Indiana trio pledge to be named to final SI99 basketball rankings

Sports Illustrated’s Jason Jordan released the final edition of the SI99 basketball rankings Thursday, which ranks the best players in the Class of 2022. And in Mike Woodson’s first round of recruiting, he secured the commitments of three listed players , thus completing the fifth national class. .

The first future Hoosier on this list is Jalen Hood-Schifino, who came in at No. 26. Hood-Schifino is a 6-foot-5, 185-pound combo guard from Montverde Academy in Florida and was the 12th-ranked guard on the SI99 list.

Hood-Schifino is coming off a national championship victory as the ground general of Montverde Academy, which is considered one of the top basketball prep schools in the nation after back-to-back national titles. He recently appeared in the Jordan Brand Classic game where he scored 14 points and made three 3-point shots.

Joining Hood-Schifino on that list is high school teammate Malik Reneau, who committed to Indiana on Monday. Reneau was originally signed to Florida, but reopened his recruiting when head coach Mike White left for Georgia.

Reneau comes in at 28th on the SI99 list and is the second highest ranked player listed strictly as a striker. The tall southpaw is 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds and was the second starter from Montverde’s National Championship team to commit to Indiana.

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On Thursday, Indiana released a statement from Woodson about how Reneau can impact the game.

“He’s an outstanding offensive player who continues to expand his game. He has great touch and terrific footwork and he uses his speed to his advantage. He has great basketball IQ and is a selfless teammate. who has benefited from working with and against very talented players on a daily basis. Defensively he is well suited to today’s game. He keeps his man in front of him and can get out in pick and roll situations and defend himself.

And the third Hoosier entering the SI99 roster is Kaleb Banks, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Fayetteville, Georgia. Banks came in at 85th on that list, making him the 18th highest-ranked player listed strictly as a forward.

Banks averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds and 1.4 steals during his senior season, making him Georgia Class 4A Player of the Year. This breakout season helped Banks move into the top 100 as he developed various parts of his game.

Banks can do a bit of everything now, from blowing through defenders for dunks, leading the fast break, jumping for rebounds and even shooting 3s. Last summer, Banks attended the NBPA’s Top 100 Camp where he had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

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