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Rivals Rankings Week: Big moves in new 2023 Rivals150

Following a full summer of grassroots basketball and various elite camps the class of 2023 rankings have been expanded to include 150 prospects and received a top-to-bottom refresh. Below,’s Rob Cassidy takes a look at some of the more noteworthy moves in the Rivals150 update.



Monday: Rankings roundtable

Tuesday: Top five for 2022 revealed

Wednesday: New 2022 Rivals150 | Most notable moves in the Rivals150

Thursday: New 2022 position rankings

Friday: New 2023 Rivals150

2022 Rankings: Rivals150 | Team | Position

2023 Rankings: Rivals150


NEW TO THE TOP FIVE: Kwame Evans Jr.

Kwame Evans Jr.
Kwame Evans Jr.

THE LOWDOWN: The 6-foot-9 Evans has a knack for stuffing the stat sheet and did so with regularity this summer. He’s been likened to Tayshaun Prince, and the comparison seems apt. His length and offensive versatility are what pop off the page, but Evans is an incredibly versatile defender as well. He can already guard most positions on the floor and moves laterally as well as any prospect of his size. Evans hopped up from No. 15 to No. 4 in this update, as he spent the evaluation period posting the results to match his impressive tools.

SCHOOLS IN THE MIX: Evans already has a long list of major scholarship offers, but it’s too early to tell which school may emerge from the pack or what other programs will get involved down the road. In-state Maryland seems like a decent bet to be in the thick of things. Georgetown has already offered and could be involved as well. The bluebloods have yet to make things official, but that day may be coming.


NEW TO THE TOP 10: Justin Edwards 

THE LOWDOWN: Edwards, who checks in at No. 8 in the new rankings, played up a division with Team Final’s 17U Peach Jam championship squad and didn’t look out of place whatsoever when squaring off with some of the top 2022 players in the country. The left-handed Edwards isn’t just 6-foot-6 with the ability to take his defender off the dribble, he also spent the offseason showing he can shoot the ball from range. The five-star wing seems to add something new to his game each time we encounter him, and he is becoming one of the more well-rounded prospects in the class.

SCHOOLS IN THE MIX: Edwards plays for the Team Final grassroots organization for which Miami assistant DJ Irving once coached, and the Hurricanes have already offered. Georgetown has also offered, as have Auburn, Virginia, UConn, Pitt, Tennessee and others. It’s much too early to tell which way the wind on Edwards’ recruitment is blowing.


SPLASH DEBUT: Kylan Boswell

THE LOWDOWN: Boswell was the driving force behind Team Why Not’s 16U EYBL title and went from unranked to the No. 9 player in the 2023 class in the process. The 6-foot-2 Boswell is capable of scoring from range as well as inside, but he shines as a ball handler and facilitator. His recent offers are starting to match his new lofty ranking, as new schools have recently rushed to enter the fray.

SCHOOLS IN THE MIX: Washington, Arizona and Louisville offered Boswell this summer, while Kansas, UCLA, Illinois and Texas are also pursuing the California-based prospect. This will be a recruitment filled to the brim with heavy hitters and possible pro options before all is said and done.


STOCK RISER: Stephon Castle

THE LOWDOWN: Castle managed to stand out from an elite pack of 2022 and 2023 prospects at the NBAPA Top-100 Camp in Orlando this summer, and he was responsible for one of the event’s true breakout performances. The 6-foot-6 wing isn’t all upside however, as he’s proven to have the ability to take defenders off the dribble in addition to creating for his teammates. Castle is capable of playing the one, two or three and is becoming a better defender as he continues to add muscle.

SCHOOLS IN THE MIX: Castle has been on Auburn’s campus multiple times and the Tigers are very much in play. Georgia, Vandy and others are also schools to watch in the early going.


NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP? Pryce Sandfort

THE LOWDOWN: Our sample size on Sandfort is small, as we’ve seen him live just once. Still, both Rivals analyst Jamie Shaw and myself walked away from that viewing impressed and encouraged. Starting the 6-foot-6 wing at No. 100 seemed prudent, but Sandfort seems to have the length and skillset to creep up from here. He has a smooth shooting stroke in addition to the frame to develop into an incredibly effective inside scorer.

SCHOOLS IN THE MIX: Drake has made things official with an offer. Iowa State, Creighton and Clemson have also been in touch. Iowa hasn’t offered but could be a program to watch here, as Sandfort’s older brother signed with the Hawkeyes last cycle.