from outside, handle the ball, or post up smaller defenders. She gets downhill in transition as a ball handler and use her length to finish at the rim with either hand. She can and will pull up for deep three point range and made just under 2 threes per game at 35%. She has long arms and can deflections and steals defensively. She has room to improve as ball handler and to get stronger, but she was very effective in her second season. Webb averaged 15.5 points, 1.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game.
Wallace is a strong and skilled power forward. Defensively, she is a rim protector and active rebounder. She is physical getting position on both ends of the floor. Offensively, she has good footwork in the post and soft touch around the basket on layups and baby hooks. Wallace is a rim runner in transition and cuts hard in the half court. She has some ball handling ability and can occasionally take her matchup off the dribble or push the pace in transition as a ball handler.
Wharton is a fast and shifty point guard that can knock down shots off the dribble from everywhere on the court. She dribbles into threes in transition if the defense doesn’t extend pressure. She is a good enough ball handler to beat full court presses herself with the dribble and can break down defenders to get to the rim. She has a quick first step to blow by defenders and finishes over 50% of her shots from 2 point range. Wharton averaged 14.9 points, 2.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game. She made 60 three pointers in her sophomore season at a 37% rate. Wharton has one offer from the University of Northern Iowa.
Wayne is an athletic forward that can score from every level and rebounds well for her size. She has a smooth catch and shoot three point jump shot, which she made at 39% on under three attempts per game. She moves well off the ball and finds space on the arc to catch and shoot or attack the rim with the dribble. Wayne can also pull up off the dribble and has scoring moves in the mid-range. On defense, she moves her feet well and can defend on the wing or interior. She is a strong enough ball handler to push the ball and make plays in transition. She has all the tools, but needs to be more aggressive offensively. Wayne averaged 9.9 points, 1.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game in her sophomore season.